ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 9/30/07: Re-rate. Draught at Charlie’s Ale House, Wheaton, IL. Despite some adjustment within categories, I give this brew the same overall score as I did 5 years ago. Malty, German aroma. Copper body with an off-white head. Excellent lace. Malty flavor, dry. A good o’fest. no hint of hops. Moderately sweet. Flavorful. It appears Charlie’s takes care of their tap lines as the character of this brew shines through as it was meant to. 10/26/02: Sweet caramel aroma. Thick, fine bubble head with reddish hue. Good lacing. A little thin on flavor, but makes for a smooth, easy drinking brew. No bite whatsoever. Good aftertaste. Drinkability makes for a good session beer. Although not low in alcohol, I could see drinking many large mugs of the stuff at Oktoberfest in Munich. Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 6, Pal 5, Ov 14
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear orangeish-gold in color. Miniscule head. Medium carbonation. Aroma lightly malty and moderately skunky. Flavor was initially somewhat sweet, but quickly turned skunky and thin. Aftertaste was thankfully not quite as skunky, and subtley hoppy. Quite disappointing. Perhaps I got an old bottle? Don’t know ... my local dealer just got the shipment in, so it was at least new to the store ...
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gold and amber colored. Big head split quickly, but left some clingy lace work. Slight malt smell and flavors, but no discernable spice. Subtle hop finish. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this one just lacked ’something’.
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear yellow/golden colour. Malty, sweet aroma. a bit sweet fruity, malty, a little hoppy taste. Smooth, perhaps a little bitter palate.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best out of all Oktoberfest beers. Clean refreshing and finishes well.
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this brew, super smooth. I give it: B+
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty - bread like aroma. Small, quickly dimishing, fizzy, off-white head. Light, orange - almost copper colored appearance. Moderate, sweet flavor with a litle bit of fruity hoppiness to it. Good, full body.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not my favorite style but this is one of the better ones, smooth and sweet.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2003 I think this is my favorite Oktoberfest. Appropriately sweet and a little grassy. Smoooth mouthfeel.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yum. Exquisitely smooth. Very good oktoberfest, but I prefer the Paulaner.