1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap at Tyranena on 9/10/05. This beer pours to a nice amber body with a white head. Decent thickness and spotty lacing. The aroma is kind of a nutty hoppiness. Light sourness. Quite different from most other oktoberfests. Smooth malts, clean body. The flavor almost comes off as a wheat with a roasted hazelnuts and nice Vienna-like malt. This okfest is pretty non-traditional. I like it. Strangely, it seems out of style, kind of bordering on Saison. And, yet, it’s still fest-like. Strange. I like this a lot. Perhaps this year’s batch is much better than 04?
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sour, clovey aroma. Big foamy head, color is brown. Light bodied with a nutty and bitter palate. Some off bitterness and metallic tastes creep in though.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly cloudy amber body with a soapy white head. Nutty, dry caramel aroma with lightly citrus and grassy hops. Similarly "light" flavor - roasty caramel sweetness along with muted grassy, mossy, peppery hops. A well-done beer and I appreciate the extra dose of hops.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to JCapriotti. Nice amber with plumes of carbonation and two fingers of creamy head. Malty aroma largely consisting of carmel malts with a slight off aroma that I couldn’t place. It’s nutty and smooth with some fairly nice ballancing hop bitterness at first. Later a strange bitterness lingers and makes the finish of this medium bodied beer somewhat harsh.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber body, average sized off-white frothy head that doesn’t stick around long. A bit of a pilsnery hop aroma with a sweet bread backing. Sweet, but balanced with light hops and easy going taste. A little dry in the finish. Nice hoppy burp.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle--pours a medium amber-orange with initially large, white head that disappears quickly. Crystal clear. Abundant malt in the nose. Sweet initial taste. In fact, it’s sweet all the way through with very little bitterness in evidence. Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. A solid, easy-drinking Oktoberfest.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear, light orangey color, with a full, fluffy, froth atop that subtly settles down to size.
Aroma: sweetness and malt are king in this arena, some fruit, some herbal/vegetal qualities, too, all around, it’s a complex, terribly interestesting affair, no one-trick pony at all. Mmmm, juuust right.
Taste: why don’t we? Ahhh! That’s the stuff! A solid delivery of tasty malt, just the tiniest support from hops, and a never-quitting phalanx of flavors that deploys again and again upon the palate. Rich and, yes, delicious, this is one damned tasty Oktoberfest! How could it be otherwise, it’s Tyranena!
Move to Wisconsin, beer lovers! These guys are good!
I’m going to have put a polka record on the turntable and oom, pa-pa-pa to this beautiful beer.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber colored with a white head. A musty malt/hop aroma with a weak/watery marzen taste.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light coppery amber color with a finger high head of off-white fluff and bubbles, fades fairly fast to a soild haze, lace sticks minimal thin strings. Aroma is lightly toasty and malty with a light fruityness and some floral hop and wood notes. Taste has a nice balance of toasty maltyness and floral, grassy hops and an overall dryish wood quality and dry biscuits. Very clean tasting and crisp. A slightly sweet dulled fruityness comes through in some effects once the toastyness decides to leave the palate, subdued and playful, a nice touch. Finish is nice and crispy with small notes of hop bitterness and dull sweet wood dryness. Feel is a solid medium body with good carbonation. A nice drinker of a O-fest.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Huge frothy head. On the milder side of O-Fests, with more malt than hops, so consider this a session Octoberfest. Very dry in the finish, perhaps too much so. Odd metallic taste that wears on me. I think I prefer the German Octo offerings.