Prufrockstar (821) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, thanks to Bacterial. Pours crystal clear orange-amber with nice white creamy head. Aroma of biscuit, toast, bread, and citrus. Taste: a lot drier than expected (which is great!) - moderately sweet with a short, crisp, lightly bitter finish. A stronger hop presence than I expect for this style, but it comes together really nicely. Palate: medium-light body, average carbonation, smooth easy texture. Overall: a really interesting and tasty interpretation of this style - I like!
RobertDale (3341) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can. Thanks Jeff. Pours a clear reddish gold with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of malt, citrus, and florals. Taste is malt, citrus, rye, and florals. Very nice.
Bacterial (1403) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a can - might be the last 4 pack of the season of this one. Deep amber in color with a nice white head. Malt and subtle hoppy nose. Nice mouthfeel, some malt and lots of bitterness - hops are here, but third on the list of things. A bit of biscuit in there too.
Gridfather (26) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
9/22/12. From a can poured into a pint glass. Sweet and spicy hoppy aroma. Smells heavenly! Beautiful amber red color. Why can't Surly help itself? A hoppy Oktoberfest? Taste comes on smooth and builds through finish and aftertaste. Contrary to the above, this is the best Surly I have ever had. However, I am disappointed by the hoppiness of what is supposed to be more malt, less hop. Aroma and color are better than the taste.
---Rated via the Gridfather
mcberko (6017) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL can, sent from mista (thanks Geoff), pours a hazy amber orange with a medium white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Nose of toasted nuts, rye malts, and biscuity - quite restrained but very pleasant. Flavour is very similar, with toasted nut upfront and some subtler bready, biscuity malts. Very well-balanced, with no harsh edges. Easy drinking stuff. Very good.
vtafro (2996) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Orange pour with white head. Nutty and malty aromas. Flavor is more mild, light nutty malts and hints of sweetness.
Ed5388 (1975) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can courtesy if JohnGonk! Pours a clear copper color with a thin foamy off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops, and light spices. Taste is basically the same. Nice maltiness up front, followed by some citrus notes, grass, earth, and light spices.
Mittenator (1237) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Orange/copper with a light, beige head. Mild hop aroma. Mild, spicy hop flavors. Well blended and smooth.
joeneugs (3119) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. can. It pours a clear reddish copper color with an off white head. The aroma has a lot of rye with some piney and citrusy hops. More of the lager comes out in the flavor being very dry with mild citrus fruit from the hops and more spice from the hops and rye. Crisp, prickly mouthfeel typical of lagers but definitely an American hopped ale at heart. Fun beer, but I think I prefer the traditional examples.
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can, brought to the area thanks to one of my coworkers. Poured a nice amber color with a large white head. Arama was nice sweet malts, some earthy notes and some floral notes from the hops. Flavor is nice, sweet, almost tropical in nature. Nice and juicy and highly drinkable. This might be blasphemy, but I think this is better than virtually any other Oktoberfest I’ve had before.