wxman (1839) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
First tried at the brewery/pub in Missoula, MT during the first Oktoberfest in 1988. Pours darker than most would consider for an Oktoberfest/Marzen, but that is the more traditional style from many, many years ago. Thick rich and malty, but not sweet like contemporary watery versions of the style. Not too strong at 6% ABV, so you can enjoy a few at a fest session. Quite good. Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2010
This beer didn’t taste much of anything Oktoberfesty, it tastes much closer to barley wine, it even smells like it too. Hopefully I’m reviewing the correct beer and if so I hadn’t found anything worth complimenting. Do not expect much from this beer. Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2010
12 oz bottle from New Seasons - Nice dark pour, but no head to speak of. Smells a bit like a petroleum based product. Taste is a bit more mellow, but much like it smells with an added hint of cedar with a bit of sweetness. Not bad. cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle served in a dimpled mug. 2010 edition. Pours murky dark brown with orange hues. Minimal head and lacing. Shame about that. Maybe pour this one closer to room temp. Aromatic nose of fruitcake, Frankfurt bread pudding, sweaty sock funk, and soft molasses sweetness. Mildly sweet flavor. Light-medium body, average carbonation. Malty finish for a malt focused brew. Good stuff. hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Rich and clean malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Deep amber orange color with great clarity and a decent off white head. Medium malt sweetness with a light hop bitterness to balance. Medium body with a creamy texture, medium carbonation and a medium length finish that leans toward the malts. Smooth and rich.
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Pours clear dark amber brown with a frothy beige head with decent retention. Aroma of sweet caramel and nut, along with some darker fruit. Taste has some burnt bitterness and sweet caramel and fruit sweetness. Medium long bitter finish. Medium body. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Oktoberfest Lager--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.00% ABV--25 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Dark--Thin lace hint tan head. Clear dark bronze red color. Roasted malty mild hop front. Malty mellow sweet toasted toffee smooth mild creamy rich roasted Fest body. Smooth refreshing mild hop clean lingering malt easy end. Dark interpretation of Style. Sampled 9/14/2009. 6-Pack--$7.79.
Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Oktoberfest Lager--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 20 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Dark. Light tan thin mild lace head. Clear dark bronze ruby red brown color. Toasted malt mild dark fruit black cherry hop front. Mild sweet smooth malty toasted roasted toffee cherry rich dark mildly fruity dark Fest body. Smooth mild hop roasted spice hint end. Sampled 8/26/2010. 6-Pack $7.79. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Pony keg purchased by my friend Skinny Heitz for Oregon’s dismantling of the USC Trojans. Dark brown pour with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of apples, molasses, caramel. Flavor of caramel malt, pepper and molasses. Very weak mouthfeel. Mediocre beer but everything tasted pretty great on that epic night. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Date: September 20, 2009
Source: Bottleworks, Seattle
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, balancing earthyness
Flavor: sweet chocolate and caramel flavor, light bready character, light earthyness, touch of caramel candy
Overall: a dark oktoberfest? drinks almost like a schwartz with so much roastyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Bottle from bottleworks and sampled same-day.
Relatively dark pour, slightly skunky aroma, Flavor a bit on the sweet side, some molassas, dirt, slightly sour and vegetal. This one seems like a mess to me. Disappointing.