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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.


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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%

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 soju6


3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber color with a small head that fades to nominal lacing. Aroma of mild citrus, malt sweetness, with a bit of fruit sweetness and grain. Taste of malt, light fruit sweetness and bit of grain. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry. Fairly light body, a subtle crispness and clean. Decent beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 15:37:35 | More by soju6
Photo of YeastMode


3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle oured into pint glass.

A-Quickly dissapating white head that noisely simmers into a deep burgundy and clear body.
S-Grainy and Wheaty. Sweet and spicy.
T-Flashy bitterness that subsides to a dry grain, sweet yet tart taste. Smokey notes as well.
M-Well carbonated. Balanced and simple beer. Not over-bearing on any spectrum.
O-Overall a solid beer. Decent flavor and moutfeel. Scent is non-offensive, appealing but not mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:14:34 | More by YeastMode
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 11/20/13 from a 12 ounce bottle from my beer cooler. Chilled down to 36F. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty copper color with a small tan head that left some light spotty lacing when sipped. The aroma is of of bready/doughy malts with a hint of caramel. Perfect carbonation actually. the taste was about the same and this "Marzen" style brew didn't have a bitter finish like many of these 'Oktoberfest/Marzen' types often do. Very smooth and tasty. Goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 21:19:44 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color from a 12 oz bottle. Aroma of Munich malts with a trademark doughy caramel scent. In the taste, rounded malt flavor of caramel, bread and slight cocoa. Very light tea like noble hop profile, with a soft balancing bitterness. A slight mineral taste in the finish. Medium bodied, fervent carbonation, but comes off just a little thin. Overall, not a bad O- fest.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 18:05:40 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of falloutsnow


3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-07-11
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Goose Island's Oktoberfest is an interesting take on the style, a blend of a traditional Marzen with some brown ale qualities as well, which manages to accentuate the style's typical maltiness quite well. While certainly not particularly traditional, this is a version of the style, produced by a US brewery, that I wouldn't mind returning to.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head, made up of small-sized bubbles, with average retention of one minute, fading to a thin ring around the glass' perimeter. Lacing is minimal, a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is an attractive dark ruby-brown color, with light bringing out golden orange hues with hints of red. Carbonation visible through the transparent beer, fairly low in number and activity.

Aroma is fairly meager, of fairly light toasted bread crusts, caramel, and malt syrup.

Major flavors are of moderately dense melanoidins (caramel, toasted bread), with notes of toasted nuts, dried leaves, and slight hints of hops. Front of palate picks up fairly rich melanoidins (medium-heavy caramel, toasted bread) with a hint of dried leaves and herbal hops. Mid-palate of continued rich melanoidins (medium-heavy caramel, toasted bread), with continued dried leaves, herbal hops, and hints of bitterness. Back of palate is of rich, heavy caramel with flourishes of dry leaves and hints of bitter hops. Aftertaste is of rich, brown bread with hints of toasted bread crust, nuts, and caramel.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (1/4), mostly smooth (3/4) mouthfeel that could use a bit more carbonation for both the beer and style in general. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness on the lips and palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 07:26:57 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Jeffreysan


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber color, with a finger and a half of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty, very bready, like freshly baked soft pretzels. I also get some floral aromas of clover and honey.

Taste: Lots of good malty notes up front, fresh bread, pretzels, biscuits; followed by some honey-like sweetness, finished by some nicely balanced hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth, with some moderate carbonation. With an ABV of 6.4% there is just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate, but not much.

Overall: Wow, this is an excellent, excellent American Oktoberfest beer. Nicely balanced between malt and sweet and bitterness, this is an extremely easy beer to drink and enjoy. I think I have a new beer to add to my list of favorite Oktoberfest beers. I’ll certainly be getting a six pack of this beer every year!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:04:21 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
6.4% ABV, serve in a Nonic, bottled on date: 11July13

A - Deep bronze in color, this clear Oktoberfest is topped with a lace-less latte-foam, tan head.

S - Munich malt-driven breadiness and Vienna toast notes present a smooth and sweet aroma that's ever so slightly balanced by notes of earthy hops.

T - Malty and smooth, the flavor is a direct reflection of the aroma; dense breadiness with toasted wheat crust and finishing sweetness.

M - Almost creamy, this smooth and sweet medium-bodied beer goes down wonderfully with just the right level of carbonation. It's rich and warming for cold fall days but easy enough to put a classic maaskrug liter back.

