urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice head and lacing with some light hops in the nose. The flavor is classic Maerzen--good caramel, balanced sweetness with roasted dryness for definition. Maybe not as much of the darker amber malts as in Spaten, but the finish is much longer. This is actually more comparable to some American Octoberfests (Victory and Dominion) rather than the richer or wortier Spaten and Paulaner.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn near prototypical Festbier. Light, sweet bready/malty flavor, with a very dry finish. The definite Saaz hop kick separates it a bit from other Festbier, but is a welcome addition.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great maltiness in the body with a slight sweetness. Definitely one of my favorite Oktoberfests.
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Pours with an abundant white, creamy and rocky foam. Subdued aromas of apricot, caramel, and toasted bread notes. Medium-full palate. Toffeeish firmness is lacking slightly. Notes of peach, straw, prunes, and potent residual sugars. Decent.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RE-RATE: Damn it, I was *sure* I hadn’t had this one before. This is like the third time in as many weeks I’ve thought I had a new beer only to discover otherwise. Good thing I tried it again, I liked it a lot more this time around, perhaps it’s the season? The taste of Autumn is crisp and evident in this beer. The leafy malt profile is very satisfying and this is perhaps the best Oktoberfest I’ve had so far. ORIGINAL RATING 7/12/02: 3.2/5.0 Well, it had a nice head, but it doesn’t come close to their Celebrator or their Ur-Weiss.
omhper (19644) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour. Peculiar nose full of boiled spagetti. Malty, and with pleasant soft mouthfeel, just the way I like in this beer style. Not overly sweet, with medium bitterness in the finish.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hard to describe color, orange honey colored maybe? Pleasent melding of hop and malt with neither really overpowering the other. Sweet, earthy, dry taste with a clean crisp finish. A very good Marzen!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated 9/22/02: Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color, the head is frothy, voluminous, the lace in large sheets. Malt nose, front is lightly sweet, the top is light, the finish is nicely hopped, a bit dry, light to moderate carbonation. A decent drinking beer, not great, but good. Ranks #899 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t think the Marzen style is meant to hit you over the head. This has the most wonderfully malty earth aroma...it’s incredible. Very very good, and normal Octoberfest/Marzen, in the taste dept, including a very slight souring when warming. Delicious and very very fresh. Buy it now, not next month.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
corn husk yellow with an exceptional head: fluffy like a burst down pillow. good nose, but disappointing: ive been disparaging a few of this season’s other marzens for being craven and scrawny. while this shows some musculature, it ain’t no ’arnold’ (i mean the weightlifter, not the pig). decent clover floral bouquet, ’barenjager’ liquer honey alcohol notes, but seemingly sniffed through a veil. smooth carbonation on the tongue, bitter finish; malt surprisingly understated, so only modest sweetness is noted. likewise, with my rating, i’d like to be sweet with flattery, but the beer is as embraceable as a faithful but wet dog.