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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saranac Octoberfest is a rich flavorful lager. We use imported two-row and crystal malt and balance it with the pleasant bitterness of Saaz and Tettang hops.

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4.6
tugdriver7 (27) - Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2005
My favorite Oktoberfest. Not as dark or as creamy as some others, but phenomenally refreshing and tasty. The best part is that, like the Saranac Lager, there is no aftertaste... so it’s very drinkable!

4.5
Odyn (268) - New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Slightly hoppy aroma with hints of toffee. Brown amber color with caramel notes in the flavor and especially in the aftertaste. A great seasonal offering!

4.3
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2003
In my books not considered an O'fest. More like a read ale. Very good beer though. It has nice malt flavors. Reddish color to the beer. Some malt and some hops, but not much. Not much to distiguish about this beer, but it drinkable.

4.1
wattoclone (21) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2015
While I found the 2014 version a poor example of the style due to flowery hop bitterness, the 2015 version is superb. As good as, and possibly better than any German import Marzen. Apparently the brewers modified the recipe by changing from "the pleasant bitterness of Saaz and Tettang hops" in the 2014 description to "rich, malty taste is subtly balanced by Saphir and Perle hops" in 2015. In a blind tasting this oktoberfest scored better than any German import among my friends.

4
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: The body has a medium amber color with good clarity and a modest size, just off white head. It fades quickly down to a very thin covering that makes only a little slick lacing. Smell: Its aroma has herbal hop notes with light hints of sweet caramel and bready malt. Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has an average but still very good mix of sweet caramel and bready malt with spicy/herbal and mildly floral hops. It has a solid medium body with a soft texture and carbonation. The finish leans a bit towards the hops and the drinkability is very good. Notes: Overall it’s a solid yet safe Oktoberfest beer.

3.9
Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle - Poured with a nice big head over a nicely shiny amber beer. The aroma is pure malt. The beer drinks smooth, with a definite cereal basis and nicely rounded light hop bitterness to finish it. Think this one is underrated.

3.9
whtguitarguy (6) - Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2009 does not count
Pours to a medium amber brown with a nice head that doesn’t go away to quickly. It coats the glass well. Aroma is of hops with a sweet note hidden in the background. Pleasantly bitter and smooth finish. Not a lot of aftertaste. This is a light-medium bodied Maerzen. It isn’t too creamy like some other examples.

3.8
DosWeenos99 (10) - Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Extremely drinkable, one not to limit to only the fall. Bought a few cases to drink all winter long.

3.8
generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
The body has a medium amber color with good clarity and a modest size, just off white head. It fades quickly down to a very thin covering that makes only a little slick lacing. Its aroma has herbal hop notes with light hints of sweet caramel and bready malt. The flavor has an average but still very good mix of sweet caramel and bready malt with spicy/herbal and mildly floral hops. It has a solid medium body with a soft texture and carbonation. The finish leans a bit towards the hops and the drinkability is very good. Overall it’s a solid yet safe Oktoberfest beer.

3.8
MarkSachon (1030) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2016
12 oz bottle from the sampler case. Like most brews from Saranac, this one was just about average. Pretty good throughout.


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