bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Caramel malt aroma. Caramel flavor with some earth and spice. Medium body. Lingering caramel, slightly sweet malt with some earthiness.
Aurelius (5068) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Peppery malt aroma, light raisins. Medium rusty orange, fluffy one-finger head in a pilsener, average label. Crackery, rather plain lager flavor with just a little tin and toast. Lingering woody bitterness. Not sweet. Medium body. Just average.
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper golden color with a tint or pumpkin orange color. if it wasn’t for the weak body with poor lacing, I would have rated the appearance much better. The beer has a nice robust malt flavor with a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin. There was a nice alcohol sensation, but certainly not overpowering. Overall, an oktoberfest that I would purchase again.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks 17thFloor! Pours a dark reddish brown color with a very small head that dissipates quickly and leaves a tiny off-white froth around the rim. Aroma is very sweet and malty with a strong presence of caramel and roasted nuts. Also some dark ripe fruit notes as well. Flavor starts out with some grainy malt that isn’t too overpowering followed by caramel and toffee sweetness with a touch of butter. Bitter finish that disappears quickly and leaves very little aftertaste. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A decent Oktoberfest but leaves a lot to be desired in complexity and depth with the malts.
cloudstrife (54) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into glass. Yellowish head atop a dark amber brew. Smell of cereal malts and aged fruits. No particular taste really stands out and tickles the taste-buds in delight. Sort of a bland Oktoberfest beer. Thin on the palate and a little oily. Overall I have to say not the best entry into Oktoberfest but taste is an individual preference so worth a shot.
PorterPounder (7303) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Dark orange pour with a thin white head that dissipates quickly - very autumn looking. Sweet aroma, with some sweet molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet as well with some brief hints caramel, pumpkin, and molasses. Smooth, clean mouthfeel. Pretty solid.
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark amber body with a quickly dissipating off white head. Sweet aroma of malt, caramel, biscuit, and apple pie. Moderate carbonation on the somewhat thin palate. The flavor mirrors the aroma fairly well. Sweet and malty all of the way through. Caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of apples. The finish is crisp. There’s not much to speak of in the hop category. A pretty good Octoberfest.
piscator34 (2341) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 16, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled sample. Clear copper in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas of sweet malts, stewed fruit, and caramel. Odd thin (almost astringent) mouthfeel, goes poorly with the sweet caramel and baked apple flavors. A bit of herbal hopping adds minimal interest. Not very bready, toasty, or all that lager-like. A fruity caramel bomb. Not good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark reddish-caramel color with a fading, frothy, beige colored head. Minimal spots and soapy flares of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is largely malty, with notes of caramel and brown sugar dominating afterthoughts of cinnamon apple, figs, and wildflower hops. Flavors follow suit, massively sweet and out of balance. Caramelized figs and even some sweet maple syrup overload the tongue with candy-like flavors, while floral hops do little to counter. There’s some lightly toasted bread and doughy yeast in there as well. The mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, slick, and cloying. Overall, this is simply a poorly executed malt bomb of a beer. The intense sugar is meant to cover up several flaws within, but it only serves to reveal more.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours deep amber with a teafroth off-white head. aromas of apple cider, caramel, peach. fruity, caramel, just a little spicy/ floral hops. a little toast too. pretty good balance. finish is toasty, malty. light carbonation, slightly oily. pretty smooth and drinkable.