Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, and some spicy hops. It pours a slightly hazy brownish-orange with an off-white head that has okay retention. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate and caramel. The finish has light-moderate earthy and spicy hops along with some light roastiness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. This comes across more like a malty Brown Ale.
jgb9348 (6100) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice super hazy amber and brown coloured body with a thinnish, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, earth, mushrooms and a bit of earthy malt. Medium-bodied; Strong malty and earthy flavours at first with a definite caramel and toffee flavour coupled with the light hops and rich malt. Aftertaste is nice and rich with a lot of caramel and a ton of earth - pungent and strong for the style. Overall, a nice rich marzen with a big earthy character and a decent amount of caramelised sugars. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased in a six pack from Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 11-September-2015 sampled while visiting in Northville, Michigan later in the day.
superspak (5403) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 8/24/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, biscuit, caramel, toast, molasses, nuttiness, earth, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Spot on to what I expected. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pear, apple, light chocolate, toffee, molasses, earth, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, nuttiness, light chocolate, earth, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; with minimal cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a great Oktoberfest! Nice robust flavors with good balance; very smooth and easy to drink. Highly enjoyable stuff; this was a lot better than I expected.
rumproasts (5324) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. amber with small head. caramel malt base. earthy hops. very solid for the style.
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottle was courtesy of Strykzone. Poured an amber color with a big off white head and lots of good lacing as it settled. Nose of roasted malts with nuts and spices. Medium in body. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is again some nuts and ripe fruit. Nice lightly bitter finish. Quite a nice beer.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown into my pilsner glass. Good lacing as it makes its way down. Nose has a toffee, caramel, roasted malt, touches of sweetness, and some Noble hops, but it’s all a bit soft and doesn’t fit that well. Strange that I normally really enjoy Short’s beers, but some of the more "everyday" ones aren’t up my alley. The taste is similar to the nose in that the flavors just don’t work all that well and the beer isn’t very integrated. Mouthfeel is moderate with okay carbonation. Drinkability is lower as there’s nothing I truly like about this beer, unfortunately.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-24-2010
Homer321 (4845) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle thanks to senseimike. Aroma is full of toast and bread crust. small off white head, good lacing. slightly hazy deep red color. Flavor is initially very bitter with a sweet malt backbone that turns to a chocolate and roast in the finish. moderate carbonation. man, the finish is just too roasty and chocolate for me, almost astringent. very drying.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid pour into into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, light tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a lightly hazed, dark copper / amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells amply of caramelized malt, toasted grain and even some ample, for the color, roast character towards the finish. A touch of lightly spicy and herbal hop notes lie underneath the more dominant malt character and at times gets completely lost within it.
Lightly sweet tasting with a soft herbal hop character up front, but this quickly disappears underneath a soft, but distinctive roasted malt in the finish that tastes a bit like burnt toast, but with out the burnt bitterness. This is very lightly roasty, but it does have quite a bit more roast character than one would guess by the color of this beer. The middle has a caramelized malt character that evokes thoughts of berries, this also is ultimately out muscled by the roast character in the finish, but unlike the hops it never quite disappears. The texture of this beer is nicely appropriate for a beer for the Autumn, it is a touch chewy and has some a character that leaves it lightly clinging viscously to the palate.
What a weird beer; it is interesting and tasty, but the roast character keeps throwing me off for some reason, it doesn’t really seem to mesh with the rest of the beer. Still, I am definitely enjoying this beer, it just might have a bit too much roast character.
Frank (4167) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted blind: This is a cloudy dark amber brew. It’s got a big earthy nose w/ some toasty malt as well. This is grassy and herbal, fairly dry and slightly nuttey. Its creamy carbonation is complimented by mild bitterness in the finish. This is a tasty Oktoberfest.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at HopCat. pours hazy copper with white head. nose of toasted malt. flavor is toasted, floral hop, caramelly. nice brew.