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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Cleveland’s celebration of Oktoberfest dates to the mid 1800’s when German immigrants gathered at outdoor beer gardens like Haltnorth’s and Kindvater’s St. Clair Gardens. Our amber lager with rich malt flavor and noble hops honors Cleveland’s diverse cultural heritage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Single 12 oz bottle purchased for $1.50 from Buehler’s in Delaware, OH. Orange/amber pour with a small, white, silky head that quickly dissipates into a small ring; head can be brought back moderately with some swirling. Aroma of bready malts, caramel, yeast, honey, grass, citrus, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and malty but somewhat less deep than the aroma; a touch of caramel and some light alcohol in the exhale; finish has light and moderately bitter hops. There is a floral note throughout this. Mouthfeel is medium-thick, silky, and moderately sticky. Overall, this is very drinkable; complex for the style; very tasty; would happily drink this year round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2008
12 oz bottle via trade (thanks to whoever sent this!). Pours an almost clear amber with a nice beige head. Nose is pleasant with toasted grains, lager yeast, earthy hops. Tastes just like it smells with some subtle chocolate & toffee in the finish and aftertaste...and i do mean subtle. A tiny bit of vanilla as well. Nice. Body is medium, carbonation is moderate. A clean, tasty, well-made Octoberbest, perhaps the best i have ever had. Perfectly balanced between malt and hops, with a nice clean yeast. Bravo!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Fiery amber, clear, moderate fizzy off-white head, spotty lacing, litle carbonation.   Big grainy nose.   Yeah, not expecting too much from this as I don’t usually care for this cereal like graininess.   Malt forward, graininess creeping in at the backside.   Not real heavy, but its there and it does not sit terribly well with me.   I was thinking this might be like their Eliot Ness, but nope, nothing like it.   Mild sweetness, noticeable towards the finish.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   As it warms the graininess seems to fade a bit.   Either that or I am getting more acustomed to it.   Lingering graininess.   Good malt base, but if it weren’t so grainy it would be much better.   Very little hop presense, as it should be.   Decent, better if the graininess were toned down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LearninBeer (470) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2007
The aroma is earthy and grainy. The head is creamy, off-white, excellent lacing and is mostly diminishing. The color is orange/copper and is clear. The initial flavor is full, a little bitter with a nice creamy finish. The body is medium, the texture a little creamy then dry and the carbonation soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (18795) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
Draught at Sheffields, Chicago
Amber color. A bit unfair to drink this after some IPA, but it seems to be too simple, to me, with an accent on cereals, dry and not even the body of the original Oktoberfest. Boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Pours a clear light coppery amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, grains, caramel and hops. Taste is grainy with hints of barley, hops and caramel. Not bad for a lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
bottle from crizay: pours a ligth amber hue with a small white head. aroma of sweet caramel and grains that are toasted and a nice floral like hop. flavour is nice with a light malt and grains with a mellow hop finish. one of the best o fest beers i have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Thanks Miketd. Nice easy drinking. Good light amber color. Good lacing. Taste is of cereal malt, slightly sweet with finishing hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2007
12 oz bottle 8/14/07: Medium amber w/ a thin, but lasting cream colored head. Deep toasted and bready malt aroma w/a slightly nutty grainyness & a touch of acetic sourness. Hints of alcohol in the nose and a medium floral hop. Well balanced flavor or deeply bready malt flavor w/a hint of tartness up front. The tartness goes away as it lingers on the tongue. Hints of grainy malt mid palate into the semi dry finish. Aftertaste is floral hops w/ just a hint of bitterness. Medium carbonation, lighter medium body, well hidden alcohol, and smooth body, but not creamy. Pretty decent beer as far as O’fests go. Go figure, goes well with kielbasi and sauerkraut as well as pork roast. The only turn off for me, and it is a very small one, is the grainy malt flavor that peeks in there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (4123) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Light copper out of the bottle with a small off-white head. Sweet grainy nose. Taste also has an astringent grainyness with caramel sweetness and some lemon citrus bitterness in the finish.

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