beerme31 (685) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark amber with thick tan head. Aroma of caramel but also metallic. Light bitter taste. Very metallic bitter finish, this beer probably went bad. rdixon77 (2832) - Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Down the middle and clean fest beer. Nice roasty malts with caramel sweetness. Just fine for the time. TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2016
Clear garnet. Thick eggshell foam is slow to recede as it forms a well-retained halo. Maltcentric aromas of breadcrust and toasted bread, with lesser notes of cocoa, creamed coffee, aniseed, and muted DMS. Loose carbonation leaves a foamy residue on the palate. Quite richly malty with a bocklike intensity on initial sip. Potent pumpernickel flavors precede a supple wave of milk chocolate and raisin-soaked sugars which brings considerable viscosity to the body. Breadcrust and lightly scorched nuts generate a touch of earthy sharpness to temper the sugars, and there’s ample textural richness, including a haylike "bounce", which testifies to skillful mashing. No melanoidins despite the sturdy maltiness, however. An earthy, hop-derived licorice-root tickle wavers in and out of the semi-chewy raisiny sugars. Clean fermentation character and a snap of pictachiolike lager yeast continually firms things up while vivifying the complex maltiness. Pronounced Munich punch of breadcrust and burnt toffee seals the remarkably rich and long finish, as sassy licorice hops whisper their spicy echoes. A fairly impressive and genuine märzenbier that’s unapologetically malty. If the brewers could increase the attenuation a smidgeon and extract some melanoidins via a multi-step decoction, this would rival some of the better examples out of Franconia. Pretty solid. lobosaintori (89) - - OCT 27, 2015
Winsten Sale is a far cry from Bavaria, and this beer is a far cy from a good Oktoberfest brew. With that being said this not a bad beer!
pours a brown/amber tone with a bit heavy on the carbonation. A thin layer of off white head that faded somewhat quickly and left no lacing. Flavor is that of Carmel and toast. The finish is a bit weak and a little bitter. HighlanderOne (1330) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Poured from bottle. Malt spice aroma. Good lookin amber mahogany with lacing head. Tasting roasted malt, spices, grassy hops, caramel. Nice stuff.
jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Malty, caramel, nutty, toast aromas. Caramel, toast, malty flavors. Solid. HourGlass13 (909) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Pours an amber brown with a off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, with a woody, nutty and light maple syrup. Flavor is malty caramel, maple syrup sweetness, notes of nutty woody flavor. Thick rich and sticky. A good Oktoberfest. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Tasted on 9/12/11 from a bottle. Pours clear, dark orange-amber with an average white head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is light bread malt with some nutty aromas and just a hint of lightly bitter hops. The flavor is the same light bread malt, with the nutty and bitter hops notes coming through more strongly than the nose would have suggested. The body is light with average carbonation, and a lightly sticky, and nutty bitter hops finish. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
My Bottom Line:Vir4030 (603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Delicately toasted cereals meet herbal hops in this super clean, Americanized version of an Oktoberfest lager.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam stays atop the shiny pale amber.
-The hop profile is bolder than the typical Festbier’s, which is to be expected in these parts.
-Mild caramel sweetness is perceived as well.
-Drinkability is high.
On tap at the brewpub.
Clear brown pour with good head on tap at a pickup curling game. About the most Oktoberfest aromas I could imagine, roasted nuts and all. Flavor is roasted for sure with an aftertaste if heavy cocoa and caramel. Yuck. Not my thing. Oktoberfest in the wrong direction.