blipp (9915) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber with a beige head. The aroma is sweet with caramel and honey. The flavor is toasted malt and burnt popcorn. Decent. Strykzone (7800) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Dark copper color with a light orange head that offers very large bubbles. Decent retention. Aroma is faint but offers some toffee with some floral hop. Taste is surprisingly harsh with unmalted barley leading. That soon fades and floral hops move to the front along with some caramel malt and molasses. A dry bitter aftertaste. gabrielsyme (66) - Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Deep amber color, minimal head. Smells and tastes of burnt paper, smokey, caramel, toffee, with more than a little bitterness. joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2008
dark brown, darker than most oktoberfests, with minimal head. flavor has an initial dark crystal flavor, but then drops off suddenly without much more malt coming through or hops components. not a top flight oktoberfest Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2008
From the bottle this poured a deep amber body, tinited with brown, and capped by a short-lived eggshell head. The aroma was sweet and malty with touches of caramel and molasses. Some burnt toast bitterness was added to the flavor and help to temper the sweetness. Okay, but there’s lots of other Oktoberfests out there to choose from.
Ottscay (7) - Mason, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2008 does not count
Pat’s Liquors, Porter, IN
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a fairly substantial head which remained for several minutes. Pleasant taste for a marzen, not great and not bad. Not as smooth/creamy as other Oktoberfest beers (i.e. Sam Adams Oktoberfest). Has a more hoppy finish. MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle. A little bit of trepedation as I reached for this since all of my experiences with Atwater have been... well... mediocre. Anyhow, this beer pours a dark, dark amber with some reddsh highlights. Aromas are weak... maybe some maple or jammy fruit. This is a strange start for an Octoberfest. Anyhow, flavor is thick and sweet... maple syrup and jammy fruit are in full display, but it doesn’t come off as cloying till it is pretty warm as I’m almost done with the glass. Really interesting and well worth the try. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2008
7/26/08: Bottle,Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Copper bodied. Mild nose. Caramel flavor with a nasty after taste. Not a favorite.
Uncharacteristically fragrant, this aromatic Marzen has strong character but is bit too hoppy for the style and doesnt leave the most pleasant of finishes, but one could do worse. tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Not a bad beer. I usually expect more spice in Octoberfest beers. I was pleased that it wasn’t that ovberspiced Octoberfest beers out there. Had it at Atwater.