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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (13797) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2015
50 cl. bottle. Clear dark amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, fruit, hops, caramel and bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13499) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a Pours a clear brown tinted copper color with a thin frothy offwhite head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, raisin, citrus, caramel. Very, very faint hoppy note. Taste is caramel and toasted malts, some raisins. Slight bready. Softly carbonated, medium bodied. Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (13132) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 Swing top bottle. Bought at De Man van Drank Leiden. One month past best before date. Amber color, dense head. Pear and just a touch of dust in the aroma. Malty but vinous beer. Raisin and hops in the background, even a touch of cinnamon. Butterscotch and some bitterness in the aftertaste. (6 3 6 2 11 = 2.8) A fresh sample bought in Nordhorn was much better. Loads of malt and toffee in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. malty sweet flavor, bready, cake, pear. Grassy hopbitterness in the aftertaste. Lovely well balanced beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (13059) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy white head, short retention and faint lacing. Aroma is toasted caramel and biscuit malt, light to medium melanoidins, light spicy hops, and a clean lager character. Flavor is malt dominant with light sweetness and tea-like character, light fruity notes, mild hops, and a clean, dry finish. Medium body, light warmth, medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a thick, frothy white head. Well-balanced medium-bodied beer with hints of carmel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (12762) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle as "Original Oktoberfest". Pours a clear copper-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, caramel and hops. Light to medium body with flavors of toasted malt, grassy hops and caramel. The finish is sweet with a bready malt aftertaste. Decent overall.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (12725) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours clear golden yellow, nose is toffee, grass, floral, taste is similar, crisp.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (12637) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 11, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 clear amber colour, fine head, buttery and malty nose, medium to full body, decent finishing bitterness, round and clean malty finish - solid and nicely made

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (12486) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 Bottle, bought @ Edeka, Allershausen.
Pours a lovely copper with a fine, staying, creamy, white head. Aroma has rye bread, sweet malts, soft grass. Medium carbonation, fine dryish and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is quite sweet, caramel, still some rye bread, chewy malts. Lingering mild bitter grassy finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (12449) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2016 12 fluid ounce bottle, produced on 07/09. Pours with a 3 finger head into my mug with an amber body. There is a slight bit of foam that resides on top of the liquid that never dissipates. Smell is a bit subdued for a typical Maerzen, with a nice hop and malt balance. The malts have that typical sweet, nutty maltiness, though it is a bit faint. The mouth feel is smooth and a bit under carbonated. Intense Oktoberfest flavor though. I love the taste of this, perfect sweet and nutty, slightly roasty malt taste, amazing hop balance, just a highly quaffable beer. Not the most robust version of this style out there, but in terms of taste, it is the standard flavor of Oktoberfest. Overall it is a solid Oktoberfest, and like all examples of the style it has it’s strengths and weaknesses. RERATE This has been a perennial oktoberfest for me over the years, the ever so slightly clearer/lighter look has always appealed. This is my first and last bottle of this year (presumably) Pours a very clear amber color. Frothy head. Aroma is thick with bready malt flavors, smells worty almost, just a touch of earthy hops. Flavor is again worty, but with a crisp low bitterness that just cuts through, it is mildly nutty, though the malt character is visceral it isn’t sweet at all, but fairly dry. The hops in the flavor bring more of an herbel marmalade feel, the body is not heavy and very drinkable. This proves again and again despite me drinking it 6 months too late it is everything a dark oktoberfest should be.


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