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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A German-style amber lager – Dark amber to light brown in color. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Caramel and toffee sweetness up front with notes of toasted bread and hints of roasted cashews and almonds.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (1747) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2013
There is an aroma of malts and hints of almonds. It is a darker amber color, but the head is not very strong. There is a pleasant combination of almonds, bread, caramel, and other flavors. It’s a pleasant combination.


3.4
aracauna (3651) - Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2017
Not a bad oktobrrfest, but I keep getting a bit of banana, which is an unusual, but not unpleasant variation

3.7
Cybercat (6013) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2017
Pours clear chestnut with a thick and fairly persistent frothy buff head. Aroma delivers toasted malt, cloves and caramel. Flavor presents all these plus woody hops and a nutty hint. Mouthfeel features firm body and fair fizz. Welcome fall, welcome Oktoberfest!

3.2
oobawa (1653) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2017
Sways wildly between indulgently sweet and strikingly bitter, offering up huge buttered caramel and toffee notes before drying out considerably for the floral, lingering finish. Gains a nutty depth on the back end, while the fade offsets the clingy hops with hints of toast and honey. Pours a dark, dark brown-orange, but gives up a slight head with very little lace. Sweet nose smells like autumn in a pint. Perky texture verges on overcarbonated, but not quite. Overall a bit too heavy-handed for my tastes.

3.4
drowland (8938) - Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2017
9/15/17. On tap at Churchill's, Savannah. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Sweet, nutty aroma, caramel, something that struck me at first as bubblegum, but maybe more towards marzipan. Lightly sweet flavor, caramel, nutty, marzipan, bubblegum. Interesting - tasty enough.

3.5
Bacchus66 (886) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2017
On tap at Trio. Pours clear dark amber with a thin off white head. Cereal malt, toast, toffee, caramel. Medium carbonation, smooth toasty finish. Good example of this style.

3.4
Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2017 Pours a dark reddish copper color with a defined foam head that laces my glass. Aroma is of semi spiced malted bread, yeast, and subtle sweetness. Flavor is rather similar to the aroma with a touch of yeast taste. A balanced and very drinkable brew. It has a good body and welcoming finish. Overall a good Oktoberfest style brew.

2.3
beerme31 (692) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark amber with thick tan head. Aroma of caramel but also metallic. Light bitter taste. Very metallic bitter finish, this beer probably went bad.

3.4
rdixon77 (2944) - Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Down the middle and clean fest beer. Nice roasty malts with caramel sweetness. Just fine for the time.

3.4
TAR (2779) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2016
Clear garnet. Thick eggshell foam is slow to recede as it forms a well-retained halo. Maltcentric aromas of breadcrust and toasted bread, with lesser notes of cocoa, creamed coffee, aniseed, and muted DMS. Loose carbonation leaves a foamy residue on the palate. Quite richly malty with a bocklike intensity on initial sip. Potent pumpernickel flavors precede a supple wave of milk chocolate and raisin-soaked sugars which brings considerable viscosity to the body. Breadcrust and lightly scorched nuts generate a touch of earthy sharpness to temper the sugars, and there’s ample textural richness, including a haylike "bounce", which testifies to skillful mashing. No melanoidins despite the sturdy maltiness, however. An earthy, hop-derived licorice-root tickle wavers in and out of the semi-chewy raisiny sugars. Clean fermentation character and a snap of pictachiolike lager yeast continually firms things up while vivifying the complex maltiness. Pronounced Munich punch of breadcrust and burnt toffee seals the remarkably rich and long finish, as sassy licorice hops whisper their spicy echoes. A fairly impressive and genuine märzenbier that’s unapologetically malty. If the brewers could increase the attenuation a smidgeon and extract some melanoidins via a multi-step decoction, this would rival some of the better examples out of Franconia. Pretty solid.

3.1
lobosaintori (89) - - OCT 27, 2015
Winsten Sale is a far cry from Bavaria, and this beer is a far cy from a good Oktoberfest brew. With that being said this not a bad beer! pours a brown/amber tone with a bit heavy on the carbonation. A thin layer of off white head that faded somewhat quickly and left no lacing. Flavor is that of Carmel and toast. The finish is a bit weak and a little bitter.


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