Jabic (467) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2017
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Toasted malt, grass, and hay; herbal and rich malt, but with a lighter edge. Ap: Bright orange-amber, crystal-clear and brilliant; medium off-white head with good retention, leaves a ring of assorted-size bubbles and a thin cap of blotchy foam. T: Toasty malt with a very, very light sweetness; hay and a light sulfur note; cracker malt and herbal hops on the finish, with a low bitterness; very clean ester profile, with just a hint of sulfur and butter. P: Medium body with high carbonation; finish is medium-dry. O: Tasty oktoberfest-style beer; good depth of malt flavor and restrained hopping; fermentation profile is quite clean, and the beer has a very pretty look; quite quaffable, with none of the overly sweet and pronounced caramel flavors that many American-style oktoberfest beers suffer from.
BillWyce (1051) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear amber color with a tight, 2-finger white head. Biscuit malt aroma with some caramel. Vanilla oak note as it warms. Medium body with a brief finish. Wood notes mix with biscuit malt. A touch of hops bitterness underneath lightens it a touch. Maybe a note of caramel too.
Beerdedone (3332) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours amber with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, dough, and grass. Flavor of toasted malts, caramel, dark bread, grass, grains and had a bit of honey.
obguthr (6007) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2017
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pounder: Hay aroma. Clear amber, thick head. Dried leaves, honey. Light body, easy carbonation.
Banksiz (118) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 2, 2017
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Faintly malty nose with very slight bubblegum banana notes. Pours a medium amber. Pleasantly balanced maltiness and bitterness, with a delicate noble hop flavor and no objectionable harshness. Medium-slick honey-like mouth feel. Very drinkable brew, but nothing really grabs me about this one.
scarletfire65 (1382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2016
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can at home with Caressa and Apollo. Picked this up because I was craving some oak barrel, and an oaky oktoberfest sounded perfect and intriguing, then I read the description on this page. Kind of deceiving. Anyways this can poured crystal clear light brownish amber with a huge foamy head. Faint malt on the nose with a whiff of maple syrup. It’s a light bodied marzen, lacking the expected malty, bready sweetness. Lighter bodied. Lightly hopped, a bit of crispness on the finish. This is unsatisfying as a marzen. Light on everything including flavor. Pass. Not what I would expect from FW.
Drake (13171) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallboy can from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Slightly hazy amber, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toffee and toasted malts, mild nutty notes. The taste is toasted malt, caramel, green and herbal hops. Thin bodied.
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - DEC 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden-orange-amber color with a big billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is mainly a mix of caramel and lightly roasted malt smells mixed with a rather decent oaky taste. Along with these smells comes some lighter aromas of spice with a little bit of nutmeg and some clove.
Taste – The taste begins with a toasted malt taste with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. Overall the sweetness is very light with it remaining so throughout the taste. While the sweetness remains lighter, the roastiness and some cracker tastes grow stronger as the taste moves forward. Along with these flavors comes some nice light oaky and woody tastes as well as a little bit of a herbal flavor, one is left with a slightly drier and toasted malt taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly lighter side while the carbonation level is rather high. For the Oktoberfest style I was not all that impressed overall. Less carbonation and more body may have accentuated the malt and some of the roasted flavors a little bit better.
Overall – An alright Oktoberfest, but in my opinion, not really what an O’fest is supposed to taste like. Not enough maltinesss and sweetness all while having a little bit too much roast and wood/oak. OK, but not really a great Oktoberfest in my mind.
exeter (521) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours the colour of straw with a light head and no lacing. The taste is of breadiness, honey and citrus. It’s a smooth brew. A little on the light side for the style. Not bad but not great.
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a light amber,clear and almost no head. Aroma light and malty with a little sweetness. A good beer but just not very exciting. If you want light,clean and malty you will love this.