Oktoberfest - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: oberon on 09-15-2005

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Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Fulkrum78
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Backer2004
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of VeganUndead
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

To be fair, trying an Oktoberfest in January isn't exactly ideal

Photo of n2185
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mntlover
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Cindirene
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have to say that this was enjoyed at Cindirene's in Ayden NC not too far from ECU (Go Pirates) - But I digress - Very nice in the glass with amber notes with a nice tight creamy head - Smell is of bready yeast with lots of malty notes - Taste is as promised by the aroma but with subtle hoppy citrussy but dry tones in the background - Full-bodied and yummy - Alcohol pretty well absorbed into the overall experience

Photo of CWiggins
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I felt very fortunate as the cask containing Foothills Oktoberfest was placed directly in front of me at Tyler's Taproom. I've never tasted a cask beer, and this opportunity became known to me only two days ahead of the event. Reading about the special characters of cask-aged beers has imbued a special anticipation in me. Just so I could place it in perspective, I had the same beer on tap about an hour before the cask was tapped. Very tasty.

The first pint from the newly-tapped cask was handed to me. It was a cloudy dark amber, a little lighter than the dark brown tap version. I expected a low carbonation beer that would not allow much of a head to develop; it had a nice, creamy head that, while not as thick as the tap version, was just as nice. The aroma was of nuts and spices, and the flavor focused on dark malts and marzen spices, with a hoppy finish that wasn't expected. It has a bready mouthfeel at the finish and a low-to-medium carbonation.

Quite honestly, I enjoyed the tap version more than the cask version. The cask was mellower, not as spicy, and slightly more hoppy. The carbonation is about equal, and both feature that nice bready finish

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that slowly reduces to half finger thick layer evenly covering the entire surface of the beer - this is great head retention. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of malts with a touch of caramel sweetness and moderately strong earthy hops along with just a touch of spiciness.

T: Upfront there are pretty strong flavors of earthy malts with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Some light spicy notes in the middle of the taste that are quite enjoyable. There is a light amount of earthy bitterness in the finish from the hops, the bitterness lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this is a pretty nice offering for the style and definitely one that I enjoyed - I would get this one again and think it is very authentic. I like the earthiness of the smell and taste. Pretty easy to drink but might not be sessionable as it is a little too strong in ABV.

Photo of PDXHops
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a shaker pint. Bright amber body with a finger of off-white head. Decent retention, patchy lacing.

Nose is fairly bland, mostly bready, but it tastes a little more adventurous. Toasty, nutty, a little earthy with a fair amount of leafy bitterness. Slightly tangy at the swallow, then a crisp and toasty finish. Perhaps a bit too subtle, but enjoyable.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a dimpled mug, the beer is a bright, vibrant, orange-copper coloring with a frothy, bubbly, filmy, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, and almond sweetness. It's like a splash of Amaretto into a solid Marzen. Smells sweet, but not overpowering. Flavors of roast and toffee sweet on the forward tongue, with with tangy caramel notes, roasted and nutty highlights, and a subtle bitter and earthy highlight that sharpens the edges a bit. Nice palate on a light, robust body. Roasted sweet aftertaste, with a clean, crisp, slightly sweet finish. Easy to drink with a great flavor profile.

Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pous a reddish brown color with a 2" head.

Smell: light caramel and a hint of earthy tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: follows the nose as caramel, dark fruits, and some mild earthy tones create a simplistic Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lasting earthy aftertaste.

Overall: super easy to drink and though not a great Oktoberfest, it hits the spot when you want one.

Photo of KidsDoc
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC

Poured a nice deep amber/brown with sticky lacing.

Aroma and tate with rich malts, dark fruit, and a touch of nuttiness. Subtle floral hop balance.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, medium body. Soft, clean finish.

Very good seasonal.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Barley's Taproom, Asheville NC. The beer's appearance is very deep amber / brown color with good head retention and carbonation, as expected from the style. Rich amber malt, caramel, bready aromas emit from the glass. Flavors are also strongly rich of darker malts that hide much of the bready flavors and textures that I appreciate in an Oktoberfest. The beer begins to take on Brown Ale malts withe darker grains. The feel is sweetly thin with less emphasis on the hearty textures. The beer is a bit caramelly sweet in the finish with a light linger of the darker grains. Good beer, but not quite what the style promises.

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Oktoberfest from Foothills Brewing Company
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