AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very malty, carmel, can taste the alcohol in this one. Not very well balanced.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Quite malty and carbonated. Pretty weak and watery. Caramel in finish. A very boring brew. Not interesting.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark orange coloured. Caramelly malt aroma. Sweet and slightly malty flavour. One-dimensional. Doesn't taste like a German Oktoberfest.
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not quite as good as the winter lager, but a very good seasonal beer. The fruity taste leaves something to be desired.
sdfink (30) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty. Low bitterness. Spotty availability. Haven't tasted for a yer or two. Will need to revisit.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orangey/amber w/ no head retention whatsoever. Very light caramel and Munich Malt, a light roastiness, as well as toasty malt aroma. Very well balanced, as an Ofest should be; toasty malt flavor w/ just a hint of caramel and very clean. The malty flavor should be a little stronger IMHO, but not bad. It does have a slight hop flavor in the finish and aftertaste that you don't normally find in German O'fests. Light medium body and a slightly dry M/F, moderate carbonation, but it seems tingly on the tongue, not smooth. Overall better than years past, but sitll not one of my favorite octoberfest beers.
garv (24) - dalton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite non-German Octoberfest. I drink Paulaner, Spaten and Hacker-Pschorr religously when the leaves are falling. SA's domestic version fits right behind that club in my opinion.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was very impressed with this offering. I happened to pick it up in December at 3.99 a 6pack. Pours an absolutly beautiful color, with great lace and excellent head. This beer has the right consistnecy for me as well as a pleasant aroma. Taste is very smooth and malty, with a pleasant hop flavor mixed in for good measure. Really well crafted brew.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange-brown body. Small but lasting beige head. Malty aroma. Malty flavor with a good hop bitter aftertaste. Not very Oktoberfest-ish...!!
fiulijn (16427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful orange-copper color. Strange aroma, malt and bran, corn flour; lately developing also some hop and caramel. Round body, some sweetness, malt, a good hopping (lightly aromatic), but also a bit metallic.