fedinspect (1) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
After reading the latest comments, it appears that the brewery got this year’s batch right. Nice aroma and great taste. Not extremely hoppy or bitter. A little kick as well (ABV - 6.1%). But since it’s a local brew for me and a case price that’s right ($21), I might be a little biased. I’d suggest everyone try this year’s batch again.
decon (1) - USA - SEP 25, 2006 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A friend gave me a two bottles to try. The beer was malty and flavorful. It had a nice dark appearance with a good head.
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange/amber, with a white head. Aromas are grain, malt, and sugar. Flavors are sugar, malt, grain, and some fruit and hops as well. Much better than I expected from Stegmaier, but not exactly a prototypical Octoberfest.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Typical light orange color with Solid caramel malt nose. Very nice for an oktoberfest.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool! Another historical brand revived by Lion. Sampled at MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering in Maplewood, MN and supplied by tyleranderso. From a 12-oz bottle pours a semi-clear orange amber brew with an off-white head that has some texture and thickness. Aroma of light bready and caramel malts, a touch of dried pitted fruit, and some roasted nuts. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, a touch of butterscotch and dried fruit. Finish is semi-sweet, a light malty character with a bready aftertaste. I doubt this is an original Stegmaier recipe but happy to see another historical Wilke-Barre label has returned from the past.
Darkmagus82 (1954) - - SEP 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-5-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice copper/deep amber color with a one finger fizzy just off white head. The head fades quite quickly leaving only a very light foam on the top of the brew and a light persistent foam floating atop the brew.
Smell – The smell is of a roasted malt with a good dose of caramel sweetness. Other sweeter aromas of some apple and a bit of cherry as well as some aromas of a more spicy nature with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg round out the smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a roasted malt and a rather strong caramel sweetness. These flavors create a base for the beer lasting, throughout the entire taste. As the flavor advances from the beginning to the end, light flavors of apple and some spice comes to the tongue. In the end, a little bit of a citrus and herbal hop taste comes to the tongue with a slight intensification in the roasted malt flavors, leaving a somewhat sweet but lightly roasted and spiced flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner to average side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. A little thicker of a body and a slightly lower carbonation may have been better for the roasted malt flavors of the beer, but the combination of the two (thickness and carbonation) did do a nice job for the sweet and fruity flavors of the brew, so overall it was quite acceptable.
Overall – A rather enjoyable and quite easy drinking oktoberfest that comes at a great price. Rather nice overall.
Capa (2238) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light brown/amber color. A bit of caramel malts and some spicy hops in the aroma. Medium body. Flavor has nice toasted caramel malts, biscuit, earthy hops, and a bit of spice. Decent fest beer.
Parrothead (292) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep orange/amber color, with a medium to this white head. Nose of sweet matl and cramel. Creamy mouthfeel, taste on the sweet side, with some hops around there somewhere. A nice Oktoberfest.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Virginia Beach. Pours a clear copper color with a foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, candied citrus, toasted malts. The taste is toasted caramel malts, anise, faint fruits, mild hops. Medium bodied. Generic, but solid.
BigBeer45 (1308) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. twist off bottle from Vintage Estate in Ohio,
pours a clear dark copper and red with an off-white head, head collapses to a ring and cover, there are some effervescent bubbles making their way to the top, beer left some lacing on the sides of the glass,
toasted malt and bread like aromas and not much sweetness on the nose, appears to be a dry Octoberfest, has a faint earthy aroma in the background,
nice malt flavors, toasted malt and bread, has some malt sweetness, finish is mostly dry with a nice bitterness,
medium mouth feel, I do not know why this beer has a low rating, this was ok.