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RATINGS: 632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer is available each autumn in celebration of the great Bavarian festival season. Brewed in late spring and cellared throughout the summer, our Oktoberfest is produced through traditional methods as it has been for centuries in Germany, This copper-hued lager owes its rich malt flavor to a generous combination of select Vienna and Munich malts. Cool, open-fermentation develops a subtle elegance and drinkability suited to any festive occasion.
2000 to 2009 vintages - 6% abv
2010 vintage - 6.6% abv

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3.1
DietPepsican (1590) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2008
amber pour with a small white head. Caramel, oranges, and grain aroma. Flavor was up front caramel, sweet corn, orange peel, and burnt tootsie roll. Creamy sweet finish.

3.5
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Malty raisiny nose. Diluted cola colored with brownish orange tones, medium head, dissipated quickly. Really solid bitter-sweetness balance, one does not overpower the other consider the flavors are big. Gentle carbonation, medium to full body, long malty finish. Very well put together beer.

3.4
theisti (4114) - Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2008
12 oz bottle purchased at Lukas in Overland Park, Kansas. Bottled on 07 16 2008. Pour is crystal clear ruby golden with a foamy one inch off white head. Head falls to reveal nice lace. There are a few visible carbonation bubbles that cling to the side of the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, very much like "toast" - with some caramelized sugar under that. Taste is the caramelly toasted bready malt with some almost cherry sweetness. Palate is slick and medium heavy. Sweetness in the flavor most certainly hangs around. There is just a hint of spicy grassiness as this warms which is nice. I enjoyed this beer, though more than one glass may be a bit much.

2.9
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Basically clear copper color with a short lived white head. The aroma was lots of malt with a bit of light spice. The flavor was malty, slightly nutty and kind of sweet. Not much in the hop department. A bit metallic on the finish.

3.3
zombywoof (467) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Pleasant aroma-caramel malt, earth, dried fruit. Flavor is roasted malt with maple, camelized apple with a little grassiness and breadiness.

3.3
frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2008
A creamy, sandy head falls slow and spackles glass above a mid-hazed, bronze-tinted-orange body. I can sense mild oxidation in the aroma, but it seems only to add to the sweet caramels and sour, grassy hoppiness. Cereal grains follow. Mid-bodied with a slight sugar-cloy, flavor is balanced but the scales tip sweetly. Malts dominate, sweet & sour lingers. Alcohol shows late but simply makes me smile. Good, not quite great. I will enjoy this when offered, but I’ll still bring out the Kaiser when we sit around the fire this autumn.

<font size=-4>I have no recollection on where this bottle came from, although I guarantee it’s been cellaring for at least 6 months.<font size=-1>

3.1
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Pours an orange amber colour with a decent amount of fruit and spice in the aroma. A mouthfeel that is full with an obvious toasty character. Nice all around, but not my favorite.

2.6
GarrettB (1583) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Another Oktoberfest in October, no fests. The espresso brown and creamy head is smooth to the touch, polished, lidding an auburn-red body who’s distinct depth and clarity gives the impression of the beer glowing. Copious little pearls of carbonation also make this a lively looking beer. The aroma is a mimic of any pale lager, with the added touch of apple juice, a tinge of cooked ham and a complementary burnt apple and burnt caramel sugar. The Left Hand Oktoberfest strikes the tongue with a jarring mass, and the taste itself slightly floral with a bitter and acrid aftertaste. Luckily the beginning of the taste is sweet, exhibiting apple, smoked ham oak chips and a generous helping of alcohol to burn away the preceding sip’s bitterness. After that, though, you’re back to bubbly astringency - carbonated baking soda, practically.

3.3
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Medium brown with a light tan head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and apples. Flavor, as expected, on the sweet side, lots of caramel and cookie, with quite a bit of toast. Light herbal and spicy notes in the finish.

2.7
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep orange with no head. Aroma was a little fruity, a little sweet but not strong enough. Taste was sweet and mild with some dried fruits. A smooth and refreshing oktoberfest.


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