MaBeer1972 (1342) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A heavy-bodied deep amber lager. Rich and malty, almost to the level of a bock. Probably a bit too much, for my liking. Still, much better than Spaten.
WisconsinBeer (706) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Man, this is solid. I finally picked up a fresh bottle and this is tasting good. Caramel malts and those somewhat spicy metallic German hops. Balanced very nicely. Smooth and clean on the palate.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange color with a medium sized tan head. Malty scent. A nice caramel taste is there, but has an awful metallic aftertaste behind it, spoiling an otherwise very nice beer.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, lager mug, bbf 7/04, 58 degrees. Gigantic, rocky, frothy, off-white head is on a clear, orange-amber body with light carbonation. Huge malty aroma is primarly caramel and nutty; very light flowery hops; slight butter / toffee aroma. Very clean aroma. Flavor is warm and sweet just like the aroma. Moderately sweet throughout with a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium body, watery texture, light carbonation. The bottom line is: realy good, but not as vibrant as Ayinger's offering.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper color.Malty aroma. Decent hoppy taste in the mouth. Malty creamy finish with a hint of bitterness. A pretty good Marzen!
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent creamy off-white head from the pour. Plesant aroma of malts and some fresh bread. Color is a medium amber with ok carbonation. Flavor is quite nice with more malts and is soft and fuzzy in the mouth. Finish is creamy and smooth with a lingering malts and hops aftertaste. A decent beer.
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Draft. Coppery color, some malts, decent hop bitterness to balance, some floral notes. A decent Okto, which isn’t my favorite style, but I liked this better than most. 1/20/05 - sampled a bottled version. Hops went all vegetal, off-putting aroma, not at all good. I would have rated this a 2. Stick with the draft version by all means.
ElGaucho (2217) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 10/1/07: Re-rate. Bottle. Dated 02/07, so likely past it’s prime. Molasses malt aroma. Not my favorite. Crystal clear amber with steady visible carbonation. Head disappates to nothing. Like I said, could be age of brew or glassware that wasn’t cleaned properly. Doesn’t taste past it’s prime. Very malty, but moderate sweetness and ample carbonation contribute to making this an enjoyable brew. Ar 6, Ap 2, Fl 7, Pal 4, Ov 13. 9/2203: Cookie and malt aroma. Clear brownish/amber color with white, fully eroding head. Good O-Fest but a little overly malty. Despite the downgrade Goose Island’s O-Fest has undergone in its progressively more malty profile, it still edges out H-P’s.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still a Fest Favorite. A malt lover's dream. Rich Munich flavor. But I had a Ramstein recently alongside the Hacker and thought Ramstein was better.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper, with a small off-white head that quickly diminshes, but leaves good lace all the way down. Aroma is all malt, mostly caramel and some toasted malts. Flavor is fairly sweet, some toasted/maybe a bit smokey flavors, and some slight chocolate sneaking in at the end. Medium body, medium carbonation.