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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Oktoberfest is one of the most celebrated traditions in German culture. And though Kansas may be a long way from Munich, we share the sentiment. Our Octoberfest was only the second specialty beer we ever brewed, and the original batch was first tasted back in 1989. To this day, it continues to be one of our most popular brews, with folks seeking it out both at the brewpub and on the shelves of their local liquor stores.

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Jimsnaks (2) - Topeka, Kansas, USA - AUG 7, 2011 does not count
Got to be one of the best Octoberfest’s I have ever had. Nice malty aroma carmel and a hint of spice. Nice dark golden color. Nice medium bodied brew.

4.5
MetalNHopHead (2223) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 31, 2016
There’s some German blood flowing through Kansas, and Free State apparently channeled all of it to churn out this copper-colored beer. It smells malty, bready, and lightly chocolaty. Its flavors are mostly sweet. There’s caramel and a mildly spicy finish from the hops. Balanced feel. Rich but not as full-bodied as some fest beers. This beer has long history with Free State, yet it continues to be a winner. That’s pretty fucking special.

4.4
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2003
I really enjoyed this O'fest, it is probably one of the best I've ever had. I think they must have beefed it up since Indra had it. Lots of aroma for a Free State beer...malt, raisin, toasted oats and a touch of cinnamon (?). Sticky side-clinging head. Same maltiness in my mouth with a touch of ginger and cinnamon. Filtered orange tan hue. Lasting and firm mouthfeel. True to style.

4.4
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a clear copper color with a nice white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, with a strong caramel presence. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet malt and hops. A solid offering in the Oktoberfest style. No wonder this is considered by many to be the best of the style in the country.

4.3
TAR (2794) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Draft: Glassy golden orange. Sticky, milky white head. Beautiful aroma of mineral, tangy malts, and sugared apple. Fresh spicy hop undertones along with some toasted malts. Restrained esters. Round, toffeeish mouthfeel. Starts with lovely bready malt flavors with soft earthy, leafy hop tones. Decadent spicy hop/toasted malt interplay. Finishes with a sublime biscuity malt quality with tracs of nuts, pale malts, and a touch of raw noble hops. They've nailed it.

4.3
ads135 (5053) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Very nice octoberfest. Exceptional balance and a very nice malty sweet finish. Light brown and orange appearance with decent head and a medium body.

4.2
Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Hand bottled via TAR - thanks so much, buddy! This is lovely! Slightly nutty, very earthy fresh from the hearth bread, with a tiny almost cinnamony hop presence. Delicious.


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