SDalkoholic (1769) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Damn well if this was available the last friday of september then i got some fresh stuff. Miniature head that is almost not there and a light smell hard to pick up. Taste sour of grass/ and has a dunkelweizen malt flavor. Also the vienna is quite refreshing howevernot what id classify as a stand out Octoberfest brew.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 So good on tap at the brewery, so bad out of the bottle. I wonder why this is? At the brewery, it is a grainy Bavarian pale bock style, not a typical "marzen". As a matter of fact, I think Ratebeer.com has this one in the wrong category. Should be a Helles bock, no? Nice smooth maltiness that I like. I could drink this for hours.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours beautiful amber color with a creamy off-white head that leaves good lacing - a very attractive beer. Yeah, as is so often the case, it all goes downhill now. This is definitely a Vienna, aroma is malty, lagerish and slightly spicey, the wheat is not readily apparent in the nose. Flavor is malty, some wheat, mild spice and retreating hops. Medium light body with creamy carbonation. About on par with most of the other K Strauss offerings.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light golden appearance with a good frothy head. I have hardly anything to say about this beer other than it is extremely uneventful. "Benign" is an excellent word to describe it.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: This pours a dark golden color with a quickly disappearing white head.
Aroma: There isn't much nose here, but I could detect a slightly malty smell
Taste: It was smooth and a bit malty. This beer is subtle, with no strong flavors. Maybe 'benign' is a better word? In other words, it's certainly not world class, but it's not offensive.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Slightly hazy golden color. Small fast fading light blond head. Flavor starts light and sweet followed by a strange grassy hop bitterness similar to that found in DFH I.P.A and Mactarnahan's I.P.A. Drinkable, but nothing to write home about.
21iceman40 (1732) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first taste of this was not good at all. But, after I became accustomed to it it was much better. A bold flavored beer. I bought this this the first week in september so i feel pretty special considering the commercial description says its not available till the last friday in september.