RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Aroma: Light toastiness. Good, clean maltiness. Very light caramel and floral. Appearance: Light copper in color and very clear. Off-white head was full and foamy with decent retention. Not much lacing. Flavor: Medium malt sweetness up front. Toasted bread and nuts. Hop bitterness is just a touch to high for the style, but not unpleasant. Medium dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: A good version of the style, and very drinkable. Too much hop bitterness and floral aroma/flavor for the style.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 Far better than Capital’s Oktoberfest but not as good as HP’ original. Complex and well balanced Toasty smokey maltyness and grassy woody hops clean crisp dry finish with great aftertaste and mouth feel. Body is perhaps touch ligh and a bit more malt, hops, grain would be nic but a very solid, tasty seasonal.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 12 oz. twist off stubby bottle with blurbs on the label, no freshness dates, but this is the fall ’06 release.
Poured a amberish copper with a foamy, fluffy head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, minimal amount of sticking.
Floral and fruity aromas with touches of toasted grain and caramel.
Good, steady carbonation and a softly crisp, smooth light-medium bodied mouthfeel.
Pleasant Oktoberfest taste, a soft toasted grain, a light tasting sweet caramel, hints of toffee, floral and fruity hops that have a subdued spiciness, and in the finish, some earthy nuttiness and sweet maltiness.
A nice drinkable seasonal Oktoberfest from Tyranena, I personally would have like a little more grain and malt flavor, but still drinkable, a Wisconsin friend told me this is better from the tap.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
light copoper pour small off white head. Plain grainy aroma some sweet ntoes. Well carb palate good coating. Flavor is well malted sweet carmels & lots of grains. Not much to it.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I’m afraid I’m just not a fan of Oktoberfests so far. They are way too unbalanced, with malts dominating. There is no hop presence in my opinion, just a stickly sweetness that leaves a scratchiness in the back of my throat. It’s got nice amber color and a decent bready aroma, but the metallic scent and taste that I sometimes notice in certain beers is quite apparent in this one. Tyranena makes much better beers than this offering.
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Poured a darker amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of flowers, nuts and caramel. Tastes of caramel, nuts and spices. A ’different’ Oktoberfest for sure.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Ughsmash, thanks Jason!) This is probably the most florally hoppy Oktoberfest style beer I’ve ever sampled, and it doesn’t even begin to resemble the style it’s supposed to. The nose is just bursting with the sweet floral aromas, and really, not much else. I find it unpleasant, and it’s kind of sickening actually. Caramely, very sweet, and very floral in the flavor too, with a buttery and bitter finish. The sweetness becomes somewhat cloying after awhile. Medium bodied and not overcarbonated on the palate. Medium amber color is somewhat hazy, but that doesn’t obscure the dozens of commingling streams of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer. The creamy, ivory head pours to half an inch before settling to a thin layer, but the army of carbonation bubbles keeps the head well stocked and alive. I’ve liked the other three Tyranena offerings I’ve sampled, but yikes, I’m just not liking this one at all.
igneous1 (1515) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
reddish-caramel color, no head to speak of. aroma is quite buttery, lots of diacetyl and maltiness. flavor is essentiallly the same with a surprisingly modest hop bite.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a dark,reddish amber.very little head.smell of sweet malt.Very sweet taste,with a bitter finish.Different then other oktoberfests.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very cleaer reddish rusty brown. Little head even with an aggressive pour. Aroma is of sweet malt with caramel and nothing else my dull nose could pick up. Tastes very smooth with caramel, toffee, and strange as it seems butterscotch. I thought I was crazy for picking that up but it looks like I’m not alone. Very sweet and very smooth but not much else going on here. Seems like it’s lacking something. Carbonation IMHO was fine.