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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Crush Beer is our autumn offering developed in tribute to the grape harvest here in Napa Valley. In keeping with the Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest, this beer is an Amber Lager made with traditional malts. Since we are in the wine country, we also add a small amount of grapes to each batch. They say "It takes a lot of great beer at harvest time to make great wine." It’s appropriate for Napa Smith to use grapes in one of their beers, since they also run a winery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJAlexander (46) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2010
resin, floral, leaves, ginger, amber, hazy, minimal head, light sweetness, medium body, thin feel, lively, astringent finish. This is a very clean, crisp beer. It’s not overpowered by malt, nor hop, nor grape...yet all flavors are distinctive. I was very please with this and cannot wait to try the other beers from this brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Sampled on 1/1/2011. This Octoberfest Marzen pours a light to medium copper amber color from a 22 oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with decent lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity, bready and sweet with a touch of grapes. A medium bodied Marzen. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet with some grape and grape skin flavors. Hops are earthy and herbal. Nice carbonation. Hints of grapes at the finish, which becomes more evident as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14080) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bomber from the North Davis, CA Nugget Market. Pours light amber with a creamy/foamy near white head. There’s a Flanders sour hint in the aroma. There’s a breadiness. I’m not sure about vinosity. Flavor is "sour without being sour". Nonsense, but I’m stressed to explain this. There’s some vinosity, some suggestion of sour, some woody astringency. Maybe they left the stems on the grapes. Kind of like that. This is strangely complex, and I didn’t expect that. I like this stuff. Finishes dry, somewhat astringent and definitely more bitter than not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2011
12oz bottle. Copper color, light tan foam. Thick bodied, creamy texture. Aroma of earth. Toasted malts, autumn leaves. Crisp flavor, earth, leaves, dry caramel malt. No detection of any grape flavors. Tastes like a hearty bodied American Oktoberfest/Märzen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JAN 15, 2012
bottle. hazy dark gold with a large, foamy, white head. smell has some tart purple grape notes. flavors are like a pale malty lager with a spoonful of grape jelly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
This was a nice take on an Oktoberfest. The addition of grapes added a touch of fruity sweetness that made this a good thirst quencher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2960) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Hazy amber colored pour. Small off-white head. No lacing. A grainy, malty aroma. Slightly fruity, but more grainy than anything. Taste is malty and grainy. Almost like grapenuts. Very good. Sweet and malty in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Pours orangish golden with a fully receding off-white head. Notes of sweet caramelized wort, chewy biscuit, lightly fruity hop note, munich malt. Full bodied, lightly resinous with lively carbonation. Minimal flavor from the grapes, still a solid oktoberfest beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
22 oz. bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Thanks to Hayduke for this one. A big off white head fades to about half and then stays. A hazy tea colored beer. This is hop forward and the hops are spicy and citrus. There is some nice graininess and some earth with some sourness and bitterness. The flavor is somewhat complex but the aftertaste is much more so. Somehow in the aftertaste a bit of pepper shows up. This is both tasty and interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
thanks bhensonb! dry crunchy leafy aroma, not as heavy as I expected, nor do I get grape. pale amber/blond. dry again, leafy again, grape? I didn’t get grape. fine malty lager.

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