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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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We’ve found the key to what makes Fall so special, and its called Octoberfest. This rich, smooth lager uses a perfect balance of caramel, pale, cara-pils and black malts to create the best Octoberfest beer of the season. Available September through October.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
A: The beer pours a clear light amber color with a finger of white head. S: Smells of grassy and lightly floral hops. Some straw is also there. Toasted bread and toffee malt aromas with a little bit of yeast. Smells fairly corny as well. T: Heavy on the corn and light malt flavors. Toffee and toasted bread flavors, a little bit of yeast, too. Some floral hops and maybe a few earthy hop notes, too. M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. O: The corn character really wasn’t very pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7815) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2007
Medium yellowish head, amber-clear beer. Chalk, caramel, some ester, green peas mash aromas. Caramel, ambrée malt, pretty "crisp" taste, but with a touch of human sweat. The palate develps definite earthy bitterness, getting less "easydrinking". Ah, not bad - American "crisp" interpretation of the ubiquitous Märzen. Thanks to David.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This Octoberfest’s huggable caramel malts with toasted accents douse the finishing wooden hoppiness in their nourishing abilities. This is not the most complex of lagers, but it is a fine malt-laden session nonetheless.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A film of foam skirts the clear orangey pale amber.
-The body is round and chewy; beautiful maltiness is shown.
-A slightly more expressive hoppiness would have created balance, but I’m not sure that was the purpose here.
-The aroma could be more inviting; could be a sign of its aging.
-A secretive orangey fruitiness leaks through the caramel malt sieve.
-Carbonation is smooth and helps in building this scrumptious mouthfeel.
-This would be a good introductory lager for craft beer neophytes.

Bottle; no date. Thx Mike!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 On draught at Ed’s (No Name) Bar in Winona. The beer is a clear slightly reddish-orange color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Sweet bready malt aroma with some caramel notes. Light body with a caramel malt flavor along with a touch of hops. The finish is sweet with a toffee/malt aftertaste. Just average overall.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7007) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
"Oktoberest" 12 oz bottle. This is one of the most attractive looking oktoberfest beers, it is a clear orange with a foamy ivory colored head. The smell is very fruity, more so than most, but it works. It is tangy and it doesn’t embody the typical nuttiness of the oktoberfest. The taste is more like your standard oktoberfest. It has some diacetyl and a very plasticy flavor. It is a mar on the smell and appearance. It is probably one worth skipping. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-21-2010 02:46:19

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Pours copper with a thin tan head. Smells of caramel, some light spice, peppery, some earthy undertones. Tastes of caramel, some spicy hints, some metallic hints, peppery on the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Bottle pours copper, nice medium sized white pancake batter like head, good carbonation, with fairly attractive lacing.   A nice malt nose with soft hop hints.   Malts and subtle graininess up front, followed by a slightly sweet hop bite.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes clean, malty, and slightly chewy.   A bit better than your average Oktoberfest.   Thanks goes out to footbalm for the trade!


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arminjewell (6095) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Pours clear orange-red with white head, aroma of a touch of bread, caramel. Taste is pretty plain, some notes of biscuit, bread, earth and caramel, with a watery finish. Not the greatest...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (5979) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Bronze orange pour with a quickly dissipating white head. Fruity bready aroma. Caramel malt and bread on taste. Slightly metallic. Just okay.


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