DJC (238) - USA - OCT 19, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well, this is a rather attractive beer (clear amber body, but a very thin head); unfortunately, that’s the finest attribute. Aroma is of sweet roasted caramel and a wet cardboard box. The flavor, sadly enough, echoes the aroma. You know, this might not be a bad Oktoberfest if the hops played a more prominent role. Seeing that probably won’t happen, you’re best to look elsewhere if you want a beer that celebrates this season.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. pours clear copper with white head. nose is pretty corny with some mild sweet malty notes. flavor is corn, mild sweet malty notes, and more corn. too much carbonation and watery. the finish isn’t too bad, some rich malty notes but calling them rich is sort of a stretch.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. twist-off bottle, no freshness date, sampled in a lager glass.
Poured a clear golden hued amber with a frothy off-white head, decent retention, a little ringed sticking at the top of the glass.
Aromas of lightly roasted caramel, nutty, traces of sweet fruitiness and floral hops.
Smooth medium-light body, crisp and dry, easy quaffability. Sweet tasting, lightly roasted caramel with some pale malt sweetness. Sweet green grape fruitiness in the middle. Mildly spicy hops along with a dry nuttiness coming out at the end.
A passable Oktoberfest at an affordable price. Won’t knock your socks off, but will do in a pinch.
frankenkitty (1974) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep, coppery/amber body with mild carbonation under a staunch, yellowhite head. Grainy, cornmealy aroma, lightly toasted, with mild nuttiness. Low caramel notes in the flavor to a generic malted sweetness. (Compare to a "small beer" made from the second-runnings of a good Marzen.) Afterthoughts of lager yeast and mineral water. Mid-bodied with a sweet & sour finish. Leaves a light coat of sugars on the palate. ’Tis the season for Oktoberfest brews and I’ve tried many superior ones to this over the past month.
Note: Mixing 50/50 with Bell’s Oktoberfest is an adequate compromise.
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Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Poured clear, brilliant medium orange with a towering cap of beige head. The aroma was dusty and detergenty, with very little of the caramel or hop presence typically found in the style. The flavor was unfortunately about the same.. less some detergent, but didn’t pick up anything really good to replace it.. lightly-toasted caramel and honey sweetness at the core, surrounded by stale leafy hoppage and some floral notes.. tacky caramel and honey at the less-than-pleasant (but non-offensive) finish. Lighter-bodied on the palate and watery at points.. decent flow at best. I didn’t much care for this.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a brassy body with a dense light off-white head. The aroma is corn husks, breads, toasted caramel, typical marzen aromas. The flavor is malty, toasted pale and caramel malts, sweet breads. The palate is watery slick with a medium-light body. A decent, drinkable Oktoberfest.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is the averagest oktoberfest ever created. It is outstanding in its averageness. There is nothing particularly horrible or good about this beer.
heemer77 (5159) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
New arrival at John’s in Iowa City. The body is medium copper with a light off white head. The aroma is grainy with some notes of peanuts and toffee. The taste has some light notes of caramel along with iced tea. Actually this is nicely balanced and lightly falvored. I find this to be a nice sessionable Ofest. I prefer this to some of the overhopped US versions of this style.
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2007
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Poured a very clear amber color with a slightly off-white and small head. The aroma is HORRIBLE. This smells like urine soaked hay in a horse barn stall. One of the worst beers I’ve ever smelled. The taste had some malt but I couldn’t escape the horrible aroma. Probably the worst Oktoberfest I’ve ever had.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this one on draught at the brewery in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Clear, copper pour with a thick off-white head. A nice malty nose and character. Pleasant but ultimately weak.