muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Nearly clear copper, medium but instantly decaying head. Caramel, light almonds in the nose, quite sweet with hints of maple, low carbonation, a bit of late smokiness and orangepeel. Solid if uninspiring.
Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Malty, not very complex flavor. Light medium body. Not much head. Pleasant, but I miss the hoppiness of Brooklyn’s "flagship" lager. BUY AGAIN?: Maybe
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium amber w/ a short lived off white head. A little tomatoey oxidation, some toasted and bready malt, no fruitiness. Very little caramel aroma. Well balanced w/ a grainy & toasty malt flavor. No fruitiness, hints of diacetyl in the flavor. Dry, malt flavored finish, clean malt aftertaste. Medium carbonation, lighter medium body, smooth m/f. I was expecting a better beer from Brooklyn. Lightly oxidized, I realize this is not the brewers fault, but it seemed too grainy for an O’fest
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Oct 22nd 2007 re-rate
Lots of sweet, lightly toasty, malt. orange amber with a fluffy two finger thick off white head. Very bready, light bitterness, sweet malt. Some mild vegetable notes. Still not one that wows me. Doesn’t taste as honey laden this time, at least.
Original rating was a 3
Trade from Eyedrinkale. Thank you, sir.Sweet malty aroma. Amber color. Almost honey like taste to this yet it is still somewhat watery. I was very impressed with the other two Brooklyn brews I tried, but this has a honey style sweetness that is off putting in a Marzen.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a fairly clear firey amber, small white frothish head, strong carbonation, with attractive lacing. Grainy nose, hints of nuts and malts. I get an almost wild rice aroma as well. Grainy/grassy flavor profile, not very malty, and somewhat thin. Light in body, no robust flavor. Finishes with a slight bitterness, mild malts, but mainly a grain/oat like flavor. Happy to at least have tried it, but not one that I’d have again. Thanks goes out to jah noth for the trade!
cornfedboy (3) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2004 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much head or carbonation. Smooth flavor but a little too water-downed. I need to try more Octobefest for more accurate comparisons.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Long live octoberfest! This beer is rich and malty. Very doughy. Not terribly hop-ridden. Amber-dark-gold in color. Hint of citrus.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a moderate, lacey head. Mildly nutty and malty aroma also present in the flavor profile. No real distinguishing characteristics - just a little nuttiness and some caramelly malt flavors. Clean.
Holdwine (1077) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Average Octoberfest from a great brewery. Not anough snap. Fairly mellow malting. Slight nuttiness that starts to give it some character before that waters out.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured amber/orange with a fizzy white head that left a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is rather bland. The taste is not malty enough for what I prefer in an oktoberfest, nor is it very complex or spicy. Drinkable, but not nearly as good as some other oktoberfests I’ve had.