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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   ABV: -
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This robust, festive brew is inspired by the crisp autumn season and the great Oktoberfest tradition. An authentic German style Märzen, Uncle Otto’s delivers rich, malty flavor with complex overtones of a half-dozen select malts and Mt. Hood and Saaz Hops. True to the Bavarian original, Uncle Otto’s lagers slowly for two full months, making it exceptionally smooth drinking. Available August through October, Uncle Otto’s animated flavor makes the blustery fall days of leaf raking come alive.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--Uncle Otto’s Oktoberfest Marzen Lager--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (2.75 / 5.0) Very clear amber red color. Pours thick. Tasty with medium body and slightly fruity flavor. Few distinctive notes. Just a touch of the characteristic Oktoberfest flavor. Nice clean finish. Sampled 9/10/1998. Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--Uncle Otto’s Oktoberfest Marzen Lager--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear thin ruby red color. Carbonated medium pour. Smoky hints over earthy rich toasted Oktoberfest body. Crisp classic flavor. Crusty dry malt body has minor fruit. Crisply toasted with spice. Sampled 9/13/1999. Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--Uncle Otto’s Oktoberfest Marzen Lager--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear bright copper red color. Mild malty fruit front with toasted Oktoberfest notes. Medium body is smooth with good flavor and slight sweetness. Clean Oktoberfest flavor with mild spiciness. Not bad. Sampled 10/29/2000. Portland Brewing Company, Inc.--Uncle Otto’s Oktoberfest Marzen Beer--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear thin copper bronze color. Mild toasted malty front. Light head but good lace. Crisp smooth clean slightly creamy malty body. Toasted smoky caramel notes. Clean malt spice end. Nice. Sampled 9/16/2001. MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company--Uncle Otto’s Oktoberfest Marzen Beer--2002 Longneck 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear thin copper amber color. Mild malt spice floral front. Crisp smooth mildly toasted sweet fruit caramel Oktoberfest body. Slightly tangy malt end with mild hops. Tasty but mild Oktoberfest. Sampled 9/2/2002.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
MacTarnhan(Portland) Brewing is long standing, respected mico, that has produced rock solid beers over the years. Uncle Otto’s is a fantastic domestic example of marzen/Oktoberfest beer, that had me crying for more. The beer is brewed with six different malts, an authentic lager strain, hopped with Mt. Hood and Saaz hops, then cold lagered for a full two months. This makes for a very authentic, very malty, hearty, delicious beer. Uncle Otto’s Oktoberfest pours to a beautiful, deep amber to chestnut color with a thick and creamy white head and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderfully malty and aromatic with big sweet malty and nutty aromas balanced with some herbal hop aromas. The palate is full and soft on the tongue with lots of big nutty, sweet malty, and toasty malt flavors that glide over the tongue on a smooth, round, body. This beer is so hearty and flavorful but just so drinkable. Uncle Otto’s finishes with more big nutty/malty flavors up front, then ends with some vibrant herbal/grassy hop bitterness to balance out the sweet malty flavors of this beer. This hearty beer is the perfect match with hearty dishes, from stews, to roasts, to brats, take your pick.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2005
pours a dark amber color. Aromas of rich caramel, nuts, and hops. Flavors of toffee, fruit, and a finish of subtle hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lhedbor (2) - Oregon City, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2005 does not count
NOTE: These comments are on a bottle purchased in 2004, and aged until 1/2005. Strong malty aroma, some warming alcohol and fruity esters in the nose. No hop aroma. Deep, warm brown color in the glass, not much head, some belgian lace. The flavor is slightly warm and smooth, with malt dominant and negligible hops. Some raisiney esters in the flavor. Mouthfeel is full and soft, with moderate carbonation. Terrific beer for a cold day -- to make your beer-loving friends’ eyes pop (and release more of the malty aromas and some of the fruity esters in this lovely beer, pop it in the microwave for five to fifteen seconds and drink it slightly warmed.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 10, 2005
red amber frothy hue. malty nose with hints of peaches....gives way to a chewy rich mouthfull, sweet goodness of roasted malted crunch. a good example, yeah! prost to your momma!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Notes from last Thanksgiving. Rich deep copper pour, with aroma of caramel malt, toffee, some spices. Tastes as it smells, with some finishing hops and spice.

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2004
This beer is bipolar. It starts out a little tart and seems to like that, but suddenly switches to sweet. Normally this would be no big deal; plenty of beers do this. But given that it is an Oktoberfest, this puzzles me somewhat. I guess that’s what you get for let a Scot brew a German spezialty.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (19377) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
Bottled. Nut brown. Loads of caramel up front. Sweet big crystal malt character and clean mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Not bad, but lacks malt character, and is not even remotely in the style it states.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2004
Bottle purchased in Montana. Who knows if it is fresh or last year’s batch. Malty, oily alcohol aroma. Dark reddish colour. No head excepting a light ring around the edge of the glass. Body is nice but perhaps a touch light for the style. Alcohol presence in the flavour. Nice roasted malt finish.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
raymow (815) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
I’m assuming that this bottle was old - I just got it last week (in July) - because it was pretty bad, bordering on horrible. I was looking forward to trying it because I really like this style of beer, but I was very disappointed. I hope it was just an old, stale bottle and not the true flavor of the beer.


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