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Lagunitas Oktoberfest Ale

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


3.3
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1274) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - 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.

1.6
   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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