groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light for on Oktoberfest, but a nice alternative to the standard. Crisp, and very Pilsner like. I would probably rate this higher if it was classified as a Pilsner.
Suttree (5579) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much lighter than what I normally expect from an Oktoberfest - almost looks like a pilsener. Pretty tasty, seems to be a little maltier than a regular lager.
argo0 (12277) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not sure what makes this one an Oktoberfest. Looks and smells just like an everyday lager. Clear light yellow body with a big white head. Aroma is Germanic hop heavy. Flavor is crisp and clean, with medium German bitterness tempered by mild maltiness.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this a while ago; very caramelly, not what I expected from Germany, but good anyway. Nice copper color.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This has got to be one of my favorite beers so far. I got a bottle in a ’tour of the world’ sampler pack 2 or 3 weeks ago, and made a good decision at saving it for last. It has a smooth malty taste, great deep golden color. Finely crafted. I just wish it was available longer than just two months of the year. I have to agree somewhat with ESBFREAK in saying that it is stronger than I expected but its not overwhelming by any means.
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very fine, STRONG, Bavarian holiday beer. This brew will lay you out, if you have too many. It is very smooth, with a big malt/alcohol taste.
Not too easy to find, and usually only available during November-December.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottle I had at Resi’s Bierstube in Chicago said ’Wurzburger Hofbrau Oktoberfest’; I assume we’re talking the same beer here. Anyhow, it was tasty and I would order it again happily, but it’s not in the same league as the Ayinger Oktoberfest.
obxdude10 (2118) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 8, 2001
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
White, persistent head with a familiar rusty/ copper marzen color...otherwise sub-par. Quite watery with very little hop presence. If the beer was as festive as the label, I might have actually enjoyed this.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 7, 2001
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Drinkable but unimpressive. Golden color, nice frothy head, but its all downhill from there. Not much of a nose, slight banana flavor sometimes present. Not too much flavor, not offensive, but not good.