jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice copper color with a thin tan head but no nose to speak of. The malt sweetness grows as it warms, but never really gets interesting. A good bitterness in the finish. An okay beer though not a great octoberfest.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2002
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
What was the deal with this beer? There were almost no discernible characteristics to be found. So-so aroma of slight hoppiness. No body, especially for an oktoberfest style. And nothing on the finish. I might as well have been drinking water the ending was so blase. The hops they speak of were nowhere to be found. I realize that it is not exactly fair to judge a brew based on the category its in, but this is one bad oktoberfest style. That said, it is drinkable, but just a very poor effort from a brewery I had a bit of respect for.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
moderately tasty, but with undue timidity, they left the ífestí out of oktoberfest. mostly wheat bread aroma, some toffee and parchment. the pour was light amber. i finally had to drink the head to kill it off, it lasted all the way down the glass, an x-ray might reveal that itís persisting still. fairly dry flavor with modest carbonation; nor are the hops daring or very conspicuous; itís as if they were all instructed to keep a low profile. not a bad beer, but kinda weenie for an oktoberfest.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2003 Clear, copper/orange colored. Nice head and lace. Nose is malty and had a candy like sweetness to it. Smooth bodied, watery and nasty. Wow, this started so good and fell apart as soon as i swallowed. Faint malt, a funky metalic yeasty thing going on, cooked vegetables also make an apperance, maybe a spoiled sample. No wait, was bottled 8/5/02. So this is really sad:-( I dont like it at all. I dumped 30% of it. Something I dont do often.
Re-rate (bottled on 9/9/03)
Light, dull copper, very nice head and lace. Aroma of grainy, toasty malt, hints of caramel and tettengs. thin to medium bodied, watery texture, faint malt and caramel, some hop presence in finish, bit metallic. A year later, its better then last but they can do better.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2001
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice hop flavor, however the malt is not
distinct as expected in an Oktoberfest.
CrumpyC99 (15) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2001
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve had much better, itís ok in a pinch.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 9, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit weak with a good aftertaste.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight buttery malt aroma. Well balanced flavour with hints of caramel, however this beer just doesnít have the smooth malty character and depth that a good Oktoberfest should. The main problem is that this beer is brewed with an ale yeast making it impossible to match the well-rounded smooth flavour that the style calls for.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not my fave Octoberfest but still worth a shot due to the flavorful yeast they use, which gives all their brews some twang. Not a very full bodied brew, but satisfying none the less.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 18, 2001
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nuthiní special, thatís for sure. With all the micros in this state, why are Otter Creek, Long Trail and Magic Hat the biggies, I ask you? All have at least one good-very good brew, but compared to McNeills... ok enough rant. Thin, too bitter on the tongue and the throat, not much going on in the nose .. tolerable for sure, but you can skip it (pretty label).