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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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451 Ratings
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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Baldjosh, Today at 06:38 AM
Photo of StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

I picked up a bottle of Goose Island's Oktoberfest last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and since I'm in the Oktoberfest mood I thought I would give this one a chance, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on July 1st 2014. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty typical looking for Goose Island, but it does have an Oktobefest theme in the background, I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a fairly clear amber color that took on more red/amber color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice look Oktoberfest that seemed to be right in line with the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice sweet malt, caramel and toffee like aroma with caramel and toffee seeming to stick out the most and there's some clean lager yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a nice fruity aroma that must be from the hops and it actually imparted a dried apricot aroma just like it says on the label. This beer had pretty nice aroma, it was a little bolder than most in the style, but I enjoyed it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same nice malt aspects with the caramel and toffee still sticking out the most. Up next comes that clean lager yeast that leads right into a nice fruity flavor that's a little similar to the dried apricot that I got in the aroma, but it also has an apple juice like aspect to it. On the finish there's no bitterness with a little more sweetness taking it's place and it had a caramel, toffee, light grainy and fruity aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, it had pretty much all the flavors that I expect from the style, they were just a little bolder than normal.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, fairly clean, on the thicker side of light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

All in all I thought this was a good beer and good example of an American version of a Marzen, it took pretty much all the aspects that you would find in a traditional example of the style and they amplified them which ended up working well and I think the bolder flavors suit the American palate a little more. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly crisp, fairly clean, not filling at all and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these especially on a nice fall night sitting by the bonfire. What I liked the most about this beer was that had it pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, they were just bolder than normal. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was just a little too high for the style. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a bolder Oktoberfest. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the style or mild malty beers in general. All in all I was happy with this beer, I came into this beers expecting a bolder version of a traditional Marzen and that's exactly what I got. It's not my favorite beer from Goose Island, but it's up there was on the better American Marzens I've had. Good job guys, this beer embodies the spirit of a German Oktoberfest with a bold American twist, I enjoyed it, keep up the solid work.

StoutHunter, Today at 03:12 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BRami127, Yesterday at 03:37 AM
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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%

JakeBarnett, Yesterday at 02:23 AM
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours hazy and orange with a fat creamy head of off white foam that last well and leaves lace. Has some yellow hues. Nose is subtle and not too breaddy but has plenty of caramel and sweetness on it. Smells a bit floral and sugary. Taste is smooth and sweet caramel, not really deeply breaddy. Body is medium and a bit slick on the palate. A little grass brings this one home pretty sweet and with a substantial bitterness form hops. Breaddiness starts to emerge as the beer warms with a little bread crust that ups my opinion of it considerably.

utopiajane, Tuesday at 01:33 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

spointon, Tuesday at 10:10 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

ariceclemson, Tuesday at 01:30 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Ncpogs, Monday at 07:07 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

rolltide8425, Monday at 03:25 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Azpittil57, Monday at 03:18 PM
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2.72/5  rDev -25.9%

Wiscodrinker, Monday at 02:52 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jjd315, Monday at 02:31 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Boone757, Sunday at 03:48 PM
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3.57/5  rDev -2.7%

dexterk1, Sunday at 03:36 PM
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3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

shiverstar, Sunday at 12:37 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Rhody1, Saturday at 11:40 PM
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4.14/5  rDev +12.8%

A- Pours a medium reddish brown to almost orange and clear in the body. A thick and frothy head forms at about 2.5 fingers thick and retains very well. Lacing is also very good. Head is off-white in color and carbonation is continuous on the body.

S- Semisweet caramel and brown malts are the prominent scent here. A touch of nuttiness mixes in with the malts before the malt sweetens up a little more. Right at the back end of the smell the hops make a very subtle and only slightly bitter appearance and really balance out the sweeter scent of the malts.

T- Starts off with a slight hop bitterness that is ever so slightly bitter and leads you right into the malty and sweet backbone of this beer. Caramel malts and general nuttiness from the scent translates directly into the taste. The middle of the drink displays the subtle malty sweetness that is the trademark of the style. Malts ride out the rest of the flavor with semisweetness and just a touch of balancing hops.

M- True to style in the feel department, this beer is smooth as silk, easy to drink, and just about middle of the road as far as weight goes.

Overall, this is just what I expect for the style. The subtle hops presence is done really well and blends and balances with the malts very well.

boilermakerbrew, Saturday at 08:49 PM
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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.