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Oktoberfest - Foothills Brewing Company

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%


Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 09-15-2005)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 03:29:35 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2008 00:58:48 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2007 16:01:43 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 21:30:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2005 20:27:25 | More by oberon
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emerge077

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 14:55:21 | More by emerge077
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:43:00 | More by Gavage
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2009 12:04:21 | More by Kegatron
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 19:52:59 | More by dbrauneis
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 19:10:17 | More by thagr81us
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 00:02:32 | More by GarthDanielson
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +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

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2006 22:07:22 | More by blackie
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 15:38:22 | More by tdm168
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2006 22:38:57 | More by GCBrewingCo
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oline73

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:30:52 | More by oline73
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nickd717

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 18:11:15 | More by nickd717
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 00:08:31 | More by atsprings
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 02:07:16 | More by CrellMoset
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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].

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 01:24:09 | More by Onenote81
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:16:52 | More by mntlover
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 15:39:53 | More by beer2day
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2006 14:01:59 | More by AlexJ
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:27:53 | More by rangerred
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n2185

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 22:01:24 | More by n2185
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 20:06:00 | More by PDXHops
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Oktoberfest from Foothills Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.