MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 i will name this one the minnesota vikings...
pleasant on appearance but full of disappointment. finishes ugly and bitter, can’t wait til 6-pack is done. this oktoberfest will get one of the first draft picks next year!
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber copper color with minimal head...aroma of caramel, roasted malts, and sweet sugary malts...flavor is the same with a heavy emphasis on the roasted sugars and toffee...okay palate
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Pours a copper color with little head, even when poured semi-aggressively. Aroma is of caramel malt and a bit of a fruity note. Moderately carbonated with a dry and grainy taste in the finish. Gobs of caramel and a touch of tart cherry emerges in the flavor. Slight alcohol warmth. Excellent example of the style.
DocLock (9706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Robert’s Reality for this. Deep copper pour with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some bread and fruit. Tastes bready malty, with some dry caramel, hops, and fruit. Medium palate and semi-dry in the mouth all the way through.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap at Spike’s Sports bar & Grill in Minneapolis. It pours a clear goldish-amber with a minimal light-brown yellow head. Aromas and tastes of sweet silage and grass clippings. The carbonation is about average. There is a slight bitter aftertaste (I would prefer more) and the feel is thin and drinkable. Missing something for an Oktoberfest, even Sam Adams has this one beat.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color of a shiny new penny, the modestly bubbling body could only support a one-fingered head, and that only for a short while. The aroma is sweet caramel malt, tobacco, and a powdery floral hopping. Quite creamy. The flavor is all sweet malts with just a hint of nutty bitterness. Having a honey sweet finish, this is a decent Märzen. The stronger ABV is certainly well hidden.
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StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Transparent copper in color with a few random bubbles for the head. Aroma is a bit of a put off - perfume, sage, musk, orange extract, caramel, band aids and skunk. Rich and over sweetened flavor profile. Honey roasted peanuts come in amidst the maple syrup. Caramel and a touch of stale, decrepit white chocolate butt heads with Summit’s choice of pilsener malt. Other discrepancies reveal corn mash, ginger and sap from a spruce tree. Syrupy body and a stinging presence on the palate, finishing like Cracker Jacks.
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-pours orange with a small white head. some funky german lager character here-a good use of german yeast. some notes of earth, fallen wet leaves, and a malty carmel malt. sweet flavors dominate with some good earthy tones and a touch of spicy hops. palate is very good-round and full. 7.7? Where? nowhere to be found! a very good marzen.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy aroma is choked full of bready malt that is doughy and sweet. Some light fruitiness is present as well, but rather weak and lacking for the style. Medium body is spicy and drinkable, considering the unusually high ABV. More fruitiness comes through in the body - good, but a rather interesting take on the style.
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Big body and high abv for an Oktoberfest. Poured a light orange The aroma was caramel, leaves and tobacco. The taste had old caramel and some leaves. This finishes with a little aspartame. Sampled at the 2005 Iowa City Beer Festival. Aos sampled again in the bottle.