blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a thin off white head. Lightly sweet malty aroma with some toasty bready notes. The flavor is clean and malty with some light sweet and toasty notes. Decent.
Braudog (5357) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours with a standard-looking amber hue and a tight head of white foam. The aroma is soapy, macro-like. This drinks with a hint of toasty malt and a sweet maltose/biscuit finish. Falls flat. (#4823, 11/18/2012)
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear golden amber brew with an off-white head that has a decent slow dissolve to a fine film and ring. Aroma of caramel malt with a touch of honey and banana. Taste is medium bodied, some light carbonation with flavors of sweet sugared caramel, honey and banana. Finish is slightly watery and thin with a faint caramel aftertaste. An average Oktoberfest.
heemer77 (5060) - 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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark bronze to dark copper color. Smallish aged paper colored head. Light aromas, with toasted grain about as much as I can detect. There is a slight amount of DMS, but I only sniff that after looking for something more. Lots of caramel to start. A bitter, somewhat acidic/astringent component. Some dry nutty flavors as well. Seems like a dry nutty lager. Lacks a smooth crisp anything. I appreciate the effort, but some work still needs to be done to perfect this one.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber bodied with a short, tan head. Aroma is soft malt notes, dark bread and caramel. Taste is caramel, dark bread, soft hops, and sweet malt. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Body is medium with a strong, dense carbonation. Ends with more dark bready notes, caramel, toffee, toasted grains and sweet malt.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper, loose white head. Caramel and peppery aromas. Flavor is lightly sweet caramel and peppery hops - pretty much what the aroma promises. Simple, but not bad.
kramer (4361) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a very thin fizzy white head that faded very quickly. Looks rather thin on the pour. The nose is fairly thin with a slightly husky note and some light sweetness. I don’t smell any hops in here at all. The flavor is rather thin and sweet with light huskiness on the finish. This is seriously lacking in body and depth of the malt profile. The flavor profile really comes across as more of an Amber Ale than a true Marzen. Light bodied and thin in texture with a slight stickiness on the finish, light fizzy carbonation. Not exactly a role model for the style.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Skyview. Copper color with no head. Slight banana aroma and taste. Not much in the way of grains and not what I’d expect from an "Octoberfest", but not bad.
jgb9348 (4283) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Clear amber body with a non-existent head. Aroma of VERY funky malt, caramel, cardboard and more funk. Light-bodied; Candy sweetness up front with some old malt, a touch of cardboard and a very light caramel flavour at the end. Aftertaste is very mild with only the malt and light funky sugars coming through. Overall, a pretty subpar beer and one especially weak for the style. No spices, no complexity and frankly no good malt tastes even! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 04-October-2010, sampled in Newport News, Virginia on 13-October-2010.