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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Originally brewed to celebrate the beginning of the German brewing season and the 1810 wedding of crown prince Ludwig of Bavaria and his bride-to-be, princess Therese of Saxon-Hildburghausen. This amber beer was brewed in March ("Marzenbier") and left to age in cool lagering caves during the heat of the summer. Our rich and satisfying Bavarian-style OctoberFest comes from a special blend of imported German malts that creates a full-bodied brew and stresses a malty flavor and lingering aroma. Gently hopped and delicately balanced, its true-to-style, slow fermentation and long, cold maturation produces a luxuriously smooth, award-winning brew.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tomluvsbeer (3) - East Haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2005 does not count
This is one of the best tasting Oktoberfest I have had in years. Paul Davis at Thomas Hooker knows his stuff!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Spectacular, this could be the best Octoberfest to be spotted in the States. Pours a clear copper color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty, nutty, a bit toasty, and overall very pleasing. Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth. Flavor starts off with a great smooth sweetness of caramel, then turns a bit nutty, with slight roasty and bitter hints in the finish. A complex marzen, it’s no wonder it won GABF silver 2002.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1762) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Special thanks to eaglefan538 for this one. I feel kind of funny rating an Oktoberfest Lager this high, but this was really darned good. Poured with huge head and lacing that clung to the glass throughout (I coulda even given this a 10 really). Aroma and flavor was sweet caramel malt with butter biscuit flavoring. Just the right amount of bitterness and carbonation. For the style, it can’t get much better.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Pours a clear orangish-brown with a rocky, lacy, tan head. Head is dense and about 1/4 inch thick. Smells (strangely) of hops with some maltiness underneath. Usually, I would expect an Oktoberfest to smell the other way around. Taste is of rich caramel malt with an underpinning of herbal hops. Lightly smoky. Mouth is lightly sticky with a persistent hoppy aftertaste. Good stuff. One of the better Oktoberfests I’ve had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2143) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2004
A very nice and satisfying Octoberfest. Not usually one of my favorite styles, but this one was very nicely balanced and hit the spot on what goes for a crisp autumn evening in Texas.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Clear, deep caramel brown in color with a foamy, mossy and 1/3" tan head. Aroma takes on Hallertau, maple, chestnuts, roasty pecans, pumpernickel dinner rolls, sweet caramel and a side note of scotch. Dimpled mug hits my lips and I breath a huge sigh of relief - this is an Oktoberfest done right. Sweet caramel and toffee chew nature met with a caramelized pecan profile. Buttery spiciness. Lovely and medium bodied with life and backbone. Balance is impeccable, with carbonation, malts and nobles in perfect format. Finish is like sucking on glazed almonds. One of the best Oktoberfests - both foreign or domestic - hands down. Thanks for the bottle CaptainCougar!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Attractive amber color that grows a big, soft ivory foam. Keeps a solid skim on top throughout the session and the lacing is mostly drippy with some globs and displaced sheeting. Aroma is clean and subdued carrying a tad of toffee with a rounded toasted realm to its waft but mostly dark and malty with a soft sweetness to it. Taste starts out like many o-fests, full and malty, nicely creamy with very tender notions to toasted toffee, darker fruits, and some nuttyness. Finish creates a slightly dry smokey peet and wet woodyness. A nudge of deep sided hoppyness helps add some depth in the finish as well. Stays favorably clean and firm the whole ride through. Mouthfeel is fairly full in the front and teeters from there but stays firmly set in its creamy/silken nature and finishes well with subtle tonality and very slight malty warmth. The overall clean profile of this O-fest by Thomas Hooker is quite remarkable and probably the most intriguing part that I found and liked about it. Not to mention that it helps add some very good downability; that, along with a slimmer 6% ABV just begs for repeat fill ups.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SanfordBrewer (1390) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
(br-btl or-lbl, 6 pack, 6.1%, ¢12/oz)

cpr-lct, bubbly head thinned out but remained, light-med-bod, med co2.

aroma: ^fresh-hop §metallic.

flavor: fruity-malt T1, caramel toasted-malt hop-bitter T2, buttery fresh-sweet-hop T3, refreshing-bitter-fresh-hop Tf.

^drinkable, session with or without food.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Well, the waitress at Redbones said it was the octoberfest. . . It was very very dark - black with shades of orange, very nice taste of burnt malt and orange.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle via trade with goldtwins. Pours a dark copper color with a big ivory colored head. Yeasty and malty aroma- slight tinge of sulfur. Flavor is malty with tons of toffee notes. Also nuts, raisins and a bit of licorice. Slightly diacetyl but it seems to meld well with the other flavors. I don’t know why this is so poorly rated- what a good beer!


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