gsmitty80 (1680) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty standard German helles. Not too much differentiation than the traditional and not as heavy as i would like for something named oktoberfest.
DCLawyer (1155) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sampler at RFD. Copper/gold with frothy offwhite head. Bittersweet malt and grains, light earth hops. OK.
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aged bottle: not sure of the age but i’ll say this, it was made in West Germany... . Pours a tawny tan .. . caramel, light molasses, some oxidation, and sweet copper .. . has held up incredibly well, quite amazing really- and my sample was clearly a marzen, not a helles .. . . I said, Dammit, monster, you quit bugging my children, now. We work for our money in this house - we don’t just give money away!
drpimento (2023) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Could swear that the last time I had this (15 or 20 years ago so maybe my memory is not so hot on this) it was a traditoinal Okfest/Marzen red lager. Now it’s more like the HBHaus, blonde, sweet, and boring. An abomination. Served with a nice, white head and lots of lace. Head mostly fades to thin cover. Color is a nice medium yellow gold. Aroma is sweet malt. Flavors about the same. Body is ok but carbonation is scant. Finish is forgettable. Borrrrrrinnnnng....
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Dankhaus in Chicago for their Oktoberfest. Pours on the amber side of gold with a white head. Nose is sweet malts, clean. taste is much the same, enough bitterness to prop it up. Quite drinkable and nice.
Pwn3d (1959) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at house of brews with Hans Reimürstägen. Pours true copper. Bitter but sweet malt tones. Crisp palate & Very drinkable, das uber!
JoeMcPhee (8054) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Ginger Man and the Half Pint. Pale golden beer, slightly hazy with a thick creamy white head. Very fresh pils malt aroma. Lightly minerally with a soft baked bread crust as well. Flavour is also very fresh with a prominent crackery maltiness and a light floral hoppiness toward the back. Minerally/flinty bitterness. Comes across more like a slightly hoppy helles and is much more in the German festbier style than the typical Marzen we see on this side of the pond. Really great balance and a very nice beer.
Maverick34 (1909) - New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Amber minor head, a lot of sweets and malts. Nothing super-special but a decent Marzen.
DrnkMcDermott (2716) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at a club in Niles, IL with Polish clientele, that seems to keep in rarely-distributed German beers along with the Okocim and Zwyviec. But server knew little about the beer, and I only had the blue checkerboard on the tap handle to tell it was supposed to be an Oktoberfest beer. Poured in a Maisel’s weiss glass, it sure appeared to be a weizen to me. And I see by the other ratings that this is indeed one of the sickly pale lagers now being passed off in Germany as Okto bier. So, a pale pils color with a short-lived white head. Clean beer with very little besides a lightl malt smell. A bit of hop sharpness, perhaps bigger than I’m thinking as there’s little malt to balance it. I kept thinking I had notes of lemon and weizen spices. Okay on draft.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Transferred over from the other WB fest listing (rated the wrong one way back when). Bland and yellow. I have been told that this is the O’fest trend now in Germany. What a shame. Kinda reminds me of a strong Budweiser. Not a bad beer, but it just doesn’t blend with that refreshing October Canadian cold front, if u know what I mean.