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Lagunitas Oktoberfest Ale

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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
An Ale in the spirit of the German 'Ach Tuber Fest' Big on Malt, easy on the Hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2002
Color is a hazy brown-amber, quite dark for an Oktoberfest. Aroma is primarily of roasty malt, but quite light. Flavor also favors a roasted malt balance, with nicely-bittered hops in support...Finish is tapered and quite clean. Body would be about right for the style, except this doesn’t really behave like an Oktoberfest, but more as a roasty amber. If judging this as the former, it needs a bit more sweet malt for balance; if judging as an amber, I find the roasty character to be a nice change-of-pace from so many of the relatively bland offerings on the market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2002
A nice malty beer with definite ale characteristics. I found this quite similar to the lagunator, with anisy malt flavors and a very nice smoothness. Less caramel sweetness however. Not particularly octoberfesty in my book, but a nice malty ale, definitely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2002
AS I have said before and was stated below - Oktoberfest Ale? Why bother. Call it an amber, and its not that good under that moniker either. The fruity esters and roasted malt just do not mix that well.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 21, 2001
Oktoberfest ALE?!! What is that all about? This is a wussified version of their Tacaloma Amber ale, without the interesting burnt flavor. A boring, exasperating beer.

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