jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth nutty, caramel, malt flavors with a bit of yeast and some hops at the end. Easy drinking, light, a decent example of the style. For an Oktoberfest, this is a good bet to pick up. Light aroma, some of the same notes: malt, yeast, caramel, walnuts.
hombrepalo (1714) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
swing-top botle. Poured a clear amber with a nice off white head. Aroma was a little on the weak side but wow did this have some flavor. Nice malt, hops, spice balance that left me very happy compared to the flat aroma. Overall a nice oktoberfest, one of the better ones I’ve had.
DuffMan (5793) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Falling Rock Denver. Clear copper amber. Aroma of caramel apples, slightly floral, delicate. Sweet malt and an herbal leafy hop note make up the fairly simple palate. Nice, but nothing to go crazy over.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light tawny color with a taller tight bubbled soft cream color. Lightly toasted grain and hint of herbal hops. LIght nutty flavor mixes with toasted grains. Balanced herbal bitterness. No big flavors, just a easy drinking lager. Very clean and balanced. One could sit back and relax with this one for a long time and not get tired of it.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice pour from the swing-top bottle, a clear orange body with a three-fingered head. Oddly, no lacing. The aroma a fairly unchecked sweetness, honeyed warm bread and a dollop of caramel. The flavor’s more on target, toasty bread, honey, caramel, and an herbal/earthy bitterness to balance out the maltiness. The finish has an herbal dryness to it. Not bad.
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nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. One of the top two on the day. Clear honey color with a nice white head. Subtle yet well developed aroma - dried herbal notes, hops in the middle, and a undercooked breadiness throughout (it worked...). Nothing sticks out here and everything works together. I guess that means it’s well balanced.
notalush (4457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil - clear golden beer - frothy, well-sustained head - thick, sticky lace - beautiful, malt-forward aroma, with strong honey smells, and a lot of floral character allowing herbal hops to stick to it - very smooth - light, almost herbal bitterness - a bit of nutty, sweet maltiness - a lot of late bready character - the hops are just enough to keep things balanced - super drinkable and tasty - one of the hits of the day for me.
OldGrowth (2341) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint @ Tyler’s Apex. Good aroma, Sweet. Caramel apple, grass. Clean brownish orange color, little to no head. Bitter sweet flavor. Malty, stale bread, wet autumn leaves, little smoke, paper/cardboard. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, clean finish with a mild bitterness. Tasty brew, aroma was a keeper, flavor no so much, leans to a bready cardboard thing I don’t go for.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Clear pale amber beer topped by a thick creamy white head. Very clean malty aroma. Light crackery pale malt and a soft flinty hoppiness. A bit herbal and hoppy with a light hoppiness. There is even a touch of smoke on the back of this one, but it’s very subtle. Nice easy drinking festbier. Great balance. Off to a good start.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear amber with a small frothy white head. Proper marzen aroma, grassy, sweet toasted caramel malt. Grassy flavor, slightly sweet, bready, toasted cereal, light honey. Nice body, medium with fluffy carbonation. Nothing too interesting here, a bit disjointed, the sweetness and and bitterness are not in harmony.