humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Another fine Wisconsin brew. This beverage hits the nail on the Oktoberfest head. Malty sweet with luscious overtones. A bit dopplebock like in raison/musky smoothness and Chewy flavor. Copper glow and wonderous. "We loves the Oktoberfest". Nice work Madison. Keep the Prairie Free. See you in '04. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 12 oz bottle poured a crystal clear amber color with a real nice head and some lace. The aroma is cookie like. The flavor starts pretty malty, but actually is a touch sour in the finish. The palate is good and rich and pairs well with the flavor. Overall, this is pretty good beer. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Nice clear amber color wiht a medium semi-lasting off white head. A strong pleasant caramel malt aroma with a surprizing west coast hop. Smooth, sweet, full of flavor and body. Excellent marzen. Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Amber colored with a moderate head and good lacing, with an aroma that reminded me of fudge baking, with a faint sourness. It had a sweet toasty malt flavor all the way through and was very smooth and fresh tasting. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Very, very malty, sweet molasses aroma. Some off notes. Small head, off-white. Tastes like it smells. Malt fest. No bite, no hops. Plain.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2003
A clear copper body with a thin white head that left some lace toward the top. The aroma is very malty, grainy. Whole grain bread, nutty, toffee/caramel in the nose. Very earthy. The flavor is fairly crisp and clean, refreshing and leaves almost no aftertase, good or bad. There doesn't seem to be much hop character, but I'm not sure that's the point either. Just a flavorful, clean beer with good biscuity, bready notes with no off flavors. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Clear bronze with plenty of red. Generous head that, though it diminishes, remains to cover the body and catch the constant stream of redish bubbles. Strong doughy malt aroma that also consists of sticky toffee, caramel, floral alcohol and sweet raisins. Gentle, lightly carbonated mouthfeel - just the right amount. . . flavours are on the sweet side to start: juicy gala apples, deep red grapes, raisins. . . but take a spicy turn right at the end with some lightly peppered hops and spiced pumpkin. Still one of my first from Capital, but one that makes me want to go out and try more of their brews. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2003
First off, a disclaimer, this bottle is not this years batch, it was one cellared since last year, the last of a sixer. Copper hue with a good but disminishing head. Aroma hinted of apricot, floral hops, caramel, butterscotch, and spicy herbs. The taste started mildly acidic before a smooth malty sweetness appeared. Light spices and biscuit taste followed. A dry and clean finish. This medium-bodied brew has a slighty creamy and lively mouthfeel. While it was not my intention to cellar this bottle (it got lost in the back), it appears to have age gracefully without losing any characteristics I remembered from last year. I hope to get my hands on this year batch and see any difference, a happy mistake. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Here it is in August and the Oktoberfest has already hit the shelves, along with four others that were on the same shelf. Out the those, this was the only one I haven't had. A little early if ya ask me, but oh well, here wo go - Clear ambery-brownish color with a small off-white foamy head that fades, little spots of lace. Smell is a roasty sweet malt with a touch of herbal like hops and earthyness coming through. Taste is subdued roasted malts with some sweetness and slight tang coming through mostly, a touch of herbal qualities show up near the finish along with a balancing sweetness. Feel is a bit lighter then expected, even while drinking it in 85 degree heat, it is however, very smooth and easy for good drinkin'. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Light brown or i guess as the disc.says orange color,small off white head that had a little holding power.Malty aroma,mild pear and maybe a slight spiciness to it as well.Malty taste with a nice fruity presence mild hops with a slight bitterness to the taste.The after taste is kind of like a bitter orange or citrus of some kind.Pretty decent brew,and it would be a good brew to have around more often.I hate the seasonal deal and would like to see good brew more often,but i guess that would cause it to be less of a thrill if it was available year round.