wxman (1834) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Pours a clear golden amber with a full white head that laces the glass. Aroma is caramel and spices. Taste is sweet caramel malt, butterscotch, biscuits and just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance. Top drawer Oktoberfest. Christpuncher (3188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
heavy malt flavor on this oktoberfest beer. not my favorite style but well done. smells malty. had a t bottle pour at home. pours copper in color with a thick tan head. bitter finish. crossovert (13409) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2016 355ml bottle. Darj amber pour, nice cramy off-white/cream colored head. Aroma is heavy noble hops, and a bit of oak, malt well covered by the two imo.The flavor is sharp and bitter, not much mid palate. Some creaminess, some caramel/soy. Maybe my palate is fucked up but not getting much complexity here. And interesting htat the oak aged oktos are among the hoppiest, perhaps they are thinking the hops will wear out during hte aging but they don’t.
Re Rate 355ml bottle. Pours a bit darker than most, clear, This one has an oak smell also a urinal aroma. I’m so pissed I didn’t get to try all these oktos blind this year. The aroma isn’t big here either. Flavor is definitely oak-tinged, also lemon lime, some brandy, the wood changes this alot. The malt notes are toned down a lot, it isn’t as hoppy as I remmeebr though it does have some finishing bitterness. It has a unique flavor, but perhaps not enough of it, it is jsut bittersweet and a bit underwhelming. BrewBoxer (2652) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft at the growler stone street NYC . Pours a bright bronze golden color with a malty interesting backbone. Not bad Frozer (240) - Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Heavy wheat aroma. Lighter amber color, no head. No carbonation. A different take on an oktoberfest. Smooth flavor but would like some carbonation.
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 23, 2013
Cloudy orange draft with nice tight white head. Not much aroma. Malty and bready flavors. Some estery fruits. Odd but drinkable. markducommun (1180) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Golden orange. Molasses, berry. Bitter upfront, with some subtle sweetness. Light body, quite effervescent.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone scarletfire65 (1485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour. Aroma of light oak, apples, malt. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Quite sweet, with yeasty and jammy cooked fruit flavors over a faint oakiness. Slight vanilla. Sweetish finish. Not bad. wlajwl (6941) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Aroma is caramel, mild/medium nuttiness and slightly musty. The flavor is toffee, light caramel, mild/medium sweetness, light fruit and a slightly bitter/tart finish. DrnkMcDermott (3120) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2013
$3.50 cold bottle at Freikoten. Deep amber color with a bit of a hazy, thin head. Note of apple juice when placed within "nose shot." Closer in, I smell the Vienna malt, and an edge of yeast (this is, after all, from their oak foudre). Nice deep malts, tending more toward sweet than hoppy. A note of spice and yeast; likely a few bugs coming in from those wooden aging barrels. Some toasted biscuit and, yes, some roast squash. Yes, an all-around autumn beer!