thornecb (6066) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Pours deep gold into a shaker. Off-white soapy head recedes leaving gloppy lacing. Butterscotch and caramel aromas. Astringent with sweet caramel front to back. Mild fest finish. ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle, screw-top but thankfully brown glass. Nose of thin dark malt with earth and dark caramel and some roast, touch of candy sweetness, but dirty. Pours is a red-amber-orange gradient with a short off-white head. Thin watery body with light but effective bitterness, blink-and-you-miss it malt, touch of candyish sweetness but dries out quickly and thickly. Dirty and makes me check to see if someone dropped their cigarette butt in my glass, and aftertaste is stale. superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2016
12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 7/29/2016. Pours crystal clear deep orange.copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Some light yeast fruitiness as well. Taste of big brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal herbal/spicy hop and toasted malt bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Fairly clean on lager flavors; some fruitiness in the aromas, but minimal in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.45%. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very malty and flavorful for the ABV, with just enough hops for balance. A very enjoyable offering. DiarmaidBHK (5924) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Draft at Quaker Steak. Pours brown with an inch of white foam. A bit of toasty malt on the nose. Nice smooth mouthfeel. A bit more malt on the tongue. Clean finisher. Good to see Yuengling expanding to new styles. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle from Food Stop Rockville. Dark amber body with medium head. Nose is malty, toasty, caramel. Taste is also malts, caramel and spices. Thin, watery texture. Not great. A bit bland really and too sweet in the finish.
nearbeer (5610) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2013
12 oz. Clear shiny copper with a lasting quarter inch of foam. Nose is sour-sweet dry grass and earthy, toasted grain. Taste is the same as the aromas with some corn and mildly tart apple thrown in, and toasted nut on the dryish finish. A hint of a metallic note in the long finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Malty as per the style, but fairly balanced. Smooth, average level of carbonation. Aurelius (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Lightly sweet, toasted malt aroma. Embossed brown bottle, clear, intense burnt orange beer with a light white head. Nicely bitter, nutty sweetness, toasty. The body is a bit flabby/starchy - without the crispness desired. Some overbrewed, metallic hop notes in the finish. Overall, probably a good value if you’re looking for a marzen. ABC Liquors, Bull Run. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a medium amber with two finger head. Smells of light malt and a touch of wood. Flavors of malt, a little wood, and a touch of fruit.
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Nose is like a slightly-stronger version of Traditional Lager. Smells like America. Taste is fairly malty with a touch of bread. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2016
12 ounce bottle from my Uncle Don’s (that’s Don, my real uncle, not Dan, my hyperreal uncle, for those faithful few who follow Muzzle’s every mystifying masturbatory musing) garage fridge in Caldwell, OH, drunk a little above cellar temp from a large juice glass. No, I’m not really back into the true tasting game - I didn’t bring my own glass(es) along on this trip, and have to settle with inappropriate glassware that will undoubtedly make any ratings written tonight or tomorrow night invalid and pointless. Anyway....dark amber to copper, clear, smallish off-white quick-dying head...lightly smoky-sweet cereal-grainy aroma, hints of soap and a mineral touch I can’t quite put my finger on...lightly sweet body initial flavor characteristic carries through to the finish, a touch of herbal roughness, a rather poorly extracted malt note that comes off as dry, stale cereal floating in tepid water...the sweetness is rather sugary and artificial and the finish is somewhat cardboardy and cottony on the tongue. I’m probably making it sound actually worse than it is; truth be told this is somewhat drinkable, but just. Hopefully the last Oktoberfest of the season, I’ve had enough for now.