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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Octoberfest is made from Pilsen malt, caramunich malt, lots of Munich malt, caramel pils malt and aromatic malt. These combine to provide a light amber beer with a smooth ,clean malt character that comes through clearly. The hops are Perle for bittering and Hersbrucker for a mild aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Growler courtesy of mreusch. Thanks again, Matt! Pours a sparkling clear amber-orange with a lasting, creamy, beige head that laces beautifully (especially for a lager). On the nose is bready malt, like fresh baked bread, and a light fruity hop backing. The palate is on the light side of medium-bodied and creamy-smooth (rare for a lager) finishing quite cleanly. The flavor is sweet fresh French bread and caramel malt with a nice light hop bitterness at the front sides of the tongue and a clean finish. Bready, sweet malt lingers in the aftertaste. This is easily the best lager, of any style, that I have sampled to date. If you find yourself in Lawrence for a Big 12 football game, do yourself a favor and swing by Free State for a pint or seven.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1896) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Growler acquired in trade with mreusch. Pour is an attractive amber covered in white creamy lace. Aroma is toasty caramel. Nice smooth flavor of sweet caramel and that very attractive toast re-appears. Just a touch of mild hops? This is what I picture when I think of an Oktoberfest. Beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Tap @ FS. Pours a light amber with a moderate tan head, good lacing. Gentle aroma of caramel, nuts, bread,and light spice. Flavor is caramel nut, slightly bready, lightly spiced; malty and a touch sweet. Gentle and mild, very sessionable. A very tasty Octoberfest and nice way to celebrate the season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2005
The tap poured a sparkling clear medium amber beverage with an average creamy white head that lasted throughout and left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was lightly malty and had a light floral hop character as well. There were also notes of plum in the background. It had a medium body with soft carbonation and a creamy texture. The flavor started off slightly sweet. This sweetness lasted through to the end of the average finish. The finish took on a light bitterness as well and had a light alcohol texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 2005. O.G 14°P/1056. Hops 21IBU. Malt is pale, munich, carapils, and carmunich. Hops are Perle and Hersbrucker. 12 draft. Reddish color. Aroma is light malt and light hops. A nice session beer, but not a lot going on. I drank several of these when I was there, they are so easy to drink that I was watching the KU game and chitchatting and forgot to rate a couple times.

I was right about a couple things in my original rating, one of which is that this is a easy beer to drink, although I don’t think I appreciated the beers subtleties before. There is a nice munich-style malt maltiness, some toasty notes and a light herbal aroma. This is well balanced and approachable. I’m glad it is more readily available this year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
From a growler, delivered the very day it was filled, by my friend Aaron. Thanks AJ! Nice honey colored pour, with a cap of fine off-white head. Some nice lace. Aromas of fresh cut hay, and a lively herbal green smell. Gentle sweet malt. The restrained character of the aroma makes the flavor all the more surprising. This is bursting with a rich, bright, toasty maltiness. The closest thing I’ve tasted in the beer world to a loaf of great French bread, right from the oven. Though the emphasis here is clearly on the malt, the hops make a nice showing in the finish, with a gently mouthcoating herbal quality. The palate is smooth, finely carbonated, and light. It seems like the traditionally, this style is more about quantity than quality. But this is a Märzen interesting enough to sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 On tap: Quite good. It was a deep brownish, redish, color. Had a malty, nutty, sweet aroma. The taste was quite good with malts, nuts, caramel, spicey (nutmeg, cinamon, clove, etc.), citrus/green apple and on and on. Lots of flavors playing around in the mouth, very good indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Hand bottled via TAR - thanks so much, buddy! This is lovely! Slightly nutty, very earthy fresh from the hearth bread, with a tiny almost cinnamony hop presence. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2492) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Draft: Glassy golden orange. Sticky, milky white head. Beautiful aroma of mineral, tangy malts, and sugared apple. Fresh spicy hop undertones along with some toasted malts. Restrained esters. Round, toffeeish mouthfeel. Starts with lovely bready malt flavors with soft earthy, leafy hop tones. Decadent spicy hop/toasted malt interplay. Finishes with a sublime biscuity malt quality with tracs of nuts, pale malts, and a touch of raw noble hops. They've nailed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2003
I really enjoyed this O'fest, it is probably one of the best I've ever had. I think they must have beefed it up since Indra had it. Lots of aroma for a Free State beer...malt, raisin, toasted oats and a touch of cinnamon (?). Sticky side-clinging head. Same maltiness in my mouth with a touch of ginger and cinnamon. Filtered orange tan hue. Lasting and firm mouthfeel. True to style.

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