O - Goose Island's Oktoberfest is a one-dimensional malty beer but by no means is that an insult, in fact, just the opposite. This pure malty beer fit's the Oktoberfest bill almost perfectly, though slightly heavier than it's classic German counterparts but equally as drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 14:29:11 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 8/8/2013. Pours slightly hazy ruby copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big carmael, biscuit, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, pear, apricot, nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt notes with moderate yeast ester balance; and great strength. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, pear, apricot, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, floral, and light pepper on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/toasted/nutty malt flavors; with great robustness and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest style. Great robustness, balance, and complexity of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:10:37 | More by superspak
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with creamy off-white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt and grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Caramel malt, herbal hops and hint of cherry nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is medium and balanced. Well made Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 13:37:05 | More by mikeg67
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy copper color. There isn't much head - about one finger with an off-white shade - and what head there is fades quickly, leaving minimal lacing behind.

S: Actually, it doesn't have the dominating caramel maltiness of the typical marzen, instead going the route of something relatively well-hopped. The hops don't seem that grassy or bitter, rather they're fruity - think apricots and peaches. I definitely think this aroma works well if not quite brilliantly.

T: Again, it's fruity and almost sweet - no, actually, it is sweet. Not that I mind, the sweetness here works well. It has that fruit punch quality (which is really just an apricot/peach note) I liked so much in many Great Lakes lagers, though it doesn't seem quite as refined here. Caramel malts emerge in the finish.

M: This is a good thirst quencher. It's sweet, not particularly dry, and is quite refreshing, even. It does tingle the tongue slightly, which I could do without. Still, carbonation, though a touch low, is perfect for my stylistic preferences.

O: A solid marzen from a solid brewery. There's just enough of a satisfying bend to this where I'd definitely drink it again, and maybe even buy it again; I certainly wouldn't mind drinking it by the six-pack even.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:25:13 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of metter98

New York

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of apricots along with hints of toasted malts and slight amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little unique compared to Oktoberfests given the apricot aromas and flavors, but it seems a little easier to drink compared to other beers in the style because it isn't as malty.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:32:59 | More by metter98
Photo of barnzy78


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - copper colored body, thin ivory head dissipates to nothing quickly, lower carbonation
S - sweet, toffee, caramel, toasted grain, earth
T - wow sweet, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, bready, toasty, slightly fruity; earthy, spicy hops
M - medium body, lower carbonation, very clean finish
O - cloyingly sweet, but nice flavor profile overall. A little more carbonation would have helped it out also.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 23:06:22 | More by barnzy78
Photo of MistahBeah


3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Goose Island's Oktoberfest pours a slightly hazy ruby. Thin kahki head with mild retention. Decently carbonated

Smells clean. Big toffee and caramel aromas. Some notes of cherry and maybe apple. Sweet and floral with some lemony zest in there

Taste follows the nose. Very clean. Fruit forward with apricots, blood orange, some slightly tart cherries. Juicy. Toffee and caramel malts add a lot of sweetness. Very little bitterness. Some dank floral hops on the midpalate. Finish is lemony with a fair amount of acidity. Short aftertaste is ever so slightly metallic

Feels crisp and carbonated. Tingling acidity. Finish is smooth

Overall a nice marzen. Would get again. Sweet but not cloying. Crisp and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 22:53:29 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of powerss13


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber color; good carbonation; fingertip head; lacing even

S: Nice and settle; good malty aroma; hints of clove and nice bread smell

T: Settle hops; well balanced; great malty taste, perfect for an Oktoberfest(Munich) style beer

MF: Well balanced; get a little hops upfront, then the malts take over; clean finish; light on the body and heavy on the flavor

O: I am glad Goose Island came back with this beer. I had nothing against their Harvest, but this Oktoberfest by them shouldn't have gone away. I would definitely drink this before Sam's Oktoberfest any time/day.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 16:56:45 | More by powerss13
Photo of far333


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orangey caramel colored with a thick inch high head of beige foam that lingers long and slowly recedes to a quarter inch high cap. Aroma of biscuity malt, corn and cinnamon.

Flavors of toasted malt, toffee and caramel, slightly nutty, faint metallic note. Subtle offsetting bitterness. Very balanced and flavorful. Full mouthfeel, but slightly slick. Overall a good representation of the style, tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 23:37:32 | More by far333
Photo of barczar


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant amber copper with a modest light tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Caramel, toasted malt, and specialty grain fruitiness dominate the initial aroma. Notes of sweet toffee and nuttiness emerge. Floral hops add complexity.

Flavor echoes the sweetness of the aroma, but finishes slightly dry and nutty. Deep caramel is overtaken by hints of fruity esters mid palate. There's almost a cola like profile. Slight metallic notes surface late.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with light alcohol warmth.

