aasher (110) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
While this was just released yesterday in cans, their first seasonal canning, this review is from a growler filled earlier today.
It pours a nice deep copper in color with a one finger cream colored head. It smells of Munich malts, perhaps some crystal malt, and has an interesting bubblegum aspect. It also has an every so light spicy hop component. I’m a fan. The flavors are very clean, as is the finish. You get the nice Munich malts with a light hop bitterness and a touch of bubblegum. It’s a little sweeter than most Oktoberfests but that isn’t a bad thing at all. This one has more flavor than every Oktoberfest I can think of, minus maybe Great Lakes’. It drinks very smoothly and is ultimately fresh. Overall this is a fine specimen. Well done Sun King.
arkurzynski (1288) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can courtesy of shrubber85. Deep amber with soft off-white head. Caramel/munich malts, earthy hops, and a touch of plastic. Toasted/caramel malt sweetness and dried apricot followed by a nice even-keeled hop bitterness that slightly outlasts the malt sweetness. Mildly dry, refreshing finish. Maybe just a tad light on the palate, but makes it completely sessionable. I must say, I am quite impressed. Would love to try more by these guys.
Jethro6191 (372) - Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep orange with a thin white head. Crystal clear with medium carbonation. Malty aroma with some earthy hop notes. Rich malty flavor with a touch a spiciness (almost like pumpkin pie spice). Sweet beginning with a semi-dry finish. Crisp clean mouthfeel with a medium body. Nice Oktoberfest with a spicy twist.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Growler. Pours crystal clear copper orange. Sticky white head. Malty tosted nose with a pinch of herbal noble hops. Clean malt flavors with a nice lingering bitterness. Medium fill body with average carbonation. Dry finish. I love the fall. I love festbier. One problem. Its 85 degrees in mid September.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Via notes. Not shabby, but not my favorite from Sun King. Pours a nice orange color with a slightly off white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of hops and malt, carmelized fruit and candi sugar. Slightly yeasty with a hint of earthiness. Sweet and slightly bitter. Medium body with a just slightly bitter finish. Overall, really nice.
wnoble (1088) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep orange to amber. Head is moderate but fading. Aroma is bread, malts, toasted flavors, light caramels, and strangely enough some flowery or fruity hops but it could be esters I suppose. Flavor is rich burnt caramel and toasted breads and moderately sweet and finishes moderately dry to lightly sweet. I enjoyed this one even though its not my choice of lagers. Sun King needs to stick to lagers. Their best beers fit in that category.
bluejacket74 (1129) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce can, 13259 is stamped on the bottom of the can. Not sure if that’s the best by or the canned on Julian Date (September 15, 2013). Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like toasted and caramel malt, nuts, and some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also the addition of some bready/grainy malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick, smooth and easy to drink. I liked this brew, but at $13.49 a 4-pack, it’s better to buy a single of this brew if you want to try it.
twindadplus2 (569) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish-orange amber with a medium sized off white head that faded fairly quick. Sweet, malty slightly spicy aroma. Doughy, slightly sweet malt flavor with a slight herbal spiciness in the background. Medium bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a long malty finish. A pretty good Octoberfest.
Patrickctenchi (2487) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. can:
Clear, amber with a thick, off-white head.
Caramel, sweet bread aroma.
Slightly tangy-sweet caramel flavor.
Bread and spice.
A little herbal hoppiness.
Very pleasant...low-key, but good.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can into snifter. Pours a bronze pumpkin like color with a fluffy pale head. Faint sweet and spicy nose. Flavors of carmel and brown sugar, with warm bready malt. Somewhat viscous with a slight lingering bitterness. In general, right idea, but I could use a little more of everything.