DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Ughsmash, thanks Jason!) This is probably the most florally hoppy Oktoberfest style beer I’ve ever sampled, and it doesn’t even begin to resemble the style it’s supposed to. The nose is just bursting with the sweet floral aromas, and really, not much else. I find it unpleasant, and it’s kind of sickening actually. Caramely, very sweet, and very floral in the flavor too, with a buttery and bitter finish. The sweetness becomes somewhat cloying after awhile. Medium bodied and not overcarbonated on the palate. Medium amber color is somewhat hazy, but that doesn’t obscure the dozens of commingling streams of carbonation bubbles rising through the beer. The creamy, ivory head pours to half an inch before settling to a thin layer, but the army of carbonation bubbles keeps the head well stocked and alive. I’ve liked the other three Tyranena offerings I’ve sampled, but yikes, I’m just not liking this one at all. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2005
reddish-caramel color, no head to speak of. aroma is quite buttery, lots of diacetyl and maltiness. flavor is essentiallly the same with a surprisingly modest hop bite. LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2005
pours a dark,reddish amber.very little head.smell of sweet malt.Very sweet taste,with a bitter finish.Different then other oktoberfests. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Pours a very cleaer reddish rusty brown. Little head even with an aggressive pour. Aroma is of sweet malt with caramel and nothing else my dull nose could pick up. Tastes very smooth with caramel, toffee, and strange as it seems butterscotch. I thought I was crazy for picking that up but it looks like I’m not alone. Very sweet and very smooth but not much else going on here. Seems like it’s lacking something. Carbonation IMHO was fine. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Brilliant, magnifying clarity. Lucid orange in color with a creamy, dense and tan foamy head. Aroma is true to style, with caramel, butterscotch, Werthers Originals, corn husks, potatoes and corn flakes. Flavor gently glides in, distinguishing itself as one of the sweeter and less spicy renditions. Sweet caramel, cedar and Smart Start cereal flavor dimensions. Butterscotch, buttered toffee and a slight copper kettle twang, but not overly ambitious. Creamy and smooth on the palate but not much personality. Absence of noble hops and lacking carbonation. Finish has some vanilla and maple similarities. Decent.
amberale1 (16) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Sampled from the tap at Tyranena and brought home a growler. Tyranena’s Oktoberfest was different than others, a good thing. Nutty and rather fruity aroma and flavor. A touch sweet. A good change, a good Oktoberfest. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Sampled on tap at Tyranena on 9/10/05. This beer pours to a nice amber body with a white head. Decent thickness and spotty lacing. The aroma is kind of a nutty hoppiness. Light sourness. Quite different from most other oktoberfests. Smooth malts, clean body. The flavor almost comes off as a wheat with a roasted hazelnuts and nice Vienna-like malt. This okfest is pretty non-traditional. I like it. Strangely, it seems out of style, kind of bordering on Saison. And, yet, it’s still fest-like. Strange. I like this a lot. Perhaps this year’s batch is much better than 04? Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Sour, clovey aroma. Big foamy head, color is brown. Light bodied with a nutty and bitter palate. Some off bitterness and metallic tastes creep in though. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Slightly cloudy amber body with a soapy white head. Nutty, dry caramel aroma with lightly citrus and grassy hops. Similarly "light" flavor - roasty caramel sweetness along with muted grassy, mossy, peppery hops. A well-done beer and I appreciate the extra dose of hops. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Thanks to JCapriotti. Nice amber with plumes of carbonation and two fingers of creamy head. Malty aroma largely consisting of carmel malts with a slight off aroma that I couldn’t place. It’s nutty and smooth with some fairly nice ballancing hop bitterness at first. Later a strange bitterness lingers and makes the finish of this medium bodied beer somewhat harsh.