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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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