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Great American Restaurants Octoberfest - Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 5
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-18-2008

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Reviews: 3 | Hads: 5
Photo of Chaney
2.27/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the Sweetwater in Merrifield.

A: Poured a fairly dark orange color, with a slight chill haze, and half finger head or so. Looks very much like the Sam Adams.

S: VERY metallic, and that quality sustained itself throughout the session unfortunately. Sure, the bread was there, but it didn't smell fresh or inviting.

T: Yep, the rust was alive and well in this one. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, but who cares?

M: It was cold and wet, I didn't care about the spritz from the carbonation, bitterness, or anything mouthfeel related after the unsavory taste.

O: One of the worst Octoberfests I've ever had. I will not repeat. (648 characters)

Photo of jdmorgan
3.38/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the restaurant and took a growler home. Poured an amber hue with a slightly creamy white head.

The smell was light with a bit of hops and a slight malt sweetness. The taste had a regular malt body and simultaenous light/medium hop flavor. These both faded into an aftertaste dominated by malt flavor and a bit of hop astringency. The carbonation was medium and the consistency was medium as well.

Not a bad Oktoberfest, but not the best I've had either. A decent brew nonetheless and worth a try. (512 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.89/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Falls Church location.

Pours a clear copper with a finger of brite-white head. Thin creamy retention that bunches up around the edges and skims the middle, leaving some decent lacing behind. The aroma (try as I might) just doesn't have much going on. Some light caramel notes, floral hops, and a touch of citrus. Pretty sad smelling.

The taste at least has a little more going on it with it. Carmamel malts, light bread, splash of citrus with some underlying hops, and maybe a touch of spice in there. The mouthfeel is lightish in feel with a fairly poppy carbonation but a little too much of a watery texture going on.

An average Oktoberfest at best, there just wasn't a whole lot to get excited about here but I will give it credit for going down extremely easy. (790 characters)

Great American Restaurants Octoberfest from Sweetwater Tavern & Brewery
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