redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber colored with a white head. A musty malt/hop aroma with a weak/watery marzen taste.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light coppery amber color with a finger high head of off-white fluff and bubbles, fades fairly fast to a soild haze, lace sticks minimal thin strings. Aroma is lightly toasty and malty with a light fruityness and some floral hop and wood notes. Taste has a nice balance of toasty maltyness and floral, grassy hops and an overall dryish wood quality and dry biscuits. Very clean tasting and crisp. A slightly sweet dulled fruityness comes through in some effects once the toastyness decides to leave the palate, subdued and playful, a nice touch. Finish is nice and crispy with small notes of hop bitterness and dull sweet wood dryness. Feel is a solid medium body with good carbonation. A nice drinker of a O-fest.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Huge frothy head. On the milder side of O-Fests, with more malt than hops, so consider this a session Octoberfest. Very dry in the finish, perhaps too much so. Odd metallic taste that wears on me. I think I prefer the German Octo offerings.
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dry malt aroma with a faint hint of sweetness. Light brownish-orange color like an O-Fest should be. Thin white mostly diminishing head with no visible carbonation. Not a pleasant initial mouthfeel. Very malty and dry. However, some hop zing is is discernable to the trained palate at the back of the tongue. This is the primary redeeming quality of this brew. Somewhat unbalanced and too dry, keeping this from being a very enjoyable brew. The faint hop finish is a nice touch, however.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, fresh malty aroma. Color is beautiful copper orangey color! Carbonation is medium with a nice frothy head. One of the best looking beers I've seen in a while. Taste is malty, somewhat smokey. I don't detect an overabundace of hops, but that is appropriate. Mellow, smooth, clean. Perhaps a bit light in body. Easty to drink, not too bad. This is my first beer from this brewery.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the hoppier Octoberfests I have sampled. It's good, because it's beer!
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Slight thin diminishing head, clear medium-dark amber. Decent balanced caramel/hoppy nose. Slightly on the bitter side for the style, but plenty of malt; not a lot of character though. Finishes medium-sweet. OK.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden color, much light than most of the Oktoberfests I’ve had. Good head though. Malty, yet slightly sweet smell. A caramel flavor. Pretty much a one-note beer. Oktoberfests should be more complex than this.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doesn’t have that hoarhound candy note that Oktoberfests should. Then again, it’s fairly tasty in its own way.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber/brown color with a thin foamy light tan head. Notes of camamel malt in the nose. Tastes of specialty grains, caramel, buscuit, etc. Lacks the roast/toastiness flavors I crave in this style. Harsh bitter grain/hops finish.