clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one pours an amber color with a creamy tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong but there are some sweet malts and a little caramel in there. The flavor is very smooth and easily drinkable. Burned caramel and malts are the main ingredients of the flavor. Seemed a little different to see this spelled with a "c" instead of oKtoberfest.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 RERATE 10/27/04: Have they changed the recipe since last year or something? The taste has less depth to it now. It’s also thinner in body. Nuts, this was a disappointment.
Original rating: Once again, a Sam Adams brew takes me by surprise. Because of their size & marketing, I expect SA’s beers to be more macro in quality. After sampling three of their beers now, I guess the best way to describe them is "micros for the masses". Whatever the case, this beer poured a nice orangish copper with a gorgeous, full tan head. The head stuck around ’til the unbitter end. Nice lacing on the glass. Not a whole lot of aroma but a wonderful palate. There was a welcome heft to this beer. Taste is fairly ambiguous but quite pleasant. Smooth & malty with very little hops to be detected. Nice beer!
DirtyD79 (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best. Had a nice dark color and a great flavor. I would truly recommend this to anyone.
guzzler67 (1495) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Attractive copper appearance with a maltly, buttery aroma. Taste was rather bland; could probably be mistaken for the Boston Lager. Some toffee-like sweetness with the malt flavor. Nothing distinguishing about the finish or aftertaste.
jgb9348 (4714) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber colour with orange highlights. Thick dense off-white coloured head of about 2 centimetres. Small bubbles rising from bottom and sides of the galss. Head lasts a long time...about 15 minutes at least. Smells of skunk initially, followed by malt, pumpkin and a touch of hops. Sweet taste, a ton of malt and not too much else. Aftertaste somewhat bland and primarily malty. Overall this is an average Marzen, nothing great, nothing bad. If you are into the style at least you get this at every single location inside America! Everyone has the ability to try this one...so if you want yet another Marzen, try this. I bought my twelve ounce bottles at Giant Food in Manassas, Virginia...but you can probably find it on any street corner.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was ok. Nothing special.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got a chance today to try this out at the brewery. This is probably the best copy of a bavarian style that they do. Color is a little dark and reddish for a Maerzen, but flavor is appropriately sweet with nice roasted notes. Low bitterness. A good beer.
walrusman (12) - Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pleased! Nice aroma & very tasty. Had a slight sweetness to it, just enough. I will be buying this every year! Was a big hit at all the football parties last year.
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The one thing that bothered me about this beer was the somewhat watery consistancy. that and the taste was a little too mild. it was somewhat malty but nothing outstanding.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It seems like every year the batch is different, two years ago it was aweful, but last year and this year seem to be back to its usual.
Color is a clear amberish brown, with a white head that fizzed away pretty fast and left some lacy patches. Smell is faint roasted malt, a bit burnt caramel or caramel popcorn. Taste form this was good, very smooth with good rich, sweet malt thats mild and pleasing. Some drying hop presence in the finish but is not strong enough. Thus bringing it to the feel, a little empty and slightly watery, lighter/medium body, smooth, clear and clean with some dryness and sweetness mixing at the end.