redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Reddish color with a medium off-white head. A sweet caramel malt aroma with spicy hops that has an almost English feel to it. Light bodied, spicy feel and taste. Caramel lingers with a dry finish. Falls into the too easy to drink category, 16oz is a plus in this case. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Something about the aroma reminds me of micros I drank 10 years ago--Red Feather Pale Ale from Chambersburg, Pa. Who cares. Nice spicy hops, beautiful appearance. Mild, but fine malt profile. There's something very typical about this: if you like Marzen, you'll dig it. I do. Thanks, Capt. Cougar. austinpowers (2831) - 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 (6958) - 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 (4256) - 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.