dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Octoberfest here. Nice an Malty character. The hops are mild and hidden but let there presence known in a good way.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnificent licorice trail on the back of the tongue…Pervasive caramel malt…And a touch of citrus fruit to top it all off…Nice Octoberfest…
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Never met a octoberfest i didn’t enjoy.
noer1 (109) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfect drinkers beer, very nice for the winter
rchico99 (2) - Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Superb flavor. The best Octoberfest out there. Copper overtones and nutty undertones make this brew sing.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown, bright appearance; toast, chocolate, toffee on the nose; slightly copper-tasting palate w/toffeeish malts and subtle chestnut, but finishing somewhat wet.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice full head, dark amber color, decent lace. Nice nose, yes a bit more hop laden than I imagined, and a bit more robust than most marzens. I liked it, but then I like most all the brews from Harpoon.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The toasted aroma is outstanding. The flavor is equally toasted with some nutty notes and a noticeable alcohol flavor. Nice earthy hop bite and overall balance. A good seasonal.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 22, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Above average, but not great. Starts out wonderful, gorgeous dark amber color and big firm head; but the aroma is rather weak (orangey), and the smooth caramel-malt flavor is just not distinctive or strong. Ok.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a traditional Oktoberfest. Hoppy, nutty aroma, and a deep amber colour. Hoppy to start with mellowing malt flavours towards the finish and an overall yeasty complexity. This beer is much hoppier than a traditional marzen, which seems to leave the malt to take on a secondary role. I’m also pretty sure that this beer is brewed with an ale rather than lager yeast which doesn’t give it the smoothness that it should have. It’s not a bad beer, but I would prefer the maltiness of a more traditional interpretation.