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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Departmental picnic tick - thanks, colleague! Dingy amber pour with a watery look and minimal carbonation. Tons of grain and malt in the nose, so rarely the kind of thing that appeals unless it’s got plenty of hops a la Foothills. This was one of the more depressing entries I’ve tried, just a thin, sweet, syrupy excuse for a beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfinney23 (2391) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Underwhelming Oktoberfest pours clear orange with a fizzy head. Caramel sweetness, a touch of hops. Inoffensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (23653) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2012
Bottled. Hazy orangeish amber colour with a mediumsized beige foamy head. Aroma is bready malts, some slight toffee, mild grass and herbal notes. Flavour is rather similar with a nice sweetish toasted malty finish. Crisp maltyness meeting some grassy and herbal notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AirForceHops (4989) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Paid $1.69 for a 12 oz. bottle@ Julio’s Liquors. Used a lager glass. Totally clear orange color with small thin white head. Nose is lightly toasted grain. Taste is real weak with a thin watery texture. Taste is faint caramel malt and light weak hop. This is below average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1500) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2012
I’m so lazy that I’m tempted to copy and paste my 2009 review of Saranac Octoberfest, change a word or two, and call it my 2012 review of this beer. I’ve been re-reviewing a lot of Marzen-style brews over the last month and my opinion on all of them has changed by at least a grade or two, but this is the only beer that will score exactly the same all these years later.

I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker glass.

Appearance: Perfectly copper colored body, clear with small, slow carbonation visible. Forms an average size, off-white, frothy head which mostly dissipates, but does leave plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A lager without the generic smell and certainly nothing off-putting. A slightly sweet aroma of dark cereal grain and slight earthy, autumn scents. Otherwise mild.

Taste: Most Oktoberfestbiers, German or American, tend to be sweet, but Saranac Octoberfest is bit different. While there are subtle flavors of toffee and caramel, the most prominent feature of the palate is a nuttiness. It’s slightly dry, bitter and rustic - akin to a peanut shell rather than the nut itself. There’s a distinct hop component to this brew you don’t get in most of the style. It’s a mild spicy sensation from the German noble hops which pepper the palate.

There’s a continual sweet flavor as well, reminiscent of hard candy and other confectionery flavors, plus a hint of toasted wheat bread. Caramel emerges strongly on the finish, which is a refreshing change and makes for a well-balanced palate. It’s flavorful and tasty to be sure, but still nothing absolutely amazing. This is what makes for a good American Oktoberfest-themed beer.

Drinkability: Though technically a lager, Saranac Octoberfest drinks like an ale. The body is calm, the mouthfeel is comfortable, and the finish is smooth and clean. Flavorful enough to pair with autumn festival meals like brats, baked beans, potatoes, etc, but mild enough to be refreshing. The 5.4% ABV weight is perfect for this beer as it’s definitely something you can drink two of in a row.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (4955) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of pale and lightly toasted malts, hints of toffee, and some floral hops. Flavor like a standard German beer. Average texture. Not the best beer but a good American version of this style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
vipinvelp (3147) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2012
Clear orange yellow with small white foam head. Aroma is mucho sweet malty. Taste is watery malty, quite bubbly, not too great. Aftertaste is like a watered down. (Montreal 201210)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stampion (190) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Not a great beer. I was hoping for something darker and with more malts. This has a bit of gingery hops and finishes mildly bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LetsGoState (716) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Appearance is medium white head with a clear amber. Aroma is a sweet malt. Taste is a bready malt and very crisp. Overall a nice oktoberfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear orange body with a small fizzy white head that retained as a thin film. The nose is a bit too husky and grainy for the style, it just doesn’t smell clean and smooth like a nice lager. The flavor is much the same, it lacks the clean smoothness and a bit of body to give it a full depth. There’s no chewy sweet maltiness or even much in the way of hops to make it stand out. Light bodied and fizzy with a short finish. Pretty blah, even for Saranac.

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