Arbor Oktoberfest
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Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A beautiful reddish orange lager with a nice foamy white head. Perfectly balanced, with a complex and spicy hop character that is delicately balanced with sweet malts, so that both flavors shine through but neither dominates the other. This Mrzen style lager is the traditional beer of Munich’s Oktoberfest. Literally translated it means "March Beer" and the name stems from the time before refrigeration when the last batch of the spring was brewed in March and then stored (or lagered) in Alpine cellars throughout the warm Bavarian summer to be brought back out and served during Oktoberfest and the rest of the fall harvest celebrations.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2007
sample at brewpub. Pours a reddish brown. The malt stands out, it is very sweet. Midly spicy. Not bad but nothing I would go out of my way for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
I thought it was better than most Oktoberfests I’ve had. Not too sweet, pretty easy to drink. A little spicy, carbonated. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michidan07 (22) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2006
This year, it’s a bit cloudy brownish-red. I’m not an expert on the style, but this was certainly the roughest example I’ve tasted. Had a strong maltiness, and the expected bready quality, but there was certainly some sourness and heat to go along with it. This beer looked strong, tasted strong, and felt strong. I’ll be disappointed if it’s not actually strong. Bottom-line: Unrefined albeit Tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Tap; I wonder why this wasn’t avaliable to rate when the beer was actually being served....anyhow. Red, burnt orange in appearance, decent head which faded, nice lacing I remember. Malty, nutty, spicy, hoppy and candied nose. Mouthfeel was satisfying, in which it started with the hop attack, slightly dry, sweet, then bitter. All balanced fairly well. A well done oktober oktober.

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