willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
06.28.04 500ml bottle. This had an unusual pour and right off the bat I thought I might have bought a bad bottle. The beer is a yellowish gold and is essentially flat looking with so few bubbles I could count them. There is barely any head. So far, not what I’d expect from a festbier. The aromas are sour on top of some lemon and honey, not too appealing, honestly. The beer redeems itself somewhat in flavor by not being as off-putting as the appearance and aroma. Very raw grain flavors with a grassy bite. Quite malty and mild, but not really sweet, a bit on the bland side. The body is thick and soft; where’s the carbonation? Overall, not a great experience.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 creepy october orange with a thick 3/4 inch frothy top..the aroma was yeasty with hints of orange peel and other dried fruits..but it wasnt strong enough..this had a nice full body, it had hints of citrus fruits, chewy dried apricots..shit, i just remembered this was a lager..all lagers should be this fruity and drinkable...this is a very solid, well made, very enjoyable marzen..the best ive had by far, though i havent had many
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No / not a good one. A real weak nose. Orange color with, flat carbonation, nearlz no head. Some vanilla and yeast taste but forgetable.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rerate: I underestimated this one. I had a second sample and am very very impressed. Hoppy, only slightly sweet...not as delicate as originall thought. In fact, I have to add some palate points. Delicious! Original: 11/27/2002: Man! Deliciously light and airy. The most beautiful Hallertau earthy softness aroma (I want to dunk my pillowcase in the aroma and sleep on it!). Not exactly toasty or caramelly in the same way I’ve had, or even that ’out in the country’ maltiness -- just a bit sweet. Nicely made, and quite subtle. A hair too sweet for my taste...but just a hair! The first in a delightfully varied package from urbnhaut!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep clear copper. Nose yeasty, caramel, tart apple. Flavor similar, unusually tart and sharp, crisply fruity. Bit of toffee. Rather mineraly, bit gritty. Mildly syrupy. Not that much going on.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangey amber, cloudy, quite beautiful with a thin white head. Rich malty mouthfull, nice German hops at the end, very high quality stuff, I enjoy this brewery's beers!
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a pleasant chilled, hazy orange look. Mostly malt and rye flavors. Ends quite dry and clean.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
this was just okay. Nothing really jumped out out begged me to buy it again. nice try - but P didn’t go nuts for it
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer was dissapointing at best. Looking at the ratings and I expected something that tops Ayinger. This beer was undercarbonated. It did not have much in the way of aroma. It was toward the yellow end of the spectrum. There was a ton (and I mean you could stand a spoon up) of body. We speculated that they used raw barley to give it that oily thickness. I kinda got tired of it about half way through. This was way hoppier than any German O'fest that I have had, and was just as hoppy as some American examples.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 Hazy darker golden color, white head, nice lacing. Sweet malt nose with a fair amount of hops. Sweet malt flavor with a very hoppy and dry finish. Lots of body. I hope they drink this stuff in Germany rather than Beck’s for O-fest.