Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark gold, thin white head. Sweet aroma, with notes of i don’t know, pumpkin, maybe? Some caramel in the flavor, but not much. Dryish finish. Thanks to DarkElf for the trade!
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 4, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(12 oz bottle) Jesus Christ, is this an Oktoberfest, or a Miller High Life copy? This Oktoberfest is just flat out awful, nothing more than a lawnmower beer. Lightly sweet, kind of grainy, with a mild bitterness, but malty isn’t exactly the word that comes to mind while drinking this beer. This just might be the worst Oktoberfest I’ve ever sampled, seriously. Stinky, grainy, lightly sweet nose. Thin palate. Fizzy yellow beer with a small white head and lots of carbonation bubbles. I swear, it looks like Miller High Life too. I bought a six pack to send out in trades. What an idiot! Thank God I only sent out 1 bottle in a trade, and it was a bonus beer. My apologies, Derek! My ratebeer membership should be revoked as punishment.
Krawtschenko (4) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2004 does not count
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not KS’s best. Better when had on draft as opposed to bottled. Must agree that it is not what you expect when you hear Oktoberfest. Not much in the way of hop flavors.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear gold. No head. Armoa is some sweet malts, some weak hops. Boring flavor is all malt, sweet and grainy. Light/medium body is alright, but the rest is really uneventful.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gold body, thin offwhite head. Pretty bland aroma with a more defining characteristic then ’malty’. Decent hop balance for an Oktoberfest, but somewhat uneventful. A little too sweet for the style.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden appearance, decent head formation. Malty fruity aroma, fairly hoppy. Sweet clean malt intro, mild cokie dough, grainy cereal finish.
argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(draft) Clear amber body with beige head. Aroma is light -- medium sweet, some caramel, but not much else. Taste is medium sweet, bready, caramel, earthy, some herbal in the finish. Watery light-medium body.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 2, 2004
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 12oz bottle. Very malty aroma and taste. A thin and unremarkable drink. The lack of complexity that yields such a malt (almost malt liquor-esque) flavor didn’t please. Wouldn’t buy it again by any means.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Poured straw color very small head, very light apple malt aroma. Quite thin for the style, some sweet malt but a bit of a metallic finish that put me off. Not a very good marzen at all.
kungus (15) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well, Strauss beers don’t usually do much for me. Nothing offensive, but nothing very interesting. That’s pretty much the story with this one. It had some of the mildly toasty malt character that I would expect from a Marzen but without any depth or complexity.