DrnkMcDermott (2994) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Good dark color for a modern German Okto. A little bit lighter in malt character, but it more than makes up for it in a nice hoppy nose. There are some melanoidins in the bigger malt bill, and a little sourness. Also note a bit of hard water which helps bring out the hops.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew has a great palate - creamy smooth, small bubbles of carbonation make it seem thicker than it actually is. Taste is caramel sweet - but not overly so, an obvious hop balance helping out here.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Amber/orangy color with good sized white head. Aroma is sweet malt with molasses and caramel. Taste is toasted malt and a bit sweet. Finish is hoppy enough to balance the sweet malt. This is the best october I’ve had this season.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 (tap) this was some good stuff, among my favorite oktoberfest beers i’ve tasted. dry and crisp, drinkable and unique, everything i love about fall but not overly spicey... i will be ordering this again and again this season.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured oragne/amber, like leaves of fall. Light head. Pleasant dry flavor. Good hop finish. I loved this beer.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light copper in color, with moderate white head that disappears quickly. Malty sweet aroma. Medium bodied, with good malt background and a decent hop bitterness that keeps it from being cloying.
DrunkDad (12) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A benchmark for Oktoberfest beers. Sweet malty aroma and taste that is the trademark of Oktoberfest beers. Goes down smooth. Easy to drink in responsible celebratory quantities.
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smooth medium body lager. Great fall
marzen for watching football! One of your better Hacker brews.
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a copper color with a small off white head and light lacing on the glass. Toasted dough, dry grains, and very light sweet caramel malts in the aroma. I would have liked the aroma a little sweeter. Flavor was also dry and lightly smokey, but the caramel and honey stood stronger here than in the aroma. A light hoppiness comes through at the end, with medium carbonation.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 Dark golden color with fairly high carbonation. Aroma is toasty and malty. Light and crisp flavor with a toasted, nutty malt flavor. Easy to drink. After re-rating, there is a lot of sweet malty flavor in this one that many are lacking. It is turning into a favorite.