Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 2006 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (vege-cereal, husks, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, husky/unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. About as bad as last year’s batch, but in a slightly different way. The aroma is almost like liquid dog food as it gets warmer. Pretty gross.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light copper color with a mild light head. Aroma has some off hops aromas for style. Caramel and slight toast malt flavors. Very light in flavor and feel. These beers do not seem to travel well.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Clear deep amber-copper color, nice off white foamy head that doesn't last long not much lacing either. Has a light fruity and malty caramel aromas, sweet, nutty and clean tasting, medium body, nice rounded and soft mouthfeel, finishes a bit on the sweet side.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
strange label: oil slick arm emerges from the margin apparently choking a yellow newspaper (or something) causing it to exude some unknown ointment. weak. beer is as carroty orange as a redheaded irish youth, but some pattern baldness too quickly developed as far as the suds are concerned. tiny noses are cute on rabbits, but not especially sought after in beers: this one is aroma challenged, especially deficit in classic oktoberfest caramel notes. a little papery bouquet with perhaps a citric residue. sweet but taciturn flavor, brisk palate inching toward thin bodied. not torture by any means, but certainly a disappointment. you won’t hear the german beer hall music with this one.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice burnt malty flavor, however it lacks some hop balance that is found in some
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It least it tastes like an Oktoberfest.Nice malts but it lacks the complexity and finish that the Germans have!
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2001
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Dark orange. Fading off-white foam. Munich offers the slightest amount of chewiness, and unripe plum acidity overwhelms any remaining subtelties. Too sweet and heavily metallic with only a trace of balancing noble hops. A very poor, dirty example.
JMerritt (1764) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2001
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Of the Oktoberfest beers I’ve had in the past month, this one impressed me the least thus far. I didn’t like the aroma or the backend aftertaste. But, this beer was definitely drinkable, and a nice addition to my yearly Oktoberfest samplings.
frieked99 (18) - USA - OCT 28, 2001
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer lacks the quality of some of the traditional oktoberfests but it’s a good start