Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light amber, dense tiny/small particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel, cookie), heavily hoppy (flowers, herbs), with strong notes of orange, apricot, honey, and peach. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, watery (almost creamy) texture, lively carbonation. I’ve had this a number of times since I first rated it over two months ago, and there is just no pussy-footing around about the aroma. It is absolutely stunning...even in a wide mouthed mug, it still blows my nose away with honeysuckle and toasted bread and all sorts of fruits. And then of course there’s the flavor balance...and the amazing appearance. There is virtually no hope of finding anything better in this style. The definition of ’luscious’. I just hope I bought enough to last until next October.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice rocky head. Good aroma, hazy golden color. Very drinkable. Not too sweet, not too bitter.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly hazy oarnge with a frothy,rocky,white,head. Aroma is boisterous Hallertauer hops,and juciy,enticing,malts. Body is luscious with some thickness. Very clean tasting.Bready,sweet malt flavors linger and lead to a wonderful dry/semi-sweet finish.Excellent all around,balance and the flavors lasted.The best thing about it was,it came in a pint.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My father turned me onto this one a while back. I must say I was really impressed. This went down so easily. Great to pour and has a nice amber glow to it.
Aubrey (3489) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Frothy, lasting head; beautiful orange hue seems to glow from within. Tasty bottle-conditioned-poo droplets. Aromatic bouguet is of fresh yeast and bitter orange. Very clean and easy to quaff. Rich, chalky bitterness is rewarding in the finish.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oktoberfest usually aren't style, but this is a very good one, light, malty and balanced. It one of the best of the Marzen style that I've ever had. Cheers Ecrvich and Many Thanks
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 creepy october orange with a thick 3/4 inch frothy top..the aroma was yeasty with hints of orange peel and other dried fruits..but it wasnt strong enough..this had a nice full body, it had hints of citrus fruits, chewy dried apricots..shit, i just remembered this was a lager..all lagers should be this fruity and drinkable...this is a very solid, well made, very enjoyable marzen..the best ive had by far, though i havent had many
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful aroma, malty, honey and wheat. Nice fruitiness to the hops and orange peel. Off-white frothy head atop cloudy light apple cider beer. Medium-low carb, medium body with a little chewiness. Nice sweetness to the beer - well rounded balance of malts and hops. Light, sweet nutty finish and after. Orange and honey. Great taste. This is a very good Oktoberfest beer.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First of all, let me thank PsychProf for suggesting this beer to me while at the beer store.
What a nice ’Fest beer! The aroma is that of malt and is sugar sweet (a good sweet). Taste is a malt explosion. Banana, citrus, spices and who knows all what is in the taste of this beer. Delicious. The finish begs you to take another drink.
I’ll be buying this again. Soon.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rerate: I underestimated this one. I had a second sample and am very very impressed. Hoppy, only slightly sweet...not as delicate as originall thought. In fact, I have to add some palate points. Delicious! Original: 11/27/2002: Man! Deliciously light and airy. The most beautiful Hallertau earthy softness aroma (I want to dunk my pillowcase in the aroma and sleep on it!). Not exactly toasty or caramelly in the same way I’ve had, or even that ’out in the country’ maltiness -- just a bit sweet. Nicely made, and quite subtle. A hair too sweet for my taste...but just a hair! The first in a delightfully varied package from urbnhaut!