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.
desurfer (1252) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber/orange body, no head. Little aroma. Sweet malty flavor, smooth finish.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with little head. Aroma and flavor is of munich/vienna malt with a crisp finish. Good example of an Octoberfest.
TheBeerGod (5572) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
POurs a brownish amber. with a medium tan head. Noe is malted with hint of spice. The tongue is predominantly malt but adds a little more complexity to it with a little spiciness and and light hops. Finishes well and is a pretty good beer.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good amber color,small head that lasted for a short time.Malty sweet aroma with hints of caramel,and maybe mild fruit.Malty,caramel taste,medium sweet and faintly hopped.The after taste is mild being mostly malt and caramel with little else going on.This is an OK brew but nothing special.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep amber, nice frothy cream head. Smells sweet, like apples, and spices, malty, even alcohol. The flavor is surprisingly light to me but a great burnt marshmallow flavor, toffee, with a little hops bitterness. This is the best Oktoberfest I have had the chance to try. It has great flavor and is one of the better Hacker-Pschorrs. Smooth finish. Awesome.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the few true O'fests left. Not watered down to meet the perceived tastes of the majority of attendees, Americans. Beautiful amber-gold, crystal clear, with a pure white head. Nice aroma of toasted malt, with hints of honey. Aroma is a little faint. Great malty/toasted flavor, with a firm but gentle noble hop backbone. Fades to a great balance in the tail...leaving only one thought: MORE!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Totally clear amber.Rising carbonation and a great,tan,head. Excellent grainy/malty aroma(caramel,toasted malt,)with the slightest spice,from hops. If anything is wrong here,the mouthfeel is way to fizzy. Pretty big body,perfect texture. Clean,malty flavors. Grainy,toasty,fruity,flaovrs with a touch of hops before the finish. Finish is bready and caramel,with spicy hallertau notes. Well balanced and clean,but a bit too fizzy. Still,probably my favorite Oktoberfest so far.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a thick, frothy white head. Well-balanced medium-bodied beer with hints of carmel.
hopscotch (10083) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal clear lager. The color is the very definition of amber. Medium-sized, fizzy, off-white head. I really like this Oktoberfest!
An entire hive of clover honey in the aroma. Lightly perfumey and smokey as well.
Well-balanced, malty brew with notes of caramel and honey with whispers of citrus fruit.
Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.