heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet and worty. Very very sweet. Hops very muted. Lots of caramel sweetness. Not good.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful head and marvelous clarity. The malt is lighter, more in the style of Victory or Dominion. Light, but fine.
jsquire (3465) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper color with a nice fluffy head and a very malty sweet nose. Relatively sweet with a nice bitter in the finish to balance it off. Okay, but not very interesting.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes very German. Has that sweet caramel type taste to it. Much better than Sam Adam’s Oktobercrap.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like. This is what good Octo fests are all about. Unlike many U.S. interpretations of the style this one stays true to tradition and is actually lagered, which results in the nice smooth, crisp, clean taste of fall.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep golden to amber color with a large, pillowy head that disappears completely. Aroma is of caramel and general malt. Caramel malts up front and leaning towards a fairly clean, lightly bitter finish. Light in body. A good beer, but nothing to get excited about outside of the visual impression.
Ernest (6219) - 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.