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Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is the German version of the beer, described by Jackson in the 2000 Pocket Beer Book as "much paler (than Oktoberfest-Marzen in the US), golden, albeit still with a creamy aroma and pleasant malt accent."

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3.4
kappldav123 (6122) - GERMANY - MAY 28, 2009
The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass also. Starts strong and spicy, also good use of hops. Well balanced, harmonic finish. Very drinkable. Good festbier!

2.9
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle at Bedford-Bamberg Spring Fest ’09. Gold with a large white head. Yeast and sweet malt in the aroma. Sweet malty taste and a great deal of fizz. Some bitterness. To be honest, I thought this was a bit dull.

1.7
olsvammel (7257) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 It poured a clear pale yellow liquid with a small foam that dissapeared fast and left no lacing. The smell was weak with some white bread. Smooth and watery with some malt and bread. It wasn’t bad, just very boring. Last time I tried this beer it had some honey in it, it also had an odd aftertaste and small bits floating around. I thought it had gone bad. Edit: Re-rated in 2012 increased score by 0,2

2.9
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2009
Neutral and fruit aroma, golden, white foam, marzen flavour, light swweet and bitter, medium body, average CO2, Bitter end

3.3
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
On draft at the Brau Haus in Hot Springs. The owner assured me that this was indeed the festbier and not the marzen. Pour a clear light amber with good offwhite head. The sweet malty caramel aroma reminds me of a vienna lager. Biscuit, butter, toast, and caramel malty flavor. Pretty tasty, but nothing overly special.

3.2
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 27, 2008
No 648 Rated 19 12 2008 Bottle brown, 500 ml, ext 13,7 P, Appearance pours pale goldne, crystal clear body with very mild carbonation creating a huge, regular, dense and frothy, white head, there is a nice lacing and head is slowly collapsing to small, Aroma very dry, focused and clean aroma of gentle milky dry hoppyness, notes of chalk, paper, cardboard, graphit, flour, refreshing, rather gentle and not strong in intensity, easily recognisable herbal dryness and grains, pure and clean, inviting to drinking, Flavour front is bitter, sour, rather dry oriented beer, easliy recognisable, notes of grains and graphite, fruity refreshing hoppy profile focusing on grapefruit bitterness and spicy touches, wallnut skin bitterness, sour and dry barley grains, finish duration is quite long, Palate body is medium, texture is dry, carbonation on palate is moderate, finish feel is quite highly astringent, highly chalky, alcohol is very well hidden

3
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
On tap at the flying saucer in KC. Pours a light red-orange with a thick, frothy white head. Remains a little lacy after a slow dissipation. Aroma is typical in an Oktoberfest. Heavy sweet malts with hints of spices and bittering hops. Taste is very similar although the body is much fuller and creamier than others I’ve had. Finishes smooth and slightly carbonated. Overall, an average beer, but well balanced and enjoyable.

3
Cybercat (5962) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2008
This comes out of the tap an appetizing dark amber brown with a fine-bubbled head. Aroma is rich, crisp and malty, somewhat like a typical lager but a little fuller. Flavor is mouth-filling, crisp and malty. Texture is smooth. Finish is pleasant and mild, and has a hint of hops.

3.3
goozen (4098) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle 0,5ltr: Golden coloured ale with an slightly sweety taste, and some hints of caramel.

2.4
BelgiskOlklub (1083) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle. Small rocky white diminishing head with spare lacing. Clear light yellow body. Aroma of hay, straw and citrus. Light body, thin texture, soft carbonation and bitter finish. The flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter.


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