Slubgob (341) - West Hartford, USA - NOV 1, 2017
Can from fridge. Previously had at slightly warmer temps. Very slightly off nose and flavors, not quite skunked but a bit of rot or sewage? Otherwise, dominant flavors are slightly sweet malts. Touch of hops in the back. Drank a number of Octoberfests this season, and this one's in the middle of the pack. Decent, I like that it's local(ish), but Ayinger remains my go-to. Jabic (702) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 31, 2017
Ar: Toasted malts; maltiness is quite clean, but it does have a melanoidin richness; slight lemon zest and dried flowers. Ap: True orange and clear; medium-large off-white head with phenomenal retention, leaving a mousse cap of super-fine bubbles and a curtain of foam along the glass sides. T: Clean toasted malt; bread crust, slight graininess; medium-low bitterness, very clean in character, with a noble dried flower hop character and slight black pepper; very little sweetness; slightly earthy; finish is toast and dried flowers. P: Medium-light body with high carbonation; very light on the palate at first, but firms up as it progresses; finish is dry. O: A very drinkable oktoberfest; lots of malt character without veering into caramel territory; cleaner fermentation profile than many German examples--almost "too clean," but that's only a minor critique; cool hop accents too, which add a little complexity without distracting from the malt. zoucrew102 (2104) - - OCT 28, 2017
Pint can. Caramel malt aroma with notes of toasted and toffee malt as well as a little bit of hops. Pours clear copper colored with a thin white head that has some retention and lacing. Starts with caramel and toffee malt flavors. Finishes dry and refreshing with toasted malt and some hop flavors at the end. Solid Oktoberfest. angoradad (12) - USA - OCT 23, 2017
Nondescript aroma gives little hint of malt profile. Pours (as one might expect of the name) a brilliant copper. Two finger, durable head with substantial lacing. Light, sweet raisin flavor that adds a hint of clove as it unlocks. Has a slight citrus aftertaste. A very drinkable beer for a night to sit out on your deck. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2017
From can it's mostly clear amber with a thin unsustained head. Aroma impression is malty in a grain and red apple way, candy syrup nutty in the way of Vienna malt, a little grist-like, with some mineral and pepper-like phenolics and a touch of copper penny. German nobles come across as lemon and honeysuckle a la Hallertauer, which is pleasant to begin but the more this beer breathes in the glass the more swine-like (animals, rotting fruit) and hot-fruity the aroma becomes (like suggesting fusels). Medium body is malty, rich and savory, lush carbonation is well-suited for its size and sweetness, and the finish is especially enjoyable, lip-smacking and satisfying, though showing that apple-jam fruitiness retronasal.
DiarmaidBHK (5913) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Sampler at brewery. Pours golden with a white head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Solid caramel malt notes on the nose and tongue. Finished clean. Not bad. DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2017
Pounder can from Smith's. Pours hazy straw with frothy, white head. Nose is grainy pale malt, hops, fruit. Like a maibock hybridized with a marzen, as such. Tastes of pale malt, earthy, with smooth hops, fruity notes, somewhat sweet but very smooth and not cloying. Excellent, Smithers. Ernest (7820) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2017
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light to medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread, cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with a note of orange blossom honey.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, slightly metallic.
Certainly nicer than most American interpretations (relatively authentic German nose on this, quite happy it's not Americanized), and solid/reliable mid-3 quality like most Jack's Abby brews I've had so far. And just as with many of those, the nose is a little bit better than the mouth experience...this has some nicely succulent aromas and seems very clean too, but it's a bit watery/flabby and metallic. Still pretty easy to enjoy drinking despite the mouthfeel issues, though. Very close to repeat-purchase worthy. onceblind (10583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2017
Clear brilliant copper pour with an off white head that recedes quite quickly. Gentle semisweet German malty biscuity aroma. Smooth gentle flavor that's German malty and a touch toasty sweet, quaffable and balanced. Gently copper malty sweet. GregMooreNH (115) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2017 A solid, drinkable marzen. Munich hops make their presence felt immediately, with a smoother malt mouthfeel making its way through later. Nice copper appearance, with a durable, 3 finger head. In all a very tasty festbier.