boto (2283) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2016 viverlee (18) - - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It smells like breakfast, just not like any you’ve ever had. Wheaties in shallow pool of subdued grape juice, finished Tyler Florence style with a drizzle of hazelnut oil.
Yes, it is unusual to be drinking this style so early in the year. So yes, it is a holdover from the Fall. And yes, there is a good reason. A reason so good it deserves more time than I have at the moment, so no, I won’t be explaining it just yet.
But let’s do talk about the beer. I opine regularly (some would say too regularly and others would say “opine, more like whine you fucking baby”) about balance, and my perceived perception that some beer or another doesn’t have it. That’s not an issue here. It’s delicate, just sweet, lightly spiced and almost chewy. What’s most prominent is the breadiness, generic on its own but for the Disaronno like touch.
I like all these things as much as the next man. The dilemma of course is that I want to sip, yet feel compelled to gulp. And that’s not really how I want to enjoy my beer. A bit more heft – weight balance rather than flavor balance – would make this something really special.
Beeradvocate Rating: 86*
ratebeer Rating: Not yet available
Hayward Abbey Rating: 88
*Based on 25 ratings.
16oz. can: this one pours a clear, orange hued amber color. There was a finger or so of a beige head that didn’t linger long. Malty, but not caramel. Slightly sweet and earthy nose. The taste is good. Some malty sweetness, earthiness, some toasted malt flavors also. Not bad. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - SEP 7, 2016
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a hazy shifty somewhat transparent ruddy orange to almost brown color. Sustaining white to off white foamy head hangs around for a good while. Light lacing.
The aroma has some sweet biscuity to light nuttiness over some grassiness. Some diacetyl does enter in, slyly.
The flavor takes all of the previously mentioned flavors and balances nicely. Lingering buttery, but not too drastic, seems acceptable.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation seems pretty low for this.
Overall, diacetyl coming in to slap down the rating a bit, but it is quite smooth on the palate, I will give it that. I’m a bit high on initial rating on untappd, but after breaking it down here, yeah. Not as high in the long run. malrubius (3081) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Can from Brewtopia. Clear copper with dense head and lace. Soft sweet caramel aroma bready and earthy. Lightly toasted caramel malt sweetness with a hint of fruit and bread with earthy minerally mild bitterness with just a touch of wateriness. Medium light body. MInerally and oily. Very good. tfontana (1184) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Can pour into tulip glass from Epsom Circle Market. Aroma is mild bread, dough, German yeast/hops. Appearance is clear copper color with finger-width off white head with fair retention and trace lacing, trace sparkle. Taste is lightly sweet with German yeast tart and bitter. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thin texture, soft carbonation, dry finish. Overall, mild all around and more yeast/bitter dominated than malt. tekstr1der (507) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Pours deep gold-amber color - very pretty, with no head. Smells bready with some esters. Taste is slightly astringent, not very sweet for the style, and a little alcohol comes through. Not great for a brewery with much better efforts, and low value for the high price.
hampale (120) - Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Nice to see this Oktoberfest in a 16 oz. can for the first time. I’m a big fan of Oktoberfests so have sampled a lot of them this fall. I’d rate this as one of the best. Considering this product and the Czech Style Pilsner, Moat Mountain has been a real winner with its Lagers Tstamba (786) - Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2013
At the brewpub. Dark gold, not much aroma, smooth balanced profile... Not bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone thornecb (6147) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Pours orange-tinged amber into a Sam glass. Pancake head with mediur retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Caramel, hay and bread aromas. Slightly off-setting chemical aroma. Medium bodied with sweet caramel upfront and a slightly acidic bitter roasted nut finish. puboflyons (3529) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2012
From the 22 fl.oz. bottle. 2012 edition. It pours a fairly transparent copper-amber color with a small head that simmers down eventually. The aroma is bready and malty but low in the hop character. The body is medium and smooth. The taste begins sweet and malty with a low bitterness at the end. It really isn’t extraordinary but it is a very true-to-style, drinkable Okoberfest.