Jimsnaks (2) - Topeka, Kansas, USA - AUG 7, 2011 does not count
Got to be one of the best Octoberfest’s I have ever had. Nice malty aroma carmel and a hint of spice. Nice dark golden color. Nice medium bodied brew. MetalNHopHead (2020) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 31, 2016
There’s some German blood flowing through Kansas, and Free State apparently channeled all of it to churn out this copper-colored beer. It smells malty, bready, and lightly chocolaty. Its flavors are mostly sweet. There’s caramel and a mildly spicy finish from the hops. Balanced feel. Rich but not as full-bodied as some fest beers. This beer has long history with Free State, yet it continues to be a winner. That’s pretty fucking special. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2003
I really enjoyed this O'fest, it is probably one of the best I've ever had. I think they must have beefed it up since Indra had it. Lots of aroma for a Free State beer...malt, raisin, toasted oats and a touch of cinnamon (?). Sticky side-clinging head. Same maltiness in my mouth with a touch of ginger and cinnamon. Filtered orange tan hue. Lasting and firm mouthfeel. True to style. 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. TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Draft: Glassy golden orange. Sticky, milky white head. Beautiful aroma of mineral, tangy malts, and sugared apple. Fresh spicy hop undertones along with some toasted malts. Restrained esters. Round, toffeeish mouthfeel. Starts with lovely bready malt flavors with soft earthy, leafy hop tones. Decadent spicy hop/toasted malt interplay. Finishes with a sublime biscuity malt quality with tracs of nuts, pale malts, and a touch of raw noble hops. They've nailed it.
ads135 (4731) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Very nice octoberfest. Exceptional balance and a very nice malty sweet finish. Light brown and orange appearance with decent head and a medium body. Schroppfy (2360) - 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. bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Pours dark amber with thick frothy head, this one looks great out of the bottle. Aroma is caramel and I can pick up on some earthy/hop notes and toffee as well. First thing that strikes me about this one is the body, med. to heavy and perfect for the style. Nice rich caramel/toffee flavor that finishes clean. I can’t recall a better Octoberfest and I’m proud its from a brewery just down the road from me in Lawrence, KC and now avail. by bottle. Awesome stuff ! I’ll be looking forward to this every year ! shadey (2140) - 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. jessekratina (12) - Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Aroma; bread, grass, floral,
Appearance; orange, clear, minimal head,
Taste; light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, umami,
Palate; light body, thin feel, fizzy, bitter,
Overall it is a great beer and one of my favorite seasonal beers, definitely recommend it.