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RATINGS: 1039   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Briliant clear orange amber color with a thick head. Caramel and toast flavors in the malt. The old 0.5l bottles still have more flavor than the new 12 oz. bottles. Still one of the top ten oktoberfests. Finish in bitter enough to cut though all the malt. A good fall brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2002
This is my benchmark for all other Octoberfests and so far, I haven’t found anything as good. Caramel flavor and just the right amount of malt to make for a very drinkable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tpoid (25) - Boynton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2003
nice amber color, pleasant aroma. Love the taste down to the last drop. I have to as one of my new favorites.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 Delicious Oktoberfest, I had this one for free from a great bartender at Stuff Yer Face. Thanks Tony. This is right up there with Paulaner.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkDad (12) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
A benchmark for Oktoberfest beers. Sweet malty aroma and taste that is the trademark of Oktoberfest beers. Goes down smooth. Easy to drink in responsible celebratory quantities.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sailracer (401) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2010
On tap. Pours a slightly cloudy brown with little head. Goes down very smoothly without a lot of carbonation to get in the way. Light hops and stronger malt flavor. Excellent, overall.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 12 fluid ounce bottle, produced on 07/09. Pours with a 3 finger head into my mug with a dark amber body. There is a slight bit of foam that resides on top of the liquid that never dissipates. Smell is a bit subdued for a typical Maerzen, with a nice hop and malt balance. The malts have that typical sweet, nutty maltiness, though it is a bit faint. The mouth feel is smooth and a bit under carbonated. Intense Oktoberfest flavor though. I love the taste of this, perfect sweet and nutty, slightly roasty malt taste, amazing hop balance, just a highly quaffable beer. Not the most robust version of this style out there, but in terms of taste, it is the standard flavor of Oktoberfest. Overall it is a solid Oktoberfest, and like all examples of the style it has it’s strengths and weaknesses.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JDBaker11058 (1274) - Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Appearance: medium amber brown, pretty golden highlights, minimal light tan head, no lacing. Aroma: malty, with notes of toast, honey, brown sugar, and definite caramel, a hint of leather. Taste: toffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted barley, a hint of roasted nuts, and a bit of mellow, earthy hops. Finish: sweet malts linger gently, while the mellow hops combine with a surprising late zing to clean the palate. Notes: Oktoberfest/Marzen is one of my favorite styles of beer, and this might be my favorite Oktoberfest beer. It’s at least as good as the Ayinger Oktoberfest, if not better. I’ll need to do a side-by-side to be sure. The palate was chewy enough to complement the rich, sweet maltiness, while the bit of hops and that late hit of carbonation created a zesty finish that made me want more immediately. The bottle was gone all too fast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3214) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 22, 2012
bread, spruce, basement aromas, bubblegum, golden, cloudy, white foam, rocky head, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, sticky, full body, bitter,

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (3779) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Nov 2009: Brown flip-top bottle containing 0.5 litres of Marzen. Poured into a pint sized vase shaped glass (Old Speckled Hen branded). Lovely copper body with an off-white head on top. Caramel and toffee esters in the aroma, but it isn’t a sweet smelling beer by any means. Malted biscuits come in to play as the beer warmed a little. Toffee again in the taste, a lot going on though, some cereal flavours are also present, then hazel nuts came to mind as I sipped my way down the glass. So hazel nuts dipped in a semi-sweet toffee mix liquified and then fermented with some yeast, hops and malts is what I’ve come up with to describe this beer! A warmth, depth, and richness just exude from this beer, very, very drinkable indeed.


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