DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(16 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with CaptainCougar, thanks Tom!) So this is Sprecher’s Oktoberfest offering, and I have high hopes since I tend to like the beers these guys produce. While this is a very flavorful beer, it definitely seems to be more caramely and sugary sweet rather than malty, and that’s not really what I’m seeking in an Oktoberfest. Nevertheless, this is a tasty and pretty enjoyable beer. Very caramely and very sweet, kind of a brown sugar type of sweet, and with only mild bitterness. But it’s not all just caramel and sweet, there’s enough maltiness to keep this beer from being a glass of sugar water, which oftentimes plagues many American Oktoberfests. Likewise, the nose is caramely and sweet. Medium in body, perhaps a bit too sugary, and thus without much hops bitterness, it’s a bit cloying on the palate, but not too bad. Deep, ruddy amber color is darker than almost all others in this style, and it’s slightly hazy in appearance. Light tan head is pretty lackluster after the pour and in retention, fading to a rim. I like it, but don’t love it. I still prefer a cleaner Oktoberfest, less sweet and sugary, more of a German-style maltiness like what we find in a Spaten. But on the flip side, this is better than the vast majority of the American Oktoberfests I’ve tried.
MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
an off redish color w/ a fairly large fluffy head that dissapated quickly. carmel malt aroma and a different hops I don’t recognize. palate was fairly avg a little creamy but nothing special. Flavor was pretty mild overall pretty clean decent bitter hop finishand a slightly sweet malt front. Overall a solid beer.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz bottle. Rusty color, originally a nice head, but it quickly dropped to nothing. Smells like biscuits or fresh whole grain bread to me, maybe a slight burnt carmel aspect with some pears and apples. Malty beer. Fairly light in body, but not watery. Finish is clean with a nice dash of hop bite. I served this to my Heineken lovin’ friends and they thought it was really good. I liked it too.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a rich, orange/copper color with a decent off-white head. It’s got a nice, sweet malt aroma, caramel-like. Very smooth & creamy mouthfeel. It tastes of caramel and toffee with a touch of nuttiness. The hops come across in the finish, a nice blending of the bitter with caramel.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange poour with lots of caramel and German hop aroma. Flavor is similar to Sam Adams O’fest with a lot of hop domination and a caramel nuttiness to it.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange red color w/ large off white head. strong malty aroma w/ vanilla and toffee. Nice smoth body w/ a nice balance of sweet malt, fruits, and crisp hops.
jgentgesdo (674) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is floral, hoppy and promises spice and complexity in the taste. Pours typical marzen with slightly murky brown. Flavor is suprisingly hoppy with good balance and mild, pleasing pumpkin spices (allspice, clove, cinnamon), as well as sweet malty tones and an unusual soapy character near the end. Long aftertaste is slightly chalky. Overall excellent, I would drink it again.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery 11/26/2004 Appearance is a nice marzen look with a good head and lace. Aroma is malty and floral. The flavor is sweet and malty with a good hop balance. Overall very nice.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent Oktoberfest, but it isn’t heads above the rest. Pours with a good head that fizzles down, with the brew having the amber/brown color typified by Oktoberfests. This beer was smoother and sweeter - and less spicy - than most Oktoberfests. It didn’t leave that descernable finish of hops, malt and spice at the end of each sip. For a better Oktoberfest, look to Paulener, Hacker-Pschorr and the likes. If you want a microbrew Oktoberfest, Lakefront Brewery’s is better. And, if you’re a budget kind of guy, the Augsburgur is better, especially considering the price.
BBB63 (6297) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle:Clean reddish amber hue with nice frothy but slowly fading head and some lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, pale and biscuity malts, peanut, apple and pear, grassy and aromatic hops, and a dusty yeast ester. The taste starts with a mellow sweetness and noticeable malt character followed by a equal fruity and spicy hop nature. The finish is bitter and nutty, a bit too hoppy for a Marzen. The feel is lively, crisp and thin. Overall a quaffable brew but unlike most Sprecher offerings, this one isn’t to true to style.