VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, amber coloring with a light tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Smooth malt sweetness (just a bit of caramel). Aftertaste is mildly malty, slightly metallic.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber hue. Roasted malt aromas follow through with nice caramel malt flavors and some fruity notes. Finishes with more malt flavors, and a touch of dry herbal bitterness for balance.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice balance, even when warm. Roasty but sweet and not bitter. Good fruit and caramel, mmm.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
ok. i'm not a big fan of the style. malty, yet astringently sweet as i find most oktoberfest beers. i couldn't drink more than one w/out a stomach ache. not gag-me bad, not tickle-me incredible. just more of a hug-me, everything is going to be ok.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep, orange-red in color. Scent of nutmeg. Has a weird taste like dried blood; metallic, dry, salty, coppery. With all these elements it is still smooth and the malt flavors come through nicely. Although the initial taste is like sucking on a penny!
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper amber color with a good frosty tan head, that settled down leaving a good lace on top. Floral malty aroma. Caramel malt up front, but I felt the finish was thin and light leaving me wanting more.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 Delicious Oktoberfest, I had this one for free from a great bartender at Stuff Yer Face. Thanks Tony. This is right up there with Paulaner.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2004 Pours dark amber with tall beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet malts, apples, and pears. Flavor is the same with very little carbonation and a smooth finish. A delicious Oktoberfest with a good alcohol kick. A little too syrupy sweet for me, but seems true to the style. Slight metallic taste. Quite tasty overall.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is brownish/amber. Good malt balance on the nose and taste. Hint of caramel? Good Oktoberfest.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is very well balanced for a lager, but especially an Oktoberfest (looking at the commercial description that doesn't seem so surprising anymore). The color is unique, the mouthfeel is without flaw, and the nose is very concise. I had quite a few of these over the Oktoberfest season, and I never got bored. Just plain good.