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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Traditional Oktoberfest beer is a medium-bodied, smooth and malty brew made with German Vienna malts and German hops. 13.8 OG 25 IBUs


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - MAR 27, 2007
Butter in the nose--uh oh. Dark gold color. Butter in the sweet malt body too. A little spice at the end. Unbalanced. Not a good lager.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2007
(22oz bottle, thanks Shadrach) Enormous beige head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, spicy/herbal. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some spice, light seltzer. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Pours an almost clear, perfectly amber hued color as it sits in my glass. The head starts out at almost a four-finger thickness and is composed of fairly large bubbles that make up its light tan color. The aroma seems to be a mix of light fruit, herbaceous hops and malt notes. The aroma is somewhat muted, even in an Oktoberfest type of beer, and it has a certain thin graininess to it.

Wow this is really carbonate, it foams up quite a bit as it first hits my tongue. It is also quite bitter up front as well, and that bitterness continues on through the flavor profile to a lingering note in the finish. Quite dry as well, this dryness accentuates a grassy, slightly herbal hop character as well as a dry biscuit like malt character in the finish. There are some nice light caramelized malt sweet notes here as well, but they are light and fleeting at times.

I am not sure what it is, but of the Sly Fox brews that I have had, they all seem a bit off. This one is only subtly so, but I get the feeling they did not mean for such an effervescent brew, as it mucks with the overall balance. I certainly can’t say there is anything wrong with this beer, in fact it is even tasty enough to be enjoyed. I just get the feeling that this would be a much better beer if the quality control was minded a bit more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Especially cloudy, unfiltered for this lager. Orange-hued, with a large-bubbled head. Very dry, hoppy aroma with some citrus notes and only a little malty. The carbonation is too much here - it makes the beer a lot less enjoyable for me. Lots of oranges in the flavor, somewhat bitter, hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Hazy orange pour, with a huge, lasting, soapy head - lively carbonation - spicy, herbal nose, with hints of orange marmalade and dough/biscuit - a little too much carbonation in the mouth - the flavor is light and quite fruity, with some apple and berry hints - the vienna malts are there, but aren’t as prominent as one would expect - some herbal/tea-like notes - finishes with a touch of hops and lingering caramel - a little different for the style, but pretty tasty - under-rated.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rayg1 (556) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Pours orange with a small off white head. Aroma is VERY malty and sweet smelling no hop nose to speak of. Honestly, this beer’s aroma was not really that exciting or really pleasing. This is one beer that tastes exactly as it smells very malty and kinda sweet right up then minimal ending bitterness, not really any end to speak of actually. Kinda upsetting considering I’ve heard some decent stuff about this brewrey and this was my first experience.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dogfishho (590) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Although this 06 bomber poured a beautiful orangey amber with a huge, thick head, this beer was rife with disappointment. The nose was uninviting, it seemed thin with only a malty sweetness and alcohol coming through. The taste was largely the same, generall thin with almost no hops and dominated by caramel malts. I had been getting very interested in Octoberfest beers and I had high hopes for this one. I was pretty disappointed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Hopdog: Poured a light amber color lager with a super huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is enjoyable and refreshing. Taste of caramel malt is dominating with some light hops closing the show. Body is a bit thin but carbonation is very lively. Good example of the style but nothing to write home about.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is very pilsner-like with hints of sweet malt and a some moderate grassy hops. Pours a transparent orange with a moderate white head. Just like the aroma, the flavor is very pilsner-like with a touch of orange in the middle. Starts with some light sweetness with some light orange in the middle and a moderate grassy hop finish. I’m not tasting anything that resembles a Oktoberfest.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2006
As I have noted several times in the past couple of weeks, I mostly don’t much care for the Octoberfest style. I’m not sure what this beer was, but it was not really an Octoberfest. Nose of caramel and malts, slightly sour. Great clear golden body with a small foamy head, vanishes, leaving only a trace of lacing. Subsequent glasses are less clear. Taste of sweet malts, butter, yeast, and bready notes ... more like a saison than an Octoberfest. Good carbonation. Lightly biter finish.


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