RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
We’ve found the key to what makes Fall so special, and its called Octoberfest. This rich, smooth lager uses a perfect balance of caramel, pale, cara-pils and black malts to create the best Octoberfest beer of the season. Available September through October.

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brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
A: The beer pours a clear light amber color with a finger of white head. S: Smells of grassy and lightly floral hops. Some straw is also there. Toasted bread and toffee malt aromas with a little bit of yeast. Smells fairly corny as well. T: Heavy on the corn and light malt flavors. Toffee and toasted bread flavors, a little bit of yeast, too. Some floral hops and maybe a few earthy hop notes, too. M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. O: The corn character really wasn’t very pleasant.

Tmoney99 (14846) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
"Oktoberest" 12 oz bottle. This is one of the most attractive looking oktoberfest beers, it is a clear orange with a foamy ivory colored head. The smell is very fruity, more so than most, but it works. It is tangy and it doesn’t embody the typical nuttiness of the oktoberfest. The taste is more like your standard oktoberfest. It has some diacetyl and a very plasticy flavor. It is a mar on the smell and appearance. It is probably one worth skipping. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-21-2010 02:46:19

Dogbrick (13518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 On draught at Ed’s (No Name) Bar in Winona. The beer is a clear slightly reddish-orange color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Sweet bready malt aroma with some caramel notes. Light body with a caramel malt flavor along with a touch of hops. The finish is sweet with a toffee/malt aftertaste. Just average overall.

BVery (11209) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Bronze orange pour with a quickly dissipating white head. Fruity bready aroma. Caramel malt and bread on taste. Slightly metallic. Just okay.

JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2007
Medium yellowish head, amber-clear beer. Chalk, caramel, some ester, green peas mash aromas. Caramel, ambrée malt, pretty "crisp" taste, but with a touch of human sweat. The palate develps definite earthy bitterness, getting less "easydrinking". Ah, not bad - American "crisp" interpretation of the ubiquitous Märzen. Thanks to David.

MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This Octoberfest’s huggable caramel malts with toasted accents douse the finishing wooden hoppiness in their nourishing abilities. This is not the most complex of lagers, but it is a fine malt-laden session nonetheless.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A film of foam skirts the clear orangey pale amber.
-The body is round and chewy; beautiful maltiness is shown.
-A slightly more expressive hoppiness would have created balance, but I’m not sure that was the purpose here.
-The aroma could be more inviting; could be a sign of its aging.
-A secretive orangey fruitiness leaks through the caramel malt sieve.
-Carbonation is smooth and helps in building this scrumptious mouthfeel.
-This would be a good introductory lager for craft beer neophytes.

Bottle; no date. Thx Mike!

arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Pours clear orange-red with white head, aroma of a touch of bread, caramel. Taste is pretty plain, some notes of biscuit, bread, earth and caramel, with a watery finish. Not the greatest...

drfabulous (8465) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2008
A left behind beer. It was left behind for me to drink. I finally got around to opening it. Basic marzen. More lager than marzen. Meaning: not too malty. Ok. Doesn’t excite. NEXT!

jackl (8286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ Cuzzy’s. Amber with a small head. Nose of toasted nuts and grain. Some caramel. Earthy maltiness. Taste is smooth and well balanced. Easy going. Nuts, toasted brown bread. Lightly husky. Medium body, soft carb.

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