austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Mallaskukko. Very pale golden, tight white head leaving dishwashing lace. Pretty sweet nose with little white bread, sawdust, pear and mint. Hints of alchohol in there too, clean and mild. Flavor has mild herbal notes, minerals, clean maltiness, pale and ESL-like. Strong and coarse carbonation, but the reasonably malty body covers some of that. I like ’em more toasty and caramelly, like the Ayinger Fest-Märzen, but this still drinks pretty easy.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Pours a clear color with a light white head. The nose is lightly fruity with some crisp pilsner malts and light nuttiness along with a fruity yeast thing. The flavor is a little thin with alcohol and fruity biscuit malts playing mostly. The finish is brief and crisp, easy drinking oktoberfest but needs a little more in the malt department to remain entertaining.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. brown bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a clear pale straw color with a couple of fingers of white head. Light bodied, plenty of carbonation. Noble hop aroma with some malt. A hint of corn. Crisp and dry with a good noble hop snap to it. Some malty sweetness. Very drinkable.
From the name festbier, I was expecting and hoping for a Marzen styled beer. This is a decent enough helles.
GJF (1485) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Eh. It’s very light for an oktoberfest. It did have a nice sweet flavor, but not at all what I’m looking for when I look for a fest.
AmEricanbrew (6636) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden color with a viscous white head. Spicy grassy hop aroma with sweet pale malt. Smooth light/medium body with light carbonation. Sweet lagered pale malt flavors with a lightly bitter finish. easy drinking.
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Sweet malt aroma with a good amount of yeast and some spice. Crisp flavor with a bit of sweetness with some spice and a hint of grape.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice, lightly hoppy, very pilsner influenced oktoberfest, with a nice golden color, white head, and slightly spicy aroma.
theisti (3766) - Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 fl oz bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, Missouri. 3269
stamped on the back label. Pour is clear golden yellow with a white
two inch head that falls slow with some minor lacing. Aroma of herbal
medicinal malt and some very faint black cherry sweetness. Some honey
floral is there as well, though also faint. Overall a subdued nose.
Taste is straw hay maltiness and honey floral hops. The same medicinal
element of the nose comes through strong in the finish and aftertaste.
Clove present as well. Palate is medium to thin, lowish carbonation -
drinkable enough. Nothing wrong here, just a bit subdued.
drpimento (2966) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
You know, these new fangled blonde fest/marzens just don’t cut it with me. As a pale lager it’s not bad, not great, but not bad. As a fest, it’s the requisite malty, easy drinking beer. But the key red/Vienna malt thing is ignored. Oh well. Served with a nice, white, foamy, frothy head and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow gold. Aroma is a very mild malt. Flavor show’s a lot more hop (fest?) bitterness and good balance with the malt, so I have some decent bittersweet flav. Body is quite good and so is carbonation. Finish is quintessential pale lager. Session beer for a pale lager but NOT for a fest/marzen.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured brown with a small head. Nice light spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.