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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Clawhammer Oktoberfest is a lightly colored, but toasty, rich and full bodied Marzen style lager, brewed with traditional German malt and the finest noble hops. A spicy hop finish and aroma balance out the abundance of malt flavor. Clawhammer means pure high-country enjoyment!

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2013
12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber with a small white head that leaves a little lacing that slides back down into the beer. Aroma is a bit faint. Slightly spicy aroma of toasted caramel malts, brown sugar, cinammon, and a hint of citrus. Taste is a bit subdued and watery. Caramel malts up front with a hint of lemony hops and wheat bread. Palate is a bit light with texture that is a little thin and watery. Average carbonation and a dry finish of wheat bread. Overall enjoyable, but a bit too thin and lacking a bit in flavor. Would drink again though, but I there would have to be a complete lack of other choices available.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackl (7166) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Keg @ Sedona. Medium amber, small head. Flabby, sweet, bready nose. Some brown sugar and buts. Angel food cake. The taste is similarly bready, not particularly clean. Sweet finish. Medium body, light carbonation. Overall, could be reigned in a bit.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2013
12 oz bottle for 2 bucks. Pours clear golden amber with a white head. Looks more like a lager than anything else. Smells a little malty, not much else. Taste is slightly crisp at first, almost grassy with a decent hoppy finish. Body is a little thin, not much carbonation either. Not particularly inspiring but I actually like this more than I thought I would. It’s at least better than Highland’s crappy IPAs.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours a very clear golden hue with just a hint of amber. The little bit of head dissipated very quickly. Aroma is lacking with some subtle breadiness, grains and just a hint of sweetness. Flavor follows the nose and is bland. Thin bodied with a dry finish. There isn’t much going on here.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7605) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is light sweetness and a touch of spice, malts, some grains. Flavor was nice light grain notes, malts. Clean drinking.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2013
I love Highland brewery, but was highly disappointed in this lager. A transparent golden appearance with little ’oktoberfest’ aroma. Not my favorite seasonal!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottles. One of the most boring beer styles out there and everybody and their brother feels like they need to brew one. It’s getting colder which already sucks and then you have to give us this shitty malty beer to make us feel better. This particular marzen aint bad by any means, it just happens to be the object for my rant on marzens. Sorry Highland.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Yet another marzen? Alas, yes for the most part. Pour fails to leave much of any impression at all, and the nose is malty and grainy. Prickly mouthfeel, and slightly more hops here than one often encounters in the style, which I guess is a plus. Still boring.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4516) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2013 12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage, served in a Highland Brewing pint glass. A wee bit different, with a slight darker orange-gold body and more flavor from noble hops than a typical Marzen. Crystal clear with a proper looking level of carbonation. The medium-high carbonation is well-chosen, and gives this beer a light crispness. The smallish off-white head has limited duration and leaves little lacing. The aroma features bready German malts with some spicy and herbal notes from the hops. The hops come more to the fore in the near semi-dry and lasting finish. O - refreshing and very good for style. Would be nice with a large Bavarian pretzel.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garbageman (487) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
From bottle. Pours amber in color with small head. Tons of sweetness. A little bread, hops and spice but way to much sweetness.


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