ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 2004 bottle. Very lovely soft red almost magenta color with plenty off creamy off-white head. Aroma has tons of fruity hops, they are quite aromatic; lots of cherries, strawberries and nectarines. Flavor, though not gaining bitterness from them, is dominated by the hops. There is a nice even caramel malt and just a hint of roast, but it’s a hops show. Almost reminds me of candied apples. A decent brew, definitely strange and not to style, but that’s ok. belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Slightly sweet, with a touch of malt aroma. Nice malty body...not too sweet like some others. A very enjoyable Oktoberfest. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Clear amber color with a thin yet lasting off-white head. Mostly fruit and malt in the aroma. Good balanced taste of hops and malt with a sweet, fruity malt finish. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy and bitter. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Bottle. Very fresh. Orange and clear in color with a tan head. Malty and hoppy. Fruity malty aroma. Smooth. Nicely balanced with hops and malt. Decent beer. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 This years batch ABV - 6.4%. Sparkling chestnut, tan fizzy head. The aroma has notes of toasted malt, caramel, light cherry, biscuits, pepper, with a slight herbal quality to it. Malty with a good hint of bittering hops and alcohol to round it out. All this comes in nicely blended with some light fruity overtones. Light to medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, malty, fruity, dry finish. Easy drinking and nice for the future autumn months ahead.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Bottle. Now lets get one thing straight. This is not a lager(it says so on the bottle), so O-fest lager like character should not be expected. However, this is a decent ale. Orange, clear, tan head. Fruity malty aroma. Mix of pepper and munich malt. Malty fruity flavor, munich malty nuttyness. Good dose of hops for balance. Smooth. This is decent, but think ale and you wont be disappointed... Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2004
No. Too grainy tasting, like a caramel-flavored cereal. Think, murky, not bright enough. A balanced malt presence but not toasty and not clean. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Getting close to the season! Color color with a tall beige head. Nice sheets of lace abound. Dry toast with a hint of cardboard and radish. Very strong malt presence with mild licorice and earth. Dry herb bitterness with a touch of acidity in the finish. Lacks the toastiness and crisp lager feel of a true fall festival brew. . JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Even though this bottle may be past it’s prime, it still proved lively in carbonation and retained a balanced taste. Copper with thin tan head, the nose was stale, somewhat like cardboard and nuts. The caramel taste in the front was nice, as was the nutty dry finish. A nice strong Oktoberfest. DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
A solid fest. The pour is dark amber, with nice brussels lace as one drinks. The flavor is standard fest, with dual European malts, and overtones of caramel, figs, and walnuts. A very smooth, very good fest.