DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Thanx to Phillybeer2112 for sharing this growler.Poured a nice copper color with a small dissipating white head.lots of sweet malt nose with hints of caramel.The flavor was semi sweet also.Malts and caramel come out the most with a nice sweet malty finish. Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a clear copper color with a nice white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, with a strong caramel presence. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet malt and hops. A solid offering in the Oktoberfest style. No wonder this is considered by many to be the best of the style in the country. Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Growler courtesy of mreusch. Thanks again, Matt! Pours a sparkling clear amber-orange with a lasting, creamy, beige head that laces beautifully (especially for a lager). On the nose is bready malt, like fresh baked bread, and a light fruity hop backing. The palate is on the light side of medium-bodied and creamy-smooth (rare for a lager) finishing quite cleanly. The flavor is sweet fresh French bread and caramel malt with a nice light hop bitterness at the front sides of the tongue and a clean finish. Bready, sweet malt lingers in the aftertaste. This is easily the best lager, of any style, that I have sampled to date. If you find yourself in Lawrence for a Big 12 football game, do yourself a favor and swing by Free State for a pint or seven. shadey (2166) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Growler acquired in trade with mreusch. Pour is an attractive amber covered in white creamy lace. Aroma is toasty caramel. Nice smooth flavor of sweet caramel and that very attractive toast re-appears. Just a touch of mild hops? This is what I picture when I think of an Oktoberfest. Beautiful. mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Tap @ FS. Pours a light amber with a moderate tan head, good lacing. Gentle aroma of caramel, nuts, bread,and light spice. Flavor is caramel nut, slightly bready, lightly spiced; malty and a touch sweet. Gentle and mild, very sessionable. A very tasty Octoberfest and nice way to celebrate the season.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2005
The tap poured a sparkling clear medium amber beverage with an average creamy white head that lasted throughout and left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was lightly malty and had a light floral hop character as well. There were also notes of plum in the background. It had a medium body with soft carbonation and a creamy texture. The flavor started off slightly sweet. This sweetness lasted through to the end of the average finish. The finish took on a light bitterness as well and had a light alcohol texture. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 2005. O.G 14°P/1056. Hops 21IBU. Malt is pale, munich, carapils, and carmunich. Hops are Perle and Hersbrucker. 12 draft. Reddish color. Aroma is light malt and light hops. A nice session beer, but not a lot going on. I drank several of these when I was there, they are so easy to drink that I was watching the KU game and chitchatting and forgot to rate a couple times. Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
I was right about a couple things in my original rating, one of which is that this is a easy beer to drink, although I don’t think I appreciated the beers subtleties before. There is a nice munich-style malt maltiness, some toasty notes and a light herbal aroma. This is well balanced and approachable. I’m glad it is more readily available this year.
From a growler, delivered the very day it was filled, by my friend Aaron. Thanks AJ! KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Nice honey colored pour, with a cap of fine off-white head. Some nice lace. Aromas of fresh cut hay, and a lively herbal green smell. Gentle sweet malt. The restrained character of the aroma makes the flavor all the more surprising. This is bursting with a rich, bright, toasty maltiness. The closest thing I’ve tasted in the beer world to a loaf of great French bread, right from the oven. Though the emphasis here is clearly on the malt, the hops make a nice showing in the finish, with a gently mouthcoating herbal quality. The palate is smooth, finely carbonated, and light. It seems like the traditionally, this style is more about quantity than quality. But this is a Märzen interesting enough to sip.
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 On tap: Quite good. It was a deep brownish, redish, color. Had a malty, nutty, sweet aroma. The taste was quite good with malts, nuts, caramel, spicey (nutmeg, cinamon, clove, etc.), citrus/green apple and on and on. Lots of flavors playing around in the mouth, very good indeed. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Hand bottled via TAR - thanks so much, buddy! This is lovely! Slightly nutty, very earthy fresh from the hearth bread, with a tiny almost cinnamony hop presence. Delicious.