Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is sour and "macro"-like, but the beer is dominated by smooth, subtle malts. Sweet and crisp. Little to mention on the hops front. A pleasant beer; I guess this is my "Marchfest" tonight!
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty aroma, with some honey toasted wheat bread and caramel. Medium amber coloration, faintly hazy with a creamy, off-white head. Flavor is rather nicely blended. Toffee sweetness, bready malt and light cidery fruitiness combine with some faintly spicy hop bitterness. Finishes very clean, with a malty, lightly grainy and sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied, mouthfeel is actually somewhat lively. A decent enough Fest style, you could do much worse.
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have a half barrel of this in my fridge right now. Sure there are ’better’ beers, but this is one that gets high marks for everyday drinkability. While a mild caramel flavor is the strongest flavor in this medium bodied brew there are nice touches of biscuity toast in the back. Lighter bodied and less sweet than some lessen the impact of this brew but make it more friendly to drink.
joet (2560) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity esters of mostly apple with some pear shades. A bit of bubblegum aroma and a touch of clove. I’m really glad to have something from this brewery. Many thanks to the man Max!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe it’s just been awhile since I had a good one, but this fest soars to the top of my list. I partook of the festive beer hall quaffing reccomended by our own krisbierjaeger and, thought he beerhall was my folks farmhouse kitchen, the liveliness of the party was well accented by the quality of this brew. A spiciness in here reminds me of good mulled cider and is nicely accompanied by the full, round, nut toned malt. Faint toasted flavors, too. Just grand stuff, really.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey colored beer with a big creamy head.Sweet malty nose. I like the big malty beers and this is no exception. Thanks to maxpower for this one.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 25, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this one in a bottle. Nose of alcohol, slight toasted malt, hints of caramel and
flowers. Pours a medium orange. The white frothy head is mostly diminishing with fair
lacing. The flavor is malty and sweet with a very alcoholic middle. The finish is sweet and
flowery. Moderate acidity. The medium creamy body is fizzy and feels chalky at the
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
better than Goose Island this year, Capital has brewed a very middle of the road Oktoberfest this season. I little disappointing since so many of their other beers exceed mediocrity. The color was an attractive deep orange, but the body and flavour lacked complexity. Not somethig I woul buy again.
jsquire (4270) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured out of the bottle a golden yellow with a thin white head and a sweet, little adjunt nose. I found this Octoberfest to be a little thin. This has just a sweet taste with not much complexity. Not the best O-fest of the season.
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A nice dark orange color. A spicy malty flavor the way oktoberfest beers are meant to be.