NateDawg (12) - Arlington, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not enough malt/body too this beer! It is the thinnest tasting Octoberfest I've had this year. Try a little cara-pils or wheat malt or something. Plus, that Harpoon astringent/husky flavor is ubiquitous.
bgarrigus (36) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good Oktoberfest, especially compared to its cross-town rival, Sam Adams. Good earthy, sweet smell, with decent spice and hop to the initial taste. A little bit sweet at the end, but that is forgivable.
argo0 (11957) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium off-white head atop a clear amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is a pleasant mix of caramel and earthy -- standard smells in an O-fest, but for some reason they are particularly well-combined here, perhaps due to a light presence of butterscotch/toffee. Taste is solid earthy caramel, mild bitterness in the swallow. Medium body, slightly chewy.
raymow (978) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent Oktoberfest. Great dark red color and slightly sweet aroma. The only Oktoberfest better than this one so far (in my opinion, of course) is Sam Adam's Oktoberfest.
Aurelius (4597) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice toffee and pale malt aroma. Good label. Good, strong bittering, leans towards a stronger traditional lager character in its yeasting than many other Oktoberfests. Light caramel or diacetyl flavors, nutty sweetness. Finishes with a moderately bitter profile. Very solid, balanced and enjoyable.
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2004 Pours a transparent copper color with a rather quickly dissipating 2cm off white head with some lacing. Aroma is pretty malty with maybe a hint of cinnamon or something sweet. Start is a little bitter with maybe a little hop in the middle and the end smoothing out to some hop and malt. Mouthfeel isnt that bad. Actually a surpringly adequate brew. -------I actually had this again. I dont remember rating it the first time, but this time it was rather citrusy and hoppy. The fisrt imt ei gave it a 14 over all. At this independant rating session, i gave it a 10 overall. Last time the taste was a 7, this time it was a 5. I have made the appropriate adjustments.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours red, with a smallish white head that mosty lasts, leaving good lace. Aroma is toasty malts, with some toffee playing second fiddle in the back. Flavor shows more of the toffee, pretty much balanced with a toasty maltiness, and a slight bit of hops showing up in the end. Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly better than average, but nothing outstanding.
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium amber color with a nice full head and light palate.
Some hops and flavor in after taste, however not enough of either to make it great.
JFGrind (1894) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer has a near perfect presentation and a average flavor and aroma. I had it on draft and would try it in bottles.
jgb9348 (5008) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber colour with ruby and orange highlights. Medium thick dense tan head...this is really what a Marzen should look like...nothing wrong at all. Strong malty aroma with a bit of spice and a bit of sweetness. Medium to Full-bodied; Fairly strong malty taste at first, fading to a bit of spiceyness and then completely dissapears from the palate. Aftertaste only shows a residual showing of the malt, and really no hops are detectable at any point throughout the beer. While this isn't the best Marzen I could imagine, it is one of the best i've had this year, which is crazy, as this is a larger produced beer. Regardless, if you want to see what a Marzen should be in the appearance and aroma, try this. I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.