Drjohnrock (337) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Let’s see, I’ve got a few dozen beer ratings I could do from tasting notes written in my notebook and on various scraps of paper over the last 24 months or so, but what the hell, it’s Oktobefest season, so I’ll review three in that style that I’ve recently had that are new to me. First up is Point Oktoberfest, from a 12 ounce botle from Keller’s IGA, tasted on August 25, 2010. Slighty cloudy light gold/amber color, small off-white head, light sweet aroma, smooth light toasted malt flavor with a hint of pumpkin. Easy drinking--maybe too easy. If Point upped the amount of the good ingredients it could have a real contender instead of the pleasant diversion this beer represents now.
Then again, this could be a good gateway beer for macro types. I took this to a party over the weekend, and a friend who tried it liked it because the flavor WAS light, unlike other marzens he’s had that are "too heavy". Yeah, he needs educating, but at least it was a start...
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.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
amber pour from a bottle, decent head. toasted malt aroma with some bread in there. lighter body imo, nice mouth feel. decent flavor but nothing to remember from this one. just ok.
BrianHagmeier (296) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
quite refreshing! I really enjoyed this years batch. Very nice balance.
dekester1 (287) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle a red/gold color with minimal head and lacing. Aroma was primarily of sweet malts with slightly fruity twinge. The taste frontend was mainly of malts with a hint of nuttiness and hay. The finish was of a mild hop bitterness. Palate was decent - not too thin and decent carbonation level. Overall, this is nice, smooth Marzen style brew from the folks in Point.
tedovertu (282) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very true to the style very similar to the German counterparts. Medium amber clear color. Small white quickly dissipating head. Carmel malt aroma. Thin texture and light body.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I finally found a six pack of this; seems like most retailers around here didn’t get very much of it. From a 12-oz. bottle, this pours a crystal-clear copper with a thin head. Lots of bubbles making their way to the top. Bready & slightly nutty aroma. Initial malty taste with moderate nuttiness and a hint of vanilla. Surpringly dry. Not a heavy beer by any means but quite tasty; very easy to knock back.
fidemaster (251) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2012
1.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Wow was this disappointing. It smells great. It looks great. I was very excited. It starts off with an ok flavor but really watery. If it was not as watery I feel like it would be solid. However its finish is just awful. Image a burnt, bitter flavor. Just awful finish, you want to go eat some dirt to get that awful taste out of your mouth. I have no idea if I got a bad batch but it was awful.
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange color with a white head that just barely hangs on throughout the drink. Classic lager flavor. maybe a bit of subtle sweetness to differentiate it from a bud. nothing special.not horrible...not great.
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.