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A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor. Prost!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2007
(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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Strykzone (5375) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2007
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
keepersj12 (2878) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Nothing to speak of here. Very watery, light floral aroma. Big head, very pale yellow. Have a Heineken, it’s cheaper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 7, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5205) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle. Grassy, dusty aroma, bready with light yeast and perfumed hops. Clear light yellow pour, not sickly but certainly not robustly colored, with a delicious creamy white head that makes up for the other visual deficiencies. Richly malty taste, sweet and perfumed. Light body edging toward medium, Touch of honey with an herbal note. smooth with the occasional prickle from carbonation, sessionable and extremely quaffable. Clean. Light toasty notes in the bready background, which slightly outlasts the perfumed hops in the aftertaste. Underrated, meiner Meinung nach!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle at Sunset Grill on 10/13/07
Weak, filtered, appearance, with obviously loose carbonation and poor retention/lacing. An apple juice/white grape colored beer with white head.
I thought I got a bad bottle, but seeing as how this was refrigerated and freshly imported, and most of the ratings are pretty bad, I suppose this beer just sucks?
I don’t know, whatever I drank was a sorry excuse for anything, except for a poorly brewed, unlagered helles-type beer. Wax, vanilla, acetyldehyde and stale, cheap, powdered sugar all speak to the lack of quality here. A struggle to finish. Very watery, loose carbonation, light bodied and unpleasant. I’ll definitely be searching for more of it and give it another try. Hopefully this was just a bad bottle....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (5008) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Very light amber coloured body - more golden than anything else, with a thinnish white head. Aroma of fresh malt, light hops, citrus and some mild spice and nuts. Medium-bodied; Bland taste up front with only a bit of the malt showing through. Aftertaste has a bit more complexity, but nothing showing strongly aside from some caster sugar. Overall, a pretty bad offering from any otherwise good brewery. I sampled this 12 ounce bottle purchased at Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 04-November-2007.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5489) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Clear gold with a small white head. Aroma is malty with strong floral Euro hops. There are buttery biscuits as I dig deeper in the nose on this. Soft lemony notes as well. Taste is big floral hops, buttered biscuits, malts, lemon, grains and grassy hops. Body is bubbly but controlled. Medium overall feel. Finishes with more bitter hops (floral and grassy), buttered biscuits, soft honey, lemon and malt. Light grains as well. Nice!

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