Ernest (5627) - 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pretty cloudy due to a good amount of yeast sedimetn. Relatively light for an oktoberfest, being a golden deep yellow. Low head. Aroma is delicately smooht with light malts, munich, and some earthy and slightly floral hops. Flaovr is subtly in that it has a medium maltiness but balances well with the hops. Pretty good and smooth but needs to be a little darker and a little bit more malty for an oktoberfest. Perhaps more body is needed too. Pretty good overall but I expected a bit more from burgerbrau.
jonas (5044) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 Bottle. Cloudy red amber, golden head. Bottles seem to be unstable. Honeyish malt and aromatic hops. Berrylike fruity flavor, light toast. Light to medium body, sparkly mouthfeel. Aromatic finish.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark straw, very dirty and cloudy, large frothy off-white head, spotty lacing. Subtle tea leaf and mash like aroma, very slight butterscotch. Semi-sweet grassy flavor up front, lingers for a quite a while after the finish. No ill effects on the tongue. Fairly clean, no graininess that is common among other examples. Body and mouthfeel are average. Very slight butterscotch after the finish, otherwise remains semi-sweet malty/grassy. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks Clark!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is one of the most interesting I've ever had. A heavy dark golden/near amber color liquid, in which the bubbles stay in suspension for a long time and then float about and meander to the top to form a smaller cream colored head. Aroma is slightly malty, with herbal hops and undertones of honey, lemon zest, and apricots. Pure heavy malt starts in the front of the tongue. Leading to a light floral hops that linger and float around, somewhat like the bubbles in the pour. Smooth, near oily in feel. Later, as the brew warms the honey and clover flavors come out and the hops linger longer in the finish. The finish is superb! A terrific balance of malt and hops. This is the third of four bottles I purchased, and each time I have had one I like it a little bit more. A few more and this may be on the top of my list.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 16, 2005
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of off-white colored foamy finely sized mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a carbonated hazy light brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was not good and contained doughy notes of vinegar. The mouth feel was tingly and off with strong vinegar notes. Vinegar malt dough flavor. Drain pour. Marked for re-rate.
TheBeerGod (4635) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
How'd they do that? Just as JPDIPSO described the bubbles were suspended in the beer. It seemed almost gooey. It poured orange brown with almost no head. It seemed syrup-like when I poured it. Even the yeast/sediment was suspended in strands. I thought it was a bad bottle, but it's not. The nose seems fairly plain with light malt and yeast. It has a silky smooth mouthfeel and the taste has some tartness but malt, yeast and some light hop character. Damn interesting. What a twist on a "standard" Octoberfest! The finish is smooth but a little bland. Good beer though!
tiggmtl (4516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh, floral, spicy hops linger over a pleasant grainy malt base. Hazy orange-gold with very strong white head that recedes slowly to generous cover with some lacing. Very assertively hopped without being overly bitter. The floral hop flavour leads through to a lightly grainy malt base and a dry, lightly bitter finish. Smooth and soft in the mouth with a light refreshing body. The perfect wake me up after an evening at the Extreme Beer Fest. Now I’m ready for round two. Enjoyed with ClarkVV, Eyedrinkale and Rastacouere.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 I think this was last year’s bottle (2003). Pours a light copper, minimal cloudiness, but obviously not highly filtered. Good white head. Smells of light grains, hint of metal and a touch of lightly fragrant hops. Flavor is well-balanced, mostly dry though, with some good malt balancing out the dryness and hops. Nothing terribly exciting going on. Some honey and a dry nut-toffee like flavor on the finish. Well-made. 5/4/6/3/12
Rerate Same bottling as before. Much better than I recall, with a much hazier look to it. This stuff resembled split pea soup. Green, brown and copper all swirled about, with so much sediment it dosen’t look like beer. Honey sweet malt in the aroma, with yeast notes, vanilla?, and some metal. Flavors of caramel and vanilla ice cream up front, very sweet and creamy, with orange blossoms and a bit of tart yeast notes as it passes down the throat. Lightly sour/bitter hops, a bit oily in texture towards the end, with some sweetness resumed. Hmm, everyone else loved this, so I’m glad for that, but it still dosen’t do that much for me. 7/5/7/4/15
Aubrey (3347) - 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.