RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Haunting the congregation with its distinct copper color and rich toasted malt flavor, this true German-style Oktoberfest lager is smooth in body and uses German hops in the brewing process to balance out the distinctive, toasted malt sweetness. The clean smoothness is created by the long conditioning (lagering) process of 8 weeks.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a copper color. I like how fluffy and soft the two finger, off-white shaded head is, in particular. Not only is the retention quite good, but the lacing this leaves behind is quite plentiful. S: I pick up a lot of not only caramel, but also DuClaw’s house profile: a vaguely peppery tone. There’s also plenty of toffee, and even a touch of a hop bite. It doesn’t seem to have the sweetness some marzens have, either. T: Touches of caramel and toffee open this one up...and that’s about all I pick up in terms of the flavor profile at first, apart from the aforementioned house yeast character. But something strange happens once it warms up - it develops a bit of character. No, it’s not enough to make this anything more than an average marzen, but the nutty qualities are a bit of a welcome respite after a first half that was simply bland, bland, and bland. Still, it’s nothing spectacular. M: On the other hand, I really like that it features a soft, lush mouthfeel and a full body. Or do I? This is a classic case of "too much body for the flavors presented", so all this really does is harm the drinkability factor. Carbonation is about average for the style, which is to say it’s pretty high. O: Eh, mediocre. Having said that, it does grow into something very slightly above mediocre as it warms up. I’d still pick a number of marzens over this one, though.

unclefrito62 (350) - Stow, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Very little head. Not much aroma. Deep straw in color. Kind of sweet. Mellow Easy on the palate. Smooth, medium bodied. Overall an above average Oktoberfest.

nasmith003 (252) - Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Light caramel and spice aroma, copper color and little hazy. Malt sweetness hinting of toffee or caramel with a sharp hop bitterness. Well balanced and finished fairly clean.

weihenweizen (4111) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2016
On tap at P&P Charleston. Slightly hazy caramel with no head. Aroma is caramel malt, light/medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt.

Patrickctenchi (6731) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Bottle: Hazy amber/copper with a small beige head. Caramel, toasted grain aroma. Taste is sweet, lightly spicy toffee malt. Pleasant earthy bitterness. Very nice.

shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2016
Bottle. Lactic caramel malt and fresh hay aroma. Dark amber with nice light tan head. Mildly sweet bready toffee malt and mildly bitter hay flavor. Nice body. Very good.

rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 3, 2016
on tap @ Hebron Brewhaus / Hebron KY --- Clear amber brown color, white head that sinks quickly to a thick rim, lace cobwebs. Taste is caramel malt that smoothly moves past medium fizz on the swallow to light hops that give way to the caramel and malt in a medium finish. A nice, understated, Oktoberfest.

Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 16, 2016
Where and how: b. 12 oz
Aroma nice, clean bready, malty character, Nice proper hop side. Solid all around nose.
Appearance :
Top: medium top, sparse lace.
Base: clear amber with touch of red
Palate : medium full bodied, thinner walls. Medium plus carbonation. Average finish.
Taste: nice drinkable polotmave pivo. Good malt base.
Other notes solid work.

chinchill (5313) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2016
12 oz bottle into a lager glass. ABV listed as 6%. Clear deep copper-colored body with a good tan head that leaves a coat of lacing on the glass with each tip. This is a bitter-sweet, malt dominated . Very tasty with well hidden alcohol. Enough hops to equalize the bitter/sweet balance and impact some spicy hop notes. Mildly bitter finish. A bit bock-like. Medium body with medium carbonation.

BrewBoxer (2664) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle. Dark color with brown, malt and some balance maltiness. Good session that's dark ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2016
bottle to pint glass. poured a clear copper orange color with nice off white head. mild carbonation. aroma is medium sweet malt. maybe slight citrus peel. not much else. the flavor though is not offensive at all. nice malt balance semi sweet and somewhat earthy flavor. get a bit of a twang on the end...mild hop presence. overall still quite drinkable.

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