I recently completed a 13 beer blind taste test of Oktoberfest beers. Of the beers I had tried 6 of them this year at least once. Those beers were Great Lakes, Spaten, Weihenstephaner, Summit, Schell and Sam Adams. The others I had not had this year. Wife poured 6 ounces of the beers into glasses numbered 1-to-13 and kept the key. I spent about an hour or more separating a top level and a bottom level. Then I layered the bottom level. They I set out to separate the top level. I ended up need my wife to re-pour the final six beers. My #7 beer was clear and I knew it was Weihenstephaner due to its color and flavor. It is a lighter ofest. I slotted this beer right after the top six and behind the bottom six. None of the beers were bad. I guessed 7 correct (Great Lakes, Hacker, Paulaner, Spaten, Weihenstephaner, Summit and Becks) As always there were surprises in the final results. There really wasn’t a lot separating these malty lagers when you drink them blind. Here are the final results: 1. Great Lakes 2. Shiner 3. Hacker 4. Paulaner 5. Spaten 6. Point 7. Weihenstephaner 8. Schell 9. Summit 10. Leinie 11. Sam Adams 12. Becks 13. Ayinger -Shiner #2 was a huge surprise. I guessed it as Schell. I have not had it before or since but have been meaning to get it again to see if I was onto something or on something when I slotted it second. -Point #6 was another surprise. Again I had not had it before or since. -Even Leinie at #10 is a mild surprise as I had that pegged for last. Guessed it as Point. Would have never guessed it would finish above Sam Adams. -Not sure if Ayinger was old or what but it did not distinguish itself as a german ofest. -Not surprised to see Beck’s near the bottom to be honest. -I’m not real happy with how they finished. I do like Great Lakes, Hacker, and Paulaner a lot but also thought I would have had Schell and Sam ahead of Shiner, and Point. Whatever. That is why you do these. I’ve tasted enough beers in my day to trust my buds even when things to not turn out the way I would have thought in some cases.