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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
First released in 2002, and sold out in two weeks. A tribute to the classic Fest styles of Germany the O’Fish uses European malts hops and yeast. A beautiful reddish color, a savory malt profile and nice hop flavor, make this Fest beer quite drinkable. OktoberFish is great with food and especially great with Lederhosen.

Malts: Muessdoerffer Munich, Muessdoerffer Vienna, Pauls Amber, Dingemanns De-Bittered Black and Two-row pale
Hops: Horizon, Crystal
Yeast: Dusseldorf Alt
Original Gravity: 14.3 Plato
Formats: 1/2 kegs, 1/6 kegs, cask-conditioned
Availability: September 1 to November 1 (if it lasts that long)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Bottle: orange/amber in color with a small head that fades to nothing quickly. Nuts and malt in the aroma, with some almost sweet spice to it that I feel shouldn’t be there. Flavor: Initially malt and spice hit the tongue. The malt tastes good, I can definitely taste to de-bittered black malt in there, which adds a nice bitterness to this beer. The spice tastes more like an unintended infection and adds a acidic quality to the taste. The aftertase is roasted, dark, and bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2004
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very rich dark orange to brown, with a hint of ruby, and very small off-white head. Unfortunately, the appearance is its only strong asset. Sweet, malty aroma. Very bitter, but not really in a good way. Malty-bitter. Overall, not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (1040) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Pretty good - but Flying Fish ESB is still the best. This is a decent Oktoberfest style beer, but it’s not one of the best I’ve had, great color though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Thanks to Willblake for this brew from Flying Fish! Oktoberfish has a nice deep copper color and a fine head of frothy off white foam on top. Malty aroma with a nutty touch to it. The flavor is sweet and has a rich nutty aftertaste that is enjoyably different. Not an Oktoberfest despite the name. Very nice and a good change of pace. Sorry, but I’ll have to pass on the Lederhosen though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 Freshest by 1-26-05.For a brewery that doesn’t have all that much going on..This was a very nice oktober/Alt kinda thing.Nice malty,nutty,tease of chocolate pudding,fruit,hops.Very easy drinking, hops show up at the end for some balancing. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2004
This was a decent beer. It poured just like any other Marzen, but I think this uses ale yeast. Worth a shot, but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5581) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Poured a brownish red color with a small off white head that leaves very light lacing on the glass. Aroma was very sweet and malty of caramel, nuts, and butter. Taste began very malty, then some toasted dough, and finishes with a nice citrus hop bite at the end. Very enjoyable, I like this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2004
(Alt) Beautiful beer that is smooth and malt accented. The nose is malty with a touch of hops. The palate is smooth and nutty. The finish is long dry and malty. A very good Mocktoberfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Bottle (thanks willblake): Light reddish tint to the clear/brown beer with thin white head. Very toasty, burnt crust nose. Medium body dominated by sweet and toasty malts. hops at finish is dry and haylike. Mashy, adjuncty aftertaste. My first Oktoberfest beer of the year, thanks to Willblake for adding this to our trade. Quite enjoyable, light and toasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dthmtldgn (32) - barrington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2004
very good beer. bottled. never seen this by flying fish, but will try anything with their name on it, and so far, havent been dissaapointed. recommend.

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