xray (50) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color. Sweet pleasant aroma. Not much malt for an Octoberfest. More like a sweet crisp lager. I still love it.
PorterPounder (6395) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 <b>Rerate</b> Still a damn good Oktoberfest - probably one of the best commercially available ones out there. <i>Original 3.9</i> Had on tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. One of the better Oktoberfests I have had to date. Mellow light orange appearance, tight, but frothy off white head, thick lacing. Slight aroma of sweet bubblegum and caramel. Flavor has a cotton candy sweetness to it that is quite enticing. Backed up by a strong malty nuttiness as well. Lacks that vegetable flavor that some Oktoberfests seem to dwindle down to in the aftertaste, this one stays strong and sweet to the finish. Mouthfeel and thick and creamy. Excellent example of the style.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep gold almost orange in color with a fluffy, white head. A very dry malt aroma with some carmel and malt sugar. A lush blanket of sweet, carmelly, cotton candy-like malt but perfectly balanced with a solid, long bitterness.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-gold, puffy white head. Nose has caramel, a bit toasty. Flavor has loads of caramel, nicely sweet. Less biscuity than most marzens, but in a very good way, very nice malty character. A bit light on the hops, but enjoyably sticky.
nesrez (1) - USA - NOV 5, 2004 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
My first Oktober Fest that tasted really impressed me. I look for it every year. There may be better but there is much worse. I’ll keep looking. October is my favorite time of year.
thegreenrooster (3601) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice copper color. Aroma is where it loses marks. Its just not there. Flavor is nice. A very nice mix of malts then hops. Not sure if this is a real marzen as it lacks the burnt carmel taste but it is still good.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Slightly darker than many versions of the style. Relatively low carbonation and a thin head. Beautifully balanced flavor of malt, grain, raisens and a little spice. Finishes a little dry. Like many beers, far superior on draught
zach8270 (3904) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [draft - The Sharp Edge - East Liberty, PA] Slightly orange/gold color with a thick white head. Sweet malts in the aroma along with apples, biscuit and some slight hops. Very nice flavor. Begins very sweet and malty with a bready middle and a sweet malt finish and crisp aftertaste.
heemer77 (5196) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured with a very large white head. The body is a rich golden color with copious amounts of slow bubbles in the beer. The aroma is malty with leaves, apples and some nice whesat bread. The taste is full and has some slight roasted maltiness in the finish. The mouthfel is creamy and somewhat thin at teh same time. The tastes remind me of hay, bread and maybe a hunt of peaches. A fairly nice brew that I certainly appreciate more than many of the Ofests I have tried. Not as rich, yet I like the lack of caramel that tends to overpower some of the others.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Apricot in appearence with a sturdy white head. Light caramel aroma with a very subtle hop character. Very thin mouthfeel with just a hint of caramel in the taste. Not anything to get excited about. It’s not the best Oktoberfest I’ve ever tried. This is missing the clean sweetness that one would expect from this style.