RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
This full-bodied, deep reddish-amber lager is strong and malty. Traditionally brewed in March for the Oktoberfest in the fall, this style is also known as Märzen. Available September and October.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 Aroma:Piny, outdoorsy Appearance:Orangeish/Amber, bubbly, thickish head that doesnt go away on it’s own. Very pretty. Flavor: Alittle light, alittle sweet. Doesnt taste extrememely sophisticated but that could be me. Not nearly as sweet as they led me to believe (which is a good thing). It’s okay, nothing special. Nice aftertaste though. Palate:Nothing special. Can taste/feel it all the way down. Decent. Overall:Nothing wrong with this beer. Extra points for the looks and the smell.Ultimately, I can see why people might like it but it isnt my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2006
on tap at Kelleher’s in Peoria. fiery, bronzey amber with a short lived off white head. toasty caramel aroma and flavors were more of the same with some mild spiciness too. very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Amber, thin white head, nose is creamy malty. Taste more sweetness with malts sugars and some dark fruit. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
murawski (160) - USA - SEP 20, 2006
decent aroma and color, and balances mildly sweet maltiness with a touch of hops and spice (just about right for a Marzen). However, I just don’t think Schlafly puts a lot of care into their ales, and this one does not surpass their standard run-o-the-mill beer. Although, it’s definitely worth trying if you’re stuck at the Schlafy tap room or bottleworks (just don’t get the pale ale, for god’s sake).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bomble (2) - USA - SEP 18, 2006 does not count
Not Schlafly’s Best, but fairly good. Thicker than implied as an Oktoberfest beer. Metallic presence, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (6058) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Pours clear copper with a beige head. Araoms is rich caramel malt with quite a bit of sweetness and small hint of spice. Medium / thick body with very present carbonation. Taste has sweet caramel and some sharp metallic notes. The finish has thick malt with sweetness, but unfortuately the metallic presence still lingers. Fairly one dimensional, not bad, but could have been so much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5865) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Light copper color with a full and health soft peak canvas colored head. Full and heavy lace line the glass. Toasty malt and a hint of noble hops, if anything a touch grainy and some light fruit smells seem to come in. Quite light and quite toasty in flavor. Has a slight roasty flavor that tend to make this one fuller in flavor than I would like in this style. Yet it still has me envisioning a light frost and burning leaves on a crisp fall day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours a pale copper color with a two finger head that fades slowly to a soapy cap that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell; nice clean smell of bread and caramel malts with just hints of hops. This is about what i would expect for an Octoberfest. Taste; starts of a bit spicy and floral, but that quickly fades into the bready/caramel malt flavors. I really liked the spiciness that this started with but it didn’t stick around long enough for me, and the malts were a little to muted as well. Mouthfeel was pretty much standard for the style, light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12885) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with an small off-head. Aroma of spoiled vegetables (upfront), grain, corn, caramel, nuts, and a hint of fruit. Flavor of malt, nuts, caramel, and mild hops with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Medium orange body with a slightly off white head. The aroma was sweet with caramel and pancakes. The taste was dry with tea and toffee. There was also some light cocoa in the finish. The mouthfeel was soft. A well made Oktoberfest that is above par for Schlafly.

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