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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

TheManiacalOne, Monday at 02:49 PM
Photo of thefluker
3/5  rDev -17.8%

thefluker, Sunday at 04:23 PM
Photo of baraujo
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

baraujo, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light, some bready malts. Taste is sweet, caramel malts, some breadiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

tone77, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of racingkenny14
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

racingkenny14, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of Torey
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Torey, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of CTFalcon
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

CTFalcon, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a halfway decent fizzy Bubbly almost 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly, light lacing, very clear tan auburn color.

Nose isn't too bad, lots of malts, toasty brown malts with toffee and candy like, sweet smelling, mild fruity lager note, apricot like stone fruit, and little syrupy. No real hops and much more Americanized than I hoped.

Taste brings more of the same, sweet malts, lots of toffee and candy brown malts, syrupy, candy flavours, a mild fruity lager with apricot and stone fruit syrup, a mild unhappy lager flavor, and touch of grassy bitterness. Finish is sticky sweet, a fake apricot syrup flavor lingering, with mild grassy bitter hops, sticky syrupy.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, sticky syrupy.

Overall very sad for them, not only was it sticky sweet and syrupy, but it was also lagered poorly and almost no hop, plus that apricot syrup flavor. This seems like AB had a hand in this beer, not very good.

jlindros, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Johncnh
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Johncnh, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Sweet. A little too sweet for my tastes, even for the style. Malty, frothy. Flavors of toffee and... Cotton candy? Hmm.

Not bad, but not a great Oktoberfest offering. Distinctive, but not captivating.

logicalparadox, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of JustinAniello
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a barely opaque copper with a two finger head, quickly dissipates to a light cap and nice sticky lacing.

S - Bread and sweet caramel mixed with yeast, very light pininess from hops in the background as well. Yeast and esters are a bit overpowering as it warms up.

T - Starts as a sweet butterscotch turning to a nice toasted bread on the swallow. Mild yeast and pine hops flavor in the aftertaste, the hops actually showing up just barely throughout the flavor profile. Toasted malt becomes much more prevalent as it warms, the sweetness taking on a slight honey flavor.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A very nice oktoberfest in my opinion, nice aroma and flavor that doesn't go overboard but isn't bland like some other renditions. Body and carbonation go really well together, not much to complain about. Could use some of the depth of the flavor in the aroma.

JustinAniello, Nov 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Trashcat, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of kalebharris
3.76/5  rDev +3%

kalebharris, Nov 05, 2014
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of chris657
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

chris657, Nov 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

gwilikers6, Nov 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Belittle, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

zeff80, Nov 03, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +3%

Beestin, Nov 02, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +12.9%

jtslankard, Nov 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Kevinpitts, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of theh3rbalist
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Drank 1 draft.

Very sweet and malty, to the point of being unbalanced. Low carbonation and no real hop presence lead to a Marzen that I will not be returning to.


theh3rbalist, Nov 01, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Zuidman, Nov 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bluntedboywonder, Oct 31, 2014
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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.