Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
What a tasty Oktoberfest. Paulaner is my favorite O-fest right now. The pale copper body is topped with a thin white head. Some caramel and toffee on the aroma, as well as fruit and earth. Flavor is subtle yet full, with fruity, caramely, bready malts dominant, and just a hint of earthy hops. Finely crafted, this Oktoberfest is stronger than most I've had, very bock-like.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish amber color with a small head, but the lacing was good throughout. Malty and lightly floral/spice aroma. Light medium in body, with caramel toffee flavors and a hint of oriental spice-anise or 5 spice powder. The finish was mild and bittersweet. A mellow and tasty brew.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slighty hazy amber color, cloudy head and sticky lacing. Lightly hoppy, more malty, slight raspberry & essence nose. Metallic malty aftertaste with a slight hop presence, very true to the style. Dusty dry finish to this maltfest. Overall I've discovered that I don't really care too much for the oktoberfest style, that or just this one. It was easy to drink though!
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
lovely amber color, not much of a head. aroma is malty, doughy bread and a little nacho cheese tortilla chip...don't ask. flavor is obviously malts with a sweetness that isnt unpleasant. i'm definitely a hophead, but i really do enjoy a fine Ofest, and this one isn't too bad at all.
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper, no head. grainy malt and some smokiness and spicyness as well. Some toffee flaovrs pop up as well. I could not detect any hop flaovrs. Smooth and filling.
guzzler67 (1539) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
True amber appearance with a medium head and nice lacing. Average nose with a bread-like quality. Smooth, malty taste with just a hint of hops. The epitome of a well made Octoberfest beer.
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2003 (bottled). Rich amber color, brilliantly clear. Toasty caramel, toffee aroma with a hint of contintental hops. Medium bodied with strong malt presence and rounded bitterness that balances but doesn't overshadow the malt. Less attenuated leaves a nice sweetness that adds to the malt perception. Really very nice and strongly recommended.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is clear amber with golden yellow tones around the edge and bottom, some white head that left patchy lace, but flatened out quickly. Smell is faint roasty malt with a hint of spicy dry hop. Flavor is good, but man, there was no real punch, I give it the benefit of the doubt, but it seemed very empty in the malt, it wasn't very easy to swallow for some reason. It has a sweetish malt that seemed a little pushed or something, maybe under cooked? Not sure what it was, but it sure bothered me. The feel too, was empty and watery, it has a drying quality but seemed to light to me. It was OK, I so wanted more from this, it was a letdown.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably the best lager/amber I've had to date. Aroma ismalty, very much a cereal grain smell, with very slight hints of fruitiness. Pours a dark amber color, high carbonation with no floaties at all. Head starts out healthy and beige, but dissipates very quickly. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, has a suprisingly nice finish. Palate is a bit thin.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolaty, bready, fruity aroma. Smooth, sweet chocolate and fruitcake flavor with hazelnut and a toasty grainy dryness in the finish. Pretty tastey for an amber lager.