We have officially begun our quest to try all of the commercially available Oktoberfests from Wisconsin breweries. If we can, we will try to find some of the smaller breweries that aren't readily available here in Madison (Viking, Central Waters, Calumet, Lakefront, etc.); but we are starting with the ones that are.
The methodology is simple: blind tasting of two different Oktoberfests. In the mbr refrigerator is all of the Oktobers. One of us sets up the glasses with two random unannounced Oktobers, and another tastes without knowing which beers have been poured. Tasting notes are taken, and guesses are made as to which Oktober is being consumed. The following is those tasting notes; unedited. We try not to "rate" the beers, just to review them. Enjoy. If you have had any of these beers, please feel free to post your review in the comments.
Sample A (Sprecher)
Appearance: amber in color, thin foamy head dissipates quickly
Aroma: sweet and alcohol-y, no hops
Taste: cloyingly sweet, slight hoppy bitterness on back, seems more like an ale than a lager;
Body: thin and syrupy, well carbonated, bitterness sticks around
Drinkability: hard to tell, but doubt I would want a lot of this; if one drank quickly the syrupy-ness and alcohol might go unnoticed (ed note: it doesn't)
Notes/Summary: Not terrible, but seems a little syrupy and sweet; depth eventually shows itself, but caramel gets in the way; perhaps straight from the tap drank quickly this would be better
Recommended: With reservations; it has a unique "strong ale" taste that some will not like