jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2009
tap at hopcat...so good i had to break my 8 month(ish) rating drought. pours a nice crisp amber color with a thick white head. aroma is mild citrus, slightly spicy, light caramel in the back. flavor is very malt forward, caramel, biscuit, and a timy bit of raisin...followed by a huge hop kick...bitterness, lots of spice and citrus in the flavor. great lacing on the glass throughout the beer, well retained head. overall, i could definately drink this beer every day. well balanced, yet interesting enough to keep you wanting more...congrats shorts on another wonderful beer! bpar73 (1178) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2012
At the brewpub. Dark golden pour with a thin off-white head. Caramel , chocolate and malt. Nicely hopped with a smooth finish. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013 Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Aromas are caramel, grain, grass, and some light chocolate too. Taste has a nice light grainy sweetness and light bitterness. More malty and flavorful than most marzens. Nice caramel, light toffee and fruit, and some grassy hops. Medium body, goes down smooth. Awesome Oktoberfest. BrownALEx (459) - Portland, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Aroma: rather malty with a hint of caramel. Appearance: rusty pour with a thin white head. Taste: malty upfront chased by a sweet finish. Palate: well bodied with soft carbonation. Overall: nice beer for the season, will buy again next year or in the next few weeks. Well done Joe and company. WillRunForBeer (2735) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to umich03jm, thanks Jason! Pours deep amber brown with a sticky off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark cherry, smoke, charred oak. Flavor is caramel, dark chocolate, oats, smoke. A little grassy bittlerness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, full.
seank301 (4) - Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2015 does not count
Delicious. Full of complex flavor with the roasted camel and hops being most prominent. Very nice. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 On tap at Ashley’s - Ann Arbor, MI. Aroma is a muddling of grain sugars, earthy spice and nips of Munich. Pours a middle brown, clouded and with tinted head. Flavor is a mostly generic bread malt, with rather gummy hops, a bouquet of light estery fruits, and a earthy chocolate touches. A certain tint of more caramelized or dark Munich malt, which is interesting. Not your typical Munich flavor, this has been messed with (no way...). Finishes dry and clean, with a good tooth of the gummy hops. When i had this, I had no idea what style it was, and I regarded it as a rather generic middle malt beer. So, as a Marzen, that makes sense and it doesn’t do a terrible job, but it could have clarified the malt profile and lager output a little bit.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
12oz Bottle. Thanks, Sean! Ah, relief. Big cheerios and whole grain nose, full of classic O-fest malts. Translucent orange pour with a tan head. Flavors are generally sweet and well-defined, but show above-average hoppiness for the style, which I’m enjoying. Fresh, clean, malty and bright. A nice change of pace from the last two beers. Having had this twice now, I’m starting to see it as a classic Michigan Oktoberfest.
Nice clearish brown pour with some good foamy head that lingers for a bit. Some chunky & spotty lacing left behind. Aroma is a bit mild, but some malty and slightly spicey notes. Flavor is more robust with similar notes as the aroma, but just MORE. Very tasty - this beer screams fall.
I’d drink this again. Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2013
From bottle to tulip glass. Toasted caramel, sweet smell with hints of spice. Clear, light reddish amber color. Pours with white head that dissipates quickly. Definitely malty with some hops coming through. Medium body. Overall, this beer is true to Oktoberfest beers. Easy drinking, you can have quite a few without much problem. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle: dingy copper with some orange hints, almost fully opaque with a beige head that settles to a foamy ring. Aroma is full fledged caramel malt, sweet buttered bread, fresh & baked, some sweet chocolate-y taffy on the back end. Taste is more of the same; caramel, some toffee, bready sweet malts, light cocoa powder, and a mild taffy-like sweetness. Hops are very faint and add the smallest amount of fruitiness mid-palate with a very mild, finishing bitterness. Very nice O-fest.