Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beautiful, deep reddish amber body of this beer is topped by a thick off white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight fruitiness and a touch of flowery hops. The flavor is well balanced with a very slight lean towards malty. A touch of fruity sweetness and flowery bitterness is observed. Light to medium bodied, relatively smooth and dry.
Frank (2783) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper color. Sweet and malty up front with enough bitterness in the finish to round things out. Very drinkable if unexceptional.
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear color copper, orange color. Sweet caramel nose. Really dry bitter hops but really mute. A decent Oktoberfest.
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gleaming brass. White bubbles fade to a soapy ring. Round, subtly toasted aroma of fruity malts, toffee, star anise, and caramel malts. Slightly metallic undertones with hints of pale malts, dates, molasses, and tobacco. Slick, candyish mouthfeel. Spicy hops are greeted by rich candied malts. Vaguely tingly and medicinal with hints of perfume and apple skin. Finishes zippy with delicate spicy hops and a lightly toasted caramel malt billing. Delayed pale malt pungency cleans up the residual sweetness. In hindsight, the aromatic esters detract from the caramel malt blending; and the complex delicateness I seek in Märzen, is slightly flawed by the high-alpha hops in the finish. On the other hand, the caramel malt/pale malt combo was superb. Quaffable O’fest.
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted side by side with their Vienna style Amber Lager. The Oktoberfest is more caramelly and lacks the little bit of hops at the end of the Amber. Longer sweet finish, and thick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Recommended.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a bright, clear reddish-orange with a bubbly off-white head that shrinks to an incomplete cap. The aroma is faintly malty, with some doughy, toasted malt…I don’t detect any Munich malt though. A bit of herbal Tettnanger hop too. Begins toasty and malty, with a hint of caramelly sweetness, then takes a turn towards bitter and roasted. Watery, short-lived finish. Medium in body, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. A bit on the bland side. This is lacking the smoothness and distinct maltiness of a great O’fest. Not a bad brew, but it sadly takes the typical American shortcut of using Crystal malt and little-to-no lagering time…and it shows.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark amber/brown color.Small head that faded fast,with a slight amount of lace left behind.Malty,caramel aroma with a nice sweet side.The taste was much the same with a stronger emphasis on the sweet caramel and decent amount of hops as well in the flavor.The after taste is malty,light caramel and well hopped.Very nice brew and well done IMO i'm glad i have a few more around for later sitting outside by the fire some cool evening.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark red color, with a tan head. Slightly sweet head. Can't really get a handle on this one. There's nothing really there. A little caramel flavor, a little acidity, and a dull, watery beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amberish color, quick disappearing head,a faint honey taste with a soft malty carmel aftertaste. Given its strong bouquet, I thought the taste would be bolder, smooth mouthfeel does not get bitter to the end
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful brownish/orangeish color that positively glows! no beer transmits light in quite the same way an Ofest does. has a thin but adequate head. aroma is obviusly malty with cereal notes. detect more hops in the flavor of this than most Ofests..very subtle however. touch of alcohol as well...not as sweet as some of the others of the style, but still, very tasty.