lamas (1425) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle. Label is slightly different than that in the picture. A bad-ass bottle cap that features a picture of people boozing it up. A hazy copper pour with a few floaties and a smallish off-white head that leaves some lace. Sweet, caramel and malty aroma. Flavor is all sweet, caramelly and toffee maltiness. There’s actually a slight presence of alcohol which is surprising considering the low ABV. Still, it’s easy to drink and is a good transition from the light summer beers to the heartier winter ones.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a beautiful copper penny color with a tight white haed that lasted most of the way through the glass. Aroma of fresh bread, and although on the sweet side, it really has a great body with well disguised alcohol.
A really good Oktoberfest that I will be buying with regularity.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Papago; Sweet malty aroma. Hazy orange body with thin head and some lacing. Flavor was like sweet candy some tangy flavor also. Dry palate. Ok beer
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured orange amber with a thin white head.
Aroma was sweet malt, fruits.
Flavor is sweet, fruity, yeast with a smooth clean finish.
I just dont care for my bers to be too sweet.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml.bottle. Hazy orange/amber color with a small off white head. Malty, nutty aroma with some raisins. Flavor was mostly malt with some dark dried fruits.
A bit of hop bitterness on the finish.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500 ml bottle: $1.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Moderately sweet, malty and mildly caramely, with a gentle bitterness. This is lighter than most American Oktoberfests, and is less flavorful than even some of the other imported German Oktoberfests, but it still has a nice classic German maltiness. The nose isn’t especially aromatic either, but it’s noticeably malty, just with less richness and character than others I’ve had. Soft, smooth palate, well carbonated, easy to drink. Medium golden color seems pretty light for the style, and the moderate cloudiness was a surprise, but then I noticed a fair amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Whitish head pours to about an inch, and has great staying power, leaving deposits lots of lace on the glass as I drink the beer. It’s not a great beer, but it’s a nice, simple Oktoberfest that tries to finess its way to your taste buds. I guess the issue is that when I’m in the mood to drink a German Oktoberfest, I’m looking for a solid maltiness, and this just comes up a bit short.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow-orange-red. This is just an average beer, nothing real exiting, but it doesn’t have any noticeable downsides either. Best oktoberfest-marzen i’ve had.
Gonzo (1) - Wayne, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In a beer drinkers life, this is the best beer I’ve ever had. It was superbly balanced, square in the palate and aeromatic on the finish. I couldn’t believe it when I was drinking it.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I liked paulaner oktoberfest better, but this one is good too, hopped well, copper color, nice drink. Very easy drinking for the style. Caramel, slight dark fruit flavor. I’d drink again.
Gmku (295) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For all its rep, this didn’t impress me as much as other German Oktobers. Not sure why. Didn’t feel as rich, perhaps. It’s fairly sweet and nicely hopped, but the boddy seems light to me.