Gmku (295) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 My favorite of this style. Even dig the labeling. I get tired of this style after a while though--starts to taste like beer just to drink to get drunk on, that is, loses its complexity after a few bottles. Okay for a seasonal change, though, and this is truly representational of the style. If I'm after Oktoberfest bier, I'll choose this. The big difference, I think, is in the palate--definitely a bigger, chewier mouthful than the rest.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber with tan head. Lovely malt aromas. Sweetish malt flavors with almost no hops. An excellent O-fest.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My third favorite Oktoberfest of the year. Warm, round malty flavor. A little lacking in the hops department, but so is pretty much all beer. It made me want more, which I suppose is the true test of any beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby mahogany color with light head and moderate carbonation. Aroma is sweet with maltiness and light hops. Flavor has beautiful layers of malts with the hops coming in the end as a desert. Finishes lightly dry and quenching but the flavor still remains. This was a good oktoberfest worthy of than just one occasion.
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I thought this beer was rather ordinary. It has a clear golden amber color with a foamy head. The aroma was pretty weak with a little bit of malty sweetness. It went down very smoothly, but the flavor was extremely mild consisting of mostly malt overtones. The finish was more of the same. Overall it was a decent beer, but nothing about it stood out.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 5, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
im assuming this is considered the "orginal oktoberfest" It seemed kind of light too me for an oktoberfest. It had sweet caramel malty notes to it but it seemed rather watered down. had a nice appearane too me
jgb9348 (5062) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colour with a super-dense tan head-perfect for the style. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, malt, spices and a slight grapeyness. Medium-bodied; Sweet initial flavour covered by a great malt background-once again great for the style! Aftertaste shows grapes, caramel, malt and a few spices. Overall, one of the best Marzens i've ever had! Worth a try! I bought my twelve ounce bottle at the Opera House Gourmet in Manassas, Virginia and sampled it on 27-Novemeber-2003.
JFGrind (1905) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nicer amber color and long lasting white head. Not only was the appearance appealing, but the sweet/roasted flavor was enjoyable. I was given this beer by a friend whose Ukranian father had passed away. He enjoyed the European lagers, so thanks to Iwan for this Oktoberfest and may you rest in peace.
BeerandBlues2 (10690) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy white head, short retention and faint lacing. Aroma is toasted caramel and biscuit malt, light to medium melanoidins, light spicy hops, and a clean lager character. Flavor is malt dominant with light sweetness and tea-like character, light fruity notes, mild hops, and a clean, dry finish. Medium body, light warmth, medium carbonation.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper color. Lasting head. Aroma full of caramel, spice, and malt. Smooth taste. Not too bad! I could drink this again.