antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2004 The best American-made O-fest, IMO. Good malt forward beer with little roastiness and a decent, if unusual hop flavor for this style. Easy drinker, which I beleive is the point of Oktoberfest! 3.7 Update- on tap 8/30/04- This was thicker and richer than the bottled version by a long shot. Cookie dough like aroma with a sweet malt flavor and a never ending beige head. Delicious.
igneous1 (1517) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
my beer was the same color, but certainly didnt possess the same head as the picture! lots of bready malts, but i had a hard time picking up any hops...a bit and thin, i thought..flavor was OK, just thin body.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet, bready malts. Very sweet-drinking, with an almost harsh, tangy aftertaste mingling with bittering hops. Perhaps a bit underfermented.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, clear copper color with a decent head when poured from a bottle. Big full taste; initially malty with a surprising followup of hops. Terribly easy to drink a lot of this.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bready, toasty, grainy malt aroma, some requisite caramel sweetness and faint herbal spiciness. Medium amber color, with a slight head. Malty, sweet and lightly nutty malt profile, overtones of caramel and citrus. Low bitterness but some apparent hop flavors here, particularly in the finish. Smooth on the palate, effervescent and light. Very drinkable.
ElGaucho (2306) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasted malt aroma with some sweetness. Brownish red in color with a light brown head. No lace and very little head. Started out a little sketchy, but grows on you as it warms. I coughed by accident while sipping this brew and a little went down the wrong pipe. As it did I had a discernable cookie taste cross my palate. Has a unique flavor; unrefined but drinkable. Mild hoppy finish. Behind Schmaltz' Alt and a couple of others in the Schell's lineup but definitely in the top half.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Filtered bright auburn. Medium sized, dwindling dusty-white bubbles. Aroma of soggy bread, toffee, and zippy hops. Traces of toasted malt, apple, chocolate, and concord grape. Spongy carbonation. Airy body. Initial prune-like acidity is thwarted just in time by a bursting medley of American hops and nutty malts. Medicinal undertones with a dryish middle. Finishes sweet and sour with a Caramel malt/Pale malt concoction and a smidgeon of bright, leafy hops. Cascades for a Märzen? Very drinkable, considering its unique spin on the style.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orange hue with okay head and some lace. Aroma of buttered toast, caramel, aromatic hops, light citrus. The taste is a bit weak, the malt isn't as forceful as I like and the hops seem too American. Thin-bodied with a watery and fizzy mouthfeel. Easy to drink, a marzen for the start of the night. Okay dispite the flaws.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hazy rusty amber color with a finger high head of off-white fluffly foam that fades to a thin ring and drippy translucent lace.
Aroma is great once it warms up some with a nice little toastyness playing over a subdued malty sweetness, some dried wood and ripened dull fruity notes. Taste is very subdued, lightly sweet and partially toasty malts with some very light factions of herbal hops, finishing crisp and clean with a small bite and lingering creamy sweetness that lightfully sticks around awhile. Feel is a bit on the lighter side, quite close to medium, smooth and moderately creamy, and very drinkable; a decent O'fest but could use more toastyness in the flavor dept in my book.
badgerben (4630) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Well it's not too bad. More watery than I was expecting, but not so much so that it ruins the beer. Certainly a malt flavor. Hints of hops. Nothing so spectacular to set it apart from others.