crossovert (13833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2011 Pours with a 3 finger head that quickly dissipates but leaves the best lacing I have seen yet in an Oktoberfest. The body of the beer is orangeish/gold and significantly lighter than a typical Oktoberfest.
Smells between a typical munich helles and an Oktoberfest. Malty but with some noble hops balancing it.
Edt: Got a fresh bottle. The taste is much like a Hacker-Pschorr maerzen, but with a little bit more hops and a bit lighter on the palate.
It is a killer Festbier, just get it fresh, I made the mistake of having older bottles in years’ past. Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy straw/golden yellow color. Slightly sweet malty aroma. Medium to light bodied beer with a crisp malty palate that is reminiscent of a pilsner. Nothing too exciting or noteworthy going on here. Decent traditional German Oktoberfest but nothing too crazy. A bit let down, I expected a bit more from Weihenstephaner. Overall (B-) wlajwl (7063) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2015 Aroma is bread/malts and a hint of skunk/hops. The flavor is malts/bread, mildly earthy and a beery/slightly bitter finish. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2011
draft at Coles, Buffalo, NY. Not really what i was expecting from a German marzen. Light colored looking euro lager. Little aroma. Golden pour. Nice sessionable beer but in terms of the Marzens ive encountered pretty boring & unflavorful DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Hazy deep yellow color. White head has poor retention, but leaves tons of lacing.
4.0 S: Grainy, biscuity malts. Floral hops. A hint of spice. Very good aroma, but could be stronger.
5.0 T: I really like this. It has the standard Oktoberfest flavor, but without any of the pungency that is present in the majority of brews. Lots of spice. Grainy malts. Very good balance of hops and malts. Hops are earthy and herbal.
4.5 M: Medium body, perfect carbonation, and really smooth.
5.0 D: This is probably the best oktoberfest I’ve had. Can’t get much more drinkable that that.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-10-2008 06:25:15
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Golden pour with a thick bubbly white head. Aroma is corn, biscuit, syrup, not much hop character. Flavor is sweet and grassy. Not much hop character. Pretty unimpressive. Fred82 (2339) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
12oz from Winooski.Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with a big foamy volcano-forming head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Citrusy and grainy. nice malt. Light floral and herbal hops. A bit too grainy. Some honey.
Taste : Soft carbonation. Lots of grain with light herbal hops. Finish isa little bit spicy with grain. Some honey.
Overall : Nice citrusy nose, nice malt. Quite drinkable, nice soft carbonation. Too much grain and a bit too weak maybe. Ok.
Light straw color; Medium body; Aroma of sweet malt, hops, & light fruit; Flavor of slight sweet malt, hops, grain, and some caramel; Overall, not a bad brew - just not an Oktoberfest brew. theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 Aroma is sweet malt. Appearance is golden yellow with medium small white head. Nicely carbonated. Taste is incredible malt, honey, grain. A slight bit of roast. Mild spicy hops and roast keep this balanced but this is a malt forward beer. Palate is malty sweet and crisp as can be. Hops bitterness balanced perfectly with the hints of roast malt to keep this from being cloying. Overall an excellent beer. This isnt what everyone considers an Oktoberfest/Marzen, but more a slightly stronger, malty’er version of a helles with the slightest hint of roast...... a Festbier or Wiesen. If you go to Oktoberfest... this is most likely what you will be drinking. SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2010
The pour is a hazy yellow; much lighter in color than the copper I expect from the style. Tall, lasting sticky white head.
The aroma is hoppy and not as malty as I would have expected from an Oktoberfest. A bit grassy.
The flavor is towards the bitter side, Crisp and refreshing. Nicely hopped.
Good hoppy crisp lager as the description says. It’s just not an Oktoberfest/Vienna/Marzen.