mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz bottle. Rusty color, originally a nice head, but it quickly dropped to nothing. Smells like biscuits or fresh whole grain bread to me, maybe a slight burnt carmel aspect with some pears and apples. Malty beer. Fairly light in body, but not watery. Finish is clean with a nice dash of hop bite. I served this to my Heineken lovin’ friends and they thought it was really good. I liked it too.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a rich, orange/copper color with a decent off-white head. It’s got a nice, sweet malt aroma, caramel-like. Very smooth & creamy mouthfeel. It tastes of caramel and toffee with a touch of nuttiness. The hops come across in the finish, a nice blending of the bitter with caramel.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange poour with lots of caramel and German hop aroma. Flavor is similar to Sam Adams O’fest with a lot of hop domination and a caramel nuttiness to it.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange red color w/ large off white head. strong malty aroma w/ vanilla and toffee. Nice smoth body w/ a nice balance of sweet malt, fruits, and crisp hops.
jgentgesdo (693) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is floral, hoppy and promises spice and complexity in the taste. Pours typical marzen with slightly murky brown. Flavor is suprisingly hoppy with good balance and mild, pleasing pumpkin spices (allspice, clove, cinnamon), as well as sweet malty tones and an unusual soapy character near the end. Long aftertaste is slightly chalky. Overall excellent, I would drink it again.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery 11/26/2004 Appearance is a nice marzen look with a good head and lace. Aroma is malty and floral. The flavor is sweet and malty with a good hop balance. Overall very nice.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent Oktoberfest, but it isn’t heads above the rest. Pours with a good head that fizzles down, with the brew having the amber/brown color typified by Oktoberfests. This beer was smoother and sweeter - and less spicy - than most Oktoberfests. It didn’t leave that descernable finish of hops, malt and spice at the end of each sip. For a better Oktoberfest, look to Paulener, Hacker-Pschorr and the likes. If you want a microbrew Oktoberfest, Lakefront Brewery’s is better. And, if you’re a budget kind of guy, the Augsburgur is better, especially considering the price.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle:Clean reddish amber hue with nice frothy but slowly fading head and some lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, pale and biscuity malts, peanut, apple and pear, grassy and aromatic hops, and a dusty yeast ester. The taste starts with a mellow sweetness and noticeable malt character followed by a equal fruity and spicy hop nature. The finish is bitter and nutty, a bit too hoppy for a Marzen. The feel is lively, crisp and thin. Overall a quaffable brew but unlike most Sprecher offerings, this one isn’t to true to style.
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 Newer rating, still pretty good, just a little too sweet for me. Rated this again recently. I am still a fan. Deep ruby red color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel candy, nuts, grass and some nice light malts. The taste is a little sweet wth walnuts and a little bit of coffee. This is a very light and enjoyable version of the style. I like this one a lot. One of the best from the brewer and in the style.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small and fading fizzy off-white head. Reddish orange clear color. Bready and "rusty" malt with some sweet fruit and carrots in the aroma. Good, yet tame and lasting fresh sweet malt flavor. Caramelly, sweet cinamon bread. Slightly thick feel, and a bit fizzy to.