hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a meidium and slightly hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of some breadiness, citrus, toasted nuts, and caramel. Tastes of bread (stronger than the aroma), toasty, caramel, and citrus. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Pours chill hazy dark straw with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is malt, hops, tart citrus, spicy cobwebby esters, some florals. Tastes very malty, earthy, with caramel, some hops, some florals, orange marmalade. Lacks the palate heft and malt bill to be considered anything more than a run-of-the-mill Marzen. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Has a light haziness, orange honey color, small off-white head. Nose is somewhat twangy at first, then some creamed orange, melon, sweet corn, maybe a little bit of burnt sweet corn. Medium to full body, surprisingly frothy. Somewhat papery and bland across the middle, bland but not terrible. Not sure what to think of it, there’s just a little bit of the marzen aspect that comes across in the finish, just a little bit of sweet corn and husky grains, some bready malts in the back… some chewiness, but equaled in quietness by a mild fruit melon/orange flavor. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. Comes across almost as a Belgian golden light ale... I could probably drink a few of these easy, but if I want a marzen I think I’d choose something else. Ernest (7792) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2008
100% blind rating.
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, cookie), lightly yeasty (basement), with light notes
of gum and baked apple.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Quite a snoozer...not much aroma, etc. Laughed when I heard it was supposed to be an Oktoberfest. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Thanks to Rich for the bottle. Poured medium orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up semi-sweet, toasty caramel, hay, and some darker fruit with sweeter vanilla on top.. just a hint of earthy hops remained.. quite pleasant. The flavor had the same caramel and vanilla at the core, picking up bready character.. a little dry earthy bitterness around.. mostly sweet on the finish. Lighter-bodied with solid balance on the palate.. slightly tangy and sweet, with good play between the two. This was aiight.
egajdzis (6693) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Poured a faintly hazy amber color with a medium sized, tight and creamy, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, toast, nuts, and a light floral hoppiness. Taste of toasty dough, a bit of sweeter caramel, grass, some diactyl (but appropriate) and a dry, yeasty finish. Nice and crisp, not overly sticky like some oktoberfests can be. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Pours amber with a thin white head. Smells toasty and nutty with some earthy hints. Tastes earthy and caramelly with some spicy hints on the finish. Breaddy mouthfeel. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle from capones. Pours a copper amber body with a thin white head 1 finger or less. Musky pilsner lagered notes. Sweet dusty hop resin. Some light caramel malt. Crisp with a note of fruity esters. A note of honey, grass, and bready. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
12oz. from Educators’ BIF. Pours hazy brown-yellow with a white head. Nose is malt, lager, yeast, grass, and some grainy/ cereal notes. Flavor is malt, bread, and caramel sweetness. Nice, easy-drinking, and light-bodied. Enjoyable for the style. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of vegetables, herbs, malts, hops, B.O., and yeast. Poured amber in color with a small white head that disappeared. Hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and not bitter. Tastes of corn, floral hops, yeast, light caramel, grains, and malts. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Semi-sweet corn finish. Disappointing.