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Oktoberfest - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
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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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 120
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of Cindirene
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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 (416 characters)

Photo of gabe23
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color with a very small off-white head and no lacing.

S - Malty, grainy, and nutty. A slight hops presence lurks underneath, but sweet malt rules the day.

T - Toasty, roasted nut goodness. Caramel/brown sugar sweetness is present, but not cloying or overpowering. There is just enough crisp German hops at the finish to prime you for the next sip. The finish is clean with a little bit of warmth from the alcohol.

M - Moderate to heavy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. It goes down very smoothly.

D - Very drinkable American interpretation of a marzen, and one that I can easily drink a few pints of. (620 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of KidsDoc
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a big, puffy head of light tan that has OK retention and leaves no lace.

Aroma is big and malty, with lots of chewt caramel, toasty grain, faint fruit, and clean Noble hops.

Flavor is even better, an almost over-the-top malt enrtry of sweet caramel and toast fades into notions of brown sugar and roasted nuts. The finish is well hopped with plenty of dry herbal, grass, and citrussy German hops. A touch too sweet for the style, but still great.

Body is well past medium and a bit much for this style. The creamy, slick mouthfeel aids drinkability, but this just has too much body to drink a ton of. (625 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: What a beauty! Arrives at the bar with a rich caramel color and a creamy head that looked like it belonged atop a Guiness; as the beer went down, it virtually sheeted the sides of the glass

Smell: Caramel tones up front, with a grainy, tea like element underneath

Taste: The caramel from the aroma comes through right away, with that grainy, tea-like flavor arriving after the swallow to provide a slightly bitter balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one rich and full Oktoberfest, with a bit of a punch, as well (578 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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]. (1,014 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (600 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table clear amber with a very low off-white head which lasted well enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty, nutty, and toasty with a slight spicy hop presence. The aroma came off as fairly clean except for the malt and spicy characteristics. As it warmed some light alcohol began to emerge.

The flavor was nutty and toasty with again a slightly spicy hop presence and a moderate amount of caramel. The malts were nicely done but did have a bit of a fruity nature and a light bit of alcohol. Also present was soem chocolate flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting malt character and spicy with alcohol into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium with a low level of carbonation. Some alcohol warming was present after consumption. This one was heading toward and Imperial Oktoberfest, but still remained a nice beer.

Pint at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. (905 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed vom Fass (cask) at Barley's Taproom on 08.24.07...

Rich and amber in appearance with decent head retention which lasted well as lace along the side of the glass. Huge aromas of roasted grains with a slightly snappy hop balancing things out. Some warming alcohol esthers on the back end. Smooth on the palate, the malt was the leading actor here with the hops being a nice twinge. Some bittersweet chocolate and dried fruit on the tongue. Dry finish but the malt body lasted long after each sip. The alcohol was noticeable, but not in a terrible way.

A nice offering, and usually a bit "hotter" than I am accustomed to, but still a very fine example of the style. I will enjoy this one all season long.

Zum wohl! (723 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle was purchased at Foothills for $3

A: Pours a beautiful rich copper color with a frothy 2 finger off white head. Good lacing and great head retention.

S: Nose is strong with toffee, and nutty scents. some grassy scents as it warmed up

T: Carmel malts, with some nuttiness and hop bitterness.

M: Very crisp and extremely refreshing. Leaves a nice chewy feeling in the back of my teeth along with a slightly bitter after taste.

O: This is a damn good beer I believe its the first I've reviewed of the style, but it is one of my favorite Foothills brews so far. (608 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of CWiggins
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 (1,171 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Foothills pint glass that is mine to keep a crystal clear copper orange with a thin head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma was nice caramel malt and slight fruit sweetness and very slight hop presence. The taste was a nice amount of toasted caramel showcasing what I expect in the style. The beer is light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is certainly one that lives up to my expectations from the guys at Foothills. (435 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (1,127 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. teku glass.

dark red pour with an appropriate head. beautiful actually. very malty aroma, maybe closer to a dopplebock than a marzen. taste though is true enough to style. great malt character with a good hop punch. enjoyable. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall good and enjoyable. nothing outstanding but recommended. (365 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the wonderful Barley's in Asheville.

Foothills is always fine beer, and this one is no exception. Their take on the Oktoberfest is a clear, rust-amber brew with an off-white head that dies quick. Pretty active carbonation from the keg.

I'm smelling lots of sweet nutty malt, roasty, with some minor bittering hops. Overall clean (as all Foothills beers are) and crisp, refreshing.

A big gulp produces a bunch of sweet, mildly roasted malt upfront, followed quickly by solid hop bitterness and a touch of yeasty, estery sharpness. Finishes hop-bitter, with a staunch malt / caramel after-sweetness. Nothing weird here, perhaps a bit more flavorful than needs to be for the style... but good.

Mouthfeel is classic Foothills - clean, (no off flavors), young, fresh, highly carbonated, and medium-bodied. Can't complain, really...

This is a real drinkable, if safe, interpretation of the style. It's a bit heavier and more alcoholic that its German counterpart, but that's American beer for ya. Less drinkable than say, Ayinger Ofest, this is still a solid contender and a good drink. Go get some. (1,108 characters)

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Oktoberfest from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.