theOptimator (327) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 Aroma is sweet malt. Appearance is golden yellow with medium small white head. Nicely carbonated. Taste is incredible malt, honey, grain. A slight bit of roast. Mild spicy hops and roast keep this balanced but this is a malt forward beer. Palate is malty sweet and crisp as can be. Hops bitterness balanced perfectly with the hints of roast malt to keep this from being cloying. Overall an excellent beer. This isnt what everyone considers an Oktoberfest/Marzen, but more a slightly stronger, malty’er version of a helles with the slightest hint of roast...... a Festbier or Wiesen. If you go to Oktoberfest... this is most likely what you will be drinking.
Bierkrug (2132) - - OCT 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle picked up in Germany and had at home. Looks like the body has a bright gold color with clarity and visible carbonation. Head isl bright white head of tightly packed foam. The aroma is bready, nutty malt with fresh floral hops. Taste is a mix of bready malt with nuts and light honey like sweetness backed up buy floral/botanical, almost grassy hops. The palate is quick and refreshing. It’s not very complex but it is very good!!!
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown 500ml bottle, best before 30 July 2011, drank in my Cork hotel room in mid Nov 2010.
The beer had a good mid-gold, solid look to it, on top a good white foaming head.
A Marzen should have some colour to it (not like some of the modern golden ones), it should also smell and taste of malts somewhat. This beer fits the bill nicely.
A very easy to drink beer and a fine example of the style, the 5.8% being just about perfect for the body and depth this beer has.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light golden with a thin wispy off-white head. Notes of munich malt, biscuit. Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. Very nice festbier.
douglas88 (7249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles at Brian’s place. How haven’t I had this? Anyway, pours a clear amber color with a medium white head. A big fresh hoppy and sweet toasted malt nose. The flavor is wonderful: fresh spicy hops, toffee, sweet toasted malts, a bit of berries. Super flavorful and easy. Lovely.
Salmoniform (1227) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Golden straw hue with thick fizzy white head. Aroma is bread, cereal, slight sulphur, slight clove. Mouthfeel is great with a light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry throughout with a spicy hop following and slight sulphur finish. Overall this is a quite enjoyable Oktoberfest brew.
GreatDane1632 (1033) - Alabama, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated from notes taken 14 Sep 2011 -- Drank at an Oktoberfest beer tasting. This was my favorite of them all.
Shark_Pants (452) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice creamy lasting head. Aroma is funky barnyard & horse blanket(?). Taste is more grassy, with just a touch of citrus, sweet malt, finishing with a nice dryness. I actually really like this. Perfect for a nice warm Aussie summer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
superspak (3409) - Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 4/16/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale Oktoberfest style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
tillmac62 (423) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light amber (golden) pour. Very nice head, lacing and retention. Light, slightly sweet nose, with notes of pear over biscuit. Almost light medium body with a touch of smoothness. Above average carbonation that provides a nice effervescence throughout. The flavor profile is laid back, but has a very nice balance and a bit of complexity. It begins with pear and a touch of lemon, then flows into a rather toasty biscuit light sweetness. The middle effervesces into a slight bitterness over a receding biscuit. The finish approaches crisp and has a noble hop flavor note over a slightly dry character. A solid Oktoberfest, but not world class such as Great Lakes, Hacker-Pschorr or Ayinger.