sfontain (832) - 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.
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2004
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Barely noticeable aroma. Dark golden color, with minimal head retension. Light malty flavor, a little sweet. Thin mouth feel. Not difficult to drink, but not so good.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell of caramel & has the likeness of a fresh baked cookies. Flavor is rich and sweet, more of that nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin goodness that is fresh out of the oven this time of year. I liked it.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This fest is a caramel pecan cookie; sweet malts - I thought it would end up too sweet, but it didn’t - it went just fine with pizza. There was a nice bite of hop at the end. Body was smooth and creamy, but not very thick. You could drink plenty of these while sitting around a fall campfire.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 On Tap. On tap this is a very satisfying, sweet and cinnamony O’fest. It is not as full as some of the Germans but it still adequately evokes autumn, pumpkin pie and the clink of big foamy steins.
Re-rate autumn ’07 ON TAP- I’m not sure if they have tweaked the recipe but there is an enormous amount of flavor in this beer. Lots of bock-like rich maltiness with noticeable hop. Layers of sweet malt. Aside from the Kaiser (which is an O-Fest of a different kind) this may be my #1 of the style.
geekin (9) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 25, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice copper color. Doesn’t taste like it has 7.7% alcohol. Quite sweet tasting with the roasted malt coming through well. Medium carbonation and a light pleasing aroma. A good Oktoberfest.
DrunkDad (12) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A domestic Oktoberfest that is reminiscent of the true German varieties, such as Hacker-Pschorr. Very smooth, malty and perhaps a bit more carbinated and slightly less aromatic than its German counterparts. Brewed locally, obviously fresher than the imports that sit in warehouses too long.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2004 I think I’m already sick of Octoberfests and it’s not even October yet. This one is quite unimpressive, but with a huge Munich maltiness that's enjoyable if you're craving it.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber/copper body, thin off-white head. Aroma of corn and corn husks, grainy and reminiscent of malt liquor. Flavor is sweet, almost over-the-top, with underlying biscuit and grassy hops. Has a rather sharp, rough mouthfeel, as if some of the grain husks were thrown in the fermenter. You know, some of these Oktoberfests are too close to malt liquors for my tastes.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 Autumn Brew Review: Copper Coloring. Plenty of Malt. I Could Have Sworn I Detected Some Barley. Toasted Flavor. Alcohol is Slightly Noticable. This One Makes you Stand At Attention. Very Tasty. Worth Keeping Around.