atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice clear orange and amber beer with a big tan head. Malt and spice along with a hint of lemon and citrus hop aroma. It’s got a somewhat wheaty and roasted taste and is also tangy and dry.
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish golden color. Aroma is somewhat malty, with a little bit of a citric smell. Flavor starts off with a burnt maltiness to it. Finishes with an almost chocolate like flavor. Pretty smooth and appealing.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 (Draught) Light amber color with a medium, white and lacy head. Slightly caramely, malty and aromatic-flowery-grassy-hoppy nose with buttery maltiness Softly, but nicely hoppy, berryish, somewhat salty-nutty and caramely flavor. Medium-bodied palate with quite low and smooth carbonation. A nice, aromatic, buttery, berry-fruity märzen.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark gold color with a dense, creamy head. Laced nicely. Aroma was faintly sweet with a subtle grain presence. Grains far more present in the taste, along with an apple tang that leads nicely into the perfection of the hopping. Remains one of my favorite Oktoberfests.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deeper golden color, off white head. Doughy malt, slightly earthy with a bit of toastiness. Medium bodied and fairly dry. It was ok but not all that great. I expected a bit more from Ayinger.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Pours golden-bronze like autumnal leaves and with an aroma I can only liken to a blustery september day. The malts are nutty and rich. The head is pillowy soft and evokes a deep pining for those cool and comfortable naps under turning trees and a weakening season. The hops are spicy and tart enough to match the bitter and all orchastrate into a vibrant offering. The tempo and rythmn of a melodic brew designed and derived for remberence, reflection and relaxation. I will not resist.
Frank (4007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 Rated blind: This is clear orange w/ a foamy head. It’s a little hoppy and slightly malty and oxidized and a little metallic.
Original rating (3.8): (Really a nice Oktober fest. Brilliant amber color, poured without much head at Resi’s in Chicago. A nice floral character, maybe a bit of toastiness in the body and somewhat dry--which is a good thing. Drinks really smooth enough that the extra point-eight percent alcohol catches up with you. A delight.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden brown color with foamy white head. Bready malt aroma with some toasted notes and the slightest hint of honey. Toasty, bready malt flavors, underlying earthy fruit notes. Light sweetness and a well balanced finish. Good example of the style.
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber color. Malt nose. Medium bodied with sweet malt flavor. Mild hop note. Liquid bread.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bright and clear golden orange color with a just off-white head. Light nose of fall leaves, grains, whole wheat bread, a little bit of overripe apples and pears. A bit of a bite of hops near the finish, after a decent presentation of semi-sweet apples, wheat, slight vegetables and honey.