Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick tan head with a dark amber color in the body. Hops and malts pleasantly balanced. Medium quick finish that is somewhat dry. Tasty.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is spicy, but the flavor is lacking in spunk. It has a very nice color, but the head disappears quickly. I liked this beer a lot better a few weeks ago, but now, it’s losing its appeal. The finish is not bad, it’s just not very distinctive either.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It doesn’t have as much of a bite that other octoberfests I tried but still a great representative of the style.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a bad-looking beer, with a nice off-white head over a body that is slightly more red than usual. The aroma of the beer is the first warning sign that all is not well - a bit too much hops in the nose, Cascade if I’m not mistaken. The palate is about average. The flavor confirmed my worst suspicions - another victim of the sudden popularity of hops. I couldn’t identify any of the spices that a good Oktoberfest should have.
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I tried this on tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, NC. There were several Octoberfests at the festival so I got to try this in context with several other takes on the style and it wasn’t one of the better ones. The hops in this beer overpowered what’s suppsoed to be a fairly malty style. Big dissapointment.
notalush (4839) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty nice oktoberfest. I didn’t like it at first, but the more sips I took, the more it grew on me. A pretty standard amber lager.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
White, thick, frothy head. Nose from the bottle was interesting. Reminded me of the smell of a boiling, homebrew wort with a tint of ice tea. Very malty, bready taste. Seems true to the style. Would like to compare next to Hacker-Pschorr. Another impressive beer from Brooklyn.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2002
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 (bb 3/03) Pasteurized to death. This beer is devoid of character. Another victim of the FX Matt beer cooker.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
orangey-red "watery" color, good lacing. Initial swallow is fizzy. Thinner than most fests, very light caramel. Nice amount of hop keeps it from getting sweet. This is average.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just the right color for a Marzen. Bready aroma - I hate pretentious phrases like that, but it’s true. A very nice, full malty flavor that’s not unlike some of the solid German contenders like Ayinger and H-Pschorr. Must re-rate side to side with some of the proven Oktos to see which is best.