TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear rusty-orange. Tight white head shows good retention. Clean nose of herbal hops, nut skins, marmalade, hay dust, and breadcrust. Firm and tight carbonation. Pleasing snappiness is quickly enriched by a bright, but nonintrusive, fruity twang on initial sip. Well-extracted malt brings vivid toast and exhibits the depth of cocoa-kissed breadcrust as it gracefully emerges. Ongoing malt richness fills out the cleanly fermented and well-lagered body, as does a measured German hop splash of flower nectar. Some tealike hop notes in there as well, which supply a faint tickle. Without tarnishing the cleanness, a fruitlike slickness generates saliva, before being absorbed by well-textured hay dust and ongoing snappiness. Spicy, licorice-tinged bitterness enhances the lean and well attenuated finish, as notes of new-mown hay and nutty Munich swirl about and linger cleanly. I’m delighted to find that this is a very sincere stab at a traditional märzen. Perhaps a touch timid, aromatically, but it has excellent balance and surprisingly clean fermentation. A bit more malty dynamism (melanoidins, anyone?) and this would be markedly improved. Nice job.
Travlr (22484) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can sample at The Amazing Canival. Clear amber color, off white head. Aroma of toast and biscuits. Taste is lightly toasted sweet caramel.
freekyp (2021) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2015 Blowing Rock’s Oktoberfest is rooted in tradition, delivering a stateside rendering of the Munchen classic in a can (or bottle). Pours deep orange-amber and holds a rocky white head with ample lacing. Familiar bready and caramel malt aroma with coppery noble twang permeate the aroma and flavor. Has enough girth to stand up to a heavy lunch of wursts and spaetzel, but light enough to stand on its own. One of the better Oktoberfests out of the southeast.
HourGlass13 (694) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured up a light copper color with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, grain, earthy, some what organic. Flavor is caramel, toffee, grain, and a slightly off metallic taste. Mild carbonation. Good beer for cooking.
jcnielsen (3313) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can. Pours a copper color with white head. Malty, minerally, earthy aromas. Malty, bread, orange soda flavors. Kind of like the other Blowing Rock beers I’ve tried, just a little off.
jrob21 (3524) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can waiting for me from the in laws. Another NC tick. Candy sugar and caramel aroma. Little bit of toasty caramel and burned sugar flavor. Finish is a little metallic and bitter.
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Caramel and light nutty aroma. Caramel and light mineral flavor. Medium bodied. Caramel and light mineral tones linger.
hman43 (1299) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
It pours a dark golden with a head that does not produce very much lacing. There are dull aromas that are hard to pick up. The hops aroma was difficult to pick up due to lack of aroma. It has a taste of bread malts with a bit of hops are undefined.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Brilliantly clear amber body with an off white head.
S - Nice toasted malts, caramelized brown sugar, nutty yeast.
T - Sweet toasted malt, hints of spice and grassy hops on the sides of the tongue, caramel coats the mouth with notes of berry fruit and nuts.
M - Low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, semi-dry finish.
Full flavored malts makes this a pretty tasty beer. It could have been a bit crisper but does not lack in the flavor department.
Serving type: bottle
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed: 9/11/09. I’m always excited to see a new beer come out of NC, and even more excited when that beer is an Oktoberfest.
Poured into my pint glass a clear dark amber/orange with a thick beige head on top. Retention is weak, but it leave some lacing. Smells earthy and a little dull. Not a whole lot going on there.
The mouth is creamy, but with just enough carbonation to give a little zip. Well done. I wasn’t expecting much in the flavor, as the rest of their offerings are pretty average, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Nice caramel kick at the onset, full bready mouth throughout, and finishes slightly bitter sweet. This is balanced and plenty drinkable. I could have a few more of these for sure. This may be one my go-to’s for the fall. Recommend.