scottw86 (1175) - Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured an amber/yellow with a white foamy stable head. Aroma has lots of pale malts with some skunkyness. Some clove and spices. Taste is slightly watery but with some good pale malt flavors. Slightly doughy with bread. Some slight floral notes as well. Finish tastes a little like rice. Overall a very solid lager, but maybe not the best example of a festbier.
Jow (3821) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a straw yellow. Crisp and bitter with slight lemony citrus. grass notes. pretty standard but not bad
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours straw with thick white head and foamy lacing. Notes of straw and hay. Balanced taste with a slightly bitter finish. Crisp.
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear very pale straw with a moderate white head. Aromas of clove, banana, dried fruit, dark fruit, bubblegum, and soap. Lightly sweet cereal grain base with mild fruity tartness, notes following the aromas, and a very lightly bitter floral/herbal finish. Light-medium body, average-sharp carbonation, and a slick texture. Drinkable and inoffensive, though more like a plain old lager than a festbier to me. The sweetness of the flavors gets just a touch sickly with repeated sipping.
slowrunner77 (11476) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 can’t agree with the low scores on this one. appearance is lighter than your typical purty okto lager, but the aroma and flavor are malty up front, well balanced, with a nice feel and it’s full flavored. not the best, but WAY above average.
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Was disappointed in this one. This brewers hefeweizen is one of my favorite beers, so I had high expectations. When I poured the beer I was surprised by the color, and very yeasty aroma. The taste is better, on the sweet and malty side. Overall not a great version of the festbier variety, in my opinion.
paysse (5) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purchased 09/10/10 from Bottleworks in Seattle, shipment had come in two days before.
Aroma: Sweet light malts, perfumy hops, very light DMS.
Appearance: Poured a light gold into a 20oz beecher, the pale color immediately made me check the label to make sure I had grabbed the right bottle, this does not look like an Oktoberfest. Quickly expanding snow white head which collapsed quickly into a nice creamy white cap. Brilliant clarity.
Flavor: Candy-sweet continental Pilsner malt dominates, light biscuit on the back, strong fresh noble hops. Light minerals, lots more perfume and a bit of spicy hops.
Mouthfeel: Moderate-to-high carbonation helps to balance slight malt sweetness. A bit more alcohol warmth than I would expect at 5.8%, especially as it warms up.
Overall: A less malty (domestic German?) example of the style, trying to walk the line between body and appropriate dryness for the lighter body. Fresh hop character is extraordinarily enjoyable and style aside this is a very drinkable beer. Alcohols were not solventy, but hot enough to give me a bit of a headache.
JDBaker11058 (2061) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: bright gold with a HUGE fluffy white head that lasted forever. Aroma: slightly sweet grains, with crackers and freshly-kneaded bread; hops are a little more forward than in your traditional lager: light, floral and a bit spicy. Taste: very much as the aroma indicates: slightly sweet, crackery and doughy grains, then some very lightly spiced and decently aromatic hops that don’t add too much bitterness. Finish: dry, crisp and clean; medium in length. Notes: Solid. As many commenters said, this doesn’t seem to be so much of a marzen or oktoberfest in style. Nonetheless, this was an excellent brew. My buddy Z said: this is what American lagers would taste like if the large commercial brewers gave a crap about making good beer.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Light, clear gold color with a slightly above average sized, thick, sticky, creamy, pearl white head. Good retention leaving a foamy, sticky layer of lace.
S - Good amount of doughy, bready aroma with a spicy and floral hop aroma on top of that. Some grassy hops as well. Very German smelling, but not very much like a märzen.
T - Similar to the nose with a nice bready, doughy taste making up the backbone. Pretty sweet flavors in the background. Good amount of spicy herbal, floral and grassy hops. Some faint citrus flavors and a hint of mineral taste.
M - Lighter side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and slightly drying.
D - Easy to drink beer with a nice mix of sweet bready/doughy malt flavors as well as spicy, hoppy flavors. Very refreshing and crisp.
Notes: Not really like a Märzen, but a tasty beer. Definitely German tasting with German hops and bready/doughy malt taste. Overall another tasty beer from the brewery, but like the weizenbock (Vitus) it doesn’t really seem to fit the style too well.
MaBeer1972 (1974) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strong-bodied clear golden brew with light to medium carbonation. Sweet light malty aroma and flavor. Very drinkable with a slightly sweet clean finish. A very solid brew.