hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow. This thing is butterscotched to all hell - a malty monster of a fest with enough butterscotch candy intensity to rival the taste of Arcadia’s Whitsun. It does eventually get around to some spicier, hoppier action, but is really so crazy sweet you need some good substantial brats and kraut to accompany.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice fall orange color with a creamy head, erratic lace. Fresh Baked bread & some caramelized malts. Hints of vanilla & nuts. As all of Bob’s beers there’s that great creamy mouthfeel and caramely sweet taste. Hopped a bit more than the others, hints of spices and more bitter. I love the balance. Sweetened even more as it warmed. My favorite Octoberfest so far.
muzzlehatch (4945) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not only do I get to try a pile of Calumets, I get to add one! Bob’s winter seasonal is a spicy, nutty medium-brown lager with a great caramel/cinnamon/clove aroma and some good pie/nut flavors; finish is long and complex and surprisingly bitter. One of Calumet’s best.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2003 Very similar in character to the Dark...loads of sweet malt, fruity and tangy, with intriguing spice and sourness. Mildly astringent with a solid hop presence. This is much different than a typical, German-style marzen, and I'd agree it's more of a Vienna lager. Still, a very well crafted and tasty beer.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Festbier. Sweet and malty with enough hops to fit the style. Nice medium brown color and off-white head. Good complexity and a smooth finish make this one of Calumet’s better beers.
JPDIPSO (6209) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice lighter fest beer. Munich malt dominates. More of a vienna style.
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good, but not superior Oktoberfest ale. I prefer the Lakefront Riverwest Stein to this, frankly.
lagerman99 (66) - USA - NOV 26, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff and well crafted with heavy, but not ominous malts and a fair balance. This is a good little brewery that more of you guys should try.
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oktoberfest is Oktoberfest, but hot damn is this one 1/2 gallon jug to be savored and respected. A very well-rounded amber brew. The very slight hop prescence during the gulp gets amplified as the beer is swallowed, followed by a fruity, almost tangy aftertaste. The nut prescence is apparent throughout the gulp. Once again, Rowlands Calumet micro-brews stand up to most
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good beer. The brilliant amber color is very appealing, and it tastes excellent. Everyone from Chilton should try it. By the way, are you actually ever going to try it ’thealcoholic’ or did you just rate it to screw up the average.