fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
Draught at the brewpubphilbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Cloudy amber color with compact head. Highly carbonated, off-dry, with some malt, biscuits, cereals and grass components; correctly bitter. Some yeast too, and a touch of butter.
Decent, slightly flawed.
1999 12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich Oktoberfest aroma. Clear deep burnt ruby red color. Tangy smoke fruit hints in front. Rich thick roasted caramel cherry sweet bread malt body is overwhelming. Hints of nut replace spice at end. Sampled 9/8/1999.
2000 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Best of the Fest! Clear rich copper red amber color. Rich malty aromatic Oktoberfest front with doughy malty mild fruit body. Smooth and rich. Ends with mild spice and malt coating. Rich, wonderful brew. Sampled 9/3/2000.
2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Thick pour. Hazy rich amber color. Rich medium laced head. Malty mild Bavarian fruit hop front. Rich malty body with sweet clean spicy Bavarian fruit flavor. Malty tangy hop spice end. NW Traditional. Sampled 12/14/2001.
2002 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Hazy rich amber bronze color. Rich floral fruit malt front. Rich sweet malty caramel body is smooth with Oktoberfest fruit and spice notes. Smooth lingering richness to spicy malty finish. Excellent. Sampled 10/7/2002.
2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Slightly hazy rich amber color. Medium lacy head. Rich malty medium hop floral front. Smooth rich malty sweet caramel toasted butterscotch creamy body. Rich malty Oktoberfest. Clean mild hop spice end. Sampled 9/29/ 2003 & 10/4/2003.
2005--6.00% ABV. 25 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Cloudy rich bright deep amber color. Malty mild hop front. Smooth creamy chewy toasted mild fruit Bottle Conditioned ester doughy rich caramel body. Smooth mild tangy sweet hop end. Rich Malty Fest!! Sampled 9/16/2005. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2007
on tap-pours a dissipating white head and gold color. Aroma is mild sweet caramel, fruit. Taste is mild sweet caramel, fruit, secondary spice hops. Light side of medium body. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Indiana Red. Pours a hazy copper with a small fizzy beige head. Light toasted malt aroma with a little butterscotch. Flavor has more toasted malt and a little toffee with a moderately bitter and lightly alcoholic finish. Not the tastiest Oktoberfest out there, the hopping falls short and it’s lacking in sweetness from the malt base. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks André!) I think I’ve totally lost faith that this brewery can put out anything good anymore. First off, this beer smells pretty brutal. I mean really, it’s smells like soured, rotting vegetables, not too different from rotten tomatoes in a compost bin. And I have to make this distinction clear, I don’t mean sour as in tart, but sour as in rotten. With the apparency of a very toasty and woody maltiness, the flavor is at least somewhat better, but not much because those putrid, rotten vegetables have ransacked the flavor as well, giving it a general soured (again, not tart) character. The beer is minimally sweet, which is pretty unusual, but I’m okay with that. Moderately bitter hops also makes a showing, and who knows, maybe the hops had spoiled for this batch. Body is medium and carbonation is average, but this is little solace. And I’ve never poured an Oktoberfest where the bottom of the bottle was lined with a dense layer of sludge. The resulting pour, even with the sludge still sticking to the bottle, is a very cloudy but bright orange color. Off-white head fails to rise above a quarter inch in height and quickly settles to a thin ring. Honestly, despite a few desperate glimpses of something positive to grab ahold of, this has truly been a disgusting, revolting beer in just about every respect.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Nice, rusty-orange hue. Creamy-soft texture with a nice carbonation level. Interesting injection of sourness. Malts were complete with sweet caramel and moderately toasted bread. Some acidity cleaved off the sweetness nicely. Zingy hops with a woodsy-earthy bitterness followed. Overall, pretty good Oktoberfest – not too sweet, and more interesting than your average, bland-tasting session Oktoberfest. Ernest (7663) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Uninteresting and kinda sour, but ok. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours a murky red color, small white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, some dark fruit in the nose as well. Flavor is smooth and sweet. Excellent balance and very easy to drink.
IndianaRed (4546) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle Pours a hazy deep copper with a small off white head and thin creamy lacing. Woody bread like aroma and a slightly spicy malty flavor. Nice smooth soft feel, easy on the hops and a nice slightly sweet malt finish. Nice. truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Bottle pours a red amber, with virtually no head. Very malty, but not as sweet as other Fest-Marzens. Spicy taste throughout, and I agree with the previous observation of a peppery hop character. Love the style, and this is a good entry. Prost to lagering!