Gmku (296) - 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.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Hazy copper with some light red highlights and a small white head. Aroma is bread crust, doughy malt, light caramel and raisins, and a hint of sweet dark fruit (plum, fig). Taste is very slightly tart bread dough, then sweet malt, light acidic caramel, a hint of slightly stale floral hops, dates, and a bit of spicy citrus & yeast. Medium bodied, medium spritzy carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry with notes of spicy hops and bready malt.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light colgen clear color with a nice thick white head. Aroma is a fresh malt smell and a bit of fresh tomatos. Palate is very relaxed and has no bite whatsoever. Flavor is a subtle malt with light sweetness, and a decent ending caramel flavor.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Marzen pours a fluffy white head, two fingers, atop a red/gold hued body. The aroma is fresh and slighty hoppy. Diminished floral notes mix well with fresh bread and plums and sweet cake. Medium mouthfeel, with some vanilla and caramel sweetening the malts in the body. Good drinkability with a soft finish.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick White head on top of a golden body. Smells yeasty, of grape juice, spicy, and floral. Very smooth and mellow flavors, hints of caramel, and hops with a slightly fruity finish. I think I like the Paulaner Maerzen better. Very good beer, great for long bouts of drinking, due to the smoothness and not too aggressive flavors.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 The best Oktoberfest I have had to date. Pours golden with a creamy white head. Aroma had a great maltiness with caramel malts, raisin, and citrus. The raisin and caramel worked great in the taste. There was some butterscotch as well. The finish was really malty. Really nice Oktoberfest.
Re-rate- I didn’t enjoy the new batch as much. It had a lime taste I didn’t like.
Tmoney99 (11911) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light amber with large rocky white head. Aroma was balance of malt and hop with a sweet tone. Medium body with a small bitter finish. Flavor was also balanced with a long duration.
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Peace St. Market, Raleigh, NC. Another great Ayinger beer. Copper pour, with caramel malt, toffee, and spice aromas. Tastes caramel malty, with some cinnamon and spices in the finish, coupled with a firm mouthfeel and great balance and complexity. More hops as it warms. Great.
bbrock81 (312) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is nice, with smells of malt and damp earth. The appearance is clear dark amber, not as orange as most Oktoberfests, with a small head that dissolves rapidly. The flavor is balanced away from the malty sweetness that many of the style display, but is still very nice. It is a crisper, dryer flavor, with some hops, but still shows a nice malt. It’s almost like a cross between a German-style Pilsener and a normal Oktoberfest. The palate is average, with the carbonation being a bit harsh at the outset, but it settles down in a few minutes. Overall it’s a nice beer, but I don’t like it as well as most of the Oktoberfests out of Munich. I prefer the thicker, maltier style of those brews to this crisper version, but this would probably be favored by most ale lovers.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just a great marzen. Slightly metallic aroma is the most off-putting thing about this beer. Easy body that goes down smooth, just slightly thick enough to keep me interested. Fantastic session beer. It should be noted that I love octoberfest beers.