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 (1716) - 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 (5209) - 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.
Capa (2029) - Manama, BAHRAIN - 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 (8560) - 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 (1253) - 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.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty solid fest beer. Malty aromas. Pours amber with a white head. Sweet malt flavors which linger on the palate. Overall a pretty solid fest.