Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber. nice thick caramel malt flavors - not too syrupy thick, just right. nice sweet short finish.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, one of the nicest parts of fall. Oktoberfest. A good beer, a little too sweet, however.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color with a fruity, almost peachy nose. Caramel in the body with a bitterness that sticks its head out slightly. Finish is somewhat sweet. Good stuff.
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was an OK brew. Pretty easy to drink. Pours kind of brassy amber in color. Creamy, quick fading head. Very smooth, a bit hoppy but really more of a full bodied mild beer.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I seem to remember that Spaten was my least favorite of the Munich Maerzens ten years ago. Not so today--perhaps evidence of Paulaner’s/Hacker-Pschorr’s deterioration. Wonderful classic Maerzen flavors combined in a great balance. The key here is the roasted malt flavors, which give the sweet malt the needed relief. Just great, and a bargain at $5.50/six.
TheBeerGod (5499) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blond with a bit a brown. Malty and yeasty. Only a slight bitterness to it. Seemed to finish a little dry. Very good stuff.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber hue with fine head and spotted lace. Aroma is malty-sweet and slightly yeasty---quite nice...Flavor features a nice balance of sweet and roasted malts with well-judged hops and moderate carbonation for bite. A slight tang accompanies the balanced finish. Body is right for this style--moderate--and the combination of fine balance and a substantial flavor profile make this one of the leaders of the pack.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Truly the most beautiful thing to come from Spaten. If I could paint my house this color believe me, I would. Thick billowing head packed with silky smooth malt. 4.1
Bready, floral aroma with a very floral and light flavor. One of the drier oktoberfest’s I’ve had but it is still on the top of my list.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good sweet malty smell, but the sweet is too overpowering in the taste. Has a real nice blend of hopps and malt, that still makes it a good beer.