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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | 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 +16.1%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark copper/mahogany color with barely any head

S: Very malty up front with a bit of sweet nuttiness and fruitiness. Some toffee and caramel notes as well

T: Follows the nose. Sweet and malty up front, with notes of fruit and nuts. Toffee definitely come through as well, providing more sweetness. A little bit of earthiness helps to restrain the sweetness. Finishes with a bit of husk

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid American O-Fest with a good balance of sweet and earthy notes. A bit more akin to a double bock with the level of maltiness, but still a good fall brew

BEERMILER12, Today at 06:25 AM
Photo of 57md
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%

Copper color. Some caramel and nutty flavor notes. However, the body was thinner than I like for this style.

57md, Today at 05:17 AM
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4.1/5  rDev +12%

SD-Alefan, Monday at 11:38 PM
Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%

From 09/26/14 notes. Had on tap at an Irish pub in NYC on 36th St. (forget the name). Never actually seen this offered before so tried it out. 16oz. pour in a pint glass.

Pours a nice looking amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Toasted malts, dark fruits, grains, bread, dough, perfumey floral notes, and wheat. Medium body and low carbonation, very easy to drink.

Overall one of the better American ones I've had to be honest. A little sweeter than some and less burnt malts, but I did it. I'd still go with the German options if available, but a good beer.

mdfb79, Monday at 04:25 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Photo of KornWallace
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 9/25/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Nearly ruby in color with tints of light brown as the beer is tilted. Modest carbonation with a modest head with slightly below average retention. Some carbonation cling to the glass. The beer allows a lot of light in but it is difficult to see through.
Aroma: Starting with the malts there is a lot of sweetness there moving into the apricot fruit sweetness. In the back there is a clean lager yeast. No hop aroma.
Taste: The malts take the forefront again as the sweetness is present. The malts are much more complex in the flavor as I get toffee notes even nearing caramelized bananas. The apricot plays with some of those wheat flavors making this a more fruity beer then I expected, but it's delicious. The yeast is again in the background with a very expected clean and layered flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. The GI Oktoberfest is very creamy and easy drinking with the malt flavors fading almost faster then I'd like but leaving me with a very clean yeasty finish.

Notes: Bottled 8/11/14

KornWallace, Thursday at 11:45 PM
Photo of Samp01
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear brown amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and taste of toasted grains, malt and some mild grass notes. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Has some light caramel and mild hops bitterness on the end. Overall not the best Oktoberfest but still a refreshing brew.

Samp01, Thursday at 09:22 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Thursday at 07:23 PM
Photo of bsp77
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Reddish copper with decent off-white head.

Smell: Cherry, caramel, biscuit and spicy hops.

Taste: Same notes as the aroma (cherry, caramel, biscuit, spicy hops) but way too sweet with the spicy hops just barely making their presence known.

Feel: Decent carbonation and body for the style but the residual sugars just mangle the mouthfeel.

Overall: Way too sweet to be a good example of a Marzen.

bsp77, Thursday at 06:44 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.