Dacrza (921) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
DATE TASTED: November 25, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: a nightcap in preparation for Thanksgiving... APPEARANCE: slightly darker gold than the original, with the same classic white soapsuds topping its body; menial effervescence; head becomes rocky and collects reasonable lacing...AROMA: definite fruitiness to start--almost the scented cassettes I would listen to in the eighties?--with a tortilla-like breadiness pervading.... PALATE: mostly a thin, medium-bodied, drinkable body that leaves a malty lingering aftertaste--not inviting the next sip...TASTE: biscuit and bready dough beg a bitter,, semi-sweet experience... faint caramel and hops cannot balance the profile, and the nutty undertones do not develop substantially...OVERALL: slightly heavier and less crisp than the original, the Warsteiner version of the Oktoberfest pushes more malt but loses any chance of being refreshing or balanced; likewise, the malt is thin, which makes the experience not only unbalanced but also not worthwhile...drinkable, yes...worthy of being sought out? not so much...
beer_rookie (514) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark hay color. It looks like a lager. It’s a lot lighter than all the other marzens I’ve had. It’s clear. About one finger white head. No retention, and no lacing.
Aroma is toasted malt, biscuity. It says on the bottle that it has hop extract, and I smell the "hop extract." I recall one other beer that had hop extract and that same smell, and flavor for that matter. It does have some slightly sweet aroma, but other than that, there’s not much else to say about it.
I taste that hop extract stuff. It’s just a pungent concentrate, like it’s not blended real well. You’ll know what I mean It’s more bitter than I expect from a marzen. It’s malty, it’s pretty sweet, but hop flavor, bleh. Maybe some nuttiness in there. It doesn’t really taste that much like a marzen.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium mouthfeel, clean and dry finish. It’s easy drinking, and sessionable.
Overall, it’s not great. Doesn’t taste like an oktoberfest to me. Well, as I let it warm up, it gets a little better. I don’t really recommend this. German or not, pick something else.
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
scotchzombie (571) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
WarPours very clear oranges yellow with a nice soapy thick off-white head. Aroma is corn and caramel malts and noble hops. Taste largely follows but is quite weak for a Fest. More like a slightly malt-amped traditional German lager. Slight hop bitterness to close. Drinkable if you like German lagers, but not memorable.
blackflag321 (675) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Six pack gift. I’m not an Oktoberfest fan but I enjoyed these beers. Clean, crisp malty marzen flavor. Clear light gold color.
Beerhunter111 (18819) - P´Castle, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Klares goldenes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen weißen schaumkrone. Geruch getreidig malzig, plörrig. Geschmack getreidig süß, pappig, naja.
Koelschtrinker (19101) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 7, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wenig würziger, trocken herber Antrunk. Langweilig malzig mit geringfügig steigender Tendenz, herber Nachhall. Belanglos. 7/7/6/6/9/6
tillmac62 (705) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BBD 6/8/16. Pours a clear golden. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.
Rather weak nose of light biscuit and light hops.
Medium body with a smooth texture that has some creamy aspects. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.
The flavor profile is outstanding due to it’s total absence of off flavors and perfect balance. Intensity lacks a bit and this beer is not very complex. It begins with a slightly sweet biscuit base that has some grainy aspects, but is not cracker like. Soft subtle pear notes float over biscuit. The middle brings a soft herbal hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of the middle with subsiding biscuit and a hint of alcohol.
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden body with a thin yet clinging white head. Inviting aroma of malt and caramel sweetness. The palate is smooth and clean but a little thin. Nice clean taste with the malt taking center stage. There is a slight hoppy bite at the end. A good, very drinkable Octoberfest.
ZacM612 (654) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden, bubbly, with a white head. Malt and yeast aroma. Mild hop character, a little earthy. Not bad.