WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful cloudy orange pour with a huge foamy firm off white head. Malt and hops, sweet like an Oktoberfest is, but with good hoppy bitterness and an astringent dry mouth. Maybe some herbal or grassiness as well.
pineypower (3078) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Went into this one with high expectations, usually dont’ like malty Oktoberfests, but this one was different. Nice pour of a copper color with a beautiful creamy thick head (maybe nicest I’ve seen in a while). Taste was of malts, caramel and a bit of hops usually not found in this style, Overall an awesome beer and I’d have to say the best of this style I’ve had.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice dark yellow/light orange body with a foamy lasting head. Nose is very sweet and reminds me of the smeel of malt extract-not a bad smell. Taste-spice, very woody, sweet malts, medium citric hops, caramel, honey, straw, and toasty. Very slight biterness on the backend that is very nice. A really, really good beer.
oh6gdx (25392) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Copper coloured, beige thick creamy huge head. Malts and hops in aroma, along with hay and caramel. Strong flavour of hops and malt. Wellbalanced and pleasant. A bit roast and honey in aftertaste.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Fine hops/malt aroma, orange/ copper, small cream head. Sweet malt flavour, orange, biscuity, some toast. Balanced, sweet, dry and refreshing . Ein Prosit!
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 Pours bronze-orange with a thin foamy off-white head. Notes of thick bready malts, chewy caramel, sweet, robust, complex and quite malty. Medium to full bodied, lightly sweet with lively carbonation. Starts off lightly sweet and finishes on the dry side. Quite nice.
TheBeerGod (6011) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber body with splashes of ruby throughout. Tall frothy tan head violently bubbles up then eases to a point of rest leaving a really nice lacing on the glass. Nose is malty and bready with light flowery notes and hops. Taste unfortunately has some metallic notes in it (iron? kind of like tasting blood). Very odd and unappealing which is different for an Ayinger beer. Malt chewiness, light hops and caramel. Otherwise this is pretty good. Body is carbonated but smooth. Finishes with more malt and dark bread notes along with light caraeml, fruit and floral hops. Not too bad!
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great Oktoberfish beer. Copperish brown color. A little malt. Mostly grainy and alchohol is low. Has a unique hop signature.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep amber color, very clear, with big offwhite head that faded somewhat quickly. Nose of faint toasty malts, yeast, and copper. Flavor follows suit, with a nice crisp, coppery finish. A bit too carbonated for my tastes-- almost harsh on the tongue. Medium bodied and quite enjoyable. I could definitely pound back big mugs of this stuff.
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very balanced, tasty beer in a style I don’t particularly like. Pours a beautiful copper with a huge head that takes a bit to dissipate. Has that distinctive pilsner yeast smell (that will always remind me of MGD), but there is a fruity scent playing around in there, too, which bodes well. The flavor is mostly slightly sweet malt up front, a pleasing bitterness on the finish, and just a hint of more complex flavors that I can’t make out. I’m guessing Ayinger makes this beer with the intention people will drink a lot of it at once, like, say, at an Octoberfest party, so the alcohol is low enough that you can drink the whole 500 ml bottle and just feel happy, not wasted. But drink a few pints of this, and you will feel it, which is probably just what the brewers were aiming for. Oh, the high score for the palate is because of how smooth it is, yet the body is very satisfyingly medium thick (when not ice cold, please drink this beer -- and all good beers -- at "cellar" temp). So...good beer, can’t imagine anything in this style being better.