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RATINGS: 1239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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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2.2
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
This beer greets the nose with the smell of roasted yeast. It is a rust colored solution that resides under a thick head. This beer is thin and does not hide its carbonation. The taste of roasted malt and hops fades fast after swallowing.

3.5
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
(500 ml bottle: $2.49 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) It’s been a long time coming. Seven years since I last saw this beer on shelves, and I had to drive to Seattle to find it! The date printed on the bottle label is 06.05, so I presume that means it’s six months old. This is one of my favorite imported Oktoberfests, proudly and prominently putting on display the luscious, up front German malty character that I just can’t seem to find in any domestic release. It’s a bit more caramely and earthier than I remember, possibly due to the moderate aging. The moderate hop bitterness lends perfect balance, complementing the moderately sweet malts from sip to finish. Fairly dry maltiness in the nose, not much hoppiness, but a bit too earthy. Body is medium with nice carbonation and a fairly smooth palate. Could stand to be a bit cleaner and crisper though. I have the glass of beer on a small shelf on my desk, with a lamp off to the side, and this beer is nearly textbook in appearance. It is medium amber in color, shows a stunning clarity, and a dozen or so streams of very tiny carbonation bubbles crawl at a snail’s pace toward the surface. The head is ivory in color, but doesn’t show particularly impressive retention, rising to nearly an inch in height, but then settling to a filmy layer with five minutes or so. And there’s no lacing on the glass. Some of the domestic Oktoberfest releases are tasty in their own right, but they are Americanized versions. When I pick up an Oktoberfest, I prefer the classic German flavor on display here. I’d probably prefer the draft version in Germany, but I’ve not been afforded that luxury yet. Can only imagine, and dream...

2.9
jb (3454) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Dark orange color with minimal aroma of dark fruit. Decent palate of bread and brown sugar. Sweet and watery finish. I believe my sample of this beer was a bit stale.

3.5
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Pours clear orange. Moderate head. Sweet malt bomb of an aroma with some raisen and hint of vanilla and citrus. Crisp and malty in flavor with a sweet finish. Spicy hops help balance it out. My favorite of the Munich Oktoberfests.

2.8
nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2009 The aroma is malty with a strong bread like character with plenty of sweetness. There is also a small amount of hops in there as well. There is also a subtle and not to pleasant wet dog smell as well. The appearance is copper - amber with a medium head just right for the style. The taste is malty, sweet with grass and some bitterness but there is a cardboard or paper element to it that I didn’t love. The palate is rather thin but OK for this style. Certainly it’s not the best Oktoberfest out there but decent.

3.6
JayBaxter (406) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
Pours clear copper with a big white head. Aroma is nice and malty/brown bread with a sweet similar taste.

2.4
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 (Bottle from http://hitimewine.com/, label marked "05.05") Pours darkish amber, foamy biscuit head which collapses and leaves clumps on surface - not good. Sloppy lacing. Aroma rich and malty, some hay. Mouthfeel kind of watery. Tastes fairly sweet, malty, but something didn’t hold together right here. Had read reports on this being bad this year and this seems to bear it out.

2.9
mephisto (1301) - TAIWAN - NOV 9, 2005
not a big fan of octoberfest, but they do look nice. copper color w/ decent head, caramel aroma.

3.4
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
this is a good drinking beer but it’s a little lacking in flavor Could be thicker and sweeter.
Earlier Rating: 9/22/2005 Total Score: 3.7
this beer real good - nice and smooth , very low carbination. Very sweet start to finish with a nice mild flavor. Not the best Oktoberfest out there - but it’s damn good

3.2
Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Draft in Florida. Poured a copper color with small creamy off-white head that was lasting. Good well balanced toasted aroma. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. Moderate sweet flavor with an average finish. Good brew.


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