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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Not much in the nose, touch of candied malt and faded hops. Lemons, toffee malts with a touch of those earthy hops coming out in the finish. The earthiness is strange with the flavors and the body is overly watery. Ok, but nothing I’ll ever choose to drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2008
12oz bottle, ’08. pours clear copper with off white head. a sweet malty aroma with foral hops. sweet malts, dried fruit, earthy finish rounds out the palate. nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Cloudy copper color with a thin tan head. Caramel aroma with a smooth, roasted malt taste and a light hop bite for a nice balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Faint caramel malt on the grainy nose. Astringent body with faint caramel malt. Thanks to Skyview for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2007
12 oz bottle. Red amber with solid medium beige head. Slight lager grain with sweet malt and caramel. Flavor is grain, banana, sweet, slight dark malt. Well carbonated medium to full body that fades to a nice creaminess. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5624) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Perhaps not as fresh as it could have been, but it is only November. Great malt aroma and malt flavor. Some caramel. Good, smooth palate. Not the most flavorful oktoberfest I have had, but quite good anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Picked up a six-pack at Trig’s in Wausau, Wisconsin. From a 12-oz bottle, pours a clear coppery amber brew with a fast dissolving off-whtie head that disipates clean. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some flowery hops with some dry toffee. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with a caramel malt flavor with some dry spice, toffee and some tart pear. Finish is slightly tart at first and then a sweet biscuit and caramel malt flavor returns. No bitterness in this bottled Märzen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2007
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was one finger high and off white. It dissipated relatively quickly to nothingness and didn’t leave any lace behind. Delicate aromas of subdued spicy hops, humble malty toffee, and a hint of apple. Pretty nice. Slightly sweet on the tongue with crisp carbonation. Malt dominated flavor without any appreciable hop contribution. Tasted of toasted bread accented by light toffee. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear orange amber with a small light beige head, low retention. Aroma has some brown ale leanings--light roast and toasted nuts--with some toasted grain that is almost to the point of dry dog food, but not quite. Very light caramel sweetness noted. A little, but not much more sweetness in the flavor. Toasty grain, light nuts and a bready malt character finish up the flavor. Light to moderate carbonation with a medium body. Not really any faults with this, but nothing was really that great about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2006
12 oz bottle from the Woodmans on Gammon Road, Madison WI (October 2006) consumed mid-November from a Carlyle pint glass. Dark near-clear amber with a smallish dying off-white head, little to no lacing....nice malty, lightly smoky-peaty-woody aroma, feels like autumn all right.....somewhat dull, dry body, bit of caramelized and pale malt upront but dull dry woodiness kills the finish and the faint cidery touches don’t really help....thin and boring and a bit overcarbonated.

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