dionysus (1475) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle pours orange-amber with an off-white head. Aroma is toffee and cardboard. Flavor shows the same with a weak earthy/grassy hop presence lingering on the finish.
bpreo (2187) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A better than average Oktoberfest in my alarmingly amateur opinion. Nice vintage label.
mmmbeer (1342) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured transparent dull copper color, medium and lively carbonation, half finger white bubbly head wafted away within minutes to produce a white ring around the glass. Aroma of a hearty caramel malt, nuts, and a slight note of maple. Hits the mouth with a low medium body, malt is there and has alot of carmel to it, middle is a little sweet, finish is lingering and begs for colder weather. I have to say, nice showing Shiner, I’ll have to get some more!
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Ah, a return of the old Shiner 96, eh? Strikingly clear, dark gold nearing copper body with a tall, foaming, off-white head. Blots of lace on the way down.
Smell: Whelmingly malty, with tones of pale, toasted, nutty, and caramel malts all playing an equal part. A modest herbaceousness from the Noble hops is present in the background.
Taste: Pale, toasty malts with an accent of sweet caramel and a slight, unyielding nuttiness in the background. Medium-light sweetness. Lightly spicy, vaguely herbal German hop character with a light, easy-breezy bitterness. Very minute carbonic bite to it. A touch more malt on the dry, lightly, lowly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is both smooth and a bit crackling carbonation-wise.
Drinkability: A tad muted, though perfectly drinkable, acceptable Oktoberfest.
stephenj007 (116) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour, medium head, very clear and lighter in color than expected.
Not much in the aroma....a bit of malty sweetness, caramel tones.
Taste is not true to the style, very mild, very light, a bit of smoky sweetness. Nice finish, but again, lighter than a Marzen style should be.
I think this brew was designed for the typical warm Texas fall season. We don’t really have an autumn in Texas, and this brew is certainly more drinkable on a warm day than other Marzen style brews.
A nice brew for this time of year, but not much more.
boomerbrew (143) - Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle - Golden amber with carbonation at first but does not create much additon CO2 afterwards. Aroma a little grassy hop but hop flavors are better. I don’t recognize any German/noble hops, maybe U.S. Low to no malt flavors for an Oktoberfest, but still a good tasting beer. Palate has a little snap following. Overall a good tasting beer that may be pushing the limits to style.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle pours amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is light and grassy with some toffee. Flavor is pepper, caramel, finishes like I’m chewing on pennies, unpleasant.
TizzleJizzle (743) - Garland, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Is this really an oktoberfest? Sure doesn’t taste like it. Aroma of decaying malts. Boring golden brown color with a head that vanished quickly. Watery palate. Wow average as can be!
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper color with a foamy white head. Hops with roasted malts that give off a slight smokey aroma. Flavor of caramel and a blend off hops with a rich and malty body.
bhensonb (12962) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. Pours light amber with a foamy off-white head. Sort of a burnt caramel aroma. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is pretty much scorched caramel with a little grassy hop. It’s drinkable, but it’s not to die for.