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 (6543) - 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.
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 Newer rating, still pretty good, just a little too sweet for me. Rated this again recently. I am still a fan. Deep ruby red color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel candy, nuts, grass and some nice light malts. The taste is a little sweet wth walnuts and a little bit of coffee. This is a very light and enjoyable version of the style. I like this one a lot. One of the best from the brewer and in the style.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small and fading fizzy off-white head. Reddish orange clear color. Bready and "rusty" malt with some sweet fruit and carrots in the aroma. Good, yet tame and lasting fresh sweet malt flavor. Caramelly, sweet cinamon bread. Slightly thick feel, and a bit fizzy to.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orange-amber color with a decent creamy off white head with some lacing. Veggie and bready aromas, fruity, nutty, caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, lasting sweet finish. Gets thicker and more flavorful as it warms, this is one of the best american oktoberfest I have had.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Pours a big tan head and offers a sweet malty aroma, with a hint of Hallertau. Head lingers well as a wisp, but what a pretty beer. Almost garnet, red brown..crystal clear. Taste of toast and honey, but crisp from bittering hops - maybe a tad too much. Great use of toasted malts. Long finish of mouthiness. Super!
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear light brown color with a thin tan head. malt, caramel, biscuits in the aroma. very soft malt notes, lots of caramel and toast in the body. some mild bitterness in the end. very very enjoyable oktoberfest!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: deep, reddish brown color, clear, with a fizzy, light-tan head of foam, softly simmering down.
Aroma: soft, simple, fresh, malty, creamy, grassy, some vegetal notes, with a richness that grows as it opens and flowers.
Taste: malts up top and forever out, hardly a hop appearing..oh, wait, I caught a few! Wonderful, warm texture, medium-bodied, friendly flavor. Lip-smackingly sweet, but never treacly, never cloying. Sunny, bright, and yum, yummy, yum!
Nice, long finish, and all in all, one of the better American Oktoberfests I’ve sampled recently.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sprecher isn’t a bad brewery. They have a few respectable beers. This wasn’t too bad. Poured dark amber with a beige head. Easy on the hops. Caramel and malt aroma. Decent body with gentle carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor was pleasant and was subtle caramel and hops. Decent.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark almost red wine-red. medium-sized white head. Aroma is pale and malty, as is the flavor. Spice, bitter, and fruit are detectable in the flavor. Palate was a little thin for my taste. And the flavor was nice, but also lacking.