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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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216 Reviews
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Reviews: 216
Hads: 712
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 106 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-06-2001

Copper color, toffee aroma, malty dried apricot flavor, medium body.
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Photo of stlfatguy
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking copper- reddish body with khaki head. Clear and bright. Smell is sweet with light fruit and syrup. Taste is very smooth and balanced. Nothing overpowering. I didn't get any burnt or bitter flavor others had mentioned. Mostly sweet malts, and a hint of flavors I couldn't distinguish. Bottle says "pleasant hints of died apricot and toffee." Yep, that's the flavor. Really like this one. No spice you see with many of this style, but it's so smooth and easy drinking. Light syrup builds up on the feel after a while, but that's it.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have only had a couple of beers under this style, but this one beat out Sam Adams in my opinion. It was drinkable and had a sweet profile to it. Not something I could see drinking a ton of though.

Worth a drink, but not searching out.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm always up for an Oktoberfest, especially this time of year, so I tried this one. It was pretty decent, but maybe just a bit off. I couldn't tell why, but maybe a bit too hopped or a bit too much spice for my liking. I'd try other beers from Goose Island in the future though, which will hopefully give me a better feel for their products.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't visualize Goose Island as doing many German styles, so seeing an Oktoberfest from them was a surprise. Nonetheless, I wanted to try out. I grabbed a single bottle just a few days ago, yet discovered that the beer was bottled on July 4! Who is buying Oktoberfestbiers in July?!? As October comes near, this bottle has already three months of age on it, before the height of the season has approached.

So, here's 12 ounces, and hopefully I can cool off with it. On to the beer:

This vibrant copper colored liquid with yellow hues is a pretty color. An inch of soapy head leaves fair retention on top. Its soft aroma offers notes of fruity and toasty aromas, a little different from what was written on the label.

Well Goose Island really hit the target here! This Oktberfestbier is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. As a bonus, its flavor repertoire is attractive. Those fruity, nutty, toasty, and caramel notes that I taste are uplifting and make me forget about my earlier rant. Carried in a medium body, this beer is easy to drink, delicious, and one that I would be proud to sport in my maß.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours bright clear amber, thick fizzy head fades fast. Sweet malty candy like aroma. Has a nice sweet malty taste to start with a clean mineral quality. Some grassy hops balance the sweetness fairly well. The finish however left a lingering aftertaste that I'm not crazy about, sorta like a burnt toffee, chemical like, not terrible but just odd. Mouthfeel is medium, buttery. Overall not bad, a little different tasting marzen.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bready, toasted malts, hint of a Belgian yeast strain. Reserved sweetness. Real good drinkability. It's ok, but lacks a bit of depth. Could drink a lot of this though.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stein? You mean one I can't see through? I'll say hmm.. Let's go for a good German mug and call it even… ok DONE!

Big aggressive pour makes a fistful as expected but also a real nice light tan head makeup. Good retention on this guy, some soapy bubbles but also a frothy to foamy makeup… nearly creamy too. Body color is a good crystal clear deep polished copper, thick reds and lots of whispy carbonation. Great looking marzen.

Toffee like aromas and classic clover flavors hit the nose nicely. Sharp and spicy with a good balanced sweetness, fine hints of maple sugar and mixing toffee like caramels as well. Excellent sugar aroma that isn't overly large either, giving hints of vanilla and syrup so slightly.

Palate strikes a great balance in malt thickness, flavors, and diversity. Thick malt body with not overly syrupy tendencies. Sticky body feel and stuck yeast and caramel thickness. Big yeasty finish on this which manages some controlled sticky qualities but could be off putting to others. Sweet caramel notes fill the mid palate, and a little bit of spicy clove at play as well.

An interesting marzen with a big yeast punch which certainly makes it interesting.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass,“bottled on” date 7-4-15.

Appearance: pours a clear, dark copper color with less than one finger tan head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, very little lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: caramel, bread, toffee, not overpowering.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and toffee, bread and finishes with a mild hop profile, the 6.4% ABV is imperceptible.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a tasty example of the style, solid but not spectacular, a little higher ABV for the style but you can't really tell, you don't want to drink too many at once but, I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys the style and would buy this again no problem.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Interesting: Pours a copper colored light orange; Pretty decent glass appeal. To me at least, I sensed the faintest apparition of a doppelbock, buried very deeply / subtly in the background. Again, not enough to confuse what I was drinking, but with just enough "doppelghost" present to somehow lend some "authenticity / credibility" to the pour. This was more drinkable from my perspective, when contrasting to some other mainstream offerings by say SA or Yuengling.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 13th 2015.Damn near perfect weather to sit outside and drink O-fest beers.....Pour one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a rich deep bronze with a large slight off white crown that settles very slowly.Lightly sweet pizza dough and some toasted grain,even a hint of mineral wich is very German-like.Toasted bread with some caramel and anise wich I pick up in some of the better of the style and spicy hops although not big show up in the finish.Much better than I anticipated,I think a great not overly sweet O-fest lager.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice clear umber color that has a nice off-white head that settled at reasonable pace leaving a faint hint of lacing down the glass.

The smell is decent malt with a peppery hop tome and some hint of plums and pine.

The taste is a nice and crisp hoppy marzen style that is a mix of the classic German style with the classic Americanized way over pumping up the horsepower.

The balance is a little hop leaning but still a good drinkable beer.

The mouthfeel is just right for a marzen style.

