VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight chill hazed amber. Thin off white edge head. Light carbonation. Aroma of toasted malts and toffee. Solid body, candy coated apple sweetness. Light crispness and bitter burnt caramel aftertaste. Moderately hoppy. Very light oxidized flavor. Finishes malty sweet and bitterly balanced. Nice, considering how past October it is right now.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad for an American marzen. Not great either a little weak.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 10, 2001
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This conforms to the requisite ’style’ reasonably well, but cannot be really recommended; weak and thin on the tongue, sweetish and almost insipid on the nose, with no complexity and little hop presence. A disappointment from this good brewer; try Riverwest Stein instead.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice traditional interpretation of the Oktoberfest style. Similar to Capital’s Autumnal Fire, but slightly lighter.