Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber pour with fair layer of near white head. Clean and not offensive, but weak on aroma. Flavor is slightly nutty and toasted and metallic, and all around just not nearly as good as the Sam Adams version.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Fest Haus at Busch Gardesn Williamsburg. Poured translucent copper with minimal off-white head that disspiated quickly. Nose was earthy caramel malt, mild nutmeg, toffee, and hops. Tasted smooth, malty, earthy, with notes of brown sugar, hops, and offee, but not sweet. Rich and very enjoyable on a 90 degree day in Williamsburg.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ 11th Street Taphouse, Virginia Beach Va-Copper pour w/a slight tan head. Malty aroma. Flavors of malt, toffee, caramel, nuts, pretty standard Oktoberfest, Very true to style, smooth & easy to drink. Had it on a cool, rainy late summer night @ the beach & it hit the spot, wound up the season well & made me look forward to the Fall.
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle fresh from the brewery. Pours a pretty classic, clear copper color with a small white head and nice lacing. Aroma is chalk dust, corn tortillas and a little sweet malt. Medium bodied. Flavor is really light and kinda boring.
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at VA Beach Craft Beer Festival. Pours clear amber with a short, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie and caramel malt, dates, light spicy hops, and a clean lager nose. Flavor is malty, sweet, light hops and bitterness, and a clean lager character. Low to medium body, low warmth, medium carbonation.
TheBeerGod (5536) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is spicy hops atop chewy malt, honeyed biscuit and rich caramel. Taste is big caramel, spicy hops, chewy malt notes, light grassy hops, buttered biscuit and light honey. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation. Finishes with more big caramel notes, soft earthy notes, chewy malt, grassy and spicy hops and biscuit.
boto (1952) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ Busch Gardens: This one pours a clear amber color. There was almost no head or lacing on mine. The aroma is lighter but nice. Mainly caramel malt and earthy hops. the taste is OK. Caramel, earthy, slight sweetness. Smooth. Not bad, but still a bit mediocre.
radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear, slightly darker, but still light amber color with a small white head. Aroma was light sweet malts, and a nice spice hop character to it. Flavor was malty, sweet malts, well balanced for the style, relatively enjoyable.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, Charlottesville, VA, 9/11/10. Pours a clear golden amber color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of fruity notes, caramel and toasted malts. The taste is caramel, toasted malts and faint stone fruits. Medium bodied.
obguthr (4536) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Brews ’n Blues fest in Gloucester VA: Lightly toasted barley malt and dried leaves aroma, with hints of spice, perhaps cloves. Clear dark amber thin head, decent lacing. Barley malt, dried leaves, potpourri flavor. Medium body, maybe a touch too much for the style but still ok. More bitter in the end than most Octoberfests. Quite similar to the Fall Bock I’m told it is replacing in the brewer’s seasonal offerings. This beer was very popular at the event where I was a volunteer.