RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
The American name for the beer traditionally served at Oktoberfest celebrations in Bavaria. Amber in color, this lager is smooth, malty, and well balanced by German hops.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7518) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright caramel-amber color with a small creamy orange-white head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sweet, tangy and malty though a bit vegetal. The flavor was sweet, tangy and malty with notes of molasses, caramel and faint vegetal malts. Medium finish. Moderately full bodied. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2337) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber with a soapy off white head that leaves a sudsy film. Aroma has malt a little sweetness and subtle hops and hidden fruit. Taste has gentle hop presence with malt and subtle sweet fruity nuttiness. Palate is thin with a creamy dry finish. Decent and straight forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (4071) - Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mix a six at Festival in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Bottled on SEP notched on label. The pour is a clear copper golden, slight ruby, with a one inch off white head. The aroma is rounded sweet caramel malt, maybe a soft cocoa with a hint of vanilla, and distant grass. The taste is sweet caramel malt, with the same touch of cocoa vanilla, and the grass shows a bit dirty in the back. The palate is medium bodied, with a lower carbonation level, and a silky mouth coating finish. Pretty straight forward malt sweet Oktoberfest. Nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (11000) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Amber pour, creamy head. Aroma of toasted grain, some light pears, caramel and honey. Smooth and toasted grain up front, caramel, fruity esthers. Pretty nice stuff for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle @ Brad’s house. Pours a dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Caramel, toasty grainy, herbal, grassy aroma. Somewhat sweet but not cloying, caramel, toasty, straw, grassy, a touch fruity flavor that is well balanced and delicious. One of the better Märzens that I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4708) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, light bread dough. Taste is of malt, caramel, toffee and walnuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle. The look is orange bright colored, ok off white head, and clear. The smell is malts, cereal, caramel, and straw. The taste is a malty sweetness, cereal, touch dry, and ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (10124) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Clear orange pour, small white head. Malty, some spice. Palate is a little thin and under carbonated. Just okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (4150) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2012
This is Octoberfest number three or four or something on the year for me. I am digging them this year. It’s a good year for malt, I guess, and this is one beer that’s not afraid to be malty. It pours a clear amber color w/ a very small head of fine bubbles. The nose is malty and, strangely, there is quite a bit of cinnamon and clove spiciness. This is an order of magnitude more subtle than a Belgian but way more esters than I’d expect to see in a run of the mill ale let alone a lager beer. It works though, actually quite well, so while it is completely inappropriate for the style these spice notes do make for good beer. Flavor is up front w/ it’s malty sweetness w/ quite a lot of caramel and sugar flavors. It’s only mildly carbonated but not so sticky sweet as to feel sluggish. This is a rather good beer overall and one of the better Octoberfests this year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arkurzynski (2378) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Deep orange pour. Aroma is sweet caramel and Munich malts, with a slight mineral edge. Flavor is sweet caramel, toasted malt and a faint vegetal hop finish. Light tin and canned corn. A bit too sweet, needs some nice noble hop bitterness to clean this up a bit.

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