beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very balanced, tasty beer in a style I don’t particularly like. Pours a beautiful copper with a huge head that takes a bit to dissipate. Has that distinctive pilsner yeast smell (that will always remind me of MGD), but there is a fruity scent playing around in there, too, which bodes well. The flavor is mostly slightly sweet malt up front, a pleasing bitterness on the finish, and just a hint of more complex flavors that I can’t make out. I’m guessing Ayinger makes this beer with the intention people will drink a lot of it at once, like, say, at an Octoberfest party, so the alcohol is low enough that you can drink the whole 500 ml bottle and just feel happy, not wasted. But drink a few pints of this, and you will feel it, which is probably just what the brewers were aiming for. Oh, the high score for the palate is because of how smooth it is, yet the body is very satisfyingly medium thick (when not ice cold, please drink this beer -- and all good beers -- at "cellar" temp). So...good beer, can’t imagine anything in this style being better.
sblair (37) - SD, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
OnTap Hamiltons. Light Amber color. Light caramel with a present roasty malt flavor, Crisp finish and aftertaste that last. Very delicious beer!
PKPMarine (37) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light amber with quite a bit of head. Strong caramel malt flavor that finishes slightly bitter. Pretty decent Octoberfest brew.
Roser (37) - Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance- big foamy ivory white head that lasted a long time and left pretty decent lacing. Clear, amber, honey gold. Most appealing.
Smell- clean, malty, bready, (slightly) spicy.
Taste- toasted malts, biscuity, caramel. Very, very pleasant.
Mouthfeel- light, smooth. Excellent balance.
Overall- very nice. A solid brew. Never used to be a big fan of Marzen/Oktoberfest, but starting to enjoy more and more. Would have again (and again) and definitely recommend.
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.
marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much of a nose. Wonderful sweetness initially, lightly hopped, and an interesting finish - a bit of malt, with a bready/earthy tinge.
Very solid, but unexceptional.
irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasty, floral, basement aromas. Has a clear amber and orange color. Minimal head. Light bitter aftertaste. Good October Fest beer but in my opinion not worthy of the ratings on this site.
mfdros (35) - , New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber color. not much head and it doesn’t last. aroma is bready and metallic. the taste is caramel and sweet malt, very subtle bitterness. creamy soft texture. overall too sweet for my taste.
Ajcanon711 (35) - - OCT 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a refreshing beer. Subtle hops and malt. The Color is a nice dark gold.
Miggl (32) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Aroma, a little much on the malty side though. Great lacing and head.
Appearance is dark amber, with some cloudiness. Palate is wonderfully smooth, with a subtle yeast/barley finish.
This is definately one of the better beers ;-).