Lauren Buzzeo

Tasting Director/Senior Editor

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Rousillon. Reviews beers.

Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006 as a tasting coordinator. Thanks to her father, she developed an interest in and love of wine at an early age, and her respect and adoration for all things vinous has remained strong ever since. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and currently reviews the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beers. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Lauren is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).

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Great Lakes Brewing Oktoberfest

  1. $10
A dazzling copper color in the glass, this pours with great clarity and a pillowy tan head, leaving stunning lacing behind with each sip. The aromas are fresh and inviting, reminiscent of a crisp fall day, with notes of fresh-baked bread, roasted malt, peanut shell and a touch of soft caramel. The palate offers more of the same, with additional accents of earthy…  — L.B.  (10/1/2014)
90
points

Samuel Adams Octoberfest

  1. $10
This classic American Octoberfest beer remains consistent year after year, with a rich malt core that’s spiced by earthy clove, cinnamon stick and whole hop accents. It pours a brilliant amber color, with a substantial cream--colored head that lingers. Scents of fresh-baked bread and whole roasted peanut add depth to the bouquet, while hints of stone-fruit preserve…  — L.B.  (10/1/2014)
90
points

Alaskan Pilot Series Troppelbock

  1. $8
This “imperial doppelbock” is not for the faint of heart. Aged on oak chips, it boasts assertive aromas of caramel malt, vanilla, pecan pie and sweet toasted oak, with a warm, alcohol presence. Flavors of dark red plum, cherry and fig counter the otherwise rich and malt-driven flavors. The palate is big and warm, the round, lush mouthfeel coupled with low…  — L.B.  (10/1/2014)
90
points

Echt Veldensteiner Landbier

  1. $4
A traditional, balanced and well-made dunkel lager, this pours a dark chestnut color with a vigorous head. The aromas are all rich and brown, with scents of baking spice, brown bread, toffee and honey-roasted peanuts. The palate is generous but not overdone, with a medium-weight mouthfeel and ample carbonation to keep the sweet flavors of roasted malt and caramel…  — L.B.  (10/1/2014)
90
points

Firestone Oaktoberfest Paso Märzen Beer

  1. $10
The name might mislead consumers into thinking this is an oak-aged Märzen, but it’s really a rich, spicy and traditional interpretation of the traditional Oktoberfest style. The “oak” in Oaktoberfest is merely a playful nod to the brewery’s location in Paso Robles, which translates as “Oak Pass.” It offers upfront aromas and flavors of caramel malt, earthy hops…  — L.B.  (10/1/2014)
89
points

Miltenberger Doppelbock

  1. $4
This pours a reddish-brown color, with glimmers of copper when held up to the light. The carbonation looks moderately aggressive from the outset, though the head doesn’t linger long. Caramel, brown sugar, toasted malt and brown-bread aromas lead the nose, while the palate offers fruit-driven flavors of baked apple, dried cherry and raisin that flesh out the malty…  — L.B.  (10/1/2014)
87
points

Veldensteiner Zwick’l

  1. $4
This unfiltered lager pours a light amber color, with delicate opening scents of bread dough, Honeycomb cereal, lemon and grassy hop. The palate offers a cracker-like flavor, with hints of honeyed orange and light caramel on the midpalate. It boasts medium carbonation and an approachable, clean mouthfeel, with mildly astringent notes of noble hops and citrus peel…  — L.B.  (10/1/2014)
86
points

Veldensteiner Premium Pils

  1. $4
Light and dry, this is an approachable and easygoing selection that’s ideal for warm-weather days. The aromas and flavors are soft and fleeting, and the mouthfeel is brisk and refreshing. Delicate notes of dried grain, fresh grass and green apple tease on the nose and palate, with a touch of bright citrus adding life to the finish. All Star Imports, LLC.  — L.B.  (10/1/2014)
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