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RATINGS: 913   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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The Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, is an event of superlatives - it’s the largest popular festival in the world, staging in the beer metropolis of Munich. Millions of visitors from all over the world flock along every year to enjoy its very special atmosphere. For this occasion, Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. With its deliciously bitter taste and alcoholic content of 6.3% volume, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is as special as the Beer Festival itself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Rather pale with a limited head. Slightly watery but has an intriguing and very pleasant soft, sweetish malt-character. By far the maltiest Oktoberfest I’ve had so far. Limited bitterness. Very quaffable 111199

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cansdap (17) - Madisonville, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2005
It had been years since I had seen this on the streets here in the South. I remember it being in a bottle with a traditional blue checkered foil label of a brewery in Bavaria. When it reappeared, I was quite dissapointed. Perhaps what we had here before was a Marzen and not a true Oktoberfest. Not much malt flavor at all. Very alchohol in taste, with a sugar sweet taste, instead of malt sweet. Smooth and not bad, not just the ultimate Oktoberfest I remembered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29208) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2005
An orange beer with a white head. The aroma is malty and hoppy, while the flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2005
Golden colour with a white head. Malty aroma. Malty and yeasty flavor with a light sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
Bottled. Golden coloured. Malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavour. Soft and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
poured a nice golden color w/ a thick fluffy head and ltos of carb ubbles. Scent of wheat, light grass hop, bannanas and nutmeg. Lightly carbonated light body a bit watery. sweet flavor light malt and a bit floral very mellow finish almost no hop to speak of. Overall it was ok but to sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2381) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2005
This may not count, but I pulled a bottle of the ’Royal brewer’s Oktoberfest bier’ out of the cellar, completely forgotten about as it was dated Sep ’03. Thought "what the hell", and poured it into a tall stein. Pungent, rich melon-citrus and burnt caramel aroma, wafted out continuously. A short dense head formed atop a hazy honey gold body. Medium bodied with intense sweet malt made up the slightly gummy palate. Hints of orange juice and concentrated apricot syrup, a mild ethanol feel and light well lagered carbonation. This was obviously not the intended tastes and aromas, but shows what happens when you keep even the most ordinary of Märzen well cellared. Will have to try a fresh one for comparison. Just a pity I didn’t cellar a few more bottles.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2005
One-dimensional German Oktoberfestbier. Poured a classic lager gold colour with a frothy 1.5cm white head that dissipated fairly swiftly but left some lace. Rather flat looking. Marmalade and peaches in the nose. Medium bodied, with an oily mouthfeel that declares the alcohol (6% in this import to Australia). Sweet malt and pears in the mouth, a little warming alcohol in the finish. In fact, the alcohol is a little intrusive, swamping any other flavours in there. Disappointing example of the style. (Bottle, Best Before 13/5/05)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Fairly light gold for the style. Almost amber, but not quite. Large white head. The aroma is massive caramel and some apples. The taste is a pleasant blend of coffee, toffee and toast. Also a hint of pear. Smooth carbonation and slick mouthfeel. Not the most character for the style but, I like this one a lot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Bottled. Yellowish golden colour, with about 2 cm white head. Aroma of sweet malt and a bit fruity. Flavor is sweet and malty and a little bitter in the aftertaste. Still pretty boring beer. (Was rated in December 2004, but I temporarily had lost the papers with results from this particular weekend)

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