Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pale gold with a sudsy white head. Light toasted malt and dull floral hop. Some caramel in the aroma. Flavour is clean and reflects against the aroma. Toasty and refreshing but not tremendously good. Finish is soft and clean. Not bad.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 55. This draft brew in a 1 liter maß from the beer tent at the Oktoberfest in Munich Germany was my first maß. It had a very large sized head of white colored foamy fine to large sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated transparent orange colored body. The aroma was a typical mild malty lager one. The mouth feel was mildly tingly and the flavor contained notes of mild orange peel and malts. A very nice malty flavor, but I expected more.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beer Bistro. Pale golden colour with foamy white head. Not as malty as I was expecting but very enjoyable. Biscuity rich nose with a subtle buttery flavour. Dry and refreshing on the finish wihtout being bitter.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Tap .Pours kristal gold , with medium white head . Sweet , malty aroma , low bitterness . Medium bodied , sweet almost like helles . Simple yet very refreshing .Thanks Doug !
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Beer Bistro.
Corn and grass aroma, light golden, pours a two finger, rocky white head. Sweet malt taste, hops come along shortly. Sweet at first, then has a pleasing bitter finish. Light, fluffy and ordinary.
jmm1 (129) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - SEP 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From Tap -- Golden yellow with medium head. Malty nose but light flavor. A light version of the Märzen from Hacker.... why ? why ? why ?
jonas (5260) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 A slightly fuller Helles for the flavor challanged people -Hacker brews the Märzen as well (available in Germany in a swing top bottle).
ogivlado (5287) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Oktoberfest- light hoppy aroma, pale golden coloured, refreshing and easy to drink in a hot, full tent
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Also @ the BierMarkt in Toronto. On the sweet side for such a light coloured lager. Thought I detected some fruity notes in the flavour. Aroma was fairly subtle.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
At the Esplanada Bier Markt in Toronto, Hacker put on a big Oktoberfest bash. They gave away free mugs, paraded out the roast pig and sauerkraut, and flew in a handful of kegs of the Oktoberfest Lager, which is normally only found at the Oktoberefest in Munich. (Shhh...don't tell the dozens of people over at Beer Advocate who've all rated the Marzen under the Lager listing by mistake!). Golden colour, robust foam. Light aroma - some toasty notes. Crackerlike maltiness, with a little complexity contributed by pale Munich or Vienna malts. No hop aroma or flavour, but a little bit of dryness in the finish. No caramel, unlike the Marzen. Unfortunately, this confirms what I've heard about the Oktoberfest beers at the actual Oktoberfest being bland pale lagers rather than the robust Marzens that are sent overseas. Nice to get to try it, but the Marzen is the better beer.