tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Perhaps the bottle was from an earlier year, but I found it somewhat flat and bland for an Oktoberfest bier. More bitter than the average Oktoberfest beer.
Kevin (2031) - Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle/ orange with a fat bubbled head. charcoal and caramel aroma taste is bitter in the forefront sweet caramel is there but is hidden by the bitter. leans a bit to far to the bitter side for me with this style.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brew. sweet but not heavy. Amber colo. poured from the bottle with little head. crisp and refreshing. Had a lasting aftertaste that I couldnt place but that was not unpleasent.
xray (50) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color. Sweet pleasant aroma. Not much malt for an Octoberfest. More like a sweet crisp lager. I still love it.
PorterPounder (5110) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 <b>Rerate</b> Still a damn good Oktoberfest - probably one of the best commercially available ones out there. <i>Original 3.9</i> Had on tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. One of the better Oktoberfests I have had to date. Mellow light orange appearance, tight, but frothy off white head, thick lacing. Slight aroma of sweet bubblegum and caramel. Flavor has a cotton candy sweetness to it that is quite enticing. Backed up by a strong malty nuttiness as well. Lacks that vegetable flavor that some Oktoberfests seem to dwindle down to in the aftertaste, this one stays strong and sweet to the finish. Mouthfeel and thick and creamy. Excellent example of the style.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep gold almost orange in color with a fluffy, white head. A very dry malt aroma with some carmel and malt sugar. A lush blanket of sweet, carmelly, cotton candy-like malt but perfectly balanced with a solid, long bitterness.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-gold, puffy white head. Nose has caramel, a bit toasty. Flavor has loads of caramel, nicely sweet. Less biscuity than most marzens, but in a very good way, very nice malty character. A bit light on the hops, but enjoyably sticky.
nesrez (1) - USA - NOV 5, 2004 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
My first Oktober Fest that tasted really impressed me. I look for it every year. There may be better but there is much worse. I’ll keep looking. October is my favorite time of year.
thegreenrooster (3060) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice copper color. Aroma is where it loses marks. Its just not there. Flavor is nice. A very nice mix of malts then hops. Not sure if this is a real marzen as it lacks the burnt carmel taste but it is still good.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Slightly darker than many versions of the style. Relatively low carbonation and a thin head. Beautifully balanced flavor of malt, grain, raisens and a little spice. Finishes a little dry. Like many beers, far superior on draught