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Oktoberfest - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 45 | Hads: 143
Photo of beer2day
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of gabe23
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of kkipple
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Cindirene
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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

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Photo of Backer2004
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -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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Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of CWiggins
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev -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.

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Oktoberfest from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.