BeerCritic


Hofbrau Oktoberfest
09/10/2008, 5:06 AM
Filed under: Oktoberfest [marzen] (lager glass) | Tags: , ,

Bottle, part of a six pre fix from Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ, bright golden color, brilliant, hefty head, wheaty aroma, plain, lager, taste is as plain as possible. about the norm for marzen, but that said, fairly lame. Sad and dreary, that’s oktoberfest, AFAICT. Someone correct me — what’s the point to oktoberfest-marzen styles?

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Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
05/13/2008, 1:18 AM
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Samuel Smith | Tags: , , , , , ,

ABV: 5%
RateBeer rating: 84
Calories: estimated at 220 C
Volume: 18.7
Glass: Dimpled Mug
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: $3.25
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not a fantastic beer – rather light, not watery, but simple. Aroma is leather, earth, and serious hay — like a day at the farm. Visuals are a nice clear ruby brown with a sustained off white head. Taste is maybe the weakest feature, and a shame at that. Thin, muted, and a bit shallow. No discernible complexities of flavor, like ones you might expect in a brown ale, as from roasted or chocolate malts. Palate is crisp, dry, with a soda mouthfeel. Taste does not linger for long after, and doesn’t do much during a taste. Second Impression – it’s very sad that the same brewer that makes the Oatmeal stout does such a poor job of this. Thin, weak, sad.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 4 out of 10

Palate: 2 out of 5

Overall: 12 out of 20