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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A traditional marzen style beer with a gorgeous firey dark orange color. Oktoberfest emphasizes a rich malt character. A great way to fortify oneself as the nights start to get cooler. Available August through October

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElGaucho (2329) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Very, very malty, sweet molasses aroma. Some off notes. Small head, off-white. Tastes like it smells. Malt fest. No bite, no hops. Plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2003
A clear copper body with a thin white head that left some lace toward the top. The aroma is very malty, grainy. Whole grain bread, nutty, toffee/caramel in the nose. Very earthy. The flavor is fairly crisp and clean, refreshing and leaves almost no aftertase, good or bad. There doesn't seem to be much hop character, but I'm not sure that's the point either. Just a flavorful, clean beer with good biscuity, bready notes with no off flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Clear bronze with plenty of red. Generous head that, though it diminishes, remains to cover the body and catch the constant stream of redish bubbles. Strong doughy malt aroma that also consists of sticky toffee, caramel, floral alcohol and sweet raisins. Gentle, lightly carbonated mouthfeel - just the right amount. . . flavours are on the sweet side to start: juicy gala apples, deep red grapes, raisins. . . but take a spicy turn right at the end with some lightly peppered hops and spiced pumpkin. Still one of my first from Capital, but one that makes me want to go out and try more of their brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2003
First off, a disclaimer, this bottle is not this years batch, it was one cellared since last year, the last of a sixer. Copper hue with a good but disminishing head. Aroma hinted of apricot, floral hops, caramel, butterscotch, and spicy herbs. The taste started mildly acidic before a smooth malty sweetness appeared. Light spices and biscuit taste followed. A dry and clean finish. This medium-bodied brew has a slighty creamy and lively mouthfeel. While it was not my intention to cellar this bottle (it got lost in the back), it appears to have age gracefully without losing any characteristics I remembered from last year. I hope to get my hands on this year batch and see any difference, a happy mistake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Here it is in August and the Oktoberfest has already hit the shelves, along with four others that were on the same shelf. Out the those, this was the only one I haven't had. A little early if ya ask me, but oh well, here wo go - Clear ambery-brownish color with a small off-white foamy head that fades, little spots of lace. Smell is a roasty sweet malt with a touch of herbal like hops and earthyness coming through. Taste is subdued roasted malts with some sweetness and slight tang coming through mostly, a touch of herbal qualities show up near the finish along with a balancing sweetness. Feel is a bit lighter then expected, even while drinking it in 85 degree heat, it is however, very smooth and easy for good drinkin'.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Light brown or i guess as the disc.says orange color,small off white head that had a little holding power.Malty aroma,mild pear and maybe a slight spiciness to it as well.Malty taste with a nice fruity presence mild hops with a slight bitterness to the taste.The after taste is kind of like a bitter orange or citrus of some kind.Pretty decent brew,and it would be a good brew to have around more often.I hate the seasonal deal and would like to see good brew more often,but i guess that would cause it to be less of a thrill if it was available year round.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2003
The aroma is sour and "macro"-like, but the beer is dominated by smooth, subtle malts. Sweet and crisp. Little to mention on the hops front. A pleasant beer; I guess this is my "Marchfest" tonight!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Malty aroma, with some honey toasted wheat bread and caramel. Medium amber coloration, faintly hazy with a creamy, off-white head. Flavor is rather nicely blended. Toffee sweetness, bready malt and light cidery fruitiness combine with some faintly spicy hop bitterness. Finishes very clean, with a malty, lightly grainy and sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied, mouthfeel is actually somewhat lively. A decent enough Fest style, you could do much worse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
I have a half barrel of this in my fridge right now. Sure there are ’better’ beers, but this is one that gets high marks for everyday drinkability. While a mild caramel flavor is the strongest flavor in this medium bodied brew there are nice touches of biscuity toast in the back. Lighter bodied and less sweet than some lessen the impact of this brew but make it more friendly to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2434) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Fruity esters of mostly apple with some pear shades. A bit of bubblegum aroma and a touch of clove. I’m really glad to have something from this brewery. Many thanks to the man Max!

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