superspak (1899) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle into dimpled mug, best before 5/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, apple, pear, toast, herbal, bread, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice and clean balance of malt and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. All around clean and well balanced malt and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
kermis (3652) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours clear golden with an off white head. Aroma of malt, light caramel, light hops. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a nice sweet caramelly finish. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (4095) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from ABCBeers, shared with Kermis.
Thin white head. Clear golden pour. Malty. Some caramel in the aftertaste. Nice.
BrettTaylor (254) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured as a taster at local bottle shop. Classic oktoberfest style and very good. Nice malty flavor and full body.
b3shine (3505) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent brownish gold with white lacing. Smells doughy and skunky. Tastes like it smells with an average (at best) mouthfeel. An underwhelming example of the style.
sitzds (134) - - SEP 29, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour was clear orange-brown with minimal head. Aroma was toasted malts with notes of bread and caramel. Lots of malt flavors with a late sweetness and a mild hop bitterness. Soft carbonation with a medium body.
Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap offerings @ oktoberfest bash. pleasant earthy raisin dough. hint of plum. easy drinkin.
tylerphillip (2) - - SEP 28, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My opinion this is an average Oktoberfest. Not an expert by any means but using Ayinger Oktoberfest as a gold standard, this comes up a few steps behind. Similar to Ayingers effort in balance but a tad sweeter and bitter, but not overwhelmingly. What it lacks is depth. Could be lost in shipping the bottle from Germany, sure, but Ayinger ships from Germany too and still has great depth. Very little to appreciate after you swallow, not much left to linger on the palate. A little flat. Average for the style.
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shrubber85 (6507) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Sweet barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet barley malt and hay flavor. Nice body. Very good.
JBoan (167) - Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear deep amber with white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, wet hay, apples and faint pears. Taste is toasted light malt, caramel, wet hay and earthy bread notes. Thin to medium bodied with a decent bitterness. Not great but not bad.