Panzuriel (1296) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells a bit hoppier than normal other marzens. Decent apperance. good smooth texture. Full in the mouth. Slightly tart aftertaste. Carmel and malt flavors dominate.
obxdude10 (2037) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not bad of a head out of the bottle, a deep copper color, malty aroma, very smooth, a well balanced marzen
omhper (19322) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2008 Bottled. Dusty and caramelly with lifeless crystal malt character half covered in piney hops. Finishes with salty cardboard. True to the original German style? Nothing could be more wrong.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby color. Little head. Big hop aroma. The flavor is mostly hops with some toasty malt background. I thought it was a bit overhopped and the malt got dominated a bit. Not bad, but certaintly not outstanding.
limubai99 (9) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2001 does not count
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
It is rare that I send a beer back but I simply could not finish the Brooklyn Octoberfest. Watery, overly hopped, and vaguely sour. I admit it might have been a bad keg but I have been disappointed by many Brooklyn beers of late. The Octoberfest was only on tap for a week at my local watering hole before it got pulled cuz of the volume of complaints. Avoid.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2001
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I’ve had a couple of Oktoberfest beers recently and I’ve been unimpressed. It’s fine, its a nice medium amber, brown kinda color. Has some taste but it just isn’t very memorable. I’d order another if I just wanted a beer but not if I wanted something interesting.
Saad (104) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good beer, but falls short of the excellent taste I usually expect from an Oktoberfest.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2001
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hops over malts is not the way i like my Oktoberfests.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - SEP 5, 2001
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very little aroma, and very little taste to boot. Watery, with a very yeasty body. Just another crappy Oktoberfest to add to my list, I should just stick to the tried and true.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - SEP 4, 2001
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I wish all American brewers producing oktoberfests would take a lesson from Ayinger, whose Oktoberfest is malty, tasty, and delicious. Instead, most breweries insist on putting out yeast-heavy, flavor-deprived brews such as this one. Yeast and hops dominate the aroma of this vibrant dark red beer, and the finish follows suit. What a waste.