omhper (25565) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2002
Orange coloured. Yeasty, strange sharp malt flavour. No - this is quite the opposite of the soft, creamy flavors I like in an Oktoberfest. Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2001
Perhaps no beer better exemplifies Amsterdam's lack of flair than this one. The potential is there in the subtle malt flavours for this to be a standout, but it just never quite gets there. Maybe some more hops, or a more complex yeast strain would help. Sammy (12616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
Significant smoke and some other lager that is passable, but the whole thing didn’t get pulled off. Smoke-like colour and smoke in aroma. Undesireable mustiness and I agree with Pootz/Pootzboy its like burnt toast. jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 2009-10-01. Dark orangey brown body with a modest white head. 3+ Aroma is lightly smokey malt. Flavour is similar, sweet up front, modest smoke slowly climbs as you go. Average to medium body. Meh, decent beer that is not to my own tastes. 5/3/5/3/11- 2.7 On tap at C’est What
JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
2008-10-03. Dark copper amber body with a mild beige head. Muted malty aroma, earthy mild smoke/peat overtones. Similar flavour, smoke/peat over base of malt. Average plus body. Okay. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0
Jan 2004. Rerate:Headless, brown amber body. Enjoyable but a bit weak. 6/3/5/2/9 - 2.5
C’est What Fest. Of Small Breweries 2002 - a little but sweet, thin bodied. Am still looking to try an octoberfest that impresses me.
12 oz bottles. Deep amber-brown colour, with light ruby highlights. The aroma is loaded with sweet beechwood smoke, soft earthy maltiness and a lingering nutty maltiness as well. Linger soft insistent smokiness over a clean, toasted malt character. Well-lagered, crisp, herbal bittering. Perhaps they’ve changed the recipe this year, but this is an excellent rauchbier. Highly underrated.
mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 [1754-20081003] Tap. Grainy yeast and light fruit aroma. Clear, red brown body with a light green tan head. Fruity grains continue in the flavour with a smooth toasty yeast. Medium body. Nice toastiness. (6/3/7/3/14) 3.3
blankboy (7788) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2008
(FOSB 2008 @ C’est What; Toronto, ON)
[2510B-20091002] Tap. Smoky grains malt aroma reminds me of a fireplace on a chilly October night. Clear, amber orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Smoky apple fruit grains flavour with mild strawberry cream notes. Medium body. Wow, quite smoky with fruity rinds, good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(21st FFOCB @ C’est What; Toronto, ON)
Draught at C’est What. Pours a cloudy dark orange-copper with a spare somewhat-lasting creamy off-white head. Very mild aroma of malt, nuts, a hint of coffee and some fruit. Flavour of earthy malt, light hops, fruit and a light bitter finish. Average bodied. Meh, doesn’t do much for me but it’s fine I guess. Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 17, 2008
On tap at Cest What? , Toronto HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
Appearance: Clear amber with mid top, slightly fizzy . 3-
Nose: A bit woody , light nutty aroma, earthy hop character. Decent nose. 6+.
Flavor/Palate : Quiet smoky ,meaty flavour. Clean with solid malt base. Straight good brew. Refreshing with its smoky touch.
2010-09-25 at Cest What 2010 Fall Festival of Beers. Huh - managed to miss this rating for the past 3 years - 4th time lucky. Appealing deep, bright, deep refractive mahogany with huge creamy, tightly fizzy milky-looking beige head. Pleasant aroma too, soft grain (not oily), honey, clover, slight floral bitterness, mildly toasty (7-). Taste is quite a letdown, grain, but oddly harsh and medicinal, perhaps weedy, but definitly not floral; mild alcohol. Watery, weakly carbonated, quick-finishing and a pretty harsh aftertaste - started well, ugly memory. Boutip (6486) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle: Poured a light amber color lager with an average size head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt is quite refreshing. Taste is also dominated by some caramel malt with not much discernable hops. Body is average with good carbonation. Not the most complex of beer but well done for what it is supposed to be.