ryanfolty (2611) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2015
December 4, 2015 - bottle from WI. Clear orange pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was sweet malty and spice. Taste was consistent with aroma and dry grainy finish. zoucrew102 (2147) - - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle, thanks George999! Bready malt aroma with light caramel malt notes. Pours clear Amber colored with a thin, white head with OK retention and very little lacing. Starts with a lot of bready malt flavors with a thin body. Finishes smooth with a touch of caramel malt flavors. Decent, drinkable Oktoberfest, but a little weak compared to others. UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a nonic pint at ~40 degrees F. BierMeHoos (650) - Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2015
A: Pours a crystal-clear orange-gold, much like a burnished copper. Forms a decent finger head of foam that seems just off-white with a hint of orange, and dissipates fairly quickly. Carbonation is visible as fairly large bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass, occasionally shooting for the surface.
S: The aroma reminds me of a caramel biscuit with crumbled cracker topping. Some faint notes of spice and earth roll about in the scent as well.
T: The first sip opens almost exactly as the nose suggests, a blend of crackery and biscuity malt with some light caramel drizzle across the top. That is swiftly joined by a heavy dose of earthy, spicy hop presence, covering the malt presence with a thick layer of freshly turned soil from a field used to grow a mix of white, green, and black peppercorns. Said hop presence maintains all the way through the finish, where the malt returns to a little more prominence as a peppered biscuit, and into the aftertaste, where it lingers overlong.
M: This is a smooth, medium-carbonated, fairly thin-bodied beer. If it weren’t for the hop presence, I could probably crush them down quickly.
O: While I love a good märzen, particularly the Ayinger (ironic given where Dan Carey spent a few months apprenticing), I primarily love them for showcasing malt with minimal hop presence. This beer stands that relationship on its head for me, and comes very close to triggering my supertaster reaction to hop-forward beer. While I can still drink it, and even enjoy some aspects of it, it is pretty far from my favorite märzen. If you’re following any of my reviews because you’re also a supertaster, you may want to give this one a miss.
Where: Gift from a neighbor, from a store in Wisconsin. Finhead (1830) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2015
How: 12 ounce bottle.
Appearance: Pours a crisp amber orange body, one finger head.
Aroma: Bready, toasty, nutty, and malty.
Taste: Bready, toasty, nutty, grainy, some fruit.
Palate: Crisp, clean, and light.
Overall: Pretty good, but some othe NG rate higher.
Clear, deep golden pour with a white head. The aroma has toasty malt with bread and light caramel notes that match the sweet taste. It has a medium body with slightly sticky texture and average carbonation.
jahshuwuh (567) - USA - SEP 27, 2015
A clear warm golden color with finger of white head that fizzles down to a few bubbles on the surface. Smell is orange, cinnamon, all spice, wheat, malt. Taste is a light sweet caramel with a touch of the spices from the smell, clean crisp, a flour like taste is the finish with a honey butter biscuit and some wheat. Easy drinker, perfect for the fall weather.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kambei70 (1122) - - SEP 17, 2015
2015 bottle. Clear copper/amber in color with a thin white head. Light bready aroma with some caramel. Taste is biscuit and bread, caramel and a little herbal bitterness on the back end. Lively carbonation and drying on the tongue.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Cousin_Larry (895) - - SEP 12, 2015
Pours translucent brown with med head. Aroma is sugar, but is feignt. Taste is sweet malts. Pretty good on a fall day. saxman61 (7) - Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2015 does not count
Poured from bottle into English pint glass. One inch foamy head with a darkish amber color. Mellow tasting, flavor is fleeting, lacking the taste of a true Octoberfest beer. Tastes more like a jacked up American made pilsner. Will not try/ buy this beer again. I guess I expected more from this brewery than what I received. Frank (4240) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 Blind: Amber orange, foam head. There is something sort of savory and off in the nose. Lightly sweet w/ slightly harsh earthy bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied.
Original(3.1): This one is a near miss in my opinion. It has a nice overall malt character but it strikes me as being a bit too sweet and sticky to be truly drinkable and that is what it needs to be to be a great example of this style. It is fair to say this is a cut above what many less lager-centric craft breweries make but it is still not quite all there.