DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A slightly corny smell upon opening. Pour a good brownish red beer with a firm head. Dark roast, caramel and a touch of cocoa flavor aided by prickly bubbles. Hops add note of orange and clove.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.
dekester1 (298) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep red-amber with a decent head that faded to a nice lace. Aroma was of sweet malts with a hint of apple & fruit. Taste was of a nutty malt with a fairly smooth light to moderate hop finish. Palate was decent. Overall, this is a nice malty Marzen that the folks at Sand Creek should be proud of.
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The pour is an amber/orange color with a minimal off-white head. The nose is very buttery (lots of diacetyl) with some light notes of roasted/toasted malts. The flavor is bland and watery with some mild toast and a hint of candied orange peel. The body is thin and water and the carbonation is medium at best.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pioneer Brewing Company--Pioneer Black River Red--2002 12 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. 25 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Red Lager. Malt of the Earth Beer of the Month Club Selection November, 2002. Clear thin amber red color. Light head and lace. Light toasted floral hop malt front. Sweet caramel doughy biscuit crisp smooth dry malty body. Clean lingering malt mild smooth hop end. Nice. Sampled 11/23/2002.
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Clark Street Ale House, Chicago,IL. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor. Has a slightly roasted malty fruity caramel finish.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber, light haze, thin off white head, no real lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt with a sulfury undertone. First taste was downright bad, lightly roasted malt ruined by a touch of rotten egg. Fortunately the sulfur element mellows out quickly, and the rest comes across as a palatable malty amber, chocolate and cider. Medium body.
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at OF. Filtered red-brown color. Solid off-white head. Mellow sweet amber-lager aroma. Mellow and creamy, with some orange-vanilla amber malt nuances. Medium bodied, quite drinkable. Doesn’t really capture much of the Oktoberfest flavor, certainly more of an Amber Lager. Quite smooth, with a very pleasant Lagfer yeast mouthfeel.
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Dark copper color with a medium head. Aroma started light caramel, and quickly vanished completely. Thick body and chewy, yet somehow almost flavorless, malt. Caramel sweetness.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber body with a thin but lasting beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, bread, and just a touch of hops. The palate is a bit thin, but very smooth. Fairly well-balanced flavor starts in with the caramel sweetness. In the middle is a flavor almost like tea which is followed by a hint of hoppy bitterness. The finish is sweet again with a hint of brown sugar. This is a good beer, but not as full-flavored as some other Oktoberfests.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thick reddish copper with next to no head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, sweet malt and brown sugar. Taste of sweet malt and not much else. Some nut bitterness, some cloying properties but mostly bland and ho-hum from first to the last drop.