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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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The American name for the beer traditionally served at Oktoberfest celebrations in Bavaria. Amber in color, this lager is smooth, malty, and well balanced by German hops.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4415) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle. The look is orange bright colored, ok off white head, and clear. The smell is malts, cereal, caramel, and straw. The taste is a malty sweetness, cereal, touch dry, and ok.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (7952) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Clear orange pour, small white head. Malty, some spice. Palate is a little thin and under carbonated. Just okay.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2012
This is Octoberfest number three or four or something on the year for me. I am digging them this year. It’s a good year for malt, I guess, and this is one beer that’s not afraid to be malty. It pours a clear amber color w/ a very small head of fine bubbles. The nose is malty and, strangely, there is quite a bit of cinnamon and clove spiciness. This is an order of magnitude more subtle than a Belgian but way more esters than I’d expect to see in a run of the mill ale let alone a lager beer. It works though, actually quite well, so while it is completely inappropriate for the style these spice notes do make for good beer. Flavor is up front w/ it’s malty sweetness w/ quite a lot of caramel and sugar flavors. It’s only mildly carbonated but not so sticky sweet as to feel sluggish. This is a rather good beer overall and one of the better Octoberfests this year.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arkurzynski (1788) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Deep orange pour. Aroma is sweet caramel and Munich malts, with a slight mineral edge. Flavor is sweet caramel, toasted malt and a faint vegetal hop finish. Light tin and canned corn. A bit too sweet, needs some nice noble hop bitterness to clean this up a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
akoeninger (550) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Tasty looking amber hue. Malty, sweet aroma. Taste is lighter than a Great Lakes marzen, bit bready. Slight hop profile to balance it out. Really quite a solid drinkable beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rubbishystuff (2028) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
At Rockwells. Caramel/malty beer with some minimal hops and a bit of roastiness. Sweetness is almost a bit cloying but over all a solid beer. Serving: Tap

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2012
A little bit lighter in color than Oso’s and a bit lighter in flavor as well. Still a decent beer, though

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dekester1 (340) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Poured a reddish amber with a fine light head that faded to a nice lacing. The aroma was sweet and malty with a fruity hue. Taste was complex with maltiness upfront with a decent a carmel and nuttiness. The finish had a ’hay’ flavoring with a light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was decent. Overall, a nice marzen brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (664) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Pretty straightforward American oktoberfest. Bready. Not quite malty enough for my taste. Nice color. Not too dark. Beautiful copper orange. Ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1218) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2012
(bottle) Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head and a sparse smattering of lacing. Aroma smells like an almost spot-in representation of toasted bread with a spread of honey butter. Further scents of roasted barley and some musty lager yeastiness. Really not much else here. The flavor also holds a big dose of bread (tastes wheaty) with some caramel in the mid, and a pleasant flavor of roasted barley in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is touch on the high side. Overall this is a straightforward O-fest that doesn’t have any associated bells and whistles.


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