austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s fine and is rather representative of the Marzen style, but it lacks something that could push it into greatness. Strong bitter malt presence here. Not sweet.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This stuff is great. Malty, big, and clean. I like the touch of roughness. This actually tastes better while outside during sunset on a fall evening. Try it sometime!
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad beer but could use a little improvement. Not quite clean enough. Very malty but not as smooth as Spaten’s. Big pleasing aroma but flavor is lacking a bit.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color, tan head. Sweet malty taste rapidly changes to a bitter long finish.
BillKismet (3343) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is another Paulaner brew that pleasantly surprised me. Amber colored, but with no head retention. This beer was quite maltier than expected in aroma and flavor--almost approaching doppelbock character. The maltiness is certainly rich, but also well balanced. Easy on the palate, this is an exceptional oktoberfest selection.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer’s color is the very definition of amber. Nose is of lightly roasted malts and some light hop aroma. Hops hit the palate first with this beer then a bit of sweetness to finish. Mouthfeel is pretty thin despite it’s rather malty nose. It’s an O.K. Oktoberfest beer, which is not my favorite style to begin with.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - SEP 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber gold color, sweet malty aroma. very clean malt body with caramel and toffee notes. a perfumy bitter hop finish balances outthe overall sweetness. a good beer that lacks the extra edge that could make it a great beer.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yummmmm, thick and caramelly malts - full flavored and thick mouthfeel. Some slight hop at the end. I would love to be at a real Octoberfest, drinking this from morning til night.
Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great color, good malt aroma and flavor. But, like Hacker-Pschorr, seasonal brews availble year round are sub-par.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pretty amber body, medium head receding quickly, sweet malty nose, good lacing. This one doesn’t work for me: the flavors are too thin and it has an unpleasant underlying bitterness that just doesn’t fit.