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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Saranac Octoberfest is a rich flavorful lager. We use imported two-row and crystal malt and balance it with the pleasant bitterness of Saaz and Tettang hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2003
light amber color. quickly evaporating head. mild hoppy aftertaste. smell of citrus. not too impressive. better than a bmc though. much better

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (4146) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Clear orange with a quickly dissappearing white head. Sweet, almost medicinal nose. Uninteresting sweetness, mostly thin caramel and white sugar. Some bitterness in the finish, but very faint. Not very interesting but not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Light copper color with little head that settled instantly to almost nothing. Weak malt smell, nothing to special going on here. Very thin body with a watered down flavor. Sorta like O'fest light.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Amber color with a beige head. Aroma of toast and caramel. Flavor is sweet with some weak caramel and wheat. Very watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2003
pours the standard waffle-hued amber, with a thread-bare little lager head, like tired soap suds in cold water. some aroma, yeah, but no fireworks: surprise, there IS a bit of cookie malt, and even a note of hops. delivers a toffee malt soda flavor with it's over anxious carbonation, moderate sweetness, and a very slight sour note in it's watery and faintly bitter finish. a drinkable entry in a snoozer category: i think 'oktoberfest' beer these days is just the brewer's chance to clear out all the leftover amber malts. i can't remember why i bought it, 'cause i certainly wasn't expecting much-- i think it was cheap. good thing, that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Reddish orange in color, nice hoppy aroma. This is really not too bad for a seasonal saranac. Very smooth and drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2003
In my books not considered an O'fest. More like a read ale. Very good beer though. It has nice malt flavors. Reddish color to the beer. Some malt and some hops, but not much. Not much to distiguish about this beer, but it drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
raymow (1408) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2003
See through reddish-orange coloring, no aroma that I can detect, and not much in the way of flavor. This tastes more like any old lager than a "limited release" Oktoberfest. I expected more from Saranac - most of their beers are quite drinkable. Maybe I got a leftover bottle from last year or something?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Clear, copper orange, big malty nose with hints of caramel and saaz. Decent body with nice malt flavors, not sure how I feel about the hops, for it makes ita bit astrigent but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Pours a coppery orange with a moderate off-white head with nice staying-power. Nose is rather hoppy (hoppier than the victory I just tried). Very hoppy in the start, and stays pretty hoppy throughout into a slight bitterness at the end, which transforms into a smoothness. A pretty good beer that I believe is more true to it's style than the Victory.

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