GJF (1510) - 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 (6727) - 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 (6976) - 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 (1024) - 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 (3880) - 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 (3121) - 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.
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 (4801) - 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!