Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Clear caramel pour with very little head. Aroma picked up some caramel and floral notes, with just some slight spices... with a roasty backbone. Light-to-medium mouthfeel and powerfully smooth. Caramel malts provided some sweetness... with a nicely balanced hoppy bitterness on the finish. Smooth, tasty, and well-balanced.. definitely enjoyed this one! ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2005
GTM. Faint aroma. Oktoberfest orange, thin head, large bubble. Malty flavor with a hint of hops. Not bad at all. Very enjoyable. Session qualities. Not very balanced. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
On tap @ GTMW. Clear opulent amber in color with a foamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, peat, grain and corn husks. Fuller bodied than anticipated, but a little searing and syrupy. Caramel and woodsy pecans headline the flavors yet diffuse on the palate rather quickly. Other elements seem to seep out of a mixed bag of nuts, from hazelnut shells to dry brazils. Okay, but seemed in cohesive. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle, fresh 2005 release. Light chewy caramel flavor. Not getting an increadible spice bouquet, but I do notice some floral notes along with the caramel. Copper red color with a very thin white head. Flavor of caramel maltiness with a n abrubt, sweet nutty finish. Slightly sugary, but not cloying. I think I notice some minerals in the flavor also. Light body with a watery texture and a sugary finish. This is a rerate, original rating was 3.1 after 4 big barleywines. jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
The only other Oktoberfest I’ve had is Leinie’s. Let me say that this trumps it hands down. Great session beer, if the alc. % was lower. Crisp, piney hops, sweet malts.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Not so Ocktobery, more like the confections of Easter. Lacks in the robust department, thin and uninteresting. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with marinaro500, thanks Joe!) I thought I would like this more than I do. The main reason why I’m not overly fond of this Oktoberfest is the sugary, perfumy character the flavor has. It’s moderately malty and caramely in the flavor, but the sweetness tastes sugary. I discern very little in the way of classic hops or bitterness, but I do get a floral, perfumy flavor and aroma out of this. The nose is also mildly toasty. Medium bodied, but the palate just seems a bit watery, especially in the short-lived finish. Dark amber color is nice. Pours a medium size off-white head that settles to a thin layer. Small streams of lace here and there. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Big bubbly head, light brown in color. Nutty, astringent aroma. Taste is sweet and nutty with some sourness and bitterness in the finish. Decent. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Solid amber color with a decent sized off white head. Nice roasted aroma with caramel and toast. Taste is also toasty with caramel and light spices. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. This is one of the better O-Fest beers I’ve had this year. The flavors could use a bit more hoppiness to offset some of the sweet caramel and toffee. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 2004 bottle compliments of Footbalm. I was very interested to try a non-fruit New Glarus, after being very disappointed by the Rasp. Tart. Pours a clear lightly rusty yellow-copper, small white head, lightly fizzy and mostly dissipating. Aroma of light roast, moderately dry caramel and some earthy yeast tones. Flavor starts out with a wonderful, authentic munich malt, caramelly and coppery, with tame, but flavorful yeast notes. Wonderful progression to the finish, via a spectacularly creamy, smooth body, medium to medium full. Finish while showcasing the even, balanced malt flavor, has some bitter hops which, while not too bitter, really aren’t necessary. This beer could just fade in to the distance with wonderful meaty yeast and malt, dry grainy caramel and hints of rum-raisin and sweet shortbread. The hops really seem to break up a blissful finish, but I have also been very anti-hops lately, to be fair. Superb stuff.