GenDV138 (5967) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Mostly clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of malt, grains. Tastes of malt, light caramel, grains. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
guzzler67 (1663) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazed, reddish amber appearance with a small white head that faded fast and left little lacing. Aroma of toffee and caramel malts. Earthy, sweet malt flavor with a little spiciness at the end. Aftertaste was a bit mucky
brownaler (547) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid maple body with a bit of malt in the back. I usually don’t like Oktoberfest beers but this is good.
altonbrownd (5628) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Hazy orange body with medium head. Nose is fruity, alcy, flora. Taste is fruity, spciy, with malts and toasty notes. Quite nice, even in February!
hershiser2 (2046) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep golden. White/off-white head. Grass and leaves In the nose. Tasty leaves, light grasses, and nuts. Not bad but not noteworthy.
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OnTheTrail (352) - Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber, slowly dissipating head. Nice bready aroma. Caramel, toffee, toast, taste, with only a hint of hops. Nicely carbonated. A good Octoberfest.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a German style mug.
Appearance: The body has a dark amber color with good clarity. From the pour I had a light tan head of foam which slowly settles to a wispy thin film layer. Lacing is minimal and slick.
Smell: The aroma has you basic sweet malty character with hints of hops.
Taste/Palate: It’s malty up front and brings nice caramel and bready sweetness to the party. Mid way through hop bitterness comes in and adds some balance and light herbal spice. The feel is right about middle of the road and nicely carbonated.
Nickls (2372) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Lightly hazy dark copper brown. Slightly sweet maltiness, leafy hops, and some breadiness in the aroma. Flavor starts sweet but dries out. Some toffee, caramel, and leafy bitterness. Lighter to medium body.
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When breweries make exactly-to-specification Oktoberfest/Marzen brews, they tend to still be pretty boring. I would say Port City Oktoberfest is definitely to-spec all the way, however, it is not boring. That’s not to say it’s exciting, either. I do get genuine characteristics of the style, which I appreciate, and no off-flavors, which is also quite nice.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 8/26/14 and cost $2.80 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty shade of copper, nearly crystal clear with visible carbonation. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Mild overall, though there is distinct maltiness in the nose. Slightly sweet and a hint of spice.
Taste: This beer is made with all-German ingredients and they’re definitely noticeable. Vienna, Munich, Pilsner and Caramunich malts are noticeable – if you’ve got a discerning palate. Probably not as sweet and complex as I’d prefer, though it definitely has an authentic taste all around. Less toffee and caramel and more biscuits and toast. Dry, slightly spicy bitterness through the middle due to the Noble hops with a clean aftertaste. For a 3-month-old bottle, Port City Oktoberfest has held up pretty well since most brews of this caliber would be quite tangy by now.
Drinkability: The mouthfeel is exactly what I expect (and want) in an Oktoberfest. Crisp for sure, but in no way watery or thin. Smooth going down with just a slightly residual hop aftertaste (otherwise it’s pretty much completely clean). Pretty efficient at 5.5% ABV, which is the ideal weight for the style. An even lighter body would be nice, but I’m not complaining.
floydslip (342) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber beer with a medium foamy eggshell head. Weak nose of dough, honey, and caramel, but you have to search for it. Flavor is slightly sweet with toasted bread, caramel, and almonds, which is followed up by a subtle bitterness. Pleasant enough, but nothing really stand out. Kind of safe and non-descript.