JJAlexander (46) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bhensonb (13612) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SSSteve (4006) - - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
suprchunk (2888) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Strykzone (6216) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.