Sweetwater Tavern Octoberfest
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
rich, big malty lager...hint of hop spiciness...russet colored.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeTsStuff (5) - Stafford, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2012 does not count
Got it in a growler. I like it. Has a cereal tone to it. Like the color a lot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2793) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2012
On tap 5 oz. sample at Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, VA. Clear, sparkling amber with a minimal head and trivial lacing. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and nuts. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, nuts, bread and light hops. Medium/light body and light carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Tap in Merrifield. Pours clear brown with a large, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is moderate German malt (cookie, bread, nutty), no detectable hops, dates, and light esters. Flavor is moderate malt, chewy, dates, light bitterness, Noble hops, light melanoidins and a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5605) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Deep amber coloured body with a thinnish off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, malt and a bit of spice. Light to Medium-bodied; Lightish spicey flavour with some pumpkin tastes and more malt. Aftertaste has some caramel sweetness and a bit more spice, but nothing outlandish. Overall, a nice marzen beer with some good spices and a bit of a malty kick - even stronger than usual. I sampled this beer on draught as a sampler at the Shirlington Oktoberfest in Arlington, Virginia on 07 October 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bierkrug (2130) - - JAN 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Draft at Centreville 20 Oct 2008 Found my lost notes. A middle of the road Octoberfest. Lacks the smoothness of German versions and has too many unnatural flavors to be really good. Borderline Ice cream parlor flavored stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Draft at Centreville. Pours medium amber with not much head. Medium bodied with a texture approaching sticky, but not quite getting there. Flavor of european malt, nuts, and a hint of holiday spice, countered by a spicy bitterness. Small amount of residual sweetness. Finishes smooth. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5030) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2007
A knock darker and a bit more orange than their PA. Light head. Smooth cereal flavor, light bittering, nutty sweetness. Light tanginess in the finish -- also light toastiness. Watery at times, not much character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Excellent Oktoberfest. One of the nicer beers available from Sweetwater. Easy to enjoy with the majority of their food selections.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Hmmm, light floral hops. Interesting subdued malt character. Not really anything particularly special, but certainly a good beer to have with a sweetwater tavern steak =).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Sweetwater Tavern’s Oktoberfest pours to a beautiful, bright, light amber color with a nice white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose is packed with aromas of sweet malt, toast, and nuts. This is balanced with some good grassy hop aromatics as well. The palate is firm, with really good sweet malt flavors paired with lots of toasty and nutty notes as well. The body is very round and clean, making this beer very smooth and drinkable. This beer finishes with more toasty and nutty flavors up front, and then is balanced to perfection, with some nice hop bitterness. This is an excellent, hearty, balanced version of marzen, with plenty of malt flavor and character. This malt accented brew went fantastic with a big, juicy, hickory barbecue burger, and seasoned fries. This beer would also work well with a number of their Southwestern dishes. If you ever find yourself in Northern Virginia, make it a point to stop by one of Sweetwater’s three locations.

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