FlacoAlto (4197) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours a pretty, brilliantly clear, copper color that is topped by a light amber white head that is fairly thick. The aroma is light with notes of caramel, fresh baked bread, and bready malt notes. Actually the aroma is quite nice, though subtle at first it really comes to life the more you get into it. The taste of this beer is smooth, somewhat creamy, a little bit sweet, and has a finish that is a bit hoppy. The toasty bready flavors are here as well and really add a nice touch to this beer. A fairly simple beer that has a nice touch of Munich/ Vienna malt complexity and just a hint of hoppiness. jimhilt (2611) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Pours a two finger white head that goes quickly and leaves some lace. Nice clear, amber color, starts malty, finishes smooth and hoppy/malty. Nose is sweet and malty. Good carbonation and medium bodied. 12oz bottle for $3.75 from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. The ABV is 5.8%. beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2004 Bargh...what’s this smell... smell the glass again... it’s... an aroma of spinach mixed with juicy juice! Sip.. maybe it will be better. It is! Sweet, unbalanced, an alright Oktoberfest (or Marzen, as some call it.. , but not us Americans, yay English! It will prevail with "freedom" abroad!). On the whole, okay. The color’s just deeper and darker than a traffic-light yellow. Not the best of the style I’ve had, but alright. Where did the style of Marzen originate from, anyhow? (Later note: I now understand that Marzen is the month in Spring when this style is also made. Seems to be curious, to have it made at different times--perhaps I would like this style better when things are blossoming. Kindly pardon my "freedom" riff, of course, I had been watching the Presidential Debate last night, and the enigmatic foreign policy of the American President must have rubbed off on me, infectiously.) spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Light golden brown color. Aroma is faint, almost non-existent and lightly spiced. Not too heavy - very smooth, very drinkable. Faint carbonation - not overwhelming.
Bottom line: a decent middle-of-the-road Oktoberfest. I prefer mine a bit spicier, a bit nuttier, and with more punch. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2004
On tap. Brownish golden color. Aroma is malty and a bit herbal. Taste is smooth and malty with a bit of spice and bitterness in the finish. Good october.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2004
This brew has a good dose of the oktoberfest brew style, malty, nutty, toasty, smooth brew. Light bodied, which was a bit too thin for my taste, with a faintly bitter end, but very clean tasting. Nice golden orange/amber color with a silky ivory head that fell fast. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2004
No head. Amber color. Sweet, malty aroma. Not much going on in the palate, no real evidence of substantial hopping. Nothing impressive. dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
Another solid Paulaner effort. Sweet malts reflect a toffee caramel flavour. The pour is an unambitious amber colour. Trace bubbles and carbonation. Not as good as salvator, but good. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Distinctly amber color, clear, with creamy, frothy head. Rich aromas abound, with spicy, herbal, vegetal notes, some floral hints, too. Great, even perfect blance here, malt and hops are evenly matched. Sweet toffee notes on the palate, terrific tasting, and smooth drinking.
I recall a print ad where a cartoon duck embraces a bottle to declare "we go great together". This probably matches any meal well. Quite nice.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Draft at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. Light amber color. Malty and slightly sweet smelling. Very malty and slightly spiced almost creamy taste. Highly drinkable and tasty.
Earlier Rating: 8/17/2004 Total Score: 3.5
From a bottle at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. Smelled of warmed caramel and malts. Poured a rich amber color. tasted like buttery caramel and toffee with ample carbonation mixed in.
Little alcohol flavor. reminded me a little of Frankenheim Alt