ElGaucho (2209) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The commercial description’s claim of being well-balanced is true to a certain extent. Leinie’s Oktober is not nearly as predominantly malty as most of the Oktobers that I’ve had this season. Yet, I still found myself wishing for more bitter, less malty. Caramel and brown sugar notes pervade. Off-white, creamy head with good lacing. Clear, orange body. Moderate sweetness with hints of honey. At just over $5 for a six-pack, this brew offers good value, however, with the exception of Big Butt and Creamy Dark, Leinie’s beers continue to disappoint.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nicely drinkable, but nothing special. Nice beige head, deep copper-brown color. Sweet malt in the nose and flavor, with some bitterness in the finish.
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Update with an improvement: What happens when you make a clean lager and include a hefty dose of caramel malt, a modicum of Munich malt, and light hopping? You get a sweetish characterful lager, but it is not an Oktoberfest/Marzen in my book. This is a nice beer, well balanced and drinkable. Perhaps a tad light in body, giving it a wateriness. Nice spicy hops in the nose, if understated.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
First Rate 10/05/02, (Draught): Deep amber in color, the head is beige, the lace is adequate. The nose is caramel, sweet, malt and quite pleasing. Front sweet, the top is light to moderate, the finish is lightly dry, middlingly acidic, basally hopped, drinkable, but nothing to get excitied about as with most of ’Lennies’ beers. Does not rank on my current 1000 beer master list.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very light version of an Octoberfest. Slightly sweet, but in a good way. More like an amber than a marzen. More like a mix of an octoberfest and a Killian’s Red. I’d say that was right on. Drinkable and good, but not the best offering of the style.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear light copper body, with medium white head. Caramel and slightly hoppy aroma. Body is lightly caramel, turns mildly German bitter in the aftertaste. Not much to this one, pretty easy drinking.
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Märzen my @55, this stuff is thin and weak! Does a good job of being bland; bland malts, bland hops, bland beer. Not worth the effort.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice orange color and a nice lace. Slightly malty smell. The hops and malt are well blended, neither really stands out. Unfortunatly, neither does anything else, making this pretty bland.
drywallman (329) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice bready malt notes. Could use a little more hops. Drinkable as heck.
Panzuriel (1310) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2002
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sort of nice tangy malt at the beginning of the sip, fading fast into nothingness. Nice color but a little watery. Kind of disappointing.