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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Our hoppy take on a classic seasonal German style lager. Brewed with pale ale, caramel, and toasted Munich malts that attribute a sweet earthy malty flavor, toasted aroma, and a bright orange hue. German Tettnanger hops add an herbal peppery flavor and nose.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopAutonomous (12) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
On tap at Milwaukee Ale House. I liked the mellow earthy malt flavors but thought they kind of overpowered the hops. Not what I expected but good nonetheless. Maybe call it maltoberfest?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is sweetness first on the tongue, then a malty base. Earthy hop finish. Flavor lasts after the final sip. Malt, hops, yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElbowRocker (13) - - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle to cup. Pours a hazy gold amber. Minimal head. Palate is pleasantly thick. Taste is malty and sweet. Slightly bitter finish but not as hoppy as expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monkeychugg55 (972) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Hazy amber with a medium sized, off-white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is malty, with lots of toasted bread, and some mellow floral hops. The flavor adds a lot of caramel and some assertive bitterness. It’s ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BVery (8685) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle. Clear orange amber pour with a white head. Smells artificial - caramel and grassy hops. Lagery. Taste is a bit cloying. Not digging this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerbaaron (1816) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Clear thin light brown, no head. Vague artificial sweet. Weedy skunkish hops. Earthiness. Dry light bitter finish. Doesnt seem to come together. Did not enjoy unfortunately..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RobertDale (4550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours orange gold with a decent white head. Aroma of pine, malt, and caramel. Taste is malt, pine, citrus, and caramel. Not too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (4926) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Aroma is sweetish malts and a hint of hops. The flavor is light citrus, bready malts, a strong hint of berries and a mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a orange color with white head. Malty, caramel aroma. Hoppy, bread flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Ben51781 (8) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2012 does not count
Very disappointing beer. Was looking for a hoppy, Oktoberfest style beer but this was plain, boring, and just meh. Have been unimpressed so far with MKE Brew Co.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3601) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2015 Blind tasting: This is orange in color w/ a foamy head. It has a bit of sulfur in the nose and is a bit fruity and apply but actually quite pleasant. It’s a bit sweet and solidly bitter. Nice beer overall.

Original rating(3.7): I am not sure why this is called Hoptoberfest. It is not especially hoppy and seems to be pretty much a down-the-middle American festbier. Regardless, it is quite good w/ loads of fresh, rich malt flavor. It is sweet but only very slightly sticky and quite drinkable w/ perky carbonation and a good deal of herbal bitterness in the finish. I might call this a heller bock rather than an Oktoberfest but, regardless, it is done much better than most doestic takes on heavier German styles.

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