JBWalters3 (26) - USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my favorite American Oktoberfest beer style. It may change. but I really enjoy Petes.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - SEP 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet nose of brown sugar and spice, some hint of perfumed hops and flowers. Pours a
clear medium reddish orange copper. Huge, dense, creamy off-white head that is fully
lasting with decent lacing. Flavor is gingery sweet and warm typical of a Marzen. No
acidity. Finish is sweet. Medium lively body is creamy and finishes alcoholic. Not a great
stand alone beer, but what Marzen is? Great with food, I’m thinking brats right now...
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, rich amber color. Fluffy white head. This has a sweet nose with a touch of hop spice. Heavy, rich and sustaining in the mouth. A treat to drink.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very impressive for an American "micro" if you can call Pete’s that anymore. Although, on the bottle they claim that it is an ale???? Come on, your a brewer and you don’t even know that an Octoberfest is a lager by definition?!?! In any case this is definitely one of America’s best Octoberfests, far better than Victory’s, Sam Adam’s or Saranac’s. Big and heady with a very good backbone.
ARMed (603) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice Octoberfest brew. Brilliant reddish brown hue with a strong Octoberfest color. Flavor is nice and the beer is very drinkable. Nutty and malty with a fine aftertaste.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear copper. Thin, fizzy light tan head. Slight carbonation. Mild aroma of toasty, nutty malts and light fruit wisps. Crisp yet smooth and rather full. Toasty sweet malts. No noticeable adjunct flavor. Medium airy body. Little hop balance except a faint bite on the tongue prior to the aftertaste. Flavor fades as it sits and warms. Blandness wavers in and out. Finishes richer and not as crisp as it should be. Touch of dry nuttiness as well. Nothing special but OK for a mass(ively) produced version.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2003 Highly carbonated with a red tinted amber body and a tiny head that quickly dissapears. Medium bodied in mouthfeel, but characterized by a light roasting. Easy on the palate--no noticeable burntness. This beer has a macro feel, but with some degree of craftmanship. Rerate: Slightly soapy flavor, estery, but on the verge of being decent.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2002
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Once upon a time, Pete’s was a good regional brewery. Then they sold out to a bigger company, and the quality went away. What happened? Did they change the recipies, cheapen the ingredients, or shorten the brewing time to meet the demands of expansion? Not sure, but this is now bland, boring, uninspired beer. So many better Octoberfest beers out there......the only reason to drink this is to say you have, so you won’t have to again.
jpm8920 (152) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
damn good oktoberfest...i’ve had much better though