jgentgesdo (683) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours beautiful cloudy golden with smallish off-white head. Nose is malty, mild spice, with a faint floral hint. The flavor is sweet, mildly spiced, more aromatic than cinnamon or pumkinspice. Nice malt towards the middle. Reminds me of tilled earth towards the end. Nice slightly hoppy end. Very good beer.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden/orange crystal clear with a big loose head. Earthy and grassy aromas. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavor has a slight nuttiness and an even more slight charcoal flavor. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and medium bodied. Easy drinking.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear gold . Thick white head. Strong sharp pilsener-like aroma. Spicy warm-malt flavour. Delicious with huge cookie flavour.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold with a tannish head. Tastes slightly bitter and malty. Very average. I figured I should consume this one since it’s been sitting in my cellar since September.
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is the closest thing you can get to actually having the beer they serve at the fest. Although this particular brewery is not represented at the fest, it is the best representation of the beer they serve and it brings back a lot of great memories of when I was there.
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tan head lasted a bit.Lacing thru the glass. Poured a cloudy orange not nice looking. Taste was sweeter than expected little finish. Not impressed.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
on draft freakn frog las vegas: poured nice brown orange color with a tan biscuit head. nose gives you a bit of malt but served too cold to tell. flavors of nice bread and nut malt. with a nice med. bodied backbone on the palate. quite a light beer but good and easy to drink.
cathcacr (644) - Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 Not one to fiddle-fart around, I went straight to the top, the standard setter, the big honcho, the head cheese of the Oktoberfesten-Marzen model, from the makers of the world’s top rated Doppelbockenbrau. My first O-M. Which presents me with some apprehension: Did I get a good bottle? Is this really what Oktoberfesten-Marzen bier is supposed to taste like? I can only go on the basis of what I know. This does strike me as, well, German in character. Germans like those malts. Put some more malts in it and you’ve got a bock. Soft and sweet, some sort of fruity sugariness. I think I must be missing out on something -- maybe it’s that I’m not tasting this in the properly designated month. For some gawdawful reason, I always associated O-M with the color orange, and now I guess I know why.
Aw, heck with it, I’ll cut to the chase: give me some HOPS for crying out loud. Do ze Germans give us brau other than heavily-malted or lagery ones? I’m trying to think here . . . well, I guess they give us wheaty ones, too. Damn. Der Weizendunkelbock mit de Kritik der Reinen Vernunft. Ja. Oddervize vee kill ze girl. Seems you hef forgotten our little deal, Lebowskhee.
Come on, Donny, they were threatening castration. Are we gonna split hairs here? Am I wrong?
SudsyJason (12) - USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a honey amber with a big fluffly rocky white head. Nice carmelly aroma, subtle hoppiness in the nose. Perfectly balanced in the mouth... exactly what a Maerzen should be. Malty, balanced noble hop bitterness, clean finish. Beautiful beer.
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gem of a spring ale. Pours an orangey-caramel colour with a lively head. Fresh, zesty hop aroma. Creamy palate. Fabulously refreshing - like a good fruit salad. Pears especially. Hint of nuts in the background. Wonderfully balanced.