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RATINGS: 1338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Amber in color. This medium bodied beer has achieved its impeccable taste by balancing the roasted malt flavor with the perfect amount of hops. Having a rich textured palate with an underlying sweetness true to tradition.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2206) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 9/30/07: Re-rate. Draught at Charlie’s Ale House, Wheaton, IL. Despite some adjustment within categories, I give this brew the same overall score as I did 5 years ago. Malty, German aroma. Copper body with an off-white head. Excellent lace. Malty flavor, dry. A good o’fest. no hint of hops. Moderately sweet. Flavorful. It appears Charlie’s takes care of their tap lines as the character of this brew shines through as it was meant to. 10/26/02: Sweet caramel aroma. Thick, fine bubble head with reddish hue. Good lacing. A little thin on flavor, but makes for a smooth, easy drinking brew. No bite whatsoever. Good aftertaste. Drinkability makes for a good session beer. Although not low in alcohol, I could see drinking many large mugs of the stuff at Oktoberfest in Munich. Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 6, Pal 5, Ov 14

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2002
Clear orangeish-gold in color. Miniscule head. Medium carbonation. Aroma lightly malty and moderately skunky. Flavor was initially somewhat sweet, but quickly turned skunky and thin. Aftertaste was thankfully not quite as skunky, and subtley hoppy. Quite disappointing. Perhaps I got an old bottle? Don’t know ... my local dealer just got the shipment in, so it was at least new to the store ...

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2002
Gold and amber colored. Big head split quickly, but left some clingy lace work. Slight malt smell and flavors, but no discernable spice. Subtle hop finish. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this one just lacked ’something’.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2002
clear yellow/golden colour. Malty, sweet aroma. a bit sweet fruity, malty, a little hoppy taste. Smooth, perhaps a little bitter palate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Best out of all Oktoberfest beers. Clean refreshing and finishes well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
I really enjoyed this brew, super smooth. I give it: B+

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Malty - bread like aroma. Small, quickly dimishing, fizzy, off-white head. Light, orange - almost copper colored appearance. Moderate, sweet flavor with a litle bit of fruity hoppiness to it. Good, full body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Not my favorite style but this is one of the better ones, smooth and sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2003 I think this is my favorite Oktoberfest. Appropriately sweet and a little grassy. Smoooth mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Yum. Exquisitely smooth. Very good oktoberfest, but I prefer the Paulaner.


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