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Berghoff Oktoberfest Lager

Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Oktoberfest beer as we know it has been a part of classic Bavarian lager repertoire for over 150 years, although the celebration itself dates back to 1816. The familiar rich amber lager we now know by this name originated in Vienna and migrated to Bavaria by the 1850s. Like the classics, our version is deeply malty, with just enough hops to provide a sense of balance. But our version lightens up the body a little to avoid being too sweet, making for a crisper drinking experience. We start with the classic Vienna and Munich malts, and use a few other types as well, for greater complexity as well as an easy drinkability. Slightly more hop bitterness as well as some pleasing hop aroma gives the Berghoff Oktoberfest a bit more punch and personality than the original.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfish120love (1159) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Pours a golden hello with a white lacing. The aroma is caramel, bread with a hint of grass

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2015
355ml twist off. Lighter pour than a typical american okto, which I appreciate. Typical berghof lagery aroma, sweeter malt but not overly caramally. Flavor is good, basic herb notes, nice fruitiness, rich and malty but not cloying like most us examples. Tastes like the stuff served in the actual tents.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 My initial rating of this stuff was an old bottle. Fresher, it is much better--as always. This is very bright amber w/ a white foamy head--rather pretty. It’s very solid malt w/ a nice floral hop nose. Slightly seet and bitter w/ medium body and carbonation. I’d drink this again.

Original rating:Oktoberfest isn’t necessarily a bad style but a lot of brewers don’t seem to be aware of that. This one is a pretty typical example of a malty German lager done poorly. It orange brown w/ a fine white head. It’s sweet is the main problem, which makes for a somewhat heavy brew w/ an emphasis on sugars rather than actual malt character. There are also some slightly unpleasant metallic notes esp. in the nose. Overall, this is kind of vaguely drinkable but there is really nothing especially good about it to make up for its problems. If you want a beer in this vein that is actually good check out Busch Signature Copper Lager, which is not only better but cheaper too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2014
Keg@O'Hare airport. Deep straw, thin head. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Malty, buttery taste, faintly sour. Caramel, faint hops, burnt popcorn, diacetyl. Bad keg lines, or traces of an infection? (2014-09-29) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a light copper with a half finger of white head. Aroma of caramel and grains. Taste is similar. Lightly bitter with some herbal hops and light metallic notes. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Fizzy carbonation and a surprisingly long finish. Pretty good. Much better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (9662) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle. Mostly clear golden yellow pour with a small spotty white head. Grains and light malt, but way too much metal character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1406) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Light amber brew with small quickly fading head that soon fades. Aroma of light malt, cereal, some metal. Taste is mildly malty with a nice crisp finish - tart fruit and some bitter grass / hay. Thin palate. Enjoyable!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Niko100 (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft; Light straw/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, & dusty grain/hops; Flavor of malt, caramel, and some hops; Somewhat metallic - just decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
10/13/13 Trade from Jamil. Weak scent of tart apples and grain. Pretty copper pour with a decent head. Lighter crisp feel. Nice tart bright flavor to a sweet malty cracker and grain quality. A solid Oktoberfest. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drdisque (763) - Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2013
From a bottle poured in a novelty pilsner glass my sister in law bought me. Very nice sweet malty fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet grainy malt and a crisp finish. A very spot on, if not a little bit boring, execution of the Marzen style. Well balanced.

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