jstraw (1665) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Copper-gold with fair, creamy, white head / Nose of honey, toast, and caramel / Medium to full body, fat with low carbonation, creamy, somewhat sweet and resinous, with good, lightly bitter finish / Flavors of honey, violet, grain, and resinous / This is a terrific lager, say a Dortmunder, but I pick up no Marzen character. So what.
andyhwcinc (1139) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on tap at Sheffield’s in Chicago, IL while eating dinner with some friends, talking about random stuff. I didn’t take tasting notes, so I’m not going to get into details about specifics, but I remember this being an above-average Oktoberfest brew, and would gladly like to have this one again.
TheAlum (4295) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20 oz draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Pours a richer orange copper hue, gentle haze with more sunset orange glowing edges. A striking glow with cakey offwhite head atop, a nice firm layer laces ok, sticks around as a nice layer. Aromas are nice toasted malt and biscuit, gentle toffee kisses, grainy bread and toast grow. A gentle carmelization, touch of spice and mellow earthy dry hopping provides a mellow yet slowly growing bitterness, florals and earth. Bit of bakery bread, crusty and a bit toasty. Initial is lighter end of the fold, grainy and bready, a touch toasty, with a bit of carmelization. Wheat bread, some gentle rye, toasty darkness, and grainy malts. Some dryness and earthy hops contribute into the middle, some dryness and gentle florals. Kiss of spice, earth and grass keep the maltiness in check to a certain point. A bit of dark fruit, marmalade make a faint appearance, some more toastiness, carmelization into the backend. Some toast, lingering malty grain, bread, and biscuity slant. A solid Okt offering, quite drinkable and balanced, hitting all elements. A bit thin into the backend, I think. But more drinkable. Mellow hopping that grows, gentle spice. Solid offering, a bit lighter for the style it seems, but a nice fresh local offering. I enjoy a few of the other Metro offerings a bit more though.