Overall very satisfying and drinkable beer.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle to a red wine, big bowl glass.
Looks dark copper/amber.
Smells malty and "floral". ? On what floral. Not bad.
Taste somewhat malty and yeasty? My senses are not the best in the world.
Just a scosh thin. Very drinkable, but could be "thicker/heavier on the tongue.
Not near SN Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Prasm
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium expressive on the nose showing caramel and malt scents. In the mouth it's medium density and dominated by malt with hoppy undertones. An okay effort but pretty much middle of the road for my taste.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This nice little Oktoberfest pours a clear dark tinged copper color with a nice off white head of foam that settles to a thick ring and light pool with little lacing. Nose of fresh breaded malts, sweet malts, and a touch of fruit. Flavors follow the nose with a nice dose of sweet malted bread flavors on the front, a touch of rye crust, and a light butterscotch flavor that has a light hops kick on the back. Good mouth feel, well carbonated, clean finish---satisfying. Drank 2 for this review, they are highly sessionable and enjoyable.


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Photo of Jacobob10
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with an off-white head. Mild aroma of toffee and caramel malts, some light fruit too which is odd for the style. Clean lager taste and feel. Sweetness from the malt is on the heavy side. Medium bodied. Overall, a bit heavy for a Märzen, a common theme with American made versions of the style, but not a bad option.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

The rye is quite distinct in the smell, as is malt. However, the scent is not as spicy/floral as a lot of its competitors.

The body is fairly light, and thus, it's a very drinkable brew. The taste leaves something to be wished for as there isn't much to it except malt. None of the complexity or subtlety that one might expect from a better example of the style.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery color with off-white head. Caramel malt, nuts, and roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with nuts and toffee.

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Photo of Albianfire
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - dark copper, one finger head dissipating quickly. Carbonation light.

Smell - Reminded me of Baltika 4. Toffee, caramel, syrup (not maple), like fresh boiled wort, MALTY.

Taste - Sweet, nutty, not getting much else. But very good.

Mouthfeel - thick, rich, best part for me.

Overall - I will enjoy this 6 pack. Not sure if I will return to it. Baltika 4 is close enough and cheap. But, if you like malt bombs you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of jkrich
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear, deep orange to copper with a quickly receding beige head.

The aroma was not very prominent - faint malts and possibly cocoa and nutmeg. After pouring into the stein, the faint aroma disappears.

Rather sweet beginning, the lager remains quaffable and interesting because of the zesty carbonation and hop profile.

The body is fuller and the ABV higher than most conventional fest beers.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's September and that means it's time foe Oktoberfest , let's give this one from Goose a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice zesty waft of caramel and fruitiness. Pours into a stein, at their request, to a bright orange with a two finger big bubble head that recedes slowly. On the taste this brew has a big body and good backbone. The taste is predominantly caramel maltiness with some fruitiness in the background and enough hops to bring it almost to a balance point, but the sweetness still prevails. A tasty brew worth repeating.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 7.4.15

L - Spot on appearance for an Octoberfest brew. Amber, dark but with minor amount of clarity. 1 finger of head and some lacing across the glass all the way down

S - Brown sugar, nutmeg, spices, malty wheat

T - Fairly sweet and tastes like the smell indicates. Toffee, spices, nice malty backbone.

F - Light bodied and slick, good carbonation

O - This Octoberfest is better than most I have had. Not a big fan of the style, but I like this one a lot and that means something.

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Photo of Thebrewman
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a 1inch lacing that remains throughout. You can definitely smell amber, caramel, and apple on the nose. Taste is sweet, with a slight bite of alcohol on the tongue. Overall a very nice version of the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date: 7/4/15.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, nut, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of traditional Oktoberfest qualities along with a slight fruit aspect as well.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review for this year.

A : A fiery autumn brown/red, about 10% opaque. The head is 3 fingers but diminishes rather quickly into a mossy ring on top. Flecks of lacing stay behind.

S : Toast, caramel, hazelnut, and toffee. Hints of clove and nutmeg. Some slight herbal/vegetal hop.

T : Caramel malts, toffee covered nuts, some dank grass, and stale spices. A bit of expired canned pumpkin, too. Overall it doesn't mix very well and just doesn't set right with me. A hit of water also rushes in to flesh out the profile.

F : Heavy/buzzing carbonation, medium bodied, ending slightly dusty.

O : I'll skip this next year!

Last year's review :

Serving style is a 12 oz bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance (3.75) : A beautiful root beer/orange body with about 60% opacity. The 1 finger head is carbonated and lightly fluffy, and recedes fairly quick leaving a small ring at the top.

Smell (4.25) : Smells like crisp water, cinnamon rice, nutmeg, clove. A tender body of pumpkin underneath it all. A hint of apricot. Promising for sure.

Taste (3.75) : This is pretty decent. It's got clove and nutmeg out front, some earth and hops, with a slightly sour pumpkin body, almost amber-like; ending slightly crisp and dry with pumpkin seed and more clove.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Quite carbonated but somehow it seems to fit the flavors even if it is sharp. Some creamy smoothness in there, and it ends dry and crisp.

Overall (3.90) : A great take on the Oktoberfest. This is one of the better ones I've had thus far. I'd say it's a safe bet to buy a six pack if you haven't tried it. It's highly unlikely you'll hate it - you'll probably either love it, or think it's pretty okay.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2015 batch. Sampled on August 14, 2015.

It is a brown pour with a modest cream colored head that fades.

Such a sweet caramel aroma on the nose and maybe the slightest peat moss character. Little to hop notes.

Lighter body but smooth and delicate

The taste is also very sweet with malts and little no hop bitterness at the finish.

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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.