hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I get the lemongrass aroma, and pilsner aroma. Has a great balance of malt to spicey pilsner bitter. I guess that’s the helles profile. I don’t get the breadiness. It’s got a contrasting sweet and dryness.
moutfeel is full but w/ small refreshing bubbles.
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Wow, the average on this beer is far too low. Pours pale yellow with a sudsy soapy white head. The aroma has pils malt, lemongrass, light breadiness and grass. Medium / light body with a grainy feel and gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with pils malt, light sweetness, grassiness and spicy hops. the finish is spicy and refreshing. A nicely constructed helles. (7/3/7/3/15 -3.5)
Rerate notes: This has to be a different beer that what I had last year ~ now it is definitely a marzen. Pours light golden / orange with an off-white head. The aroma has lightly sweet caramel malt with the distinctive o-fest traits, but it seems more subdued and dry. Medium light body that is more crisp than normal for the style. The taste is in lie with the aroma & is far more drinkable to me that most marzens due to the dryness and some noticeable hops on the finish. A good beer & very nice for the style.
thegreenrooster (3194) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a average white head. Aroma is deffinatly plenty of sweet malts and some hay. Flavor is super dry with some bready malts and a nice mellow hop spice to it. A nice version of the style. I saw this on sale for $10 a six and that is way to high for this beer. If you see ths 500ml bottle though pick one up.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden hue with a small white head. Aroma of banana and cloves. Spicy and malty with a slightly bitter end. Thin body with some lively carbonation.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 500mL Bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy, pale straw color with a thick layer of foamy white head. The nose is very bready and doughy, with a touch of fruity peach and spicy cardamom, bringing to mind visions of a freshly baked danish. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a somewhat creamy texture. Sweet nisu bread malt flavors up front, along with notes of milky banana. A bit sweet, but a quenching wave of floral hops dries out the finish adequately.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle-pours a big foamy to rocky white head that laces and yellow color. Aroma is sweet grain, a bit musty. Taste is sweet grain/light malt, a bit musty/barnyard, secondary/mild (mostly hallertau?) hops-some woody. Seems quite like a helles lager. Easy drinking. Mild carbonation.
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Clear golden with a dense, white head leaving some lacework. Soft, malty aroma. Medium body with lightly sweet notes of malt and straw. Some alcohol is detected in the finish as well as some hoppiness. 101107
Strykzone (4912) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Two of this style in a row. A transparent honey pour with a with medium white head. Lots of carbonation and a sticky lacing. There is a definite crispness to this beer but it is malty and has honey flavors. There is a dry after taste.
keepersj12 (2679) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nothing to speak of here. Very watery, light floral aroma. Big head, very pale yellow. Have a Heineken, it’s cheaper.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
06-Nov-07 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 30-Aug-07 for $2.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) I love malt-driven German beers, and pouring the beer, ahhh, that amazing malty aroma typical of German brews already has me reeled in. On the palate, the prominent maltiness is clean and dry, and is balanced by mildly bitter, but flavorful noble hops. It’s that balancing contribution from the hops that really makes this beer different from many of the imported Oktoberfests on the market. Medium in body, but it’s clean with medium-strong carbonation and doesn’t weigh down the palate. The light-golden color would be a bit pale for an Oktoberfest, but as a Festbier, this is appropriate. However, the moderate haze isn’t ideal. A white, bubbly head rises to half an inch before quickly fading to a bubbly ring, but leaves considerable doily lacing on the glass. This is less malty than most German Oktoberfest beers I’ve tasted, and it’s not my favorite example of the style, but it has nice flavor and is extremely drinkable, and thus wouldn’t present a challenge to down a few liters.