bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 Bottled. The colour is pale, clear yellow. The white foam dissolves quickly into a small firm cover.
The smell is malty with some strains of bitter hops and a sourish touch.
The carbonation is powerful and long lasting, which suits the style well.
The first taste is a rather sweet, careful one that passes into an expectant bitterness with a hint of diacetyl. The bitterness increases, and I noticed a creamy note. A quite unusual mix of sticky bitterness and toffee candy dominates the aftertaste.
This is a fine example of the “Oktoberfest” style, I might say.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice Oktoberfestbier. Quite fruity and easy to drink. Still round body. A bit too thin maybe.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m a little surprised at so many poor ratings as this is definitely one of the best Oktoberfest/Märzen style beers I’ve ever had. Of course, I may also be completely wrong and had something entirely different the other night. At any rate, I know this is a damn good Oktoberfest because I am sitting here with an Augustinerbräu and it is definitely not on par with Spaten.
Augustiner is watery, bland and boring. Spaten on the other hand is 6 slender Biermädels dancing in your mouth, rubbing their foamy white heads all over your palate and quenching your thirst like few other things can. An exquisite balance of maltiness and hops.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy, sweet malt aroma.
Hoppy flavour with tones of lightly roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and toffee. A bit sourish.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Keg (in Sweden)
Blond color. Average beer, nothing special, quite sweet body.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Spaten tent tonight. The place was ROCKIN’. I mean, these germans were singing American Mo-town tunes all night! Not what I expected in terms of entertainment, but the beer was outstanding! Yellow with a white head, monster head in a liter maas. Drunken girls mowing down massive amounts of the stuff. 3 Canadians and 4 Bavarians were at my table. By the end of the evening, we were all best friends. This might be the best beer to drink massive amounts of at Die Wiesen. Certainly the best tent tonightr for energy and fun. Thanks Bill for the free tix!!!
larsniclas (5199) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden, large and white head.
Fresh and malty aroma; a bit sourish though.
Sweet, malty flavour with a flowery hoppiness.
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I did not think that it had a strong distinct "octoberfest" flavor. A little malty and acidic. Not to harsh and easy to drink. There are much better oktoberfests.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 21, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
(on bottle)I don´t understand RBs discription of a Oktoberfest, and then this beer. This one lokks lot like a pilsner and apart from the low hop and citric finish, ther´re very close. And RB states it to be served in a lager? Not true, bring me a 2 liters heavy mug and call me Lucy; I´m going to München...
turbothy (1027) - Bonn, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2004
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
More tasteful than the normal Spaten, but not in a good way. Taste is a bit off from what I’s expected and seems somewhat old-ish. An average, boring beer.