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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Dark Copper. Subtle aroma with notes of caramel, toasted malts, munich malts and some fruitiness along with moderate hoppiness. Flavor mainly consists of dry, leathery, dusty malts giving notes of non-toasted grains, munich malt, fruits (grapes) and herbs. Finish is sweet and quite dry with some bready malts. Rough stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Bottle: Aroma has the expected caramel, but I have to agree with the guy before me about the tomato sauce smell. It’s not dominate, but it is there. Rather odd. Pours a transparent dark amber with a decent tan (with an orange tint) head that lasts about a minute. Caramel and some very nice roastiness dominate the initial flavor, but some sourness jumps in for the finish. I would really like this beer much more, but the sourness in the finish really hurts this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Dude, this stuff smells like tomato basil pasta sauce. Am I at Olive Garden? I suppose there are some caramel malts in there too, but the pasta sauce was the first thing to come to mind. Reddish amber transparent body with a quickly dissipating off white head. Somewhat sweet and sticky in the start, but finishes kind of think was some caramel malt notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Heavy raisins and caramel waft out of the bottle. its almost overpoweringly sweet smell is like a cloud in your face. the taste was thin, watery, and reminscient of wheat germ. very grainy. finished with light raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
igneous1 (1517) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3490) - 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.

   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.

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