runaway (70) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle poured golden clear with small bubbles a thin white head and a curtain lacing. The smell was of wheat and grass. Taste - bright and grassy with juniper notes. Palate, watery with a mild carbonation. The aftertaste was slightly metallic with a mild dryness.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a light blonde, fluffy head. Not you typical Marzen Oktoberfest, more like a standard German lager. Grass and lemon notes, some hay. Kind of a skunks aroma. Decent bitter finish with lively carbonation. Not good for a Marzen style beer.
Jado (657) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From 500 ml bottle. Pours a perfectly clear straw-gold with a big fluffy head and lively carbonation. Aromas of lemon, cut grass, touch of banana and maybe a hint of a floral note. Taste is very light, but noble hops are present, along with some sharp lemon and a little hay. Clean finish with a very light citrus aftertaste. Not bad for the style.
Cantabrian (944) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Perhaps there should be a final word from the brewers as to whther this is a Maerzen or not, as the debate rages on. Although the nose gives a hint of an ordinary lager with a strong vein of honey, the flavour is grassy hoppy, still wit the honey in the background, but less evident. Nice. Oh yes, the the lemoney yellow colour is no good.
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dan's. The pour is quite light. A pale gold with minimal head and almost no lace. The aroma isn't really anything that stands out. It's got some malts and a couple subtle spice notes but for the most part pretty bland. The flavor is pretty bland as well. It's got the aroma notes in the flavor, but also a lagery style after taste. It's not the color or consistency I was expecting for an Oktoberfest beer.
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boozedude (2191) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into glass..pale yellow pour with some haze..thin head..malty aroma and super malty taste..sone lemon
Pyobon (1096) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Bottle) Clear yellowy pale gold with ridiculous big white head. Aroma is grain and grass, with maybe some metallic and spice hints. Medium bodied with plentiful mouthfilling carbonation. Pilsner like hoppiness is apparent with some rather grainy malt and some fairly harsh tastes. This was surprisingly disappointing.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated Blind. October 2013. 12oz Bottle. This is the palest Oktoberfest I’ve ever seen. Still a Cheerio-like Vienna malt nose, creamy and sweetly fruity. Dry, light, and clean. It feels like a hefty, light on the hops pilsner. Drinkable smooth, with a little limestone and cement finish. A very decent construct, but a little on the pale side of my style preference. Well brewed and certainly German. Really elegantly pulled together as it warms with wonderful hop balance.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Grain with a solid quilt of whites, a little light colored for a marzen. Smells like a good pilsner: grain, corn, sweet pils malt, just a hint of hop. I like the nose very much, but not under this style. Flavor is bitter, some bits of corn and grain, a little bit of anise almost in the back. Light bodied with higher carb and a dry finish with a rubbing tongue feel. This is the least impressive of Weihenstephan’s beers. The beer is misrepresentative of marzen IMO, but maybe in Munchen they play by different rules...?...
esox (1189) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught. Clear golden beer, medium creamy head. Somewhat herbal hoppy nose, some pear and bready malts. Slightly glue’ish. Medium sweet, bready maltiness, some honey, slightly herbally bitter finsh. Medium body, sticky and unfresh. Propably not at its best.