FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Dark amber color with a large, thick, creamy, fluffy, smooth, sticky off-white head. Good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace.
S - A lot of toasted grain with some toffee malt and a bit of caramel as well. A touch of musty, grassy and floral hops. Touches of bready and cracker taste as well. All this is just a little faint.
T - Tons of toasted grain along with caramel and toffee malt. Some dry bread/cracker taste in the background. Some honey sweetness along with just the faintest hint of grassy and herbal hops. Nice spicy background along with a touch of apple fruitiness. Nice mix of sweet and spicy with grainy and malty flavors dominating but a nice background of other flavors. As it warms some more tea like flavors are coming out.
M - Lighter side of medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Crisp feel with just a slightly drying finish.
D - Very nice mix of flavors and a great mouthfeel really help to make this an easy to drink beer. A little on the sweet side, but not bad or cloying.
Notes: A nice Märzen beer with a great mix of flavors. Plenty of grains and malt upfront as you would expect for the style, but a very nice background of hops, spice, and apple. Nice local fall beer.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber, modest off-white head. Clean figgy malt aroma. Flavor has a nice fruity malt complexity, figs, apple cider. The caramel malt cider sweetness is coutnered by a bit of floral hop bitterness, really more a balancing agent than a flavor in their own right. Nice spectrum of flavor. The apple and hoppy elements clashed a bit to my taste. Medium body, crisp palate.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, clear amber with a medium, off-white head. Aroma is malty with hints of light hops and caramel. Flavor is also malt with light hops and nutty, earthy notes and hints of caramel, light fruits, and molasses. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Not bad.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oktoberfest Lager--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--30 IBU’s. (3.25 / 5.0) Beer of the Month Club Selection September, 2007. Thin white head. Slightly cloudy rich dark red color. No sediment. Cloying mild sweet toffee caramel slightly fruity smooth malty lager body. Smooth clean mild hop end. Rich malty toffee Dark Fest. Aged OK. Sampled 4/18/2010.
nuplastikk (5911) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz shorty bottle. Filtered orange-amber color with a fluffy off white-head. Classic Oktoberfest aroma, deep malts and noble hops. Bitter upfront, but quickly fades into a sweet creamy finish. Quite an excellent example of the style, certainly a tad underrated thus far. Medium bodied, lots of thick malt tones. Almost an orange-vanilla yeasty creaminess. Clean, fresh, and full of flavor. Solid.
wlajwl (6081) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Along the lines of the breadiness of the good German Oktoberfest, although slightly bland, but overall decent.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Awesome job from the folks at Millstream. I’ve been waiting to this fest for a while. A bit past the celebration but nonetheless a pretty nice Marzen. A clear amber with a very little white head. Aroma is pleasent. Soft hops and cinnamon. Flavors shining through are very biscuity, fresh and lots of ripe fruits. Soem cherry and apple near the finish. Great beer!
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle brought back with me from Iowa City. Purchased at John’s Grocery. Pours a crystal clear, orange-amber body with a finger-width, foamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is a paler malt sweetness, a faint toast, and a light citrusy hop. Pretty weak and pale though. Flavor is better, but nothing to write home about. Pale caramel maltiness with a touch of honey sweetness. A light toast and roasty nut flavor along with a light fruit. Finishes with an earthy bitterness that is higher than most Oktoberfests. Dry with a short aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Overall, a decent Oktoberfest from a brewery I admire, but nothing special. A little hoppier than most, but I’m looking for more.
Stratford (14) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
A nice mild oktoberfest lager. I could drink quitea few of these. More please and pass the pumpkin pie.
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
very clean citrus smell. god this is a delicious smelling beer. amber pour with a light tan head. slight caramel and pumpkin flavor. delicious on the palate. surprisingly delicious octoberfest. one of my favs.