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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 41 | 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 +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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.44/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Kyrojack, Oct 18, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

pdonovan16, Oct 15, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A lovely clear dark reddish amber with not much decoration. A finger of foam and a decent bit of lace here and there on the sides of my glass. More seems to stick as it warms up.

Nose is toasty and clean. A nice bit of caramel sweetness and some yeasty bread. A sweet flash of alcohol and home made dinner rolls. Light toffee and earthy hops.

Taste is much the same with a big dose of toasted malt in the front and an easy drinkability. Lots of grains with a light cereal sweetness. Light crisp earthy his makes for a clean finish.

Smooth carbonation and light crisp feel makes this one a real party animal . You can quaff this one for hours and hours. It just doesn't get old,

Crips feel is a delight.

Solid drinkable and toasted malt are the signature notes here.

scootny, Oct 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Roze, Oct 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Crispy21, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle from North End Suprette.
Pours a fairly clear deep golden amber color with a decent sized off white head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of rich bready maltiness, flavor follows the same basic formula but adds some melanoid and light dried fruits. Pretty good take on a Marzen from a stateside brewery.

johnnnniee, Oct 13, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Feddi86, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Doublicious, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

A better than average, but not extraordinary Märzen. Has some sweetness to it that i was not expecting, balances well the hops.

Savan, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Svendozen, Oct 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

JKV96, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ffshore545, Oct 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

voodoo, Oct 09, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -8.2%

sdlhy, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

hoptician, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of PA-hunter
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into glass. 6.4%abv

Appearance- Pours an amber orange with a head that has a brown tint and is fast to dissipate.

Smell- Strong aroma of caramel sweetness. Fruit tones of apricot as well.

Taste- Starts out with a good touch of caramel sweet malt flavor. This is followed by hints of toffee. Later in the flavor profile the fruit flavor of fresh dried apricots comes about. There is some slight hop bitterness on the back end as well but it is masked by the apricot/toffee undertones ( as is right since O'fests are not hoppy beers).

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light for a 6.4% abv beer. Light compared to all beers really. Not watery at all since this beer is full of flavor.

Overall- One of my favorite Oktoberfests; possibly my most favorite. Very complex and satisfying. A Must try.

PA-hunter, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Picked up this beer from the House of 1,000 beers. Like most things by Goose Island so this should be great.

Very malty up front with a bit of sweet nuttiness and fruitiness. Some toffee and caramel notes as well. Pours a clear brown amber with a medium off white head.

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 with mild grain bitterness.

Overall I liked this beer its a tasty Oktoberfest.

DrDemento456, Oct 07, 2014
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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.