jmohno (1618) - Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Clear orange copper,inch of creamy head with good lacing.plenty of carbonation.
Little bit of malty carmel aroma with light orange fruit citrus,then the typical,mostly that metallic/mineral lager oktoberfest aroma.
Taste is full body creamy with carmel maltiness,citrus almost piney and a dryish kinda harsh citrus finish. Some slight wisky-oak tones. Kinda a oktoberfest imperial almost but still pretty tame. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle. Redish caramel color with small white head. Hay, spices and caramel aromas. Pumpkin, spice and sugar flavors. jsmerig (1586) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy brownish red. Aroma of grain and malt. Malt forward with nutty overtones followed by maple syrup. Then the finish is crisp while the bottom drops out and bitterness is left.
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Hazy dark orange color with a small tan head. Aroma of bready malts and a little caramel. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, pretty drinkable. Good. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Pours a deep copper color with a light red hue. Modest white head that fades down fast. Aroma has a mild caramel, light grainy sweetness, very light smoke/woodiness but it reminds me more of a very heavy toasted maltiness. Hop presence, even though the label says 22.6 IBU, is pretty subdued mainly due to the heavy toasted malt presence. Flavor has an early hop spiciness but this quickly fades to a slight soured malt middle with some apple and grainy sweetness ending with a good toasted malt presence. Body is pretty hefty for the style but the carbonation is pretty low lending a slight oily texture. Overall a decent Oktoberfest but not stylistically true. A bit strong in the malt and hops flavors than what you tend to see in the style. Balance favors the malt tones as they come a bit more prominent in the sweetness. Woodiness in this, as with their other foudres brew, is very subdue and almost non-existent.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bomber. Pours deep golden with a creamy beige head. Aroma of honey, and caramel, sweet malts, toffee and candyish. Toasted bread and a bit cookie like. Flavor is very sweet, a bit of oak and a lot of honey, so sweet and candy like. Finishes a bit on the bland grainy side, and a creamy toffee richness. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. I actually like the idea of an oak aged oktoberfest, it is just too sweet and a bit cloying to be elite for the style. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
orange color, small off white head, some lace. nose is malty, caramely, yeasty, touch of dry fruit. i found the flavor a bit unbalanced with some notes of bitter fruit. medium bodied, dry finish. a little muddled to my palate, but inoffensive. scarletfire65 (1466) - 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. ryecatcher (1436) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Bottle. Amber-orangey-gold pour, frothy white head with decent retention. Nose is caramel, dried grass, candied orange peel, dates. Mouth is relatively sweet, lots of caramel, grass and a subtle bitterness, some orange, warm finish for a märzen. 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Pours a hazy orange amber with a khaki head that settles to a ring. Nose involves caramel, spice, oak, resin, light cocoa, apricot, toast, and damp cellar. Pretty sweet flavor, quite bitter. Heavier side of medium bodied, soft carb, syrupy, lightly tingly, with a toasty dry oak bitter finish. Cool version of an octoberfest, nice use of the oak, though this isn’t a mind-blowing beer. It’s just a really nice beer.