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. MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Pours a bright, clear reddish-orange with a bubbly off-white head that shrinks to an incomplete cap. The aroma is faintly malty, with some doughy, toasted malt…I don’t detect any Munich malt though. A bit of herbal Tettnanger hop too. Begins toasty and malty, with a hint of caramelly sweetness, then takes a turn towards bitter and roasted. Watery, short-lived finish. Medium in body, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. A bit on the bland side. This is lacking the smoothness and distinct maltiness of a great O’fest. Not a bad brew, but it sadly takes the typical American shortcut of using Crystal malt and little-to-no lagering time…and it shows.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Nice dark amber/brown color.Small head that faded fast,with a slight amount of lace left behind.Malty,caramel aroma with a nice sweet side.The taste was much the same with a stronger emphasis on the sweet caramel and decent amount of hops as well in the flavor.The after taste is malty,light caramel and well hopped.Very nice brew and well done IMO i'm glad i have a few more around for later sitting outside by the fire some cool evening. Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Dark red color, with a tan head. Slightly sweet head. Can't really get a handle on this one. There's nothing really there. A little caramel flavor, a little acidity, and a dull, watery beer. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Amberish color, quick disappearing head,a faint honey taste with a soft malty carmel aftertaste. Given its strong bouquet, I thought the taste would be bolder, smooth mouthfeel does not get bitter to the end
igneous1 (1537) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2003
beautiful brownish/orangeish color that positively glows! no beer transmits light in quite the same way an Ofest does. has a thin but adequate head. aroma is obviusly malty with cereal notes. detect more hops in the flavor of this than most Ofests..very subtle however. touch of alcohol as well...not as sweet as some of the others of the style, but still, very tasty. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2003
This was fairly good. Good amounts of caramel in the nose and flavor. Well balanced with malts and sweatness. Thick head and medium thick body. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Sweet caramel aroma. Nice amber colored lager with fluffy head. Rich malty flavor that is oh so smooth. Not quite as sweet as other marzens, which is a good thing. Crisp finish and well balanced. This is a very nice beer, DrnkMcDermott (3120) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Draft Looks like there's a lot more variety in Okto beers than any style definition can contain, especially when American brewers are involved. Sprecher offers a nice dark complexion with a good roasty malt character. This, in turn, counterbalances the usual sweetness of an Okto, leading it to a dry finish. Still, the mouthfeel comes in a little thinner than expected, but a good effort. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Seems like a pretty typical Oktoberfest brew with its pronounced malt character. Nothing really special about it, though.