kramer (4989) - 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.
frankenkitty (1959) - 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.
<font size=-4>6 pack from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Oak Lawn, IL 60453</font>
drewbeerme (3879) - 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.
igneous1 (1497) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
typical orange/brown color (great autumn colors) for an O’fest. head is frothy, beige. aroma has a lot of bready malts and a nice earthiness. flavor is pretty similar with a metallic quality. not bad, but thin.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was off white with good retention. There was only minimal lace left behind at the end. Aroma was of light butterscotch/buttery caramel. There was also a whiff of steeping barley. Slightly sweet with a hint of malty caramel flavor. There wasn’t any significant hop bitterness or flavor. So so.
jbuzz (753) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Single from Three Cellars.
Sweet and a bit weak light malts. Not bad though.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours an orange amber body with a yellow white head. Sweet malt notes, light earth tones, caramel and cider notes. Overall it rather bland but session able. Eh.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
10.26.09 Tap at the Great Notch. A pretty meager oktoberfest really. Nothing redeeming whatsoever. Pass it up
ryecatcher (790) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a clear ambery-copper color, smallish white head not much retention, or lacing. Nose is extremely faint, some malt and candied orange. Mouth is medium bodied, lightly bitter throughout, mildly malty with some orange peel and bread dough. Finishes with some cereal. Unisnpired and extremely average leaning towards sub-par.
Ughsmash (7136) - 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.