Oktoberfest - Foothills Brewing Company
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Reviews by Onenote81:
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
Came home from work and found my wife had bought a bottle of this for me along with a new glass. Hurray! 22oz bottle poured into a chalice.
After an aggressive pour, there is not a smidge of lace on top of this brew. Just a whisper of globs on the glass edge after each sip. Deep copper color. The aroma is pretty basic for this style, nothing unique here. Caramel, toffee, a bit of alcohol on the finish.
I'll take the shortcomings in those areas as long as it comes through in the flavor, where it really counts. A malt-head's dream - big caramel malt flavor, mild fruity flavors, light husk-like dryness in the middle, cracker aftertaste. One thing I really appreciate is that this beer in bottle-form doesn't carry that "house" flavor that is so pervasive in many of Foothills' brews on tap. I think I much prefer this one in the bottle, which is rare for me. A great fall treat, that I will make sure to stock up on each and every autumn [though I'd love to see it in 12oz bottle form, but I'm not picky].
11-03-2012 01:24:09 | More by Onenote81
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3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours a real deep amber a little deeper than many of the style with a thin white head that is gone pretty quickly,aromas are malt driven to be expected definent caramel malt going on with some brown suger in there as well lets you know its gonna be sweet before drinking.Quite heavy in the mouthfeel dpeartment not one I dont think I could drink alot of,quite flavorful and sweet caramel dominates with some toasted malt undrneath not much hop presence to be had here.Was hoping for a little more dryness in the finish but this wasnt a bad beer just a little sweet,I would order again with a dessert offering I think.
09-15-2005 20:27:25 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
Served on tap in a pint glass at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC
Brownish amber in color, crystal clear, with less than 2 fingers worth of off white soapy head. Retention is relatively low as the head dissipated quickly leaving behind a thin layer of bubbles and a ring.
Mostly caramel malt on the nose but there is an earthiness here as well with just a touch of a citrus hop note. Smells like an Oktoberfest should for the most part but nothing incredible.
First splash on the tongue delivers a nice rich malt flavor that has some solid flavor character from what seems like several different malts as it's hard to pick one out in particular. Abundant fine carbonation contributes to a texture that stops just short of creamy but is light enough to slide down easy. A touch on the dry side, this comes out particularly well in the finish as the dry malts fade something on the order of light hops before it all fades away in the linger.
Very enjoyable and quite drinkable. Great example of the style. Definitely recommended.
09-17-2008 13:01:50 | More by SIRIUS2
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a nice amber brown color with a creamy white head. Sticks around nicely. Aroma is malty and somewhat sweet. Nice smooth malt character and the hops settle nicely into the background. I pick up a nice chocolaty flavor from this one. Nicely carbonated and smooth to drink. A nice beer overall.
09-08-2011 06:18:35 | More by Fulkrum78
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a dark amber with a 1/4" of head. Good retention. It smells of toasted malts and faint caramel. The taste is toasty up front followed by smooth caramel and finishes with a faint bitterness. There's also a little yeast that's noticeable here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but heavily carbonated.
Overall, it's not a bad beer, but it's far more toasty than most marzens, it's a little yeasty, and too heavily carbonated for me which all detracts from the drinkability.
09-25-2011 15:38:22 | More by tdm168
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
A finger of light tan head that hangs on with good surface memory and a clear, orangey-amber body. Nice sticky lacing too.
Smell is the standard crisp, sorta acrid German lager nose. Not bad though.
Taste is crisp but robust for the style. Somewhat grainy and the aftertaste reminds me of Cheerios. Roasty, slightly nutty malt dominates bu is well balanced by German hops. Taste is better than smell; typical for the style.
Quite smooth but well textured, fine.
It's a good Oktoberfest, above average for sure.
09-26-2011 23:46:19 | More by zaphodchak
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
Draft at the brewpub.
A - Orangish-amber color with an off-white head.
S - Aroma is bready/caramel malt, somewhat one-dimensional but not bad.
T - More of the same, Munich and caramel malts. This is mostly malt-driven as the style usually is, with nuts and a tiny bit of roast. This beer is pretty good for the style, but only average overall.
M - Clean and medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation.
D - Fairly high.
09-24-2009 18:11:15 | More by nickd717
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
On tap @ Foothills on 9/4/09. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a deep, clear, coppery amber, with a thin covering of slightly eggshell colored white foam. Fizzy looking retention, leaving back some light spotty lace that quickly recedes down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a moderate deepness to it, with the tang of bread and earthy citrus being rather prominent. Some pleasant feeling floral and spicy hop character gives this a bit of liveliness in the nose. Bit of nuttiness and lager yeast as well.
The taste is sticky with toasted bread, which is mixed in with that same nice tanginess of caramel and citrus flavors. Good balance comes courtesy of an assertive spicy bitterness that runs throughout, giving this a strong dry feel in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp crispness to it, but overall this flows very smoothly across the palate.
