omhper (24781) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Reddish amber. The crystal malt flavour is dominating the beer. Chewy mouthfeel. Pleasant, but one-dimensional. I've never really accepted octoberfest beers made with crystal malt, but this one is pretty good.
Travlr (23978) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. A decent enough fest beer, nice bitter pepper aroma, plain lager like taste.
bhensonb (14964) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from allendodd. Thanks for this one. Pours a very light amber with a large, frothy off-white head. Aroma is fresh fruit and caramel. Rather light in body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is caramel and some sort of light fruit. Finishes mildly fruity and lightly caramel. Not real flavorful, but nice to drink.
Ratman197 (14508) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness and toasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toasted malt and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth malty finish.
Tmoney99 (14276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with shigadeyo. Poured clear dark copper color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. The beer goes well with a spicy food.
djd07 (13989) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear orange with small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, bready malt, and caramel. Thin mouthfeel with nice spice upfront, cinnamon and nutmeg, good.
Drake (13489) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small head. Average lacing. Aroma is toasted malts, caramel and cinnamon. Taste is sweet roasted malts with cinnamon and slight graininess. Medium bodied.
BeerandBlues2 (13056) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12-oz bottle received via SS ’07, holdenn. Pours clear amber with a spare, fizzy, white head, mostly diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (grain, cereal, meal), light hops (grass), average yeast (sweat, earth) with notes of cooked corn. Light bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
Dogbrick (12743) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My thanks to Pjones6738 for this one. Very passable Marzen. Deep dark amber with a medium beige head. Strong malt aroma. Rich malt and caramel flavor with a nicely spiced finish. This is one of the better New Glarus beers I have tried so far. On a side note, I have really liked all of New Glarus’ labels so far.
crossovert (12447) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2016 Good attempt from NG. It did well at our Oktoberfest tasting (among 16 others). It is not an Oktoberfest though, more just like a light Dunkel bier, i guess maybe like the amber beers of Bamberg.
this is an okto i feel ive at least had once in most of th years in between this review. It landed in the middle of the pack when tasting 33 of them blind last year. First impression: I do not remember this beer being so light. This is way lighter than I remember it being. I swear it used to be waaay darker. This is a beutiful brew. The aroma is full-throttle. It starts with almsot a hint of smoke, intensley herbal and resinous noble hops, hint of vinegar on the nose, it is also fruity, almost figgy. Complex, bold, and non-traditional. The flavor is a suprise. This is nothing like what I remember this beer being. It is sweet, honey-like malt character, strawberry, lower bodied mouthfeel but a bit silky. Has a hint of diacetyl, comes of kind of zwickel-like with a minerally breadcrust finish. This is a surprise. This has to be a new recipe. A visceral and interesting deviation on the oktoberfestbier.