damzz (435) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s not the usual sweet fest beer. It has some malt sweetness but its bitterness makes it a robust version of the fest beer. Von Trapp has interesting versions of classic lager styles. 12 oz bottle in a variety pacl
canary dog (727) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The typical caramel malts one should expect are present in this brew. However, I found the finish to be dull and almost stale.
micmillon18 (37) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date reads "12/26/2015"
Aroma - Bready malts, some caramel.
Appearance - Golden color. Thin off white head with little retention.
Taste - Replicates the nose. Bready malt flavors, touches of caramel, graham cracker? Herbal hops play almost a co-starring role as opposed to the supporting sort you see in many marzens. Not bad, just different. Finishes dry with lasting herbal hop bitterness.
Palate - Light to medium bodied. Dry with snappy carbonation.
Overall - A very solid offering though nothing really wows me. The slightly more assertive hop character was interesting though.
tekstr1der (340) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper pour with zero head/retention/lacing. Looks kinda silly without any foam on top. Aroma starts to make up for the appearance, with some nice caramel, bread, and slight floral notes. Flavor is even better, full of nice malt breadiness. Very little carbonation is to my liking, making for a very smooth semi-sweet finish. One of the better of the style I’ve sampled.
vodka4blood (128) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Howler/ mini-growler from Growler Garage, emptying step: it’s yummy & I was hoping that this would be one of the brewery’s best products, seeing as it’s a German immigrant family’s operation.... Better than the other one I’ve rated here, but I can still tell that it’s not a true Marzen from deutschland, so call it a mixed review? October actually starts in September in Germany, so it’ll be that much sooner until Weihenstephaner 1000 in 2040! See you there
dlovell2 (1579) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2015 Pours bright copper with white head. Aroma is Caramel malt with herbal hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with biscuit & mineral notes. Some citrus flavors and a herbal floral hop finish. Really nice Oktoberfest.
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
LIVE RATE! On tap at WHYM. $7.00 exactly for the full pint. To stein glass, it pours a copper-toned effervescent orange with which a snowy white head 1 finger in length stood.
Aromas of German noble hops, corn kernels, mineral water, dry active yeast, sweat, and chalk.
Tastes much the same with the addition of DME, tin, and toasted breadcrumbs.
Clean and palatable but not amazingly complex.
Ungstrup (33469) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. An amber beer with a thin white head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and bread, leading to a dry finish.
johnnnniee (3492) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bert’s
Deep golden color with a small tightly bubbled white head. Sweet bready pilsner maltiness with a touch of spice and just a hint of fruit. Pretty nice stateside version of a German Lager, most don’t do it this well.
Bulk_Carrier (3430) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - SEP 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a sly hazy bronzed to burnt golden amber color with a slim finger’s worth of foamy to bubbly head that quickly died off. There wasn’t any lacing.
The smell started off with crisp sweet caramel malts running into toffee and nuts. A light earthy to grassy hop rounded out the edges nicely.
The taste was moderately sweet with a semi-balanced grassy edge to the flavor, not bad, good for the most part. A lingering sweet caramel maltiness runs into the aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing smooth sweetness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, to me, it works as an Oktoberfest. I’d have again.