bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best Octoberfest style beers I’ve had. Easily better than Sam or Pete’s offerings. Couldn’t find it in the store, only found it once on tap at a resteraunt. I’ll take a trip to the Portsmouth brewery next season to make sure I get some.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I figured that this would be the best oktoberfest brew of all time, becuase red hook can make some damn fine beer. I overestimated, but it still kicked some ass. It wasn’t the best of all time, but it was up there. In one word, this beer is robust.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sad to say, only had 2 bottles to sample, caramel, hops, malts all well balanced, quite mellow in fact, but still nice and satisfying.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redhooks best offering. So thick and richly malty (had on tap) with a nice hoppy bite to it. Comes close to being as good as some Germans. Being this good means they’ll probably axe it or change the recipe like they did with the Double Black Stout.
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special draught at Old Chicago. Sweet, hoppy and fruity aroma. Decent lace, very little head (must be the glass). Somewhat cloudy body. Reddish, orange, amber in color. Head fully disappates. Sweet and hoppy flavor. Tastes like it smells. Nice and drinkable. A little unrefined, but a pleasure to drink, especially during the malt dominated Oktoberfest season.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 Re-Rate - 2003 - This had such a wonderfull malt kick - medium sweet - bith a great chunk of chocolate at the finish, a nice amount of hop for balance - I would call it a lighter version of St.Rogue Red. (Winking Lizard Draft - 10/10/2003) -2002 - smelled like pie (apple/caramel). First few sips were o.k., but then got way tooooo syrupy - caramel, sweet malts, very lightly hopped. one of the lesser fest beers.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, rich, malty brew. From the name, I was expecting more hops. But the toasty malts dominated. Beautiful auburn color, with a light head. It is nice to see a fall "ale," I approve.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber/reddish color with a small tan head that mostly diminishes, leaving small lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet, lots of caramel, backed with a slight hoppiness. Flavor is dominated by caramel, a slight breadiness shows as well, and a mild hoppiness finishes it all off. Medium body, easy drinking.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at McG’s in the ’hem. A decent tho uncharacteristic Marzen. I did enjoy it thoroughly. Definitely worth a second try.
boto (1921) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught: Had this at the NH Brewery. The beer was a Reddish-Amber color. It was fairly clear. There was a bit of a light tan head, that quickly dissapated. Caramel in the nose, along with hints of grapefruity hops and pine. The taste is a bit sweet, mainly of caramel with a fairly decent hop bitterness. Not bad!