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 (3050) - 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 (5430) - 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 (300) - 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.