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.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I’m really not into this beer at all, i don’t know if its a skunked bottle or just not a very good brew. Pours gold with a small white head. Very light malt aroma and taste with an overwhelming skunked bitterness and cheap malt liqour taste. Very watery and had a foul aftertaste, a very unimpressive oktoberfest.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2004
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
not sure if this beer is just bad or if its gone bad but it tastes like shit. Skunky, clearest Bud looking Octoberfest I’ve ever seen.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda 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.