DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, dated August 31. Darker than the style would indicate, which is different. It’s still a pretty young beer, which may account for its grainy taste. Also a little winey.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light malty nose. Nice dark crimson hue. Light bodied with a very distinct fruity taste, but it seems fake somehow. Not very typical of a lager. Needs some hops.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
deep amber color, head is beige, thick and creamy. aroma is heavily malty, lots of graininess. flavor is mostly blah after a really nice aroma. starts out sweet and thin, develops very mild toasty notes and finishes with a little bitterness. pretty stark contrast between aroma and flavor.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Copper/amber with off white head. Subtle essence of caramel, malt. Carbonation was good, mouthfeel a bit watery. The flavor was sweet at the start and then became tart. Just your average beer.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Clear, deep and rich amber hue; thin head. Medium body with a healthy carbonation (mostly smooth, not sharp). Sweet base (malty, caramel-sweetness) with some pretty lofty toasted-bread notes. Fruity bitterness creaps into the finish. Lingering notes of mildly bitter hops and sticky caramel. Not quite enough bitterness to balance out the sugary caramel, IMO. That said, it’s a pretty easy-drinking beer.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an orange/red color, a full bubbly tan head, low CO2, and descent lacing. The smell is of malt and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet with a biting finish that becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is watery, without a lot of substance, and a slightly dry finish. For the most part, an unremarkable beer.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Left Hand’s brewery. Clear deep amber color, thin head, sweet aroma, I think that this is a nice example of an Oktoberfest
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours amber with a small head. Aroma is of malt, with hints of licorice in the taste but overall a sweet beer. Easy to drink.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours amber with a small off-white fizzly head. So-so lacing, minor carbonation. Definate vienna malt in the nose, nuts, & light bready tinge. Flavor doesnt seem to back up the aroma tho... its also very light compared to others in the same style. Light malty/grainy taste, but thats about it. Definately an easy to drink medium bodied Oktoberfest.   Not a terribly big fan of this style, so an extra point for its ease of drinkability.   Thanks goes out to BierBauch for the trade!
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, sweet, and caramelly, this is a good rendition of an Oktoberfest brew, but I'm just not a fan of that style. Still, the marzen balances out nicely with the grain flavorings... I'll drink another in the future, given the chance.