Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Light on the malt which lead to little body and did nothing to balance the hop profile. Minimal aroma, lacking a decent head and a nothing on the finish. Very average. JK (6240) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Light aroma of, oddly, Phad Thai and minimal malt. Light amber color; it looks like a Vienna. Simple but appropriate malt flavor, however, it lacks body. OK for the style. BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Aroma is very buttery and deep such that it’s not difficult to accidentally draw the liquid into the nasal passages. Flavor is strong and caramel malty, not enough hop presence but still very good for the style. Compared to [some] of the other mediocre Oktofest offerings I would recommend definitely giving this a try. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 Original rating, 09/23/2005: 7, 4, 6, 2, 13 = 3.2pkbites (964) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Pours a flat, caramel/orange with a nice, creamy head to start and a touch of particulate in the body. Aromas are well-malted with caramel and buttery nuts. Flavor is a bit dirty, with full-malted sweetness to start, ending mildly bitter. There’s a metallic presence to the ending... I think I’m going to start blaming the below-listed store for this. Maybe something is seeping up into the bottles from their shelves. It seems that 50-60% of the beers I’ve purchased there finish metallic. Or maybe it’s just my dumb luck. Anyway, the Oktoberfest is a nice offering and I’d like to enjoy it again... purchased from a different location.
<font size=-4><a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Bridgeview, IL</font>
Re-rate, 10/05/2007: 7, 4, 7, 4, 16 = 3.8
Well, I just purchased an obviously fresher bottle over the weekend and I can say things took a turn for the better. Similar in appearance and aroma as before with an addition of mild nobles. No "dirtiness" nor metallics in the flavor nor finish, instead this stays focused on the sweet caramels and herbal bitters. Decidedly malty. Mid-bodied with a clean finish. Much better!
<font size=-4>Purchased at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/sycamo Discount Liquors, Sycamore, IL 60178</font>
I’m not a big lover of Oktoberfest style beer, but Sprecher does it right. Gorgeous dark copper with a rich tan head. The head & foam are thick and yeasty. Has the aroma of a caramel sticky bun. The flavor is a bit on the shy side, and needs more presence of malt.
The hops appear late, but WOW, what an appearance!! Excellent finish and medium bitter after-taste. Good job, Mr. Sprecher!
AcctError12410 (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
just arrived 4 hours ago. bottled less than three weeks ago. good overall presence. nice hop-tinged aroma, nice deep brown color and orange tinted head, good flavors. tilted toward the hoppy end of marzens....not sharp, more top end lingering flavor hops, almost no aroma. malt solid, not assertive. good beer, not exactly my idea of an ideal oktoberfest. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Sampled from a bottle, this beer pours to a thick creamy tan head that sits atop a glowing bronze body. So-so spotty lacing. The aroma is nice. Nutty caramel backed by a nice floral hops. Cauliflower. The flavor is floral hops and caramel with nuts. Toasted and roasted malts. Tea. The palate is medium bodied and chewy. twindadplus2 (728) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Reddish brown with a small creamy head that lingers a bit longer than I expected. Aroma is a lot of malt with a nutty caramel tone and a bit of flowery hops. Flavor is sweet, roasty malt and lots of it plus a strong taste of caramel and a nice touch of floral hops. Nice, medium bodied with light carbonation and a good long malty finish with one last goodbye from the hops. I would’ve liked to taste a bit more malt and a bit less caramel but still another good one from Sprecher. redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Amber in color with an orange brown tint and an off white head. Big malt aroma, caramel, nut, toasted, and a floral hop in the background. Flavor is sweet malt and caramel with a finish of toast. Good body and nice lingering finish. Another fine product from Sprecher. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 10, 2005
(16 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with CaptainCougar, thanks Tom!) So this is Sprecher’s Oktoberfest offering, and I have high hopes since I tend to like the beers these guys produce. While this is a very flavorful beer, it definitely seems to be more caramely and sugary sweet rather than malty, and that’s not really what I’m seeking in an Oktoberfest. Nevertheless, this is a tasty and pretty enjoyable beer. Very caramely and very sweet, kind of a brown sugar type of sweet, and with only mild bitterness. But it’s not all just caramel and sweet, there’s enough maltiness to keep this beer from being a glass of sugar water, which oftentimes plagues many American Oktoberfests. Likewise, the nose is caramely and sweet. Medium in body, perhaps a bit too sugary, and thus without much hops bitterness, it’s a bit cloying on the palate, but not too bad. Deep, ruddy amber color is darker than almost all others in this style, and it’s slightly hazy in appearance. Light tan head is pretty lackluster after the pour and in retention, fading to a rim. I like it, but don’t love it. I still prefer a cleaner Oktoberfest, less sweet and sugary, more of a German-style maltiness like what we find in a Spaten. But on the flip side, this is better than the vast majority of the American Oktoberfests I’ve tried.