afalls99 (3) - San Jose, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think I’m biased by the memories of drinking this at Oktoberfest (and those memories perhaps a bit hazy), but this is a winner in my book. The bottled does not have the clean flavor of the German fresh-from-barrel (18/20), but is a good approximation. Very malty and aromatic, with a slightly sweet but balanced flavor. The only significant downside I’d proffer is its bitter aftertaste, almost absent in a German barrel (can preservatives lend an aftertaste?). Well worth suffering a slightly difficult aftertaste to enjoy the flavor of this real Bavarian marzen.
budguy2142 (24) - USA - JAN 30, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smelled a little worty, sweeter taste than I expected. lacks body
carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - JAN 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
refreshing malty brew but lacks the body
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
not as good as Paulaner or Ayinger Octo Fest, but a decent German Octo. Orange-copper hue, German yeast nose, nice malt flavour, but too thin in body
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2002
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I can’t stand most Oktoberfests. This is no different. I think the bitterness isn’t quite up my alley.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
classic german octo aroma. amber oclor with no head. hits of hops in the nows, weak, yeasty and thin lacking creativity.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Sweet, cereal aroma. Same in the taste, almost like raisin bran. Chewy, sweet malts, hearty grain and cereal. Decent palate. My favorite of the style.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice aroma and appearance. Has a rounded, beery taste, but little piquance. A smooth brew with a full body, but in taste, comparable to many of the mid-tier macros out there.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - DEC 29, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well made flavorful amber but I’ll call it and orange beer! The best Octoberfest available on the market. Starts kind of sweet but not overly cloying. Well made bier from Germany!
adamlau (76) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2001
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fresh and off tap at a busy, well-versed bar. Mid to full-bodied with a foreground dominated by hops and a background of malty sweetness that kicks in at the end of the front. Robust mid of grains and more grains that tapers off to a lingering sweetness. An unbalanced, but balanced finish that should be savored.