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RATINGS: 1208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Bavarian barley slow roasted, caramelized to a rich, red amber color combined with the purest spring waters from the Alps, exclusive yeast and the finest Hallertau hops.

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3.1
JorisPPattyn (9927) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2005
Orange-amber, clear beer; yellowish tinted head, fast gone. Very subdued nose, some malt sugars. Water-sodden bread. Sweet-bready, and especially malty taste, finish being a bit drier, hinting at hops, slightly metallic. Strangely, exactly as in the just tasted Octoberfest (Sam Adams), I get a metallic MF, though not typical copper this time (and I’m NOT on antibiotics!). Medium bodied at best. Aftertaste returns to more sweetness. Not very exciting, really. Is this Heineken’s accountants’ doing, or just global superficialisation - or is that saying the same thing twice?

1.9
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Lots of diacetyl, damp wood, overly sweet. This was cloying, and too thick and syrupy feeling. Based on the ratings, maybe it was a bad bottle, but I didn’t care for this.

3.3
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Pours from the bottle an orangish-amber with a foam white one finger head that settles down into thick lacing. Medium carbonation, a few bubbles, but not overly fizzy. I smell bready malts & hints of toffee/vanilla. Malts and hops work together nicely in the flavor department. They tend to complement each other rather than trying to overpower each other. Nice medium mouthfeel, just a lingering bitterness on the swallow. Very well done!!!

3.7
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Nice old-world German style Oktoberfest brew, a bit of hoppy-ness, but balanced well with other flavors

3.6
hellerbawk (2) - USA - OCT 4, 2005 does not count
Clean finish! A little dry in the mouth compared to other fine Marzens. Malty beer yet not as big flavored as the others...sweet though. A nice drinking beer You can taste the smooth water from the alps

3.2
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled - St Albans BF - A deep bronze coloured beer. The aroma is typical Marzen with sweet malts although it is a little thin. The taste is clean, malty and fruity. Very easy to drink and well brewed although not wholly satisfying.

3.4
harrisoni (18402) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005. Red/russet with beige head. Some good caramel, barley sugar aromas which carry on into the body of this beer. Quite drinkable. Bit too sweet but good spice/dry hop finish. Hop nose is quite subtle

3.2
freekyp (2192) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2016 Orangy amber with a sight white head, this brew has a pleasing bready/grain aroma. Malty throughout, but not heavy, its 5.8% alchohol content is well masked in the fine balance. Hop character is present but subdued.
Earlier Rating: 3/22/2003 Total Score: 3
Thick rocky white head, deep copper color. High maltiness, with hops only becoming prevalent mid bottle. Nice malty clean finish with some toasted bread notes.

2.9
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2005
16.9 oz bottle. Produced on 02/05 stamped on bottom right corner of label
Pours out light amber with a small quickly disappearing tan head.
Aroma is caramel and sweet dough.
Body is flat
Flavor is sweet carmel, sugar, with a very light bittering finish. I expected better
Earlier Rating: 8/29/2004 Total Score: 3.2
pours a clear amber with a dense tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel and bananna. Flavor is roasty, slightly sweet, moderately bitter. sort of thin and lacks depth.

2.5
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2005
Wow, I waws really expecting a lot more of htis beer. Kinda flat and tasteless. Drinkable, but not good.
Earlier Rating: 4/16/2004 Total Score: 2.6
Another Oktoberfest that is nothing special. This is drinkable, and it gets me drunk, but that's about the end of it's redeeming qualities.


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