dmac (5087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from my pops on opening Sunday. Poured originally with lots of large clinging bubbles inside a burnt orange body with a larger rather foamy light beige head. Aroma started off all cereal grains, dust and brown bread with some warming some spice and melted toffee emerge along with a slight touch of alcohol. The carbonation is a tad strong for such a watery medium mouthfeel and finishes bready. Flavor is a bit better then the original aroma, wet bread, dough, malts, perhaps a touch of toffee. Meh with some warmth it becomes drinkable.
60minuteman (1144) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Copper-amber color. Slight spice, malt, and caramel smell. Perhaps a bit floral. Good spice character on the tongue
CharmCityCrab (225) - Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cross between a Yuengling lager and a typical Oktoberfest. Refreshing while still evoking fall. Not nearly as impressive as the surpringly good bock they put out in the spring, but I think they did what they set out to do- something that hits enough of the Oktoberfest style to be recognizable, but light and refreshing enough to still appeal to non-craft drinkers. Price point that reflects the taste- slightly less expensive than any craft 6 pack, but slightly more than a Yueng lager or a Bud.
jrodooo5 (1370) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a pretty copper with a nice tan head that slowly fades into a tiny bit of lacing. The aroma is very festive for the season with subtle hints of spice. The taste isn’t quite as nice. I don’t particularly like oktoberfest beer but this one has some decent flavor. It’s crisp, smooth, and well balanced. There’s nothing spectacular about this beer but there aren’t really any flaws either. Solid.
jsquire (3971) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color out of the bottle with a nice foamy beige head. Sweet malty nose. Sweet beer with lots of caramel sweetness, some toasted grains and an odd acidity to it. Long metallic hop finish. Okay beer.
dlovell2 (1472) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber color with tan head. Malt aroma. Carmel malt start with slight hop finish.
uvajed (178) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not too shabby. Everything you’d expect from an oktoberfest, and reasonably priced. A little bland and thin, but a nice aroma, with a little spice. Not the best example of the style, but a fair one, and not my favorite Yuengling beer, but it is tasty. Light maltiness and a bit of yeast is apparent, which I love. Maybe some nondeScript nuts, perhaps hazelnuts. I’ll probably spring for another sixer or two of this $6.99 seasonal before it is gone, which means I think fairly highly of it. Still thankful that Yuengling began distributing in Ohio, and that we have begun to get their seasonals and lower-volume sellers. Yum!
*edit* Good call by Berkshirejohn to say this is almost like a brown ale, because it is!
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz twist-off bottle. Deep orange / light copper color. Long lasting off-white foam. Distant wood aromas. Flavor of toasted malts. Very smooth, lighter bodied. Loads of wood character. Very soft texture, easy drinking. Flavor is mellow, very well balanced. There is a nice caramel malt in the finish that follows up with earthy hop flavors along with some vanilla. Nothing like Sam Adams’ Oktoberfest (which is a Vienna), thank goodness. This is the perfect American representation of the old-world Fest Style beer. Very nice balance. (3455)
berkshirejohn (5513) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle from Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA. A brilliant golden amber colour with a fast fading cream head; simple malty aroma - almost like a brown ale; straightforward malty flavour, slightly metallic towards the end; and a malty finish.
This reminds me of the time, many years ago, when I was training to be an Analytical Chemist and one of the exercises we were set was to identify and measure the metals contained in a sample of Newcastle Brown Ale from a metal can - we didn’t know at the time that the supervisor had spiked the sample, so were rather alarmed to discover that it contained lethal quantities of tin! Anyway this is probably how it would have tasted.
blipp (7603) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Malty, with some light sweetness, and light toasted bready notes, followed by a toasted malty finish. Low bitterness throughout. Pretty good.