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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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83
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386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 12
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Copper color, toffee aroma, malty dried apricot flavor, medium body.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-06-2001)
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

I am both purging and divesting myself of bottles, but I seem to always find one or two loosey goosies (sorry) in single-o coolers around town. It does not hurt that The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop is such an enabler, either! Why leave with just one or two when you can Mix-a-Six?

From the bottle: "Holiday Release"; "Traditional Marzen"; "Prized Hallertau hops provide earthy bitterness to a malty body with pleasant hints of dried apricot and toffee aroma."; "Serve in a stein".

Another great pseudo-cascade following a mighty pour! It drives #TheOldLady nuts when I do it, but I like the head formation, the release of esters, and the visual aspect of it. I got just over a finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell to wisps. I usually do not get hung on clarity one way or the other, but this had NE-plus quality clarity! I could see through the walls into the neighbor's house, I could see into the future, I could see France, I could see your underpants! I am going to describe the magnificent color as somewhere between Deep Amber/Light Copper and Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). I definitely got the toffee and earthy aromas on the nose. I do not like sweet beers, so if they held the mats in check, I am really going to like this beer. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full with its carbonation. I will buy both dried apricot and certainly toffee as flavors, and there was a very earthy grassy quality also, but I did not perceive any of it as "bitter", or what I think of as bitter. IBU = 17. Come on! I apologize for drinking it from a shaker glass as opposed to a stein (German for "stone"), but I need to see it in order to review it. Man, this was a mellow beer. The tastes just kind of swirled around in my mouth and on my tongue and time passed pleasantly by. Finish was semi-dry, lightly fruity, slightly grassy. Yum.

08-16-2014 15:30:48 | More by woodychandler
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-29-2014 00:38:27 | More by bigbeers84
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WhiteHillsStore

Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a dark orange/hazel with a thin off white head. The smell is full of toasty aromas and some sweetness to it as well. The taste is full of semi sweet flavors like vanilla and caramel giving although the finish is very mellow and refreshing. The mouthfeel was also a nice consistency for the style. Very much improved over the one I had last year.

08-27-2014 17:13:50 | More by WhiteHillsStore
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Duff27

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

08-27-2014 16:30:05 | More by Duff27
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +6%

08-27-2014 00:55:19 | More by tpauer
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Norica

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23%

08-26-2014 23:59:13 | More by Norica
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ethanmc12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-25-2014 02:57:45 | More by ethanmc12
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oxfordmini

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-24-2014 16:54:46 | More by oxfordmini
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-24-2014 15:23:27 | More by rcatalano
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1Sundown2C

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-24-2014 02:37:45 | More by 1Sundown2C
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Sergioelijah

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

08-24-2014 01:04:08 | More by Sergioelijah
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riverlen

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

I poured this into a pint glass which produced a nice head of tan foam. Color is a clear copper. Aroma was very pleasant, malty. Taste is very pleasant, malt, caramel and vanilla. The low side of medium bodied. Low carbonation, the foam dissipates completely after a few minutes.

While it's not as good as the now retired GI Harvest Ale, this is a nice Oktoberfest that I could drink all night if I were so inclined. I would buy it again. This years label (2014) is blue and white which are the traditional colors of Oktoberfest.

08-23-2014 23:18:15 | More by riverlen
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Punisher

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-23-2014 22:31:11 | More by Punisher
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Oscoman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-23-2014 20:02:46 | More by Oscoman
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mschrei

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-23-2014 02:59:50 | More by mschrei
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MoodCabbage

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-23-2014 01:13:30 | More by MoodCabbage
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-22-2014 21:46:52 | More by NonicPanic
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-22-2014 05:51:42 | More by Budinetz
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hozersr

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

08-21-2014 02:14:39 | More by hozersr
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Fatty_Mccracken


4.52/5  rDev +23.5%

08-20-2014 22:51:02 | More by Fatty_Mccracken
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onlymurderers

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-20-2014 01:56:13 | More by onlymurderers
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jsh420

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-18-2014 18:29:46 | More by jsh420
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mlklein27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-18-2014 16:05:22 | More by mlklein27
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Kings_Castle

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-18-2014 12:33:09 | More by Kings_Castle
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gambreeno

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

08-18-2014 00:44:32 | More by gambreeno
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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.