kidobutai (664) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2015 Poured from a bottle. Sudsy short-lived head but some decent lacing. Medium amber color, very season-appropriate. Caramel notes on the nose but understated, plus a tiny bit skunky. Great tasting though, refreshing fall drink.
UDBeernut (2829) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This rake is brought to me by the Stay Brodge Suites in Peoria, Il. Enjoyed outside on a glorious mid autumn night. Sampled out of the can. Minimal nose, taste begins sweet with sloppy grains, toast, light caramel. Light grass and bitterness briefly appears mid sip and vanishes as quickly as it began. Medium body
beer_rookie (495) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bronze or maybe copper color. Pretty good beige head. Pretty decent lacing. It’s pretty typical for a marzen.
Aroma is bready, toffee sweetness. Roasted malts, and a little more hops than most marzens.
Taste is okay. It pretty much follows the nose. Bready, roasted malts. Maybe a little more bitterness than most marzens. The appearance of the beer doesn’t look carbonated, but it tastes too carbonated. Oh, maybe it was made with seltzer water. It has a very weird finish..
Mouthfeel is light and mostly clean except for that durn aftertaste. Maybe if it were a little more watery it might help.
Overall, what’s going on here. Most Leinnenkugel’s are great, this is weird. I’m not a fan. I don’t really like it. I’ll give it credit for being different, doesn’t mean I like it. There are many other Oktooberfest offerings, i’ve tried several, this is the worst. Even Shiner is better. I’d suggest somethhing else.
chinchill (4642) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a lager glass. Having just finished a Shiner Oktoberfest, I’ll do a largely comparative review.
Appearance - Very clear orange-brown body that’s a shade lighter than the Shiner. The head is larger but much less durable, settling to a thin top coat in less than 2 minutes. A sparse amount of visible carbonation rising to the top.
Aroma - Less hop forward than the Shiner, with a solid, sweet maltiness that carries a hint of caramelized sugar.
Flavor [6.5]: Lightly sweet; sweeter and less hoppy than the Shiner but a more pleasing flavor mix. Clear hints of hops in the finish and aftertaste. Overall I liked the taste, but I felt it should be a bit stronger.
Mouthfeel - The beer is medium-light in body, approaching watery but not quite there. The carbonation is light but OK for this beer. Semi-dry finish.
Overall: a decent marzen but leaning towards the lighter side in both flavor and feel.
rjplumer (1030) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild sweet caramel malt aroma. Clear copper body only a slim head to start. Light bitter taste with balanced caramel malt taste. Clean malt finish that is very drinkable.
ogre71 (343) - Utah, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2016 A good Oktoberfest beer pours nice dark amber with a good head plenty of malty caramel flavors.
Aggiebob (975) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft. Copper color, white head with ample lacing. Malty with sense of caramel, but also a slight metalic aftertaste.
Headbanger (3945) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle 9/22/15 (Meijer Singles Rack)-38° in Mug-Pours copper with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste of the same with more malt. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad but just not my favorite style.
superspak (5129) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, best before 11/2/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a nice oktoberfest style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
ryanscourt (1397) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really not much good going on here. Not much flavor at all. Difficult to appreciate any malt flavor.