91 Oktoberfest, Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co. (AK). 7.8% ABV (10/10)
Pale copper color. Aromas of chocolate hazelnut toffee, candied ginger and orange and peach marmalades on dark raisin toast with a supple, soft dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crème brûlée, roasted grain, grassy hop, and candied citrus peel accented finish. Very tasty with a lot of character.
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 Oktoberfest 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.
91 Hoptoberfest, Hop Valley Brewing Co. (OR). 5.1% ABV (11/09)
Rich copper color. Pure aromas of roasted nuts, brown sugar, and ruby grapefruit follow through on a round, supple entry to a finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with sweet melon and custard notes. Finishes with a grassy, lightly phenolic American and European hop fade. An fun amped up hop take on märzen that is stylistically incorrect but palate-wise very tasty and adventurous.
91 Fairbanks Lager, Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co. (AK). 5.2% ABV (10/10)
Rich copper color. Lush caramel nut danish and milk chocolate aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, toasty nut fudge, dried citrus, and straw finish. Delicious, exquisitely balanced, and fine-tuned for the table.
91 Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen, Privatbrauerei Aying (Germany). 5.6% ABV (10/10)
Bright amber color. Intriguingly spicy aromas have hints of alfalfa honey, coriander, and ginger with a round, frothy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, toasted raisin nut bread peppercorn, and herb kissed finish.
90 Voll-Damm Marzen, Damm Brewery (Spain). 7.2% ABV (11/09)
Pale amber color. Grainy, nutty, sour bread dough aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a very dry medium-full body with nice depth and balance. Finishes in a very long, honeyed citrus peel, pepper, and cocoa accented fade with excellent astringency. A märzen on steroids with excellent, rich malt and superb drinkability.
90 Stegmaier Oktoberfest, The Lion Brewery (PA). 6.1% ABV (10/10)
Rich copper color. Aromas of honeyed nut bread, pear butter, and peppered chocolate with a crisp, supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a baked peach, nutskin, and wet stone accented finish.
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 Lager, John Harvard’s Brew House, Framingham (MA). 5.2% ABV (10/10)
Translucent copper color. Dense aromas of chestnut honey, pecan pie, and dates with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a orange buttermilk custard, nutty praline, and earthy hop finish. A deliciously balanced combination of fruity malt and noble hops.