Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
New rating: The same as the old rating. I’m not changing anything. 12/01: The beer was OK until I swallowed it. This happened for the whole glass. About ten times better than anything AB has ever made.
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent marzen style brew, pretty good malt character, nice balance
Iconoclast7399 (4) - USA - NOV 5, 2002 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good winter beer. Had a few while playin some PS2 over at Gsmitty80’s house. good stuff. bitter-ish. Worth trying
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
No discernable aroma. Light, boring monolithic malt with rather noticeable but not in any way interesting hops in flavor and on finish. Really nothing special and probably the worst Octoberfest this year.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - NOV 2, 2002
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This brew gave me a good reminder of a atyle I normally enjoy, but that’s about all it did for me. It reminded me of the hearty malts in octoberfests. It reminded me of an understated hops finish. This brew is a close approximation of the things a marzen/octoberfest should be, and like any other saranac product in that it is drinkable, relatively cheap and over-carbonated.
gsmitty80 (1693) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I havent had any other beers from Saranac but this one is very tasty. The appearance is not as dark as i thought for an oktoberfest but a nice long lasting head. Not a bad oktoberfest and it only cost me 18$.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light caramel odor. Taste mixes sweet with
bitter. Perhaps it is a bit too heavy on the tetnang.
Good malt mix, but not quite enough of it. One of
the lightest oktoberfests I have had. Not terrible, but
not really good.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet caramel and molasses aroma. The taste ismostly caramel malt but also some earthy hoppiness. The palate is slightly watery.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly bittered. This is a drinkable, slightly sour and carbonated marzen that’s middle-of-the-pack. Adequate.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This deep golden amber brew is topped with a medium thick head and leaves good lace. the aroma is bitter and hoppy yet fairly well ballanced. the flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy with hints od malt