Stuu666 (14563) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden yellow, nose is toffee, grass, floral, taste is similar, crisp. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Sparkling light amber body with big off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, molasses, caramel, some toasty. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, molasses, light earthy, faint herbal. Finish has very mild bitterness. Light-medium body with a hint of stickiness. Ok, but a bit too sweet to me. Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a Pours a clear brown tinted copper color with a thin frothy offwhite head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, raisin, citrus, caramel. Very, very faint hoppy note. Taste is caramel and toasted malts, some raisins. Slight bready. Softly carbonated, medium bodied. Good beer. crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2016 12 fluid ounce bottle, produced on 07/09.
Pours with a 3 finger head into my mug with an amber body. There is a slight bit of foam that resides on top of the liquid that never dissipates.
Smell is a bit subdued for a typical Maerzen, with a nice hop and malt balance. The malts have that typical sweet, nutty maltiness, though it is a bit faint.
The mouth feel is smooth and a bit under carbonated. Intense Oktoberfest flavor though. I love the taste of this, perfect sweet and nutty, slightly roasty malt taste, amazing hop balance, just a highly quaffable beer. Not the most robust version of this style out there, but in terms of taste, it is the standard flavor of Oktoberfest.
Overall it is a solid Oktoberfest, and like all examples of the style it has it’s strengths and weaknesses.
This has been a perennial oktoberfest for me over the years, the ever so slightly clearer/lighter look has always appealed. This is my first and last bottle of this year (presumably) Pours a very clear amber color. Frothy head. Aroma is thick with bready malt flavors, smells worty almost, just a touch of earthy hops. Flavor is again worty, but with a crisp low bitterness that just cuts through, it is mildly nutty, though the malt character is visceral it isn’t sweet at all, but fairly dry. The hops in the flavor bring more of an herbel marmalade feel, the body is not heavy and very drinkable. This proves again and again despite me drinking it 6 months too late it is everything a dark oktoberfest should be. BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy white head, short retention and faint lacing. Aroma is toasted caramel and biscuit malt, light to medium melanoidins, light spicy hops, and a clean lager character. Flavor is malt dominant with light sweetness and tea-like character, light fruity notes, mild hops, and a clean, dry finish. Medium body, light warmth, medium carbonation.
bierkoning (13598) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 Swing top bottle. Bought at De Man van Drank Leiden. One month past best before date. Amber color, dense head. Pear and just a touch of dust in the aroma. Malty but vinous beer. Raisin and hops in the background, even a touch of cinnamon. Butterscotch and some bitterness in the aftertaste.
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A fresh sample bought in Nordhorn was much better. Loads of malt and toffee in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. malty sweet flavor, bready, cake, pear. Grassy hopbitterness in the aftertaste. Lovely well balanced beer. Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle as "Original Oktoberfest". Pours a clear copper-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, caramel and hops. Light to medium body with flavors of toasted malt, grassy hops and caramel. The finish is sweet with a bready malt aftertaste. Decent overall. Rune (13361) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2015
500ml swing-top bottle, many thanks to Finn. Crystal clear amber coloured body under a firm pearl white head reduced to a remaining patchy surface. Dotted spots on the glass. Moderate aroma of bread and dough, mid-sweet. The flavour profile is a made up of caramel, bread and noble hops followed by mild bittersweet tail. Clean and rounded on the swallow. Medium bodied. Drinks very well (at home, Tromsø 16.10.2015). Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 11, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 clear amber colour, fine head, buttery and malty nose, medium to full body, decent finishing bitterness, round and clean malty finish - solid and nicely made bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a thick, frothy white head. Well-balanced medium-bodied beer with hints of carmel.