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RATINGS: 1037   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Bavarian barley slow roasted, caramelized to a rich, red amber color combined with the purest spring waters from the Alps, exclusive yeast and the finest Hallertau hops.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1315) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2003
A heavy-bodied deep amber lager. Rich and malty, almost to the level of a bock. Probably a bit too much, for my liking. Still, much better than Spaten.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WisconsinBeer (705) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Man, this is solid. I finally picked up a fresh bottle and this is tasting good. Caramel malts and those somewhat spicy metallic German hops. Balanced very nicely. Smooth and clean on the palate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Orange color with a medium sized tan head. Malty scent. A nice caramel taste is there, but has an awful metallic aftertaste behind it, spoiling an otherwise very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2003
12 oz bottle, lager mug, bbf 7/04, 58 degrees. Gigantic, rocky, frothy, off-white head is on a clear, orange-amber body with light carbonation. Huge malty aroma is primarly caramel and nutty; very light flowery hops; slight butter / toffee aroma. Very clean aroma. Flavor is warm and sweet just like the aroma. Moderately sweet throughout with a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium body, watery texture, light carbonation. The bottom line is: realy good, but not as vibrant as Ayinger's offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Clear copper color.Malty aroma. Decent hoppy taste in the mouth. Malty creamy finish with a hint of bitterness. A pretty good Marzen!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Decent creamy off-white head from the pour. Plesant aroma of malts and some fresh bread. Color is a medium amber with ok carbonation. Flavor is quite nice with more malts and is soft and fuzzy in the mouth. Finish is creamy and smooth with a lingering malts and hops aftertaste. A decent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3292) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Draft. Coppery color, some malts, decent hop bitterness to balance, some floral notes. A decent Okto, which isn’t my favorite style, but I liked this better than most. 1/20/05 - sampled a bottled version. Hops went all vegetal, off-putting aroma, not at all good. I would have rated this a 2. Stick with the draft version by all means.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 10/1/07: Re-rate. Bottle. Dated 02/07, so likely past it’s prime. Molasses malt aroma. Not my favorite. Crystal clear amber with steady visible carbonation. Head disappates to nothing. Like I said, could be age of brew or glassware that wasn’t cleaned properly. Doesn’t taste past it’s prime. Very malty, but moderate sweetness and ample carbonation contribute to making this an enjoyable brew. Ar 6, Ap 2, Fl 7, Pal 4, Ov 13. 9/2203: Cookie and malt aroma. Clear brownish/amber color with white, fully eroding head. Good O-Fest but a little overly malty. Despite the downgrade Goose Island’s O-Fest has undergone in its progressively more malty profile, it still edges out H-P’s.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Still a Fest Favorite. A malt lover's dream. Rich Munich flavor. But I had a Ramstein recently alongside the Hacker and thought Ramstein was better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Pours a clear copper, with a small off-white head that quickly diminshes, but leaves good lace all the way down. Aroma is all malt, mostly caramel and some toasted malts. Flavor is fairly sweet, some toasted/maybe a bit smokey flavors, and some slight chocolate sneaking in at the end. Medium body, medium carbonation.


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