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RATINGS: 1362   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Light brown colour, nice big off white head. Malty aroma, perhaps a little banana. Small lace around the top of my glass. This one began with a bit too much malt for me, but the hops came out in the end. My first Oktoberfest, so I will try more this fall to make a better comparision.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2002
not very enjoyable, looks crappy and smells crappy and has kinda a buttery taste, but I have trouble giving any oktoberfest a truly bad rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Just a bit of a malty pepper nose floats above an amber lake of grain. This is a bit ordinary and safe. I’m sometimes conflicted between judging something that is easy to drink, but somehow wishing there was a bit more. It’s easy going down, not too challenging. It presents a very nice hop and malt blend, but the flavor perhaps leaves too quickly.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Lighter amber color than some other Oktoberfest beers. A clean fresh smell with a crisp malty taste. I would say more sharp than smooth in flavor. It finishes with just the right amount of bitterness for me. Overall a very good beer that I would get again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2002
A nice amber colored beer. A rather good size head became just a skim within a few minutes. Very nice roasted maltiness makes this Marzen pretty smooth and drinkable. Another good beer from Spaten.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
benzim (36) - USA - SEP 9, 2002
A nice, mouth-filling oktoberfest. Rich orange color, malty aroma, rich taste with just a hint of alcohol

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4001) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2002
An amber coloured malty tasting beer, with a floral aftertaste.A pleasant mouthfeel although you are aware of the fairly high alcohol content. All round a decent drink.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Medium amber body. Head pours big but doesn’t last long. Caramel malty aroma. Caramel malty taste supplemented with mild hoppiness. Nothing special about this one, celebrate Oktoberfest with something else.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Smells like a pilsener. It does taste fairly good though. Tinge of amber color and flavor to darken it, and it has a hint of chocolate and strong caramel flavor. If you are hoping to have this beer in Munich, sorry. They serve something else at Oktoberfest. I don't know why the ones sold in the US are different but they are. Re-rate. The malt balance on these is much better than that of a lot of American counterparts.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Not much on the aroma, but it looks lovely, white head, caramel color, with nice lacing. Good balanced flavors, and a nice kick. Hope to someday make it to Munich for Oktoberfest and get it at the Brauhaus.


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