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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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This beer is available each autumn in celebration of the great Bavarian festival season. Brewed in late spring and cellared throughout the summer, our Oktoberfest is produced through traditional methods as it has been for centuries in Germany, This copper-hued lager owes its rich malt flavor to a generous combination of select Vienna and Munich malts. Cool, open-fermentation develops a subtle elegance and drinkability suited to any festive occasion.
2000 to 2009 vintages - 6% abv
2010 vintage - 6.6% abv


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 2006 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (vege-cereal, husks, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, husky/unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. About as bad as last year’s batch, but in a slightly different way. The aroma is almost like liquid dog food as it gets warmer. Pretty gross.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2002
Light copper color with a mild light head. Aroma has some off hops aromas for style. Caramel and slight toast malt flavors. Very light in flavor and feel. These beers do not seem to travel well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Clear deep amber-copper color, nice off white foamy head that doesn't last long not much lacing either. Has a light fruity and malty caramel aromas, sweet, nutty and clean tasting, medium body, nice rounded and soft mouthfeel, finishes a bit on the sweet side.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2002
strange label: oil slick arm emerges from the margin apparently choking a yellow newspaper (or something) causing it to exude some unknown ointment. weak. beer is as carroty orange as a redheaded irish youth, but some pattern baldness too quickly developed as far as the suds are concerned. tiny noses are cute on rabbits, but not especially sought after in beers: this one is aroma challenged, especially deficit in classic oktoberfest caramel notes. a little papery bouquet with perhaps a citric residue. sweet but taciturn flavor, brisk palate inching toward thin bodied. not torture by any means, but certainly a disappointment. you won’t hear the german beer hall music with this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2001
Nice burnt malty flavor, however it lacks some hop balance that is found in some oktoberfest beers.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2001
It least it tastes like an Oktoberfest.Nice malts but it lacks the complexity and finish that the Germans have!

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Dark orange. Fading off-white foam. Munich offers the slightest amount of chewiness, and unripe plum acidity overwhelms any remaining subtelties. Too sweet and heavily metallic with only a trace of balancing noble hops. A very poor, dirty example.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1764) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2001
Of the Oktoberfest beers I’ve had in the past month, this one impressed me the least thus far. I didn’t like the aroma or the backend aftertaste. But, this beer was definitely drinkable, and a nice addition to my yearly Oktoberfest samplings.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frieked99 (18) - USA - OCT 28, 2001
This beer lacks the quality of some of the traditional oktoberfests but it’s a good start


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