Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - OCT 26, 2016
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a mostly transparent copper color with a rising carbonation to meet a slim finger’s white foamy head. Rings of melting foamy lace cling initially to the glass but slide into the beer.
The aroma starts with sly twist of sweet oaky spice over sweet caramel and toffee malts. Crisp nuttiness blends nicely like a good Oktoberfest. Crisp semi-sweet to bitter grassy hops make a light presence.
The flavor leans sweet through the malts allowing the spice to lightly come back with the hops, semi-bitter. Aftertaste seems to lean sticky sweet carrying on into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly light, semi-sticky but allowing the spice to lightly hit in a fairly sharp sort of way.
Overall, to date, this has got to be the absolute most interesting Oktoberfest. All qualities of the style show their presence yet Firestone Walker gives off their creative genius. Would I have again? By all means.... bgruis (3) - Johnstown, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2016 does not count
Bitterness is not to style. Color is on point, Pours appropriately with nice lacing. In normal American style this beer was over hopped. Not to style. Firestone, I love you, you normally do a great job, if you brew a beer out of style please tell me on the label so I know what I’m buying.
RobBestwick (1001) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2016
From a can. Fresh and sweet malty aroma. Pours golden in colour with a frothy white head. Sweet malt flavour with some spice notes and a touch of dry woodiness. There is some balancing hoppy bitterness as well. Medium body and a balanced finish. swesson (478) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2016
On tap at Hot Shots in Pismo Beach. Thin white head and a dark gold body. Aroma is of biscuit and a bit of malt. Tastes of malty marzen, but not much hop. Quite frankly, I was expecting a bit more intensity for an Octoberfest. So many great ones to choose from right now and I'm afraid this one just doesn't stand out from the crowd.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone furthur (1264) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Growler, medium amber beer, nice, bubbly white head, some lace. Aroma is malt, caramel, cloves, plums. Taste is malt, cloves, banana, coffee. Palate is medium, carbonation moderate.
Braudog (6979) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Can. Shiny copper, calling me in. Thin but staying head. This is exceptionally smooth, with classical Fest qualities ... light caramel, a little bit of pleasant wood finish, and a little Teutonic hop kiss. (#6376, 10/16/2016) BuckeyeBoy (9325) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2016
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a golden copper topped with a white head. Nose is bread dough some sweet caramel notes and grass. Taste is more of the dough caramel sweetness a little spice and earthy. UXO (1896) - CANADA - OCT 15, 2016
Appearance: clear pale gold with one fat finger of rocky white head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: light caramel and honey, crackery malt, grassy hay. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, sweetish medium duration lightly bitter finish. (3/5)
Not my favourite style, by a long shot, but a decent implementation regardless. Not as interesting as I was hoping for, though: it isn’t actually oak-aged, but rather named after Paso Robles, the hometown of Firestone Walker. So, no oak character, and only very mild hops. Still, pleasant enough. Very easy drinking and something one could drink a few of, presumably while eating large chunks of pig and listening to a tuba band. (13/20) darbeer75 (1166) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Aroma: lightly cereal-like; Appearance: clear light amber pour with fluffy white head that sticks around; Taste: malty and smooth with pleasing bitterness at the finish; Palate: medium body with medium finish; Overall: quite good for the style. Would get again. Skinnyviking (9851) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2016
Sampler at Rivival Brews. Low fluffy lasting white head. Clear yellow golden body. Mild fruity aroma and flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish.