Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - SEP 4, 2001
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I wish all American brewers producing oktoberfests would take a lesson from Ayinger, whose Oktoberfest is malty, tasty, and delicious. Instead, most breweries insist on putting out yeast-heavy, flavor-deprived brews such as this one. Yeast and hops dominate the aroma of this vibrant dark red beer, and the finish follows suit. What a waste.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RnH: tap: I really enjoyed this brew; and while I normally rate in full, coherent sentences, I will stick with the key words I used in my notes.... Earthy, rich, dirt, vegetables, darkness, crisp, clean, tastes like autumn...
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
...Yawn... Rather dark red with short lived head. Nutty, caramel aroma. Caramel malt, very fruity and quite sweet. Light, thin bitterness and an almost tart finish. Medium bodied. No obvious flaws other than dullness. Not very nice or interesting.
revolution2718 (379) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours mahogany with a bit of head. Nose is surprisingly hoppy for the style, a bready malt. Taste is very balanced hop/malt profile, some sweetness, a bit of bitterness on the end. Definitely not a traditional oktoberfest, I'm missing the german lager yeast character. Reads almost like an American amber. It's ok.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful clear super light brown color, minimal head. Gentle malt aroma, no hops. Clean malty flavor, medium body, a tangy note, some bitterness in the finish. a touch of sweetness in the middle. Really nice beer.
jnkor (364) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Color is a nice dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is malty, but earthy and organic, not a great mix. The taste is mostly that earthy, organic with a very carbonated finish. Ends a bit unpleasantly sticky sweet.
beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oktoberfest brews don’t excite me too much, but this one in particular really didn’t do to much for me. The reddish orange color is very pleasing to the eye, but overall it seemed a bit bland. The caramel malt was there along with some nuttiness and some citric hoppiness. Average O-Fest.
UM02 (363) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fairly standard Oktoberfest but nevertheless well done. A malty taste that is mildly hopped and not very complex. Nothing distinctive but a solid execution of the style.
voyageurmike (362) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from Whole Foods. Caramel colored, a bit creamy, little carbonation and a dry caramel flavor capped off by a medium long bitter finish. Decent but not outstanding for this style.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Amber color with little head. Light nose of biscuity malt, light caramel sweetness, and some perceptible bitterness. Flavor is slightly sweet malt with a decidedly crisp, bitter finish. Fairly lager-like body, though a bit light; this could have been heavier and smoother. A really drinkable beer from a dependable brewer-- I might not get an all-star, but I certainly won’t be let down. Glad it didn’t taste like an over-spiced pumpkin ale.