5000 (6599) - 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!
jonas (6480) - 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.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden coppery color with a thin off white quickly dissipating head. Smells orangey with some light banana and grapefruit tinges. Taste is bitter and mellow with a nice peppery underbite. Some nice lemony elements pop through on the back of the tongue. Definitely above average for a German autumn brew.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Post-EBF at Clark’s Huge frothy white head tops a spectacular bottle-conditioned wonder of a murky brown body with tons of yeasties. Funky creamy farm aroma proposes plenty of hay, flowers, dandelions and honeysuckle hallertau flavours. Atypical Oktoberfest to say the least. It may be a bit old though as this is not so tasty as expected and surprisingly far hoppier than anticipated to be. Subdued caramelised apples are marched over by the floral hallertau that sticks on the tongue. Marvellous texture, fluffy, creamy, decadently full bodied. Original and delicate. Keep them coming Clark!
TheBeerGod (5862) - 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!
thedm (5355) - 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.
JPDIPSO (5316) - 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.
ClarkVV (5137) - 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
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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.
VastActiv (4993) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Colour is cloudy orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Fruits, sweetness and malts. Too sweet but nice fruitiness.Hints of sourness too.