And, just so my disclaimer is clear, this was a free promotional bottle from the brewery. Flying Dog is great that way.
Appearance: Very clear; nice orange-amber (copper) with a hint of brown that looks pretty textbook (to my eye) as an Oktoberfest.
Smell: Malty with caramel and red malts. Toasted grain. Noble hops.
Taste: More of a bitter edge than I’d expect, but a rich malt base with a toffee-sweet character. That bitterness subsides… very drinkable, malty how I’d like it to be. Well-balanced hops (noble hops—earthy and a tad spicy) float in the background.
Mouthfeel: Rich and clean and medium bodied but a nice, full medium. Crisp.
Overall: I like it, it’s a good solid example of the style and made me want a big plate of German food to accompany it.