oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pours a nice medium amber. Sweet malt aromas with hints of nuts. Flavor is kinda sweet with caramel/malt, finishes with a touch of spice. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
Bread dough and toffee in the aroma. Clear amber body with a nice off-white head. Caramel, toffee, nuts and butterscotch flavours blend together nicely with almost no hop character. Medium-light body with a somewhat slick texture. Sampled in Dallas, 2001. Bottle. Entered from notes.
Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Pretty weak aroma with some malt, and a little metal. Low hop aroma. Small off-white head, nice caramel amber color. Medium-high carb and medium watery body. Bit sour/tangy hops, not too sweet which belies the aroma. Tastes like maltier version of Wicked Ale. Clean finish. Not really that good for the style. Ron (4294) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Sweetest Octoberfest I've had. It was alright I guess..................... Nuffield (4252) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Pete’s beers are not supposed to rank highly, but I have to go against the grain here. This is a spanking beer from start to finish. It doesn’t easily fall within the Oktoberfest/Marzen style, in my opinion--it is too sweet for that without the depth of dry, German hops that I would have expected. Clear, amber/bronze color with some clinging head maintained for a long time. The aroma has a bit of alcohol effevescence with a big caramel maltiness and some shortbread. Immediately smooth on the palate, oily, silky, especially as the beer warms up and the carbonation fades. A lot of caramel in the mid-finish, but some really nice nutty, almost vanilla notes, plus some wheat-bread toast, with a depth that made me think of a weak doppelbock or something akin. Definitely sweet up front, but there was a nice finish ending just a bit dry and crisp. It really punched all of my buttons, making for a well-rounded beer that was enjoyable solo, and then with some food (a homemade moderately spicy bean/tomato chili) in the second half. I can’t deny it a decent score simply for elitism’s sake.
BillKismet (4170) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2003 Highly carbonated with a red tinted amber body and a tiny head that quickly dissapears. Medium bodied in mouthfeel, but characterized by a light roasting. Easy on the palate--no noticeable burntness. This beer has a macro feel, but with some degree of craftmanship. Rerate: Slightly soapy flavor, estery, but on the verge of being decent. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2001
Malty, nutty, sweet, somewhat crisp, rich. Lingering aftertaste... toasty. Not bad. jb (3481) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2005
My favorite Maarzen. Had no idea this stuff was made by Matt’s now. I guess most all in Upstate NY is. Nice reddish color, nice hops and balance. Recommended if you like the style. PhillyBeer2112 (2945) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
2002 update: Amber color, small head. Rich toffeeish aroma and round toffeeish malt sweetness. Dry somewhat sharp and acidic finish. Strangely light mouthfeel and no lingering maltiness.
New for 2001: Malty with hints at nutty caramel and toffee. Not as rich as some but overall pretty good.------2000: I'm with Gusler - one of Pete's
best offerings. Malty sweet
but medium bodied (not heavy or
cloying), and clean. Straightforward,
yes, but quite enjoyable. Nice dark
amber color. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
In an 11-Marzen tasteoff, I'm starting to get tired of drinking this style, but I can still say that this is hoppier than the Victory Festbier and is not quite as bad as everyone seems to be saying. I would drink this again, though it wouldn't be high on my list.