brewpubexplorer (7) - - AUG 3, 2013 does not count
A very good oktoberfest beer. Not the best but very good. Probably my favorite abc beer. DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Aroma is slightly reminiscent of a Flemish sour ale, as is the taste. Deliciously even, moderately complex palate. Really a great beer overall. dancatts (91) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Has a darker pour close to a dark bronze. Had an aroma slightly of coffee and an almost smoky flavor to compliment the darker style of beer. Overall a great beer. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Probably not fair to call this a marzen or a fest, but I did enjoy it. Beautiful clear dark copper pour with a large frothy off white head that leaves great lacing. Nose is sweet malts and a surprising amount of spice ... not marzen but appealing. Mouthfeel is good and full, better, again, than a marzen. Taste is sweet malts and caramel, a little spice, more bitterness than appropriate, but I liked it, and a bitter and nutty finish. I’m probably the high rater on this one, and probably because I’m ignoring the poor match between the beer and its stated type. emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 18, 2007
This beer has a dark color to it with head that is thick and has decent sized bubbles. There is a sweet smell of chocolate malt and mild hops. As you drink it you taste the chocolate and coffee with some intence hops. there is also a bitter taste that sticks around in your mouth for a while after you drink it.
Tricountybeer (167) - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Poured a copper color with little off white head and no lacing Sweet caramel, herbal, light smoke, spicy, nutmeg aroma. , very light citrus hop. Taste was watery, and the flavor vanished 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Pint at the Harrisburg brewery. The color is surprisingly dark for a marzen/festbier/Oktoberfest/whatever – it’s a dark pumpkin brown with deep red hues at the bottom of the glass, and a patchy, toast colored brown head. Nose of sweet caramelized onion and bread, with some squash and grass scents, a little grainy as well, with some light roast. Has a bit too much coarseness or bitterness on the palate, but it’s redeemed by some nice plum, port and oak flavors, on top of more subtle char and roast. I had this fresh from the brewery, and it tasted like it – extremely vibrant and new. Overall it’s sweet and coarse at the same time, and I found myself liking it a lot. Travlr (26417) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Draft at abc. Hazy amber brown color, cream colored head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of caramel biscuit and light cocoa. Taste is similar. Not bad.