vyvvy (4133) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ha, I rated this without looking at rating here and saw that lb4lb had a strikingly similar experience to mine. Poured very light yellow with an extremely soapy white head. The aroma had pale malt, skunk and light sweetness - very pale lager. Medium body with minor carbonation. The taste has minor light caramel (the only marzen aspect), skunk and some spice. The finish has a slickness that’s a bit sticky. This was not good. I could have sworn this was decent a few years back - either my palate is much better or this beer got much worse ~ probably somewhere in the middle. Thumbs down
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hmmm... mine came in a green bottle and was slightly skunky. I’m pretty sure somebody poured a heineken or red stripe into this hofbrau bottle, b/c that is exactly what it tasted like. Nothing like an Oktoberfest/Marzen I’ve had before.. Looks and smells like a pale lager. Some yeastiness, some light malt and faint bitterness, and while not offensive aside from the light skunking, this is a horrible example of the style and not worth getting at all.
reggiekoko (10) - saint augustine, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a golden yellow with a white fizzy head that did a quick disappearing act. It had a floral grassy taste with a touch of hoppy bitterness. This is a nice drinkable brew but I would hesitate to call it a true Octoberfest marzen. Perhaps a pilsner would be more like it. I really enjoy the HB Original much more than this one.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from BevMo. Medium golden color upon pouring. Lightly malty aroma with hints of grain. Smooth mouthfeel. Fairly bitter and grainy. I wouldn’t have guessed that this is an Oktoberfest. I would have thought it was a pils of some sort. Drinkable.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
light golden pour..quite bland nose and flavor..caramel notes in both..toasted qualities in both..somewhat grassy, somewhat earthy..okay
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 Re-rate. Pours a brilliant gold with a frothy white. Taste is fruity and rich. Medium bodied and clean. Pretty nice overall, balanced hops. Could stand to be a touch more bitter.
Tap. This was a particularly bland beer, even a bit medicinal tasting. Nothing really jumped out to me as great. Much prefer the Pils...
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
VERY disappointed in this, from the tap at Oktoberfest in Glendale, WI. Pours straw-yellow (?????), with a rapidly diminishing head. At first I thought it was a mis-pour of regular Hofbrau. Aroma does have some caramel malt character, and the flavor is hinting of the same, but this is a poor rendition of a Marzen. Strange, considering the brewery.
radagast83 (5054) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Perhaps my opinion was slightly marred because it came in a green bottle, but overall it wasn’t half bad. The beer poured a light golden color. Aroma was light with some hay and grass. I was unimpressed by this beer from a brewery that generally makes beers I enjoy a whole lot more.
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light straw color. Very pilsner on the aroma and some floral hints to it. Taste is much better than smell on this one. Has a decent malt character to it but that is about it. Very disappointed in this Oktoberfest.
BigBeer45 (1272) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle: Pours a clear light gold with some white bubbles, initial aroma was
faint skunk that disappeared thank God! (dumb green bottles),
some pilsner malt and sweet fragrances, faint grass, hay and bread aromas,
malt and bread taste with a small hop bite, not as tasty as Hofbrau’s Original beer,
more of a pale pilsner, the Weihenstephaner Festbier (Octoberfest) is a pale version of a
Octoberfest but has a lot of taste and body, I may try this Hofbrau in the 1/2 liter
bottles which are brown or on draft for a sample that will not be skunky.