brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange and hazy with an off white head. Malty and fruity with a mildly spicy aftertaste. Little aroma to make note of.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good. Cloudy amber color. Not enough hops to overwhelm the sweetness. Big malty flavor.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New rating: Light in color, crisp and a great example of the style. 10/01: It smelled and looked good, but from there it went downhill. Although I won’t deny it is a quality brew, it just doesn’t have any exceptional qualities.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Right on!! Perfect marzen style. Rich, malty, a touch of roast, full body. My only complaint is that the nose didn’t do this beer much justice. Very thin aroma. The flavor I enjoyed so much that it didn’t matter. Highly recommended, particularly at octoberfest time.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmmm malty sweetness. Smells like an autumn beer should and the hops were not overwhelming. I’d love more.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden color, fothy long-lasting head with hoppy aroma. good bitterness with hoppy finish.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice tall head. I enjoyed this beer, nice sweet and spicy malt with a good bitterness, but I am not coming up with too many other ways to describe it, not sure if that means it just didn’t offer much or I can’t describe it. Still very nice.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is characterized by nicely sweet malt. There is a big, almost white head over a shockingly golden (not orange) body. The flavor was extremely dull, offering just enough to be considered an Oktober. The palate is dull as well. Overall, this beer was a bitter disappointment. I expected much more from Ayinger.
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Ok but nothing special. Fairly sweet without much to balance. Simple aroma.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
More malt in the nose than in the taste! It has a dry grassy finish, but is very uninteresting.