krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
classic definative, benchmark robust lager beer (that’s not redundant is it?) an all-night blissfull swilling libation that renders philosophic quandaries suddenly lucid, mediocre company becomes magically scintilating, and, uh, so on. great foam, fireside golden orange warmth, buttered toast and caramel aroma. delightful palate, perfect medium sweetness. unchanged for generations, we must consider this beverage close to perfection, tho i did arrive at that conclusion on my own, independent of any pressummed approbation of any wizened, sagacious bavarian master brewers. i give it the full four belches.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, a little nutty, nice tasting hops. Good head, okay finish. Overall a decent beer but doesn’t quite live up to the hype.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - JAN 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
White creamy head over a light amber colored beer. Roasted malty aroma. Malty sweet and roasted flavor lightly hopped for balance.
twierz99 (15) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The commercial description is about dead on. Great appearance, taste, and palate.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Light amber color with a small beige head. Very sweet caramel/toffee malt aroma and flavor
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-Rate 01/18/02: I must admit that for many years paulaner has been my favorite brewery, but I think their beers have slipped the last couple of years?
Pours a nice clear brown, the head is beige, generous with sheets of lace. Aroma of the malt, the brewers care are in the nose. Start’s sweet, the middle light, clean and crisp, the finish is nicely hopped, and some what dry, acidic with light to moderate carbonation. Still a top notch beer, but as the Belgium Ales have won my heart and palate these beers are less and less a favorite, more’s the shame I guess.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2002
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
My bottle does state this is an Oktoberfest-Marzen. Regardless, I hated this crap. The bad smell and thick liquid disgusted me.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I smelled this one the moment I got the bottle at arm’s length. Nice malty smell and intial taste. That grows quickly into a somewhat harsh, molasses-type taste that I don’t like as much, however. Still, this is interesting from start to finish. Need more experience with this style before I can say how it compares to others.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/12 Rated this either 4.5 or 4.6.
12/14. Definitely dont like this that much. Still a nice caramel flavor and quite easy to drink but doesnt taste as great anymore. I guess my taste buds have matured somewhat.
Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2001
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Bottle (Jun/07 production). Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie, cereal. husks), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with a note of detergent. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. A seriously uneventful sample...low on aroma, flavor, or enticement. Some off notes. Not good.