Drake (14109) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Served on draft at the Top of the Hops Beer Festival, Charlottesville, VA, 9/11/10. Pours a clear golden amber color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of fruity notes, caramel and toasted malts. The taste is caramel, toasted malts and faint stone fruits. Medium bodied. BeerandBlues2 (13871) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Tap at VA Beach Craft Beer Festival. Pours clear amber with a short, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie and caramel malt, dates, light spicy hops, and a clean lager nose. Flavor is malty, sweet, light hops and bitterness, and a clean lager character. Low to medium body, low warmth, medium carbonation. DocLock (11110) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Draft at Fest Haus at Busch Gardesn Williamsburg. Poured translucent copper with minimal off-white head that disspiated quickly. Nose was earthy caramel malt, mild nutmeg, toffee, and hops. Tasted smooth, malty, earthy, with notes of brown sugar, hops, and offee, but not sweet. Rich and very enjoyable on a 90 degree day in Williamsburg. bytemesis (9345) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Tap. Pours clear light amber with a medium off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is grain and caramel. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. radagast83 (8533) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2011
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear, slightly darker, but still light amber color with a small white head. Aroma was light sweet malts, and a nice spice hop character to it. Flavor was malty, sweet malts, well balanced for the style, relatively enjoyable.
Iphonephan (7335) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
On draft at Mad Fox Oktoberfest. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Sweet malty nose. Flavors of caramel and and mild lemon notes. Slightly bitter finish. obguthr (6738) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft @ Brews ’n Blues fest in Gloucester VA: Lightly toasted barley malt and dried leaves aroma, with hints of spice, perhaps cloves. Clear dark amber thin head, decent lacing. Barley malt, dried leaves, potpourri flavor. Medium body, maybe a touch too much for the style but still ok. More bitter in the end than most Octoberfests. Quite similar to the Fall Bock I’m told it is replacing in the brewer’s seasonal offerings. This beer was very popular at the event where I was a volunteer. TheBeerGod (6262) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle. Amber pour with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is spicy hops atop chewy malt, honeyed biscuit and rich caramel. Taste is big caramel, spicy hops, chewy malt notes, light grassy hops, buttered biscuit and light honey. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation. Finishes with more big caramel notes, soft earthy notes, chewy malt, grassy and spicy hops and biscuit. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
I had this during a work trip in the Virginia area last Autumn.
The appearance was a nice light gentle amber color with a decent transparency about it letting in enough light to see some carbonation rising at a decent pace. The head was about a finger’s worth and gently died to a slight little hill in the center of the beer. Some light lacing stuck around the sides of the glass.
The smell had a good amount of caramel malts along with some pilsner malts invading my nose.
The taste was basically sweet around the caramel and pilsner malts.
On the palate, it sat fairly light and displayed a decent sessionable quality running about it. The carbonation was somewhat smooth and watery.
Overall, for the most part, this was a pretty good brew that I ended up having several of and had it with some pretzels. It made for a nice memorable Autumn afternoon watching football.
Clear amber pour with fair layer of near white head. Clean and not offensive, but weak on aroma. Flavor is slightly nutty and toasted and metallic, and all around just not nearly as good as the Sam Adams version.