Oktoberfest - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 120
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 4.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of PDXHops
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of ncfranklin
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk.

A: Translucent copper, small of white head recedes to a ring.

S: Feint nose of malt, caramel. Not alot of potency here.

T: Caramel malt dominant, with a grassy rough grain touch underneath. Finishes clean, but pretty sub-par of the style.

M: Dryer than expected, plenty of carbonation.

D: Overall, a disappointing effort. Not an easy style to be a standout in, but this one just lacks the complex toasty quality in the malts. (462 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Eh, lets be honest. This is an OK Oktoberfest. The flavors of an Oktoberfest are there, but all slightly muted. Honestly, this reminds me of a slightly watered down Sam Adams. The rick caramel malt flavor is missing, and the mouthfeel is slightly thin.

Ok, but there are better options out there. (297 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish-amber body with a thin, short-lived white head.

Smell: Earthy malt aroma with subtle spicing and a hint of apple.

Taste: More of the earthy maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. A touch of spice. That hint of apple rears up from time to time. with a bit of hop bitterness appearing near the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty good Carolinan Oktoberfest. (450 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bottle.

Pours a clear dark brownish-red with a one finger light tan head. Head fades rather quickly leaving reallly no lacing at all.

Fruity/earthy aroma along with a good bit of caramel. I can detect some cocoa along with pear and apple. A little different than I was expecting.

A quick shot of fruit up front in the flavor that is followed very quickly by cocoa and some caramel. Bitterness is on the light to moderate side but does linger through the finish. More toast and bread comes through at the end. Full and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, a decent oktoberfest but a slightly different take on the style. This one is on the fruity side with more cocoa than I was expecting. Not bad but not my favorite. (750 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of Fulkrum78
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest, served on tap in a traditional American pint glass at Foothills, Winston-Salem, NC.

Appearance: Arrives with only the remnants of a one-finger head, seemingly slightly off white at one time. If it had existed when it came to my table, it would have sat atop a transparent amber/copper/brown body, infused with infrequent but decidedly present fast, average-sized effervescence. Instead, there's just a faint dusting, a thin bubbly collar, and infrequent blobs of lace.

Aroma: A little sweet and a lot roasted, with hints of brown sugar, moderately roasted toffee, and caramel. It's a little dryer in the finish, with earthy toasted malt notes and a slight hop twinge.

Taste: Very grainy and very toasty, accompanied by a light hop bitterness and a faint leafy hop presence. Lighter roasts occasionally peek through. The water is slightly minerally in places, and the finish is a little sticky.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with an otherwise medium body, resulting in a crisp, fluffy, largely even, and stylistically accurate mouthfeel. Very crisp and autumnal.

Drinkability: A little more than the sum of its parts, and much better than the dreadful hefeweizen I just finished. It's reasonably stylistically accurate, and even though it's not the most complex beer ever, I found it moderately enjoyable. (1,320 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark red with a very thin head. No retention and slight lacing.

Strong sweet malty nose. Candy sugar there as well.

Smooth, sweet hit. Big, big malt taste. Lots of malt. Tons. Nothing but malt here.

Slightly syrupy feel, but worthy of the style.

Moderately good session drinker. Definitely not my favorite from this great brewery. (341 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)

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

It's a brownish amber color, pretty transparent. Not much head, but enough I suppose. It dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a slight ring.

It's a fine Octoberfest beer, with a hint of citrus to it, I sort of like that touch. Has some caramel, malt flavor. It's not quite creamy.

I would definitely try this again if I come across it. (335 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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