tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light copper color with little head that settled instantly to almost nothing. Weak malt smell, nothing to special going on here. Very thin body with a watered down flavor. Sorta like O'fest light.
Darkover (1529) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber color with a beige head. Aroma of toast and caramel. Flavor is sweet with some weak caramel and wheat. Very watery.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours the standard waffle-hued amber, with a thread-bare little lager head, like tired soap suds in cold water. some aroma, yeah, but no fireworks: surprise, there IS a bit of cookie malt, and even a note of hops. delivers a toffee malt soda flavor with it's over anxious carbonation, moderate sweetness, and a very slight sour note in it's watery and faintly bitter finish. a drinkable entry in a snoozer category: i think 'oktoberfest' beer these days is just the brewer's chance to clear out all the leftover amber malts. i can't remember why i bought it, 'cause i certainly wasn't expecting much-- i think it was cheap. good thing, that.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish orange in color, nice hoppy aroma. This is really not too bad for a seasonal saranac. Very smooth and drinkable
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In my books not considered an O'fest. More like a read ale. Very good beer though. It has nice malt flavors. Reddish color to the beer. Some malt and some hops, but not much. Not much to distiguish about this beer, but it drinkable.
raymow (1166) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
See through reddish-orange coloring, no aroma that I can detect, and not much in the way of flavor. This tastes more like any old lager than a "limited release" Oktoberfest. I expected more from Saranac - most of their beers are quite drinkable. Maybe I got a leftover bottle from last year or something?
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, copper orange, big malty nose with hints of caramel and saaz. Decent body with nice malt flavors, not sure how I feel about the hops, for it makes ita bit astrigent but not bad.
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a coppery orange with a moderate off-white head with nice staying-power. Nose is rather hoppy (hoppier than the victory I just tried). Very hoppy in the start, and stays pretty hoppy throughout into a slight bitterness at the end, which transforms into a smoothness. A pretty good beer that I believe is more true to it's style than the Victory.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a reddish amber, with a pale medium head that fades away fast. Hoppy aroma, nothing much else discernable. Definately unspectacular. I taste some malt and hops, reminds me of a Rolling Rock. Enough said.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
More of an Red lager than an O'fest. Not a bad beer overall. No Munich character typical of an O'fest. Nothing to distinguish itself from other beers. It's just....there.