phoner (8) - - AUG 20, 2012 does not count
One of my favorite beers and a sure sign of the start of fall. Great malt character and balanced hops. Like angel tears in a bottle. drpimento (3714) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Wow-eee!! Outstanding beer!! This is what an Oktoberfest is all about! Beautiful rich coppery red, nice head, great mouth feel, perfect carbonation, the sweetness and dryness that interplay and make it a definition session beer. Doesn’t get any better! Just put on draft at the Bodega downtown La Crosse. PolishInk (3) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2012 does not count
The best Oktoberfest beer I’ve tried. Crisp clean and not heavy like some Oktoberfests. HopInMeBeer (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Appearance: - Light amber color with tons of thick frothy head
Aroma: grain - honey - that wonderful scent you catch when your outside at an oktoberfest, a little bit slosh buzzed - it’s cool weather, the german polka starts and you take a swig and while your nose is in your cup it catches a sweet whiff of none other than the smell that you can come to associate only with this time of year, the good company, and being buzzed in October.
Taste: grain, honey, hint of jasmine - smooth, hint of orange.
Palate: light - smooth
Overall: I highly recommend as a lighter octoberfest - this ain’t the beer you have to commit thirty-forty minutes to drink. If you want to sample some other beers after - this beer won’t stand in the way - its simple, to the point, yet savory all rolled into one. I highly recommend. Thanks to a friend from WI - I was able to savor a few of these while in Cincinnati. kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
This might very well be my favorite Octoberfest. Light brown body. Nice fresh brew day malt aroma. Crisp but very flavorful malt taste. Just a great example of an Octoberfest beer from Wisconsin.
MetalNHopHead (2076) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Another German brew from New Glarus, another beautifully-executed beer. It pours a clear dark amber. Rich malty nose with a hint of fruitiness. Tastes like toasted bread, caramel, apricot, nuts, and spices. More full-bodied than some, yet exceptionally smooth. Hops are definitely muted here. This brew is about the 1,100 pounds of toasted malted barley that went into making it. There aren’t many American-made fest biers that can top this. austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Just terrific. A mild, malty Okto that doesn't try to bowl you over with spice or hops. It's a terrific session Marzen that can be consumed in quantity. New Glarus is an excellent brewery, and this is further proof. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Solid darkish copper color with a small puffy off-white head that sticks around a while eventually fading to nothing as its consumed and leaves sheets of lace that dispear fast to stick in webby lines and spots. Wonderful toasted aroma on this, touch of caramel and light floral dried hops, very crisply toasted with a hint of ripe fruity-like sweetness reminescent of a sour bread dough. Really becomes a sniffer as it warms. Taste is a nice toasty, lightly sweet mix of maltyness, very solid through and through. Sweetness is strong but subdued in its presense over an amazing and great little toastyness, some thinner caramel sits in the back with some light herbal/floral dried hops setting up the finish to end with a nice mellow crispness and light lingering sweetness. Medium body feel, lightly creamy aspect and a lovely finish. A very nice O'fest beer that goes down with ease. A new favorite to keep around, top notch and a cut above alot of the mish-mashy O'fest brews that every brewery seems to make. This one is done right. Great job New Glarus!
sensesdry (4) - Greenfield, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2006 does not count
I can honestly say that this is my favorite of the New Glarus bunch. Warm, malty flavor that finishes very nicely clean. A nice compliment to those late fall barbecues or for sitting around the fire as its rich, almost caramel toffee taste enlivens the senses. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Pours a very clear deep reddish copper, briefly topped by half an inch of off-white foam, then replaced by a very thin ring of foam and an even thinner layer of film. No lacing. Mild caramel and some sweet fruitiness in the aroma.
Very tasty beer - lots of toasted malt, some caramel, some grain, a hint of chocolate, and fruit. A mild hop presence in the finish provides good balance. Quite a bit of that sweet fruitiness remains in the aftertaste.