BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle listed as Marzen #5 with 6.2% alcohol and no peat character. Pours with a crystal clear amber-red body with an off-white medium sized head that leaves great lace. Aromas are grainy, straw, lightly grassy hop, light metallic, bready, warm malt, toasty, light plastic. Clean, no esters. Flavors are bready, malty, toasty, clean. Lacking a bit of melanoidins for my taste in the style. Light melon and caramel. Medium hop bitterness, low hop character, light salinity, toasty. Livelier carbonation (2.6+), dry with a medium body. Inoffensive if not good, but lacks melanoidin character that I like to see in the style. Thisis12ptfont (1234) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Grapes, grapefruit and caramel on the aroma. Crimson/amber in color with no foam. Fruity overtones with a nice caramel sweetness and bready background. Some subtle hops on the finish. Overall, basic yet, unique and well-rounded. I’d give this a B rating. Not bad at all. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours a darker amber with an extremely thin head. A little malty in the aroma, but relatively little taste. Standard oktoberfest brew. presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
Release 6. Nice soft head. Soft body. Beer is full and OK. Nice autumn bread and grain flavour. Soft hoppiness. Best if looking for a Marzen rather than special seasonal perhaps. jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Light spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.
mikey (508) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours a clear orange and amber with a moderately sized near-white head. The nose is grassy with an earthy hop character combined with a touch of caramel malt. The taste starts with quite a bit of toasted and caramel malt with a bit of vanilla sweetness. Next comes some sharp, grassy hops. Finishes slightly earthy. Overall, this is a classic, very drinkable Oktoberfest. Strykzone (7807) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bomber from Hayduke. Almost clear and honey colored. A nicetgick golden head sits firmly in place. A thin but wide lacing pattern. Not a big nose but malts and a whiff of spice. The first sip has ginger and european hops. Nice soft fruit is pleasant. The hops here are well mixed resulting in a soft but effective profile. That also is true with the malt base. This beer is nicely understated. Not quite your standard Oktoberfest but a nice one. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate golden-amber color bordering on copper with a thin off-white head and not much in the way of a head or lacing. The nose brings some light bread and faint earth hops. A bit of toast. Light-medium body underneath plenty of bread and light hops. Decent, but pretty boring. hayduke (5732) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 From a 22-oz bottle purchased in McCall, Idaho from Paul’s Grocery. Release #6. Poured an rich amber color with a medium sized off-white head and moderate lacing. Nose of lightly roasted malts. Medium and body and with a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is rich and malty. There is some spice in the finish. Richer than many of this style it make for enjoyable drinking as I sat inside looking at the snow after a day skiing. . ben4321 (6840) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/4/11
Aroma: The nose has some caramel and earth, with hints of fruit and spice as well
Appearance: It pours a slightly hazy dark orange-brown color with a small off-white head
Flavor: The taste is medium sweet, caramel and fruit, balanced by the earth and spice hops
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has an average carbonation, and an apple juice-like mouthfeel
I thought this was a fairly solid offering. It had a little bit more going on then your typical Fest Beer. It drinks pretty nicely. I solid offering that does nothing to offend. I’d drink this one again.