MikeTsStuff (5) - Stafford, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2012 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got it in a growler. I like it. Has a cereal tone to it. Like the color a lot.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MadRobin (1875) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap 5 oz. sample at Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, VA. Clear, sparkling amber with a minimal head and trivial lacing. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and nuts. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, nuts, bread and light hops. Medium/light body and light carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap in Merrifield. Pours clear brown with a large, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is moderate German malt (cookie, bread, nutty), no detectable hops, dates, and light esters. Flavor is moderate malt, chewy, dates, light bitterness, Noble hops, light melanoidins and a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber coloured body with a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, malt and a bit of spice. Light to Medium-bodied; Lightish spicey flavour with some pumpkin tastes and more malt. Aftertaste has some caramel sweetness and a bit more spice, but nothing outlandish. Overall, a nice marzen beer with some good spices and a bit of a malty kick - even stronger than usual. I sampled this beer on draught as a sampler at the Shirlington Oktoberfest in Arlington, Virginia on 07 October 2006.
Bierkrug (2133) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2009
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Draft at Centreville 20 Oct 2008 Found my lost notes. A middle of the road Octoberfest. Lacks the smoothness of German versions and has too many unnatural flavors to be really good. Borderline Ice cream parlor flavored stuff.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Centreville. Pours medium amber with not much head. Medium bodied with a texture approaching sticky, but not quite getting there. Flavor of european malt, nuts, and a hint of holiday spice, countered by a spicy bitterness. Small amount of residual sweetness. Finishes smooth. Nicely balanced.
Aurelius (4065) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A knock darker and a bit more orange than their PA. Light head. Smooth cereal flavor, light bittering, nutty sweetness. Light tanginess in the finish -- also light toastiness. Watery at times, not much character.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Excellent Oktoberfest. One of the nicer beers available from Sweetwater. Easy to enjoy with the majority of their food selections.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hmmm, light floral hops. Interesting subdued malt character. Not really anything particularly special, but certainly a good beer to have with a sweetwater tavern steak =).
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweetwater Tavern’s Oktoberfest pours to a beautiful, bright, light amber color with a nice white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose is packed with aromas of sweet malt, toast, and nuts. This is balanced with some good grassy hop aromatics as well. The palate is firm, with really good sweet malt flavors paired with lots of toasty and nutty notes as well. The body is very round and clean, making this beer very smooth and drinkable. This beer finishes with more toasty and nutty flavors up front, and then is balanced to perfection, with some nice hop bitterness.
This is an excellent, hearty, balanced version of marzen, with plenty of malt flavor and character. This malt accented brew went fantastic with a big, juicy, hickory barbecue burger, and seasoned fries. This beer would also work well with a number of their Southwestern dishes. If you ever find yourself in Northern Virginia, make it a point to stop by one of Sweetwater’s three locations.