notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too much hoppiness and not nearly enough maltiness. This beer is watery, with a mostly uninteresting flavor. It tastes like they took their IPA and mixed a little bit of someone else’s oktoberfest into it.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 This is just OK. The finish is smooth, but the beer is pretty unflavorful in general. It is still somewhat bitter and a too sweet for an Octoberfest. But lately I’ve been disappointed with this style of beer this year. I’m hoping someone does better next year.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2002
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
NO HOPS IN OKTOBERFEST. NO RATING FOR YOU. Actually, this is not the worst offender of my impromptu rule, but there is still too much hop character for a beer that is supposed to be malty and lightly sweet. The aroma was actually pleasant, with no hint of the hoppy offensiveness that lay in wait, preparing an ambuscade for my unoffending taste buds. The beer is also attractive, with a nice almost white head over a rich orange body. Now the flavor: too many hops for the style. I can’t repeat this enough, Oktoberfests are not supposed to taste like an IPA. When I want hops, I’ll drink a beer that is supposed to have hops in it. The palate was average. Overall, this beer sucks. While it is not the worst offender, it is another example of a discouraging trend to put more hops in every style, even when it is not the right thing for the style.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
In the bottle, this was very thin and very dry. Not a lot of fun.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft- A tasty, full bodied beer with a nice malty flavor. Well balanced but leans a little to the sweet side.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This deep amber brew has a thick creamy head that leaves lots of lace. the aroma is sweet and malty with a tiny hint of bitter hoppiness. the flavor is slightly sweet and hoppy with a delicate hoppy finish.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice full bodied brew. Has a nice head, with a warm aroma to it. Hint of chocolate with the malt and a nice amber color to it.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2003 Bright copper, thin head and lace. Nice nose of toast, fuzzy maltiness a bit of chocolate? Smooth feel with beautiful maltiness, some crispness, good bitterness and lots of style. A brew that can fill my cup many times in a night:) Drink on boys, good seasonal here.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer, but I thought it was a bit too hoppy for an octoberfest. Not very complex, but slightly aromatic. Harpoon’s done better.