BlackBeerPG (981) - Darien, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2016
Taste: Malty semi sweet, roasted, spicy. Deep toasted malt nose.
Dark Copper color, clear, large white head with some lace. Medium body.
Wish it had just a bit more spicy bite. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Found on tap on 10-24-2009. Arrived to the table a deep copper color, low carbonation bubbles, slightly hazy with a low, dense off-white head. Aroma has a very heavy malt presence composed of a modest amount of caramel, a stronger amount of Munich malt both producing a fresh-grainy-husky note, sweet light nuttiness and finishing with a light pumpkin spiciness to it. Flavor is overall pretty sweet, but not cloying. Munich and caramel malts impart a sweet, smooth toasted malt note, a very light grassy hops presence is there and some noticeable alcohol heat at the end. Body is moderately heavy with an oily texture and pretty low carbonation. Overall a very good malty brew with mild sweetness and solid mouth feel. I can’t wait for this to be back on tap next season! BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2009
More malt presence than typical German Oktoberfests. Dark amber in color. Roasted grain nose. Slight sweetness is QuickTime covered by malt and finished short with very light bitterness. Very drinkable, not spectacular. Dogbrick (14290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Sample at the Palatine brewpub. This beer is a clear copper color with a compact white head that diminishes slowly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet fruit and a bit of spice. Medium, clean body with a sweet caramel malt flavor underscored by wheat and hops. The finish is malty with a lingering sweetness left over. Slightly above average overall. DrnkMcDermott (3175) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Draft at Downers Grove, English pint glass. Slight letdown after the Patriot’s Pride. Dark amber color, but clear, like the Okto’s we all like. Same scrum of light foam as with most Emmett’s brews. Munich malt smell with yeasty overtones. Taste starts out with too much banana-y weizen esters. Thankfully, that impression recedes. It seems to have lagered too warm and lost its chance to finish. Still it does improve further down, and I can get a nice taste of Vienna malts and ticklish spicy hops.
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Draught at Downers Grove 09/22/08. Golden amber with a thin off white head that leaves some lacing. Malty, dry, with a dry roast bitter aftertaste. A nice dry subtly, but evidently hoppy take on the style. Body has a rich sweetness. Solid oktoberfest.
frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Clear deep-copper with a slight film surrounded by a thickish white ring that left a watery lace. Aroma was gentle and bready with a hint of lemon and roast. Flavor is malted and spiced with esters & fruity yeast, finishing nutty. A bit watery, but the spices linger. Drinkable and satisfying, but not the top of the line for brewpub Märzens.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2005
<font size=-4>On Tap at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Tavern & Brewing, Palatine, IL<font size=-1>
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2005 Cool, first one to rate this creation. From what the handout says all three of their location brews this for September and the waiter says that it actually sells quite well. For the most part it is a pretty good beer and just about par for the field of Oktoberfest style.
Brown clear in color with a white head that is mostly discipating white. The nose is caramelly with hints of roasted malts here and there. The taste is kind of roasted, with toasted malts being the dominant flavor. It has a bite of something, I cant really put my finger on it. One thing that I am quite pleased with is that there is still a hop kick right there in the front. Pretty good overall