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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Bottle, dated August 31. Darker than the style would indicate, which is different. It’s still a pretty young beer, which may account for its grainy taste. Also a little winey.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Light malty nose. Nice dark crimson hue. Light bodied with a very distinct fruity taste, but it seems fake somehow. Not very typical of a lager. Needs some hops.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2004
deep amber color, head is beige, thick and creamy. aroma is heavily malty, lots of graininess. flavor is mostly blah after a really nice aroma. starts out sweet and thin, develops very mild toasty notes and finishes with a little bitterness. pretty stark contrast between aroma and flavor.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Copper/amber with off white head. Subtle essence of caramel, malt. Carbonation was good, mouthfeel a bit watery. The flavor was sweet at the start and then became tart. Just your average beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Clear, deep and rich amber hue; thin head. Medium body with a healthy carbonation (mostly smooth, not sharp). Sweet base (malty, caramel-sweetness) with some pretty lofty toasted-bread notes. Fruity bitterness creaps into the finish. Lingering notes of mildly bitter hops and sticky caramel. Not quite enough bitterness to balance out the sugary caramel, IMO. That said, it’s a pretty easy-drinking beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Pours an orange/red color, a full bubbly tan head, low CO2, and descent lacing. The smell is of malt and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet with a biting finish that becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is watery, without a lot of substance, and a slightly dry finish. For the most part, an unremarkable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
on tap at Left Hand’s brewery. Clear deep amber color, thin head, sweet aroma, I think that this is a nice example of an Oktoberfest

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Bottle pours amber with a small head. Aroma is of malt, with hints of licorice in the taste but overall a sweet beer. Easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Bottle pours amber with a small off-white fizzly head.   So-so lacing, minor carbonation.   Definate vienna malt in the nose, nuts, & light bready tinge.   Flavor doesnt seem to back up the aroma tho... its also very light compared to others in the same style.   Light malty/grainy taste, but thats about it.   Definately an easy to drink medium bodied Oktoberfest.   Not a terribly big fan of this style, so an extra point for its ease of drinkability.   Thanks goes out to BierBauch for the trade!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Dark, sweet, and caramelly, this is a good rendition of an Oktoberfest brew, but I'm just not a fan of that style. Still, the marzen balances out nicely with the grain flavorings... I'll drink another in the future, given the chance.


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