ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 2003 bottle. WOW. Bottle conditioned, hazy, dark brownish-tan with some light oranges. Good oatmeal colored head. Aroma is crisp, hoppy (quite a bit of bitterness) and has a hint of red raspberry. Opens up with a flavor so fresh, it dosent even taste bottled. Pure, clean spicy hops, full bodied, with plenty of toasted malt goodness. No harsh dry tones, no astringency, just incredible flavorful beer. If I was rating to style, this wouldnt get many points as it is very hoppy (too high alpha hops content for a marzen) but hell, this tastes so good, I dont care what style it is. Pure milk chocolate on the finish that lingers on.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with beige head.
Fruity aroma with yoghurt, hops, coffee and toffee notes.
Fruity flavor with coffee and butter tones.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is the darkest Oktoberfest I've encountered, pouring a dark red-brown with a light tan head. This is also a surprisingly hoppy beer. Floral, grassy, spicy and slightly bitter hops subdue the lighter caramel malts in both the aroma and the flavor. Not sure this really belongs under the Oktoberfest category, despite the name.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish amber with a medium sized tan head. nice sweet malty aroma and taste. Medium bodied and quite fruity as well with some nuttiness, and a slightly bitter hop finish. This was a very enjoyable brew.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet maltiness hints at nuts and sweetbread. Underlying chocolatiness. Medium bodied, a bit of hops peeks through at the end. Long sweet aftertaste. Beautiful.
omhper (20568) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pale brown with beige head. Citrusy hops up front. Fruity, malty and soft with loads of cookie malt. Quite bitter fruity finish. Very hop accented, but with good balance. Not even remotely similar to German oktoberfests, but a great beer.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is definitely a beer that you don't drink straight from the fridge. Give it 10 minutes or so to warm up.
It pours a murky brownish color with a small head.
The aroma is sweet and malty. This brew is medium bodied.
Personally, I prefer the appearance of a filtered O'fest, but the flavors on this puppy are hard to dispute. Pretty nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours with a dark reddish brown body topped by a medium thick to thick off white, foamy head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice fruitiness and a touch of hops. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with more hops than malt showing through. The finish is slightly bitter. Medium bodied and smooth.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, dark orange, brown color. Sugar, toasted almonds, sweet candy nose. Lively mouthfeel with a very lasting and sticky coating. Sweet flavor with some toffee. Low on the hops. I'm enjoying this.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is my first Oktoberfest beer. Medium to dark brown color. Can't really pick out any specific smell. Hoppy beer. Bitter. Not great flavor but generally good mouth appeal.