austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2003
2003: Copper brown with a fast-fading head. This beer is really mild and is perhaps the least-hopped Okto I've ever had! If you like mild, brown ales, you'll love this one, because it also comes with some complexity (a little sourness, but mostly caramel malt dominates). Maybe a hint of spiciness, too. Good stuff. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2003
2003 Bottle. Deep orange with some brown/tan hues. Clear and bubbly. Head is small and white, good amount of lacing. Aroma is of some sweet mellow fruit, earthy malt and a touch of alcohol. Beer begins with a big lightly sweet caramel malt flavor that is lightly roasted. Medium-full body that holds up very well. No thinning or wateriness. Some sweet fruit flavors come out (light apricot/pear). But my favorite part was the hops that begins subtle and finishes with a magnificent balance that adds a nice amount of spiciness, and a touch of bitterness. Good mouthfeel, big and bubbly. My favorite oktoberfest to date probably. Still would like to see some sediment and more head. A bit reserved in malt flavor, could use some more. Slightly dry and grainy towards end. Bet this would be great on tap. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Color is a dull coppery amber brown with a nice light brownish head thats whipped buttery smooth and nearly an inch high. Takes some timely length to fade. Very minimal spotty lace. Aroma is strongly malty sweet with a honeyish toffee and some dulled dark citrus of plum and starfruit. Nice nose, just not as toasty as I like, but I like it anyways, screw the toast. Taste follows the aroma with a good portion of sweet toffeeish malts with some caramel aspects. Light dulled fruit also noted in some of the sweetness. Quite close to a being a doppelbock in its flavor. The finish brings out some late, slight toasty notions, but this sucker is all sweet rendered malts. Quite scrumptiously yummy. Close to full feel with a pretty creamy feel the whole way through. A nice O-fest, not as toasty as I like in the style usually, but I'll make an exception cuz this is a damn good beer non-the-less.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Deep amber color. Very malty, but it was overwhelmed by the amount of caramel aroma and flavor. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Appearance: This pours crystal clear reddish brown with an off white head.
Aroma: There's a slight hint of malt in the nose.
Taste: The feeling in your mouth is very soft, the flavors are malty. This is a very nice example of a session beer. I can see why the Germans drink Oktoberfest beers by the liter.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
The beautiful, deep reddish amber body of this beer is topped by a thick off white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight fruitiness and a touch of flowery hops. The flavor is well balanced with a very slight lean towards malty. A touch of fruity sweetness and flowery bitterness is observed. Light to medium bodied, relatively smooth and dry. Frank (4193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Dark copper color. Sweet and malty up front with enough bitterness in the finish to round things out. Very drinkable if unexceptional. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Clear color copper, orange color. Sweet caramel nose. Really dry bitter hops but really mute. A decent Oktoberfest. TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Gleaming brass. White bubbles fade to a soapy ring. Round, subtly toasted aroma of fruity malts, toffee, star anise, and caramel malts. Slightly metallic undertones with hints of pale malts, dates, molasses, and tobacco. Slick, candyish mouthfeel. Spicy hops are greeted by rich candied malts. Vaguely tingly and medicinal with hints of perfume and apple skin. Finishes zippy with delicate spicy hops and a lightly toasted caramel malt billing. Delayed pale malt pungency cleans up the residual sweetness. In hindsight, the aromatic esters detract from the caramel malt blending; and the complex delicateness I seek in Märzen, is slightly flawed by the high-alpha hops in the finish. On the other hand, the caramel malt/pale malt combo was superb. Quaffable O’fest. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Tasted side by side with their Vienna style Amber Lager. The Oktoberfest is more caramelly and lacks the little bit of hops at the end of the Amber. Longer sweet finish, and thick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Recommended.