George999 (457) - Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2016 Frank (4193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is Octoberfest number three or four or something on the year for me. I am digging them this year. It’s a good year for malt, I guess, and this is one beer that’s not afraid to be malty. It pours a clear amber color w/ a very small head of fine bubbles. The nose is malty and, strangely, there is quite a bit of cinnamon and clove spiciness. This is an order of magnitude more subtle than a Belgian but way more esters than I’d expect to see in a run of the mill ale let alone a lager beer. It works though, actually quite well, so while it is completely inappropriate for the style these spice notes do make for good beer. Flavor is up front w/ it’s malty sweetness w/ quite a lot of caramel and sugar flavors. It’s only mildly carbonated but not so sticky sweet as to feel sluggish. This is a rather good beer overall and one of the better Octoberfests this year.
The pour is clear and copper in color, with a caramel colored head. The aroma is bread, yeast and caramel. The taste is caramel with a peppery finish and a good malt backbone. The carbonation is high communicating a brighter finish but leaving a little roasted malts. wxman (1819) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Pours a clear copper color with a substantial antique lace white head. Sweet malt aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, buttered biscuits, a bit of vanilla and almost non-existent hop bitterness. Really good, but perhaps a bit sweet. tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2016
On tap at Lucille in Madison, WI. and served to a sampler showing a clear, amber hue, a presentable layer of off white head foam that reduced to a persistent ring & film, with ribbons of lacing. The nose was light grain, toasted, with Munich & light lager scent, and just a tad of caramel sweetness. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste mimicked the aroma notes in a more mellowed fashion, and contributed a low, earthy bitter. A clean rendition of the style. CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2015
On DraughtAtom (2448) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Pours a rust color with a small but well retained head and some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is malty with some toasted nuts & some leafiness. It’s not overly sweet smelling, it’s clean, it’s inviting.
the flavor is malty with some toasted nut things happening. It’s got some leafy and herbal hop character. The beer is not overly sweet, it’s clean... it’s a little nutty.
As far as Oktoberfest goes, this is just fine.
12oz bottle pours a hazy copper/orange with a huge khaki head. Light toffee and caramel malt aroma. Light taste caramel and toffee, lightly fruity. Not offensive, pretty bland.
schmittaj (16) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Not bad, decent balance of malts, slightly sweet. My biggest issue is a slight metallic aftertaste. Aggiebob (1125) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Copper color with a frothy beige head. Caramel malt flavor. Sweet taste. Very balanced. Ratman197 (14826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle poured a clear amber wth a small lingering amber head. Aromas of caramel, bread and light earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of caramel, bread and light toasted malt with a smooth lingering caramel finish. GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is malty. Taste is creamy, malty, easy to drink, tasty caramel malt finish. Ok lacing. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2014
I enjoy a good Oktoberfest beer, even when the brewer spells it incorrectly. This one has a handsome pour, an orange/amber body with a sustained eggshell head. The aroma is sweet and caramelly, but the flavor tones down the sweetness and adds a mild earthy/grassy bitterness to balance it out. Enjoyable.