A solid American take on the Octoberfest, that was initially fairly sweet, but then evened out nicely thanks to that much needed spicy Noble hop character. Tasty and crisp, I would have no problems getting behind a few pints of this come Fest time!
09-08-2009 12:04:21 | More by Kegatron
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
On tap at Meoondogs in Charlotte, formally Mellow Mushroom in NoDa. Pours a nice deppe amber, somewhat orange with little head but nice carbonation. Lots of malt is noted on this brew, not very hoppy at all. Easy to drink and one of the best Oktorbersfest I've tried before, definitely worth trying out.
09-17-2007 00:42:22 | More by Backer2004
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
Had this at the brewpub with lunch at the BA SC release along side some good BAer's and mikesgroove. Served from tap into a Foothills shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. There was no apparent lacing present throughout. The aroma was comprised of pumpkin, spices, and malt. The flavor was of pumpkin and spices. It was light on the palate with mid-high carbonation. Overall I am not usually a fan of this style of brew, however, this one was quite nice. Very nice refreshing character to it and just doesn't punch you in the face with pumpkin spices which was greatly appreciated. I would definitely try this one again given the opportunity as this is probably one of my favorites from this style.
09-07-2010 19:10:17 | More by thagr81us
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
On tap, served in an Imperial pint glass, Raleigh Times, Raleigh, NC:
The beer served was a nice deep, rich, dark amber color with an off-white-ish head that was not well retained. The head was light and fluffy and there was minimal lacing.
The aroma was lighter than expected, malty sweetness with a hint of nuttiness, no real hops presence to note.
The taste was better than the nose led on. It had a nice toasted malt flavor also with that hint of nut and hints of the hops to give the beer a nice balance.
The beer was on the lighter side of a moderate feel, smooth, good carbonation, easy to drink with nice dry aftertaste.
08-27-2009 16:15:42 | More by PhillyStyle
3.51/5 rDev -6.1%
Thanks to Wil for sharing this at the Oktoberfest extravaganza.
Quick review from notes.
Reddish amber color, thick head of foam that sticks and laces well in the glass. Long lasting retention, looks good in the glass. Good clarity, carb trails visible.
Simple grainy aroma, mild and malty.
Flavor is dry and grainy, mildly nutty malt character briefly at first, segueing into a mild grassy bitter finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Subtle and traditional, but it could use a tiny bit of sweetness or something to balance. Overall it was ok, and a cool label to add to the collection.
10-07-2013 14:55:21 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
A: Pours a clear coppery brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.
S: Munich malts up front with sweet biscuity aromas and notes of caramel and slight citrus.
T: Nutty and caramel flavors with Munich malts up front followed by a slight hop presence and a bready finish.
M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is nice and clean without being too heavy or watery.
O: A good Marzen, overall. Clean, tasty, and refreshing.
08-28-2012 22:01:24 | More by n2185
4.47/5 rDev +19.5%
such a classic beer and the second i saw it on tap i had to order up a pint. served with lunch and thoroughly enjoyed today,
pour a really nice amber with a tilt toward an orange shae with a nice little head of white on top and some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. aroma is hoppy with nice notes of caramel malts, earthy grains, hints of wonderful little notes sprinkle in throughout. a nice medium to full feel with a wonderful afterbite that has a good bit of hops that run right into the finish.
really such a solid beer not enough good can be said about it. needs to be enjoyed by everyone.
08-28-2010 03:29:35 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +7%
appearance: The beer is a rich chestnut in color and came with a low, off white head.
smell: Similar to the flavor. Moderately sweet toasted and nutty malts, well balanced with a clean noble hop aroma. Smells quite nice and not overdone in any aspect.
mouthfeel: the carbonation is medium and smooth, and the body medium.
taste: Considerably malty, toasted and nutty flavors are found. There is a great, crisp German hop flavor and a light to moderate bitterness in the finish.
drinkability: a pleasure
enjoyed on the sidewalk at the brewpub, within view of the Latin American Festival
09-24-2006 22:07:22 | More by blackie
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.
Smell: The overall smell is slightly sweet, I'm getting some carmel malt. There is also some dark fruit in the mix.
Taste: Mostly grain in the flavor. Mild sweetness, some caramel like malt. The finish has a bitterness that balances things out nicely.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
Overall: Not my favorite style, but a good take on it. Not overly sweet, nice balance. I might have another.
10-30-2012 22:30:52 | More by oline73
3.84/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a a nice clear rich copper color with a nice fluffy light tan head leaves some spotty lace behind.
Aroma is toasted malts some caramel hints light earthy notes.
Taste is almost like the nose malty goodness some good earthy notes. Fairly clean upfront but has some lingering almost toffee like notes in the finish. Pretty good example of the style worth trying for sure.
Mouthfeel is nice crisp light , easy drinking.
Overall pretty good brew.
11-09-2013 00:16:52 | More by mntlover
Oktoberfest from Foothills Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.