beerme31 (686) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy brown medium tan head. Aroma of caramel and toast. Medium sweet taste. Medium-full body, texture on the thicker side, fizzy carbonation. Didn’t really pick up too much of the smoky finish. Pretty decent Marzen overall but carbonation to high. Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
From bottle. Pots an opaque dark orangey amber colour. Unremarkable aroma, sweet toffee, maybe some dried oranges. Flavor is balanced. Initially lightly sweetened malts leading to bitterness. Nicely carbonated mouthful for once, bubbly without co2 flavor. Lie I said balanced but unremarkable brew, a solid effort. Stampion (276) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Pretty good octoberfest. Like Sam Adams but with a little more malt (a touch a coffee at the end)
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12 oz. bottle from a mixed 12 pack. Copper in color with nearly no head at all. Bready malt, caramel, and vegetable type aroma. The mouthfeel is light to medium, with the standard Marzen flavors. Nothing here to get anybody excited however, no major red flags either. Drinkable. Jethro6191 (508) - Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Pours copper/orange with a fleeting white head. Subtle malty aroma. Malty flavor with a mild resinous hop character. Light body with a watery mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
rondphoto (4467) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Clear orange amber with a long-lasting 1/2" off-white head and splashes of lace. Tiny carbonation bubbles constantly rising through the drink. Nice looking. The taste is good for cool autumn nights: caramel malt and toffee grow through the palate until carbonation and bittering move into a lightly smoky finish. Very drinkable. Recommended. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a thin white cap of foam.
Aroma: Bready malt and modest herbal hop aroma.
Taste: Bready malt, some salty caramel, mild euro hop spice finish.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, full bodied.
Overall: This is perfect example of a run-of-the-mill American rendition of an Oktoberfest beer. The style doesn’t lend a ton of room for creativity, but seemed like there was room for some more boldness. The smoked malt sounded great, but wasn’t pronounced enough for me to detect it. Not bad, drinkable, but forgettable. TomTron (452) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of sweet caramel malts and tootsie rolls. Flavor has some chocolate, caramel, and toffee floating around with not much hop bitterness, Not much smokiness detected considering how much it claims to contain it. Decent but not an offering of the style that sets itself apart from others. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 16, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy medium orange with a half finger head. No lacing at all and very poor head retention.
Aroma has caramel and toffee along with some Earthy hops and a touch of smoke.
Flavor is quite tart up front which kind of surprised me. This caused a bit of a citrus note. There is caramel and toffee in there along with a bit of wood. Smoke is present albeit extremely light. Bitterness is light with just enough present to balance out the sweetness.
Overall, a unique beer but I feel that it misses the mark. I can tell there are complex flavors buried in here but they are overshadowed by the tartness. Not sure how old this bottle is or if that would even make a difference but I would like to try this really fresh sometime.
User209050 (21) - - OCT 14, 2012
Poured in a mug from Draft not bottle. I love the complexities of this beer. Its brewed with Apollo Hops normally seen in an Imperial IPA and they pair it with a variety of malts and rye to produce an exceptionally smooth drinking Oktoberfest that tastes toffee even a little pumpkin with a clean crisp finish. Its mildly bitter with the rye playing a nice part on the finish.