94 Oktoberfest, Goose Island Brewing Co. (IL). (11/06)
Deep reddish amber brown color. Cocoa, roasted nuts, dried meat, delicate spice aromas follow through to a supple, dryish medium body of sweet dark caramel, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, dried orange peel, toast and date flavors. Finishes with a tangy, sweet dark chocolate-covered orange peel and crème brûlée fade. Rich and delicious.
93 Oktober Fest-Märzen, Privatbrauerei Aying (Germany). 5.6% ABV (10/07)
Amber color. Intense focused aromas of spicy banana bread, dried fruits, oily nuts and toffee. A lush, smooth entry leads to a rich, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body of chocolate-covered cherries and nuts, caramel, lemon curd and mild clay-like hop flavors with a long, velvety finish. Impressive and eminently drinkable.
92 Lager, Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. (NY). 5.8% ABV (10/07)
Deep amber brown color. Dark honey roasted nut, burnt sugar and delicate anise aromas. A round, frothy entry leads to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body of dates and raisins, caramel, orange honey and dark roasted nuts. Finishes with a lingering, sweet mocha and lemon curd fade. Very tasty.
92 Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Hofbräuhaus München (Germany). 6.3% ABV (10/08)
Pale golden amber color. Brioche, toasted nut, grilled lemon and clay aromas follow through on a lively, chewy entry to a dryish medium-full body with plush carbonation and baked apple and citrus accents. Finishes with a very long, tangy and astringent nut bread and citrus marmalade fade. A very zesty Octoberfest beer that will cut through greasy and spicy food like a knife.
91 Oktoberfest, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (OH). 6.5% ABV (10/08)
Brilliant amber color. Sea salt, cheese rind and yeasty dough aromas follow through on a rich, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a seamless smooth carbonation and notes of dates and toffee. Finishes in a long, rich cocoa, buttered raisin nut toast and lemon zest fade with comforting warmth. A delicious and flavorful Octoberfest to savor, not quaff.
91 Oktoberfest Beer, Penn Brewery (PA). 5.8% ABV (10/08)
Bright amber color. Toasted cheese pastry, mild baked citrus and honey aromas follow through on a soft, silky entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with soft integration of flavors and light toast and citrusy hop fade. A dry, crisp and refreshing märzen.
90 Original Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Brauerei (Germany). 5.8% ABV (10/08)
Rich copper color. Vibrant caramelized nut and toasted pumpernickel nut bread aromas follow through on a rich, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with layers of praline, fig and orange soufflé notes. Finishes with a smooth, even, earthy hop fade. A delicious and balanced Oktoberfest designed to provide refreshment for the long haul and lots of pub grub.
90 Oktoberfest, Lakefront Brewery (WI). 5.5% ABV (11/06)
Deep amber color. Sweet toffee and cream aromas. A lively entry leads to a frothy, lightly sweet medium-full body of caramelized nuts, lemon curd and delicate spices. Finishes with a long, crisp and fruity fade of milk chocolate, dates and nuts. Yummy.
90 Foxtoberfest, Fox River Brewing (WI). 5.7% ABV (10/07)
Copper chestnut color. Roasted coffee and burnt nut toast aromas follow through to a heavy roasted grain palate with burnt nuts and singed lemon rind flavor and a quick finish.
89 Rocktoberfest Lager, Bastone Brewery (MI). 5.8% ABV (10/08)
Rich deep amber copper color. Vibrantly fruity aromas of caramelized apples, pears and apricots follow through on a supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with raisin bread toast and peppery spice accents. Finishes with tangy dried fruit and toffee fade. Unusually ale-like for the style, but fun
89 Oktoberfest, Granville Island Brewing Co. (Canada). 6% ABV (11/06)
Brilliant caramel color. Sweet toffee and crème brûlée aromas. A round entry leads to a lightly sweet medium-to-full body of caramelized roasted nuts, brown sugar and orange peel flavors. Finishes with a sweet toffee and burnt sugar fade.