TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 16, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a translucent golden with an average fluffy white head. Aroma of slight lemon, hay, some yeast and a slight skunkiness. Flavor of sweet malts, sugars and overall an bit watery.
JFGrind (1936) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this on draft at a wedding reception. German breweries for the most part brew a golden colored O-Fest and this was no exception. Some hop bite, medium body and the void of caramel malts I expect in (American) Marzens.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Clear golden yellow hued having a lasting large creamy head with good lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Soft carbonation. Medium-bodied that starts dry with hint of sweet malt flavor and finishes dry with light bitterness. A tasty clean, crisp dry Oktoberfest beer.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured an effervescent golden with a small fizzy off-white head. German hop aroma. Flavor seems more like a pilsener, with the strongest taste being grassy hops. Between the color and the hop character, seems like they made a mistake and poured a pilsener into an oktoberfest bottle. Doesn’t seem to style at all. However, I enjoyed the hop flavors and rated it as such.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5787) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 I am not overly fond of octoberfest beers so I did not go into this one with a whole lot of hope. Sampled from a 12 oz green bottle. The beer pours a pale golden color with a large white head. The aroma is sour malts with a mildly vegetal element. The flavor is sour malts with a sweet almost sugary undertone. The finish is tangy. Nothing special.
mephisto (1278) - TAIWAN - OCT 27, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
golden w/ off white head. small aroma and flavor, smooth and easy drinking.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2005
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
gag, this tasted like crap. yellow orange, fizzy, acidic, malty, tasted like they used recycled hops. totally not recommended.
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 A little strange, was no clear, but was no dunkel, a little more lighter. But the flavor was nice, although a little like water.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is actually just a lager. Aroma is littlly lemon hops but mainly just lager. Taste has the similatr lemon though uninspiring in anyway. Dissapointing.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Note to other raters... ALL maerzen style beers are supposed to be high in malt, low in hop flavors. The spiciness is something that more creative brewers have added. That being said, Maerzen style beer is simply not that good. If I want something that is ridiculously sweet, I can drink Colt 45 or Private Stock (the Green Monster, as we call it up here in Boston). At least that doesn’t run me $26 a case.