JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fully clear red-ambr; flimsy yellowish head. Bready, malr syrup nose, rather fast gone. There’s ambrée and other malts, for sure, but the hopbite is instantly and lasting. Way more hoppy than any German Märzen, and it ain’t Hallertau Mittelfrüh neither, it seems. Bitter cookie? Medium bodied, some malt stickiness. OK, not great.
Dogbrick (11021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a passable Oktoberfest from Summit. Bright copper-orange color with a miniscule light tan head. Thin lacing as well. Sweet caramel aroma. Light-bodied with a sweet character, containing malt, caramel and some fruit flavors. Kind of thin on all fronts though. The finish is the only place I could detect any hops. All in all this beer doesn’t strive for much in the category but I couldn’t find too much to complain about.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours orange with little to no head. Nose is somewhat malty. Flavor is slightly sweet with mild caramelly burst. Not such a full body. Finish is slightly sticky.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a pretty brownish color, small white head. It’s pretty much downhill from there. Not very much malt flavor despite the style. Flat and boring. I ran to the fridge to grab the first ale I could.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice - unexpectedly so! Very nice burnt plastic aroma, loads of nutty caramelly flavors, a bit thick in the mouth, spicy. I should have picked up more than a single.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with thin head, caramel aroma. Flavor starts off sweet, almost too sweet, caramel and biscuit, grassy hops are also present. Finishes crisp and sligtly dry. A very decent brew.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Copper color with a small beige head. Aroma is a little sweet and malty. Flavor is sweet with caramel malt and some hops in the finish. Pretty drinkable and good.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
not great. Really just another O-fest that is not really super drinkable. Nothing remarkable about this beer, a bit sweel, not really malty though. There are definitely better O-fests out there, but there are worse ones as well. Basically just a not really special beer
Frank (3892) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 Tasted blind: This is clear and light orange in color w/ no head. It has a slightly estery/spicy nose. It’s slightly sweet w/ just the slightest bit of oxidation and a nice caramel malt presence. This is really drinkable and pretty nice overall.
Original (3.8):On tap at the Maproom in Chicago. Darker than average for the style-- a glowing orange with a nice creamy head that leaves a nice sheet of lace. At 7.7% ABV, I guess this is more of a bock than an Oktoberfest but no matter. Nose is mildly malty--kinda nice. Vibrantly fruity and slightly sweet--very tasty. Medium bodied with gentle carbonation and very creamy. Again, it’s not really an Oktoberfest but it’s good.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish-brown with no head. Hardly any aroma, but what is there is mostly just malt, maybe a little fruit. Flavor is also mostly malt, barely caramel, with a mellow hop finish. Fairly full, and pretty clean. Wow, 7.7% abv? Glad I didn’t drink more of these; it doesn’t show.