Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Gold/orange color with a thin head. The first flavors to come out are musty and rich malts. Finish is sweet and malty. This beer can be summed up in one word: malty. Very drinkable.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think Märzens are just delightful creations. This is a very pleasant, smooth, agreeable Oktoberfest brew with a ’primarily malty’ feel / taste. It’s creamy and though with heft, light enough. It has been compared to an English ale, but I do think there is a considerable difference between English ale and a Märzen and my tendency is to opt for the Märzen. This is a good brew and though it won’t blow you away, it’ll relax ya.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Diacetyl funk goin’ on here. Wassup with that? Was clearly there in both pints I had. Mouthfeel thin but kind of coating. Slight nuttiness, but not enough caramel and what was there got muddled with the butter flavors. Not a terrible beer, but flawed and pretty blah.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
golden orange with weak beige head. nose of dark chocolate and cooked green veggies. Chocolate on the front. Very thin mouthfeel watery lingering bitterness
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark amber with a beige head. Aroma was a bit off. Some caramel, some metal, some mineral. Just bnot pleasant. Not enjoyable in the mnouth, Flavor was somewhat putrid.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Octoberfest pours a dense ruby/amber with a medium and diminishing white head. The nose is of alcohol and yeast and hops. The beer has that initial Sam Adams fruity/bitter, followed by a fizzy and distinctly malty midrange, and then a syrupy and light trailing bitterness reminescant of an English Ale. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy. The light bitterness sticks to your lips for a ligering aftertaste. Overall, it is very good.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn fine for a mass produced product; pours with a moderate, diminishing head leaving nice lacing; the aroma is mild and toasty; it has a smooth, caramelly, and subtle flavor and leaves with a dryish finish; pretty solid rendition of the style
Zeswaft (1438) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super super malty with just a hint of hops makes this delectable. Full bodied. Can’t drink more than 2. Leaves you with an awkward aftertaste.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004. Slightly burnt malt smells and flavors. Brownish red in color, medium head. Hints of hops, and creamy feel. Not a bad brew, very good actually.
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
malty as hell! a good thing for my tastes. this season’s batch doesn’t taste quite as good as the last, perhaps it’s because i’m now used to drinking higher caliber beers? don’t get me wrong, great taste, just not as good as last year.
poured a rich head, deep amber color. citrus is present as well as more noticable hops than usual in this batch.
very drinkable.winter lager is their best in my opinion though. get it while it lasts.