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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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bomber; October 2007 Petaluma Valley Rotary Fund Raiser label. Roasted malt aroma with a bit of floral? Coppery amber color with tiny bubbles and a transient white head. Medium body with rather sharp carbonation. Caramel roast flavor, but there is definitely balancing bitter. A bit spicey. Finishes quite dry. Seems more of an ESB than anything else.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle shared by goldtwins. Crystal clear beer with a rich orange/golden appearance. Very clean rich munich malt toastiness. Freshly bready and lightly sweet with just a kiss of floral hops on the back. A very solid O-fest.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Rich caramel color with an off-white head. Spicy, caramel, earthy aroma. Caramel, spice, slight hop flavor. Hops start to come forward more. Medium body. LIngering hop and caramel. Hoppy for an octoberfest.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Numbers for 2002 2001 release. This one was MUCH better than the 2000 version. ’Ach Tuber Fest’ Medium Amber color, small head. Medium bodied ale. Mild malts and slightly hoppy. Good flavor, smooth taste. Malt flavor is slightly sweet, balanced with a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Very nice smooth malty beer. Slightly different from the 2000 version, the 2001version is much maltier and smoother. Better taste. Very nice beer.

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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Labeled as Petoluma Festival Oktoberfest. Poured a clear a clear amber color with a very small white head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Malty flavor with some sweetness. Mild earthy notes. Dry bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Bomber with the October 20th, 2007 Petaluma Valley Rotary Fund Raiser label from Bottle Barn; Nose of caramel with a light fruity cherry note; clear copper with a smallish beige head; flavor of peppery spices, hop bitterness, and caramel. Finish is light hop bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Bottle of the 2003 version. A hazy reddish amber color with a tan head. Fruity, cherry, toasted malt aroma with a nice hop base. I found the aroma inviting. A smooth malty rich flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Pours with an amber body topped by a thin, off-white head with some lacing left on the glass. It’s slightly sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee as well as a slight grassy, bitter, hop note. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Or, rather, Ach!TuberFest. Don’t ask. I like Oktoberfests, except for one thing:they’re lagers. I’d like a lot of lagers better if they just weren’t lagers. So, Lagunitas to the rescue, to turn this into an ale. Dark ruby color, beautiful red, nicely formed white head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Body is medium, with the taste dominated by heavy, thick maltiness. Nice and tasty, with a lovely darkness throughout. Very nice job.


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