hawthorne00 (3955) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2013 Bottle (into their hilarious bent World Cup glass). Pale gold, large white head. Medium bead. Aroma of rich sweet malt and earthy and spicy hops. Tastes a little less sweet than it smells, but is quite rich, honeyed and a little toasted. Balancing bitterness with a brief spicy finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Quality swill (something that doesn’t get much love around here it seems). [3.4]Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Yeah, "quality swill" covers it.
Bottle pour light yellow with large frothy white head with nice lacing. Aroma grassy. Taste sweet light malts, grass, spices - light coriander, citrus, banana. I picked up a touch of skunkiness. Palate carbonated. Finish kind of bitter.
Agree with others this doesn’t seem like a festbier, really it’s more of a lager with hefewiezen overtones. arone12 (929) - Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Oh my! Drinking this Marzen in my new beer stein! Has a nice golden color Has a nice foamy white head. Smells a bit spicy with the aromas coming out of my beer stein! Taste is a bit spicy with a creamy texture to it. Good recommendation from my boy scotty for my first beer out of the beer stein. scottw86 (1177) - Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2010
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 (3926) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2010
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
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
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 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2010
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
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
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.