punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very pale yellow pour with a tall, short lived, loose white head. The aroma is grassy with slight light citrus, a little biscuit malt, and some noble hop spice. Liglty sweet and bready malt backbone with some lemon zest and a mildly spicy and peppery noble hop finish. Light body with moderate carbonation. I suppose I might not be fully versed in proper German styles, but this does not seem like an Oktoberfest at all. It’s a nice, light drinking beer, more like a Kolsh to me, but doesn’t have the hearty malty flavor that I look forward to drinking in Fall.
jonas (6301) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maß auf dem Freisinger Volksfest. Golden white head. Light grassy hop aroma. Bready sweet malt base, wellbalanced by a good portion grassy and earthy bittering hops. Dry finish with a long grassy aftertaste. Chewy sparkly mouthfeel.
larryLSB (477) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Light gold with white foamy head. Nose of lemon, grass, sweet malt. A bit on the bitter side but smooth and well balanced with a nice hop flavor.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 12oz bottle. Lighter gold with a big lasting white head. Noble hops and sweet bready malt in the aroma, with a rich, almost caramel touch. The flavor has a rich, sweeter malt profile with lots of rich pils malt, balanced by a biting hoppiness that is just overshadowed by the malt in the finish despite it’s ample spicy flavor in the middle. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Definitely as pale as the festbiers come. Reminds me of a hoppier version of Augustiner Oktoberfest (the one at the tent). Sort of a Dortmunder I guess. Definitely has a big helles’ malt profile, but with the hops of a pils. Almost too malty for its own good, but nice stuff that I’m glad to have been able to pick up as soon as it hit the states. I can see this going downhill in a couple months.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2009
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Gold with a foamy white head. Nothing terribly spectacular.
Aroma: Euro lager, wet newspaper, and wet dog. Methinks this one’s gone bad.
Taste: Euro lager, fusel alcohol, and corn. It has a grainy back bitterness too. This stuff is pretty dreadful.
Palate: Medium carbonation with a light, watery mouthfeel. Medium, bitter finish.
Overall: It’s crap! I can only hope I got a bad bottle of this based on the other ratings.
Rebuy: Hell no.
ben4321 (5087) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gilly’s, 8/31/09
Aroma: Grass, bread, honey
Appearance: Clear golden/straw color, bright and fizzy white head, some nice lace
Flavor: Sweet and bready flavor, light grassy hoppiness
Palate: Light to medium body, smooth
This is a pretty good example of a Oktoberfest style, its a nice, smooth, and really easily drinkable beer.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden pour-nice thick white lasting head...Nice, mildly hoppy aroma with a bit of malt in the background...Medium body, crisp carbonation...Nice flavor...Grassy hops and a bit of sweetness in the finish...Nice...
smcolw (613) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge white head. Leaves ample lace. Crystal clear. Straw color--perhaps light for the style.
Surprising earthiness to the smell. Also, slightly skunky (despite the brown bottle)--no date on the bottle. Slightly sweet.
Partially dry, but with sweet undertone; is that possible? Round mouthfeel with a neutral amount of carbonation. The flavor has some sour elements that peak at the swallow. The aftertaste has some definitive peppery hop. This is a superior Marzen in many ways.
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: The aroma has some light sugary sweetness with some light grassiness. It pours a dull transparent gold with a soapy white head with decent retention and excellent webbing/rings of lqcing. The flavor starts with some light toffee sweetness. The finish is moderately grassy with a slight tanginess.e It really is bordering on being a pale lager. Medium bodied with mild and soft carbonation.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a pale copper body with thin head. aroma is light grainy malt. Flavor is lightly bitter, grainy and some toasted malt.