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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (915) - 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 (3211) - 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 (5481) - 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 (1906) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2410) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Decent sized light tan head. Ok carbonation with a little lacing. Dry dusty aroma with notes of roasted grains, wet decaying wood and a bit of hops. Alsso some wet hay. Slight stinkyness that I cannot place. Color is a nice dark amber. Soft toasted flavor of crusty bread, malts and a bit of citrus to give it a slightly tart character. Typical altbier malt taste. Not sure what it is but it is similar in many altbiers. Finish is a little sticky with plenty of malts to coat the tongue. A decent, roasty oktoberfest/altbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2004
09.03.04 12oz bottle. Very handsome pour - dark teakwood brown with red and gold highlights. The head is thick and white and, while fading, leaves a smattering of lace. Aromas are toasty malts, salty, bready - almost alt-ish. The palate is light to medium bodied, sticky with malts; slight tart quality shows up front. Hops on finish distinguish this beer from alt, to me, but not necessarily as an oktoberfest. Nevertheless, this is a great East Coast take on a traditional German style.

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