Pennichuck The Big O Oktoberfest Lager

RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
Copper colored with a big malty taste. Original Gravity 15.0 Plato Final Gravity 3.5 Plato Alcohol by Volume 6.25% "The Big O" is a slang term from the steam locomotive days and was used to refer to the Conductor. The "O" refering to the professional organization "Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen". No.........REALLY......!!! Won a Bronze Medal at the 2006 International Beer Festival.
Won a Silver Medal at the 2007 IBF.

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Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2012
(Bottle) Pours deep dark amber with reddish mahogany hints. The aroma is nice German-ish malty with tones of sweet caramel and bread. Grassy and herbal hops. Bit cinnamon spicy on the nose. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet and light bitter. Robust/full malty and light hoppy with notes of sweet caramel, bread, spices, herbs and grass. The mouthfeel is round and clean. Lingering malt aftertaste. Medium to full bodied.

hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
22oz bottle. Pured a deeper amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted nuts, bread, and earthy. Tastes of the same.

Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Three cheers to Pennichuck! This is likely the last beer I’ll ever have from them, which is sad as I had really grown to like them and rumors of distribution to my state almost immediately preceded their demise. Thanks to jblauvs for the 22 ounce bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel and toffee with lightly toasted malts and a very faintly hoppy finish. The taste is toasted malts, berries and toffee with a mildly hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Pretty decent.

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a beautiful deep reddish copper color. Tall off-white frothy head. Perfect lace. Aroma has a touch of wooded earthiness. Nice hop floral. Aroma is mostly malt, nice Vienna and a touch of caramel. Toasted malt sweetness. Flavor is very mild. A bit of the sweeter side. Lots of toasted cereal flavor. I have yet to be disappointed by this brewery. Lingering flavor of a malt nuttiness. Lots of Munich malt character, not too musty, earthy, bready, sweet. Finishes with the slightest bit of wood flavor. Sticky texture, medium bodied. Full flavored.
My 50th Oktoberfest/Märzen!
Not sure how the name reflects firefighting but still a really good beer.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Name: The Big O
Date: October 01, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, lots of breadyness, nice earthyness
Flavor: sweet bready flavor, lots of Munich character, light earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

I would like to rerate this beer.

corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Pours a dark golden ruby/coppery amber color with a .5 finger off white head that quickly dissipates into a lasting ring. Roasted malt aroma with a lot of autumnal spice. Toasty caramel, biscuit malt that has a slight nut character. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar. Crisp medium body with lots of toasty malt, autumnal spice, sweet fruit and subtle hops. Lots of sweet caramel malt with a good amount of roasted toasty flavor along with spicy cinnamon and brown sugar. Slight biscuit presence and nice crisp dry hops in the finish. Very nice balance of sweet and roasted notes and the ABV is completely undetectable. The spiciness is pretty prominent with some subtle vanilla and clove to go along with the cinnamon/brown sugar notes. Nice interpretation of the style.

VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle/22 - Pours a pretty dark ruby amber in color with a small off-white head that faded to a thin rim around the beer, Aroma is of bready yeasts and lots of caramel maltiness. Flavor has a big malty hit with bready yeasts and some hop spiciness. Slightly bitter from the middle to the end. Nice palate. A good one... I hear that Pennichuck may be closing... too bad... will miss their beer!

Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Feels like fall so I had to grab this one today. Poured this one into a large Nonic it produced a two finger white head that lasts and follows the brew down the glass. The body of the beer is a clear ruby red in color There are Great aromas of sweet caramel malts along with a great breadiness. As it warms you get a slight fruitiness as well in the aroma. The flavors of sweat grains and bread filed my mouth there is also a little bit of alcohol burn as it warms. The brew had a great feel in my mouth with ample carbonation. An easy to drink brew one of the better of the style I have had. I will defiantly grab more of this brew

Hangover (1153) - oxford, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Dark brown/copper pour with a pretty big eggshell white head. Aroma is malty some some vegetable notes. Medium-bodied with a nice, crisp flavor. Toasty, nutty with some caramel and woodsy flavors on the back end. Pretty rich and flavorful for an ofest. Nice brew!

Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2009
On tap at the Barley. Deep Orange pour with a slight offwhite head. Aroma is toasty malts and some caramel, Flavor is sweet caramel but also tangy and reminiscent of wet pine cones, A really nice slight roast on the malt. Really excellent octoberfest, makes me think of wet leaves and autumn. Stylistically the best Pennichuck I’ve had. Not just another dull Octoberfest, something stand out.

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