4 Pines Oktoberfest - 4 Pines Brewing Company
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.36/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I'm perhaps somewhat spuriously listing this as a different beer from 4 Pines' Märzen, which has a slightly different ABV, and is certainly released at a different time of the year. This version (clearly called the Oktoberfest) I tried on-tap at the Quarrymans Hotel in Pyrmont.
Pours a very pleasant bright, clear amber colour, with a fine head of dull off-white that settles out to a ring around the glass. Some weak streaks of lace across the edges as it falls. Body is solid and the carbonation fine. Looks good.
Nose is big and malty, slightly sweet, perhaps overly so, with some brighter German characters coming through, giving some grain and a hint of phenol. There's a slight fatty, buttery character but this is mitigated somewhat by the carbonation which comes through. It's not bad.
Taste is fairly straight down the line with malt, leaving that amber character through the middle, with plenty of malty sweetness. Again, there's that fatty character coming through, and a bit of carob on the back, leading to chewy caramel that drops out on the finish. Finish itself is quite clean, with a clinging hint of lingering sugar.
Feel is pretty smooth, perhaps even with a slight thickness. That's perhaps a bit unwelcome, but it's not bad overall
Overall, this is decent stuff. There's certainly a very solid hat-tip to the traditional style here. And even if it gets a little cloying it's reasonably drinkable all the same.
Serving type: on-tap
10-16-2013 08:14:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
More User Reviews:
3.41/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows some bready malt, sweet melanoidin notes and caramel. Nice.
Bready and biscuity malt as flavours along with a grainy note you’d usually find in lighter german styles. Quite light malt for an oktoberfest.
Could use a bit more carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2013 02:24:11 | More by CrazyDavros
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Ruby-orange pour. Little to no foam. Slightly built up on sides with a minimal amount of lacing.
Aroma: Very flat really. Slight hint of sweetness, but not much. Smells like something trying to break through but not quite making it.
Taste: Oktoberfest to an "O." Slightly sweet, little hint of caramel. Surgary dry finish leaves you wanting more.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, hidden, surprising carbonation, really easy drinking goodness! Creamy as well.
Overall: A solid Australian showing for an Oktoberfest. Hit all the marks and the glass ended up disappearing very quickly. Creamy, sweet, bubbly, and dry to sum it up.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2013 11:25:57 | More by Gusmotel
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle: a stumpy 500mL brown bottle with the standard 4 Pines craft label.
Appearance: a heavy golden-amber colour with sporadic fine carbonation. A decent beige head hangs about for a time before settling to a solid ring.
Aroma: not much on the nose - quite muted. What is there is quite pleasant however, with earthen hops and plenty of sweet malts.
Taste: an almost saccharin sweetness that tastes of honey and crystal sugars take the fore, with a hint of calming bitterness backing up. Quite nice, but a touch cloying if more than a sip is taken.
Aftertaste: the sweetness lingers for a time, which works since this comes across to me as a lazy-night sipper.
Mouth feel: considering the limited visible carbonation on the pour, the mouthfeel is quite spiky with a reasonably heavy body. All works well together to produce a decent quality slow sipper.
Overall: I have to admit I am quite a fan of 4 Pines, and this is the first of their small batch beers I have had. A quality small batch, though a tad saccharin for my taste. A quality slow sipper for a reasonably decent price.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 05:32:51 | More by SmashPants
4 Pines Oktoberfest from 4 Pines Brewing Company
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