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RATINGS: 1069   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Color is brownish/amber. Good malt balance on the nose and taste. Hint of caramel? Good Oktoberfest.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
This is very well balanced for a lager, but especially an Oktoberfest (looking at the commercial description that doesn't seem so surprising anymore). The color is unique, the mouthfeel is without flaw, and the nose is very concise. I had quite a few of these over the Oktoberfest season, and I never got bored. Just plain good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Amber/orange body, no head. Little aroma. Sweet malty flavor, smooth finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Clear amber with little head. Aroma and flavor is of munich/vienna malt with a crisp finish. Good example of an Octoberfest.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2003
POurs a brownish amber. with a medium tan head. Noe is malted with hint of spice. The tongue is predominantly malt but adds a little more complexity to it with a little spiciness and and light hops. Finishes well and is a pretty good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Good amber color,small head that lasted for a short time.Malty sweet aroma with hints of caramel,and maybe mild fruit.Malty,caramel taste,medium sweet and faintly hopped.The after taste is mild being mostly malt and caramel with little else going on.This is an OK brew but nothing special.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Deep amber, nice frothy cream head. Smells sweet, like apples, and spices, malty, even alcohol. The flavor is surprisingly light to me but a great burnt marshmallow flavor, toffee, with a little hops bitterness. This is the best Oktoberfest I have had the chance to try. It has great flavor and is one of the better Hacker-Pschorrs. Smooth finish. Awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2003
One of the few true O'fests left. Not watered down to meet the perceived tastes of the majority of attendees, Americans. Beautiful amber-gold, crystal clear, with a pure white head. Nice aroma of toasted malt, with hints of honey. Aroma is a little faint. Great malty/toasted flavor, with a firm but gentle noble hop backbone. Fades to a great balance in the tail...leaving only one thought: MORE!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Totally clear amber.Rising carbonation and a great,tan,head. Excellent grainy/malty aroma(caramel,toasted malt,)with the slightest spice,from hops. If anything is wrong here,the mouthfeel is way to fizzy. Pretty big body,perfect texture. Clean,malty flavors. Grainy,toasty,fruity,flaovrs with a touch of hops before the finish. Finish is bready and caramel,with spicy hallertau notes. Well balanced and clean,but a bit too fizzy. Still,probably my favorite Oktoberfest so far.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a thick, frothy white head. Well-balanced medium-bodied beer with hints of carmel.


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