drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
I had SOOO many bottles of this over the few weeks of Oktoberfest and one thing the experience really left me with was this: drink the bottle before it warms! or else your in for a seriously dingy tasting ass of a beer. This aside, it was a smooth musky lager that was a touch grainier than normal but really nothing too special. dingo (37) - USA - DEC 11, 2003
Really middle of the road brew. Like everyone says, malty and caramely (is that a word?), amber pour with faint fast fading head. It is not bad, but it is not great either. It's just kind of there. I'd drink it again without a doubt, but don't know how much out of my way I'd go to do so. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 8, 2003
one of my favorite oktoberfests. caramel and malt notes mixed with a hop bitterness appealed to me. It seemed heavy on the stomach which made the flavor notes quite ful-bodied. kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2003
An amber colored clear beer toped by a white rapidly diminishing head. Aroma is significantly malty light fruit. Taste is somewhat sweet but with a nice balance of hopps medium bodied. Mellow. A decent beer beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Color is a nice light copper amber with a one finger high off-white head thats evenly foamed and smooth, fades down to a thick haze and lace in muddy globs. Aroma has a nice touch of lightly toasty malts, grainy and fresh and breadish sweet. Taste has a nice mellow toasted maltyness thats lightly sweet and bready, pretty easy and calm flavors, nothing overwhelming, notes of light nuttyness comes through in the finish with a favorable light drying. Sure its a bit plain, but nice enough to keep it interesting. Feel is medium bodied, pretty smooth the whole way through, easy little bitterness and a light drying finish. I can see drinking alot of these, as it warmed it was very nice indeed, a bit on the plain side, but something about the subtleness kept me going til the glass was empty. A good drinkin' O-fest.
Reid (2676) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Poured a fantastic looking massive billowy white head..that sticks a round more than the Paulaner ..a crystal clear amber beer..
Dissapointed about the aroma..compared to Paulaner Marzen its very feeble. not offensive though average indeed.
The taste though I liiked again i got some nice malt profiles this time smooth coffee and creme sort of flavour , milk chocolate comes to mind..very pleasant.
I like a beer to be smooth on the tongue and this does the job.
Quite drinkable..but not overlly so..the lack of carbonation makes sure you wont drink 12 of these babies..but this is an Ok beer wulfhere (218) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Bottle:
Nice amber color. Pours a nice creamy head with minute bubbles, some lace, moderate retention.
Nose is malt, caramel, a hint of hops.
Nice creamy muthfeel, sweet malt character with a mild bread aftertatse. Finishes fairly sweet with a bit of bitter to add balance to it. Always nice. eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2003
One of my favorite Oktoberfest beers from a terrific brewer! It is a hearty, toasty, delicious tasting beer with a terrific balance of malts (sweetness) and hops (bitterness.) To further the dichotomy, this leads to a strong, but fruity finish! Golden pale-pumpkin color. Delicious bouquet. Great from start to finish! mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 Quite goodn I like the slight carmel in the flavor and its overall mildness. Not week in flavor mind you but just very drinkible and smooth. A nice OKT Kingfish (5) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003 does not count
Aroma: Carmel malty tones with a hint of toasted grains, slight sherry notes of oxidation. No perceived hops.
Appearance is copper-brown with brilliant clarity, low & thin creamy head - but this persists, with moderate fine carbonation. Pretty!
Flavor: Rich toasted-toffee malt exposure with low hop flavor & enough bitter to support the malty base. However there is apparent papery tones of oxidation that are difficult to escape even in brown glass when they travel cross the pond & over the hills to my distant shore. Regardless, this is a nice exposé of malt, toasted caramel-toffee, with a hint of fruitiness that is otherwise rather clean in the finish.
The Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated, without a note of grain astringency, slightly acidic due to the carbonation, & sans the oxidation – pleasantly enjoyable.
Overall the biggest factor for any beer that travels from afar is in the care & handling of the distributor, & oxidation figures large enough. Beyond that ~ oh I’d love to schedule a flight for Bavaria & stay a month during Oktoberfest, or at least until they kick me out! This is a rich malty experience than any beeker (beer geeker) would envy!