HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper color. Sweet malty nose. Full malty/sweet palate. Easy drinker. Low hops.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 I liked this one.Nice typical oct-fest smell(sweet malts-tease of hops)Poured out w/ a huge frothy head/some lace.Tasted good but had some cloying tastes in there(somewhat metallic-herbal weirdness)candy apple isn't too far off if you use your imagination.Nice dry finish.Best festbier i've had this year thus far...
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2010 Draft at Kahdet Kasvot. What a magnificently tasty malty-grainy-toffee, superbly attenuated, crisp and satisfying pint of liquid bread. If only other lager brewers could so consistently pull off such a flawless libation.
500 mL bottle, pint glass. Gigantic, frothy, off-white head is mostly diminishing. Beautiful orange body appears to be of medium consistancy. Hazy appearance from tiny, dense particles. Slight caramel and apple aroma. Yum...candied apples. Flowery hops and doughy yeast aromas. Flavor starts mod. sweet / mod. bitter and finishes mod. bitter with no acidity. A note of honey arrives in the finish. Light carbonation accompanies a watery body with a light / medium consistancy. Flavors are pleasant, but too subdued.
Rerate: 9/7/03 Rerating with an in-season bottle. The big difference here is the malt. Much bigger malt with a fresh bottle. Old rating was (7,3,6,3,12=3.1).
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazey orange, with a massive head. Active beer. Malty aroma with carmel and maybe some herbs??
smooth malt flavor, toasty, with a bit of hops spice. Sweet finish.
Very enjoyable, but too sweet in the end...would have preferred a lighter body or some more bitterness or both.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark straw body, uniform off white head, glossy. Lots of fast rising carbonation. Light caramel pale malts, floral hops and earthy tones. A faint ester presence. Mild bitterness. Initially full body with a lively palate. Sweet and citrucy, some cloying, a hint of spice. Light cereal grain finish.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pretty hazy light orange color with a large white head. The aroma was different...malty, sweet, lightly hoppy, but I'll go along with per and say that there was a spaghetti character there. The flavor was lightly hoppy, with a malty core...very satisfying. Bubbly, almost fizzy, feel rounded out a great Marzen experience.
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Didn't like it at first, but then the hearty malty body comes in and tastes great. Alcohol isn't really noticeable and the bitterness and hops seemed just right. Good, a really cool cap, but pricey.
Dorwart (2403) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice thick head that does not last long. Slightly acidic aroma with hints of tomatoes, hops and malt. Nice deep amber color with ok carbonation. Body is a medium. Flavor is slightly sour with hops, malt presence. Alcohol is also not present in the taste. Finish is slightly bitter and coats the mouth without being creamy. An ok beer but a little too acidic for my tastes.
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden orange in color. Crisp white foamy thick head. Sweet malty taste overpowers the hop bitterness, some graininess.Thick full bodied mouthfeel. Sweet aftertaste. Not the best octoberfest and not the worst.Slightly above average.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good oktoberfest, but not the best one out there. It has that traditional flavor, but I wasn't feeling how sweet it was. Maybe a little more hops and a little less sweet would do it.