Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Octoberfest beer, and I really enjoyed it. The head lasts, and the aroma was like honey and flowers. Slight note of alcohol, but seems to add the beer.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky yellow-green the color of almost dry hay and smells roughly the same way. The typical billowy head with good retention and lace that sheets, leaving the inside of the glass looking like a victim of tectonic drift. Smells pretty floral with a touch of alcohol. Finishes clean and dry. Good firm body. Very slightly spicy to complement the sweet. An interesting Octoberfest, perhaps a little past its prime in January.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good Octoberfest. Nothing special, but nothing offensive. Kind of on the light. Color was an orange-copper.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 One of my new favorite oktoberfests. A bit on the light side, as it is a light copper color, but still looked nice, as the head lasted a while. Aroma is of munich malts with no hop aroma. Flavor is very rich with malt and backed up by just a slight bitterness at the end. Medium to slight body.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good and sweet. I'm not absolutely blown away, because I think it could use a bit more body, but good complexity of flavors.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: mostly malt in the nose. Dark gold to amber appearance with a nice white head. Oddly creamy mouthfeel. Didn't look so carbonated, but it did feel like it. Nice malty flavor. I like this one.
StoutOrDeath (121) - USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer. I had quite a few of these. Lagers are the second best beer in the world. This one is pretty darned good. Be nice if they were more easily available.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear sparkling amber with a very nice white frothy head. The aroma is very German, malt with hints of floral hops. Flavor is quite nice, balanced maltiness with a dose of sweetness. The body is medium and smooth. Very nice marzen.
Silphium (3176) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this is one complex Oktoberfest. Pours yellow-orange, with a medium white head. Bready caramel aroma, with alcohol notes evident. Rich and luscious flavor: bready caramel with strong mustiness, light fruitiness that becomes sweet and notable as the beer warms, and alcohol notes. Almost reminiscent of an amber ale. Nicely carbonated. A delicious example of the style.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 (Bottle) Pours an orangish-amber with a thick foamy head. Okay Oktoberfest brew, expected much more from an Ayinger brew.