Ernest (6838) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (flowers, resin, pine). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly metallic. A paint-by-numbers American-hopped Oktoberfest.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Nothing special here. Tasted like any other oktoberfest. Did have a slight bitter finish.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lovely red/brown color. Light on the malt and a bit more hops than I'd expect (still not has hoppy as the Sierra Nevada O-fest)
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a medium white, frosty head. Descent malty tasting brew with hints of chocolate and citrus.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorites. Not quite true to style ( little heavy on the hops) more like an ale, but a damn good ale.
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 (12440) - 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 (1100) - 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 (4742) - 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.