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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
12 oz bottle

Most of the Central Waters Reserve releases have been pretty good so I thought I would give this one a shot. It was a little disappointing even if it was not bad. The best description I can come up with for this release is ’safe’. While it wasn’t hard to drink, I could not help feeling like something was missing. I could see trying this at a bar or get together if the alternative was a pale fizzy ale. Otherwise, I think this is the first and last bottle I will be picking up.

Aroma / Appearance - A huge billowing head flowed from the bottle into my glass, covering about 90% of it in foam. After it settled down all that was left was a one-finger white head. Underneath was a rusty brown colored liquid that bubbled with carbonation. The nose was a soup of malt, cherries, raspberries and nuts with a hint of peat in the background.

Flavor / Palate - Cherries, malt and almonds compose the primary flavors. The first sip was the same as the last - nothing changed even as it slowly warmed in my glass. A trace amount of cheap grocery store aisle chocolate remains in the aftertaste but overall it is very weak. This was a solid Octoberfest but nothing special.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (9553) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
Golden yellow with a bit of brown tinge, fast disapearing white head. Beer cheese smell with some peat. Tasty peatish though thin mouthfeel, very high malted. All though not up to my other samples from this brewery, still refreshing. Thanks jpm30 for surprise extra.

   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 (4970) - 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 (5310) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 From a 12 oz. bottle with a short blurb along the left side of label, no freshness date, but this is the fall ’06 release. Poured a clear reddish copper with a foamy, fluffy white head that settled in to a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking. Had a fruity aroma with a very light toastiness, hints of caramel and toffee, a little powdery yeast. Good carbonation and a soft, soft crispness, a tad watery, medium-light bodied mouthfeel. Bland and thin tasting, especially the malts, thin and watery caramel, barest hints of toastiness, weak grain taste, a watery fruitiness, the hops don’t have much of a presence and a watery caramel finish. This was the most disappointing Oktoberfest I’ve had this season, maybe it is better from the tap, but this was a fresh sample that was well cared for, once again, disappointing. In someways, this reminds of a watered down version of the Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfest.

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