guzzler67 (1653) - 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 (706) - 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.
joeyc (3) - houma, Louisiana, USA - JUN 16, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice golden/amber appearance. Definitaly inticed me a bit.
Head was a nice tan color.Left a nice ring around my glass. Very tasty. Real toasty malt, caramel, very smooth. Did have a slight aftertaste. But not bad enough to change my mind overall. I enjoyed it and would enjoy drinking it again
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper color with a moderate light tan head. Pure malt aroma with hints of toastiness. Initial malt sweetness with caramel, toastiness, and a slight earthy quality. Smooth and enjoyable. finish has a touch of bitterness and a touch of alcohol. While mass producing their beers has not done them well, still one of my favorite fall brews.
johndoughty (4939) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant brown to dark blonde appearance makes it a beer you want to drink.First impressions are of sweet malts with a hint of citrus. After a while you realise that your instinctive liking for this beer was right-one to linger and love.
thedm (5609) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Very nice aroma! It is mild and non-offensive. It pours a nice head of fine to large bubbles with a brown/amber very clear body with no yeast floating in it. As the head decreased, it left a nice lacing around the side of my glass. It has an initial taste of bubbly carbonation on the tip of my tongue. It has a slight aftertaste which is mostly mild. All in all I really enjoyed the brew. I could drink it all night. It is an extremely nice beer.
Frank (3970) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 Tasted blind: This is tastes like it is not so fresh but is still prety decent. It’s lighter in color w/ a sort of pilsener-ish hop character. Some oxidation keeps it from really shining but that is imported German beer for you.
Original (4.1):Pleasant orange amber. Huge head with appetizing lacing. The bottle says "ale" but I’ll be damned if this ain’t a lager like every other Marzen on the face of God’s green earth. Fresh, malty, tutti-fruity bubblegum aroma. Rich, thick palate is perfectly matched with carmelized malt sweetness. Some apple/fruity notes as weel. A kiss of hops in the finsih rounds things out nicely. Smooth, well-balanced, and delicious.