HopAutonomous (12) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
On tap at Milwaukee Ale House. I liked the mellow earthy malt flavors but thought they kind of overpowered the hops. Not what I expected but good nonetheless. Maybe call it maltoberfest? crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
12 oz bottle. No mention of what style this is. I bought a single bottle of it.
It pours a vibrant fall orange with a big foamy white head with a mountain of fluff atop it. The head sticks for a good while and recedes to some lacing.
Initially it smelled hoppy but that died down and left a sweet caramally nutty character with a subtle bit of hops.
The taste is hoppier than most of the style. It has a pronounced nuttiness and pretzel flavor along with some caramel and toasted malts. There is a b it of diacetyl but it isn’t too much. There is a bit of mineral water flavor in play here too.
It is a bit thin for an oktoberfest but it has a nice drinkability.
A decent americanized oktoberfest.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-09-2010 21:16:13 Frank (4225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 Blind tasting: This is orange in color w/ a foamy head. It has a bit of sulfur in the nose and is a bit fruity and apply but actually quite pleasant. It’s a bit sweet and solidly bitter. Nice beer overall.
GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Original rating(3.7): I am not sure why this is called Hoptoberfest. It is not especially hoppy and seems to be pretty much a down-the-middle American festbier. Regardless, it is quite good w/ loads of fresh, rich malt flavor. It is sweet but only very slightly sticky and quite drinkable w/ perky carbonation and a good deal of herbal bitterness in the finish. I might call this a heller bock rather than an Oktoberfest but, regardless, it is done much better than most doestic takes on heavier German styles.
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is sweetness first on the tongue, then a malty base. Earthy hop finish. Flavor lasts after the final sip. Malt, hops, yum! arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Pours hazy orange with nice white head from 12 oz bottle, aroma is nice caramel, bread and some piny hops. Taste up front is pine and citrus, leading into a big caramel, bread, biscuit, sweet middle with a slightly bitter ending. Nice brew, drinkable and tasty.
nuplastikk (6412) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2010
12oz bottle. Hazy orange-tan color. Big, foamy, off-white head. Sweet lager yeast aroma. Sweet and enjoyable, with just a touch more hops to justify it’s namesake. Full bodied amber malt creaminess. Not exactly spot on style-wise, but still a pretty good offering. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Pours to an amber body with a white head. The aroma is lightly hoppy with generic pine and light malt. The flavor is lightly hoppy with sweet pine and pale malt. Average palate. Decent beer. ElbowRocker (13) - - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle to cup. Pours a hazy gold amber. Minimal head. Palate is pleasantly thick. Taste is malty and sweet. Slightly bitter finish but not as hoppy as expected.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
12oz bottle from a buddy of mine at work. Pour is amber brown with a soapy head and nice lacing, looks great. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. taste is more caramel malt with a nice mild hop mix. palate is creamy with medium carbonation and a dry finish. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger of off-white/khaki colored head.
S: Not much aroma to this. Very plain. Bready malt and toffee with a little bit of spicy hop character. Maybe some yeast to it. Really not much going on.
T: Some bready malt and toffee. A little bit bitter for an Oktoberfest. Some spicy and floral malts. Some fruity esters and a little bit of yeast.
M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Not a very traditional Oktoberfest, but not awful.