JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Quite frankly, I am very impressed with this offering. Pours beautiful orangeish amber color with a fluffy head. Tiny little bubbles effervesce. Aroma has a nice amount of slightly roasted malts and finely selected hops. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Very well balanced - not overly malty like some marzens. This is an all night long beer. Smuttynose is one of my favorite brewers and this is quite the lager. canary dog (774) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Wow. This stuff is dynamite. Pure, crisp body. Light bronze in color with quickly fading head. Sharp. Caramel malt note is very tastefully done. Just a bit more hops than typical for this style, but it is very well blended with the rich malts. Very fine, pleasant nose. Malty and buttery, but never cloying: just like the body. Smooth. Perhaps just a hint of smokiness, just a speck. The best beer I have had in a long, long time. Excellent. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
The best version I have ever had, my friend and i did a tasting 6 Oktoberfests and this one won the cake.Huge toastiness to balance,malt and hops. UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2002
This big beer series is awesome. All I’ve tried so far have been terrific. This octoberfest is, of course, malty. Full, well rounded body, light hoppiness, very well done beer. One of my favorite octoberfests. DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2004
As red as a penny with a tightly wound bubbly head, this bear is nice for the looking.
Fresh cherries meet the nose, a thoroughly fresh malty aroma.
Big bodied with ample carbonation, this beer is at once tart, and creamy with a full-frontal malt presence.
Balancing hops quickly address the situation, but the finish is big with a bang, and a long, lingering liquorish finish ensues. Warming alcohol steps in. Nice.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Peachy brown. Nose has loads of caramel, similar caramel maltiness predominates in the flavor. Surprisingly hoppy for an Oktoberfest. Tommynh (119) - - NOV 9, 2016
Nice version of the octoberfest, had it from draft at RRT. Nice golden color and somewhat sweet taste and no bad aftertaste, a good fall beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Pours a nice medium amber, with a large tan head that mostly recedes, leaving small bit of lace. Aroma is a pleasant mix of toasted malt, some caramel malt, and a bit of hops. Flavor carries on the caramel, less toast than the aroma had, and ends with a nice crisp hoppiness that wisks the other flavors away. Medium in body, medium carbonation, very easy drinking. bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Overall I like this beer however it is definetly not true to the "oktoberfest" style. A lot maltier, darker and hoppier than any German Oktoberfest. This is a very big Oktoberfest and I will be drinking much more of this. I am really liking this Big Beer Series. jgb9348 (6281) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Ruby tinted amber colour with a perfectly dense light tan head. Aroma of pumpkin, malt, caramel and a light nutmeg. Medium-bodied; Sweet flavour mixed with plentiful malt and some spices. Aftertaste full of sweetness-caramel, caster sugar and a bit of natural sugars from raisins, etc. Overall, a pretty good beer and a pleasant twist on the style. I bought this 65 cL bottle from Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 19-November-2003.