SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Rerate: Bottled (33cl). Gold with a thick white head. Rich malty grain aroma with a touch of floral hops. The flavor is what you would expect given the color, but is very rich, bordering on a helles bock, with a snappy yet subtle hop balance. Medium bodied and lightly sweet in the finish. A pleasure to drink, though it does taste like it got shipped halfway around the world. I wish that I had been more experienced when I had this at the source becuase it really is good stuff, though very modern in style.
Original rating: Maß at HB tent on 9-27-07, second of the first night. Slightly deeper gold than Augustiner, but just barely. Huge fluffy white head, but that could be due to the massive amount of beer in front of me. Bready aroma. More body, malt, and bitterness, but still tastes like a helles. I’m beginning to accept that the München oktoberfestbiers are all just light lagers. Figures, since they have to sell millions of litres of them at the festival. It is what it is though, and its still a tasty, although not exiting beer. (6,3,6,3,14=3.2)
ilovedarkbeer (2363) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Would not have guessed that was an oktoberfest. Tastes like stella plus honey. Pours an orange yellow color and smells sour. Weak taste that is unblanced and lame. Not thanks dont buy.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap @ Front Door, Boise, ID: Pours a fairly clear gold color, decent head and lacing. The nose is light with some thin malt and up front cheap hoppy notes. The flavor is thin, with some husk and sweet malt, but very little caramelization, and a sharp pilsnery hop bite. The finish isn’t balanced, with a much more bitter up front note along with that husky cheap malt note. Lame oktoberfest.
FatPhil (9723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Keg (Gallows Bird, Helsinki, Oktoberfest 2007)
Light lagery aroma. Late dry hoppiness in the taste, but very thin body. Plenty of fizz, very little guts.
pilsnerrogge (2553) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden colour. Big foamy head. Sweet, malty aroma. Flavour is fat, buttery malt with a touch of honey. Finish has a lingering, grassy bitterness with notes of salty liquorice.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 Green bottle. Very light colored, bland looking beer. Not worthy of carrying the title Oktoberfest, just based on the appearance. Average head, but nice lacing. Grainy skunky aroma. Taste is also grainy, crisp, dry. Typical pale german lager. Not marzen. Boring.
thomat (2200) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Haket, Göteborg. Pale yellow with a thick white foam. Malty and hoppy notes. Malt sweetness combined with a bitter taste. Medium body wiyh a nice, dry aftertaste.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - SEP 29, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
In bottle. This is an Oktoberfest? Light body and little taste-- I thought it was just the regular Hofbrau lager. What a disappointment. Were the original Oktoberfest/Marzen beers this light? No wonder the Hofbrau House in Munich caters to the tourists-- the locals probably wouldn’t drink this.
Marsiblursi (3042) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Pours clear golden. Bready, light toasted malt and grassy, light funky herb like hops in the aroma. Also some tones of honey, flower nectar and a light fruitiness are also present. Malty flavour. Bread, grass, fruits and herbs in the flavour as well. Hints of sweet liquorice anf flowers. Light numbing and light salty and quite crisp mouthfeel. Some citric acid. Dry, bitter and a bit apple-ish alcohol finish. Medium bodied.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tannic, vegetal aroma. Fizzy white head on a pale (for a marzen) body. Balanced and drinkable, goes down super-easy. Definitely a case of the right beer at the right time. I’m sweating my ass off and the only thing that stopped me from finishing it 30 minutes ago was getting in a rating ;)