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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 45 | 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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Ratings: 574 | Reviews: 194
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3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keystone
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really good American Oktoberfest

Photo of CHickman
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy copper/amber color with a 2-3 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and had a ton of tiny bubbles in the head, leaving good foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of caramel, malts, metallic/penny notes, vegetable husk, wheat bread and light citrus hops; middle of the road and like all beers of this style, basic and almost boring.

Tastes like it smells, with caramel, toasted malts, wheat bread, metallic/penny notes, vegetable husk, dry toasted nuts, wheat or dry grass, mild spices like brown sugar or pepper and light citrus hops; flavor has a bit more toffee and caramel sweetness, likely from the way the malt was added in the boil in the Märzen/Oktoberfest tradition.

Mouthfeel is light and watery, with a thin uncarbonated body that flows down with ease and just enough sweetness to remind you that this brew was meant to chug outdoors at a beer garden. Basic in most ways, and yet true to the style.

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gabepesce
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toffee, sweet, malty. One of the best oktoberfest styles of the year.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour yields a small clingy head. Bready and malty nose give way to toffee and more malty flavor. Smooth and easy finish, this is a great Marzen.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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.

Photo of JustinAniello
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
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