Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good light amber color,Malty sweet aroma with a slight fruit and mild hop presence.The taste was malty sweet and light hops with the after taste coming in at a malty sweet and mild hops,this is a decent brew and the price was definately right.I'm glad i had a chance to sample this brew.
JK (4350) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light orange. Strong lager aroma. Roasted flavor with the taste of bread in the finish.
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
little lighter than the Goose Island i just drank. little better head though. aroma is a little more sour like a lighter lager. yet, there is a nice sweet malty flavor..not as much roastiness as the GI. definitely a little alcohol in the flavor...not bad.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alright hello readers of my spiels I think you may know bitter and mikeben don't go together and this is not bitter at all. It has a nice complex spicey flavor and a plesent semi sweet finish. A nice drink to have in the fall although I don't think I would buy it if it was around all year. I do like the ocassianal treat of a nice Oktoberfest and this is as good as one of my favorite compnies Hacker Pshorr's Oktoberfest.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Dull rusty color with a small, densely firm cap of dark ivory sits slim. Lace sticks in big strings and globs.
Aroma is sweet and malty with a lovely caramel breading and candied melon granola bar coating.
Taste is sweet with a moderately low set tang of bready dough that has a bit of brown sugar base and light cinnamon touch to it. Unravels across the palate quite nicely with its sweetness. Quite big with long lasting bready and caramel coated goodness. Very slight tint of roasted/toasted grain and light hop notes adding a bit of low grassy spice.
Feel is big, sweet, bready, smooth, and rich with a fairly heavy set tone and body. Malts do there thing here in a solid fashion of balanced sweetness and sticky bread doughy smack.
A big O-fest thats taken a turn for the better over the last couple of years. Thank goodness. Its a keeper to have around. And watch out, its a sneaker, it warms ya up pretty fast too.
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was handed this at a holiday party last night, and was not impressed. The maltiness was apparent, and despite a lack of complexity and a slightly awkward aftertaste, it wasn’t that there was anything obviously wrong here. I am sick of Oktoberfests....
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malty flavor that’s above average. Lacking in complexity, like many Marzens. A fairly reliable go-to brew. You could do a lot worse. The sweetness isn’t cloying but still wears on you a little.
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couldn’t get a good read on the aroma due to smoky bar conditions. I smelled something and it wasn’t unpleasant, so I gave it an above avg. mark. Deep copper color; can also perhaps be described as black cherry brown. Head disappated pretty quickly; but this occurred to all of the beers I had that evening. So, I chalk it up to the bar’s (Decoy’s - Hopkins, MN)glassware, washing techniques or detergent. Fairly malty and caramelly flavor. An otherwise too malty brew, finishes with a faint pleasant surprise of hops. Fair amount of alcohol in the mouthfeel, which as I now see the 7.7% ABV, is understandable. As such, not all that easily drinkable. I made the mistake of ordering a 24 ouncer. Still, it improved as it warmed (or as it aired out?) and is not a bad Octoberfest.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I have to admit, i had this beer upon its release labor day weekend, so I think that the fact that I found it extremely sickly sweet confused and downright crappy, would have changed, had I let it sit in the bottle a couple more weeks.
Rerate 10/14/02 This is the same beer I tasted the first time. Sickly sweet malt flavor fat tasting with some muddiness in the finish.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very watery palate hurt this one. It had an "o.k." malty nose, but where did it disappear to when it hit my tastebuds? Certainly LOOKED like a good Marzen...