scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light for a marzen, yellow in the glass with a pale aroma that doesn’t differentiate from the weihenstephaner lager. There’s even some soapy nose too. Metallic, sharp, and still a bit soapy. Disappointing given how much I enjoy their lineup.
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Six-pack - $8.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, surprisingly light yellow-hued body with a frothy, white head.
Smell: Delicate, light pale malt hints glanced by some floral, lightly herbal Noble hop notes.
Taste: Shies away from any complex malt character and instead delivers a rather mild pale maltiness with some basic sugary hints and (at best) very faint notions of wildflower honey. Noble hops are mainly floral with just the lightest amount of lemon citrus in there as well. Low bitterness. Slight yeastiness. Finishes dry with a vague Noble hop flavor ambling into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability: Huh. Well, it really takes the "ease of copious amount of drinking" route, leaving you wanting a bit more flavor, a bit more character, but, if downed in copious amounts alongside roasted chickens and sausage, you probably wouldn’t care at that point anyhow.
bushwik (11) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If you’ve been to Bayern you know that this is the style that rocks the biergartens. Top notch very drinkable and very flavorful. Like a Helles only better. Perfect!
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a nice fluffy white head and a blonde color with good clarity and a rush of tiny bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Aroma has some fresh hay, some nuttiness; some air dried sheets, and a little bit of skunk. This is a nice little hybrid beer; I enjoy the elements of the helles, the light biscuty maltiness, the zing of noble hops, and the mild palate. I also enjoy the marzen qualities of this beer, the roasty nuttiness, and the light sweet tones. This gets bonus points for being unique and blending two styles very well. This does however remind me more of a helles than an Oktoberfest. I hear they like to drink styles like this at the r3eal Oktoberfest these a days.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a solid drink. Not overly hoppy in my opinion; I’m surprised they call it that in their description. Has a pure beer taste. Looks just like urine...good or bad.
Travlr (20327) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium golden yellow with lacy white head. Notes of citrus, flavor of malt with a hint of grapefruit and banana. More bitter than the wheat. Typically less adventurous festival style beer.
jmm635 (981) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear pale golden color with a small white head. Somewhat sweet aroma, bready, hint of malts. Flavor was pretty bland. Not at all like a typical Oktoberfest. Watery mouthfeel. Disappointing.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy golden amber color with clear light orange hues when held to a light source and a foamy one finger white head. Visible carbonation bubbling up the glass.
Aroma is similar to a wheat beer with lots of bready yeast, banana, citrus fruit and some clove spice.
Slightly watered down medium body with a lot of clove spice, ripe banana, citrus fruit and bready yeast. Slightly dry finish.
flatmatt (1415) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear pale gold with a large white head. Aroma is somewhat sweet pale malts with perhaps a touch of lemon. Flavor is stale biscuit with some sweetness. Some bitterness comes out as well. For the most part this is like drinking a weak pilsner.
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.