hopscotch (11432) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2017 berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was expecting a darker pour for an Oktoberfest but this was more of a "Copper Legend" color, big thick off white head Lower hop and more malt tatses, smooth, medium body. Good tasting.
Can... Mostly clear burnt-orange pour with a large, frothy, white head. The aroma is a mélange of clover honey, fruitcake and toffee. Medium to full-bodied with lazy carbonation. The flavor is loaded with honey, marmalade and crunchy, toasted malts. Balanced nicely by floral and spicy noble hops. Smooth, lightly sweet finish. Very nice autumn lager. Ron (4259) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2017
Can. Pours clear bright orange with small head. Nose is subtle, dried fruits, spice, dough. Mouthfeel is malty and rich with medium carbonation. Taste is doughy, subtle spices, cinnamon, dried fruits. Finish is bready spices, medium bitterness with some malty sweet notes. jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Draft. Light amber body with a fizzy, white head. Aroma of sweet malts, toasted grain, bread. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/sticky texture, lively carbonation. Comfortable malty marzen. Slubgob (345) - 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 (733) - 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 (2236) - - 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 (27) - 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 (9367) - 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 (6143) - 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 (11189) - 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.