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RATINGS: 1333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle. Clear light to medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, grain, dust. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. (250807)

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
anders37 (16584) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2006
Draught. Clear golden colour with a large longlasting white head. Malty grassy, slightly bready aroma. Sweet malty grassy flavor with some bready hints. Malty bitter aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2007
Had this in bottle at a German restaurant in Victoria. Didn’t realize I hadn’t given it the RB treatment. Very good beer. Bright dark amber colour is bang-on. The aroma and flavour are clean and well-defined earthiness and caramel. There’s a touch of toastiness as well. Full body. The finish is excellent sweet caramel and I love the way the earthy hops sneak in there as well. The bit in the commercial description about "rich textured palate and underlying sweetness" is very apt. This is really, really good marzen. Now the question - if I can find it at a restaurant in Victoria, why not any bottle shop in BC?

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2004
(Draught) Pours a deep golden color with a large white creamy head. Sweet malt and grass aroma. Flavor of sweet malt and some caramel and spices.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11452) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
12oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head, nice appearance: copper color. Aroma is malty, backed up by a bit of hops. Good flavor and balanced, nice sweetness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (10948) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Slightly roasted malt flavor. Deep coppery color. No real head. Sweet malt flavor. Then enough hop comes up to balance the malt; almost anyway. Medium bodied, but tends to thin. Carbonation is light to medium. The hop finally gets a chance in the finish, when things finallly seem to balance. Decent drink.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Spaten Octoberfest
Date: 09/11/1997
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Cumming

dark clear amber, whispy head, slight spicy hop and sweet malt aroma, rich malt flavor with a bit of finishing bitterness
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Date: 10/09/2003

bitterness? hops? nothing but good sweet carmel malt flavor and aroma, the definitive and original octoberfest
-------- /> Name: Spaten Octoberfest
Date: 09/29/2006
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

sweetness fades quite a bit once it reaches room temp but still the rich carmel malt

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10795) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
A: The beer pours a light copper/dark amber color with a finger of off-white head. S: There is a touch of skunk on the nose, but I only get it at first. Otherwise, good sweet bread, caramel, and toffee aromas. Nice toasted malts along with some floral hops and a touch of spice. T: A smooth sweetness to the beer which is not overwhelming. Spiced bread, toffee, and caramel are all present along with some floral and spicy noble hops to balance the beer out. Very minimal bitterness, perhaps just a touch on the finish. M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. O: It’s not my favorite Oktoberfest, but it’s not bad, and it’s readily available, so not a terrible choice.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10781) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2009
Very delicious beer. I shared a pitcher of this stuff with some friends at a beer garden in Astoria, Queens, NYC. A nice middle-ground beer: not too dark, not too light. Nice amber color, sweet taste and smooth body.


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