MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Seems like a pretty typical Oktoberfest brew with its pronounced malt character. Nothing really special about it, though.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 very nice deep amber color and off white head start off this brew. Aroma is nice as well, with good malt notes and sweetness. Flavor is good, but not great. Nice malt accents and well rounded, but lacks a lot of real character to give it any differing marks from other Oktobers. A good brew, nevertheless.