JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Little to no discernable aroma. Slightly grainy taste with a little pop on the tongue.
Fine everyday ’Octoberfest’ beer, but nothing special.
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear, sparkly medium orange with a moderate layer of off-white head (receded almost completely after a minute). Aroma had smooth caramel maltage upfront with some floral/vegetal hoppage behind it. Flavor was very enjoyable... autumn-crisp caramel, noble hops, toasty grains, and just a hint of alcohol around the edges. Crisp, yet smooth on the palate, with a nice medium malt backbone. Fairly long finish with fresh caramel and light hop bitterness. One of the best Oktoberfests I’ve tried.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 12oz bottle, 2005 release.
Wow, some harsh reviews and score here. [ EDIT Nov 20th: I now realize all prior reviews refer to the 2004 release, while my rating refers to the 2005 release. ] The only thing I found to complain about was the odd vegetable odor in the aroma. Appearance is perfect for a fest -- briliant pale amber with a medium white head that fades into a whisp on top and a ring around the rim. Dead-on flavor with nice rich sweet caramel-like malt, lightly toasted grain, and light-to-medium hop bitterness. Solid mouthfeel with medium, almost thick palate. Improve the aroma and IMHO it’s easily a top-ten Oktoberfest.
MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
AP: thin white head on a copper body w/ no visibale carbonation
Ar: sweet buttery scent
Pa: lightlyh carbonated a little thin w/ a malty finish
fl: very mild flavor w/ hints of a buttery malt
ovr: I didn’t like this a whole lot
thanks to John for this one
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Minimal white head, clear amber body. Sweet butterscotch aroma. Sweet light strawberry flavor w/ a grainy oat finish. Not too bad.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2011 Appearance: Bronze color. Thick, bubbly, creamy head. Head sticks to glass. Aroma: Strong and lasting. Toffee or butterscotch. Hint of raw grain. Doesn’t smell like a usual O’fest beer. Palate: Thin. Suggary. Flavor: Not a traditional O’fest. Not harsh. Odd grainy flavor. Slighly sweet. Raw components. Reminds me of water poured through barley. Butterscotch. Thanks JPDIPSO. 7, 5, 5, 2, 10 = 2.9
Well, 6.5 years later I tried this again. Pours to a fizzy orange body with pretty much no head as it dissipated instantly. The aromas and flavors are traditional Oktoberfest. The palate was quite drinkable. Finishing clean and crisp. Seems to have been vastly improved upon (or simply fresher).
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared at the Tosa Tasting courtesy of JPDIPSO: Pours a clear copper golden with thin lightly lacing white head. Dry grainy malty aroma has a touch of earthy noble hops. Some sweetness and lager yeast are noticeable in the dry malty flavor. Smooth and drinkable but a little too grainy and bland.
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opened at MrFacto’s ’Tosa tasting, brought by JPDIPSO. Cloudy light orange body, medium cream head. Buttery, creamy, toasty aroma with touches of light fruit and honey, but clearly dominated by diacetyl. Very thin body, sweet, with some earthy yeastiness besides the ubiquitous buttered toast. Too thin and without the fairly dense bread/caramel malt profile I expect in an Oktoberfest.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy amber body. Nice malty aroma - buttery caramel malts. The flavor falls off quite a bit from the aroma, similar charactersitics just very thin.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Take 2 after the last rate was erased by some glitch. Actually past of the Brewers Reserve Series. Bright amber color with a taller big bubbled ecru head. Aromas of toasted malt and toffee and a touch of diacetyl. Rich full flavored malt oozes out. But alas, a touch of diacetyl again. Sweetness well balanced by noble hops. I enjoy this very much as an amber. Lacks the crispness and cleanness of a classic lager. Still a solid effort.