The cola and fruity notes are somewhat offputting, but the toasted and nutty notes are nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:58:46 | More by barczar
Photo of homebrew311


3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Appearance is a nice clear orange with white head which retains a thin layer nicely. The aroma is malt forward with notes of toasted malt, caramel, with light earthy notes coming through at the finish. Taste is much like the nose with crisp toasted malts and caramel taking on the primary flavors. Light herbal hops round out the malt profile along with some lager yeast notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Overall, solid and well balance marten.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 05:41:31 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Slatetank


3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant, enjoyed chilled in a mug from the 12oz brown bottle.

the color is like autum leaves -copper and thin white cap with translucent clarity in general with fine bead and good retention. The smell has notes of almond with caramel and toast with a slight cinnamon bark and gentle yeast ester. The feel brings a floral hop quality and slight spice with moderate carbonation and mild sweetness with light creamy and semi-dry finish.

The taste is mildly toasty with light nutty and spice from the hops with moderately yeasty fruitiness with some subtle caramel malt and breadiness of munich malt with a nice balance of flavors with light toast in the finish. Overall a great lager, one of the better and more drinkable examples of the style from a U.S. brewer, a tasty fest-recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 14:01:28 | More by Slatetank
Photo of emerge077


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 27JULY13

Light auburn fading into amber, creamy off white foam on the surface that takes awhile to break apart. Spotty ring of lace in the glass. Sharp clarity, stray rising carb visible.

Mild apple esters and malt sweetness in the aroma.

A little sweeter than expected, slighty toasty with a light bitterness in the aftertaste. Malt forward, softly sweet with apple and toasted malt notes. Light bodied though with some substance, and ample carbonation, slight astringency. Overall not bad, i'd prefer others first though.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 23:56:48 | More by emerge077
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

So pleased to see brewed in Chicago, IL, the last 12 pack I purchased was brewed and bottled in Baldwinsville, NY. Copper orange color bright and filtered brilliantly. Big khaki tan head, with fine speckled lacing dispersed as the head dwindles. Aroma has biscuit malts, clean caramel, light and rather airy compared to some of the more robust Oktoberfests out there. Crushing waves of interplay bread grains, caramel, hints of bright ripened fruit with a nutty signature Americanized O fest tone. Not much in the way of hops here a bit of minimal earthiness with some herbal characters come through with a very calm bitterness, barely detectable on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated, very easy to drink yet equally unimpressive and standout in this style. I would say if I had ten of this seasons Oktoberfests that this version is ranking 6th or 7th in my minds ideal version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:53:12 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of MCain04


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh to the season, 6 pack for $10, bottle poured into a Spiegelau lager glass.

Appears a nice clear amber with a light kahki head of a couple fingers thickness, good retention, not much lacing.

Smells bready with banana, toffee, candied malts, some nutmeg, a little piney hops but not much.

Taste is pretty standard for the style with a bready toasty toffee malt-forward body. Highly drinkable. Pale malts on the aftertaste which leave that bready aftertaste. Not overwhelmingly flavorful but solid.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, light-medium body, average finish, bready mouthfeel.

Having said the word bready a lot, I think that really describes the beer. It's a solid beer that I enjoy and is highly drinkable, but I don't know if I could have 3 or more of these in one sitting, which is a negative for a style I want to be able to drink a lot of when I drink. Still great and underrated though.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 13:00:36 | More by MCain04
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Deep rich copper color covered by a light cream colored head. A film remains with no lacing.

Aroma: Muted malts, and a noted spiciness, cinnamon comes to mind.

Taste: Malt heavy, faint sweetness, some spiciness in the likes of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy, medium body.

Overall: Lacking notes of caramel and it feels watery at times, everything seems muted.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 16:51:18 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of philbe311


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

My first Oktoberfest of the season...

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of rich densely packed lush medium khaki colored frothy goodness... Solid retention gives way to a full rich lacing of mostly the same... The color is a deep rich slightly dark amber with some golden bronze undertones... Loaded with small bubbled carbonation that starts at a moderate pace before accelerating... A slight film and bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Light caramel... Rich toasted malts... Some light fruity notes... A very light nutty presence as well...

T - Almost exactly what the nose would lead you to believe was coming... A mix of bready and toasted malts... Light caramel and toffee... Some light fruity and musky characteristics... A slight metallic tinge part way through... The finish displays some light orange zest notes as well...

M - Exquisite mouthfeel, especially for the style... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lots of rich lush goodness... Slightly chewy... Coats evenly and fully... Limited carbonation... Silky smooth sip after sip... Very nice...

D - An exceptional American interruption of the Marzen / Oktoberfest style... Rock solid appearance and aroma... The flavor is solid, but lags the other facets... The mouthfeel is exceptional... The end result is a refreshing and very enjoyable offering that will be amongst my regular indulgences for the style...

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:24:05 | More by philbe311
Photo of TMoney2591


3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

You can't imagine how embarrassed I felt when asking someone at my local store if this stuff had come out the year before or not. Oh well, anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset bronze-amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises toffee, light toast, a hint of honey, and mild grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the toasted toffee and grass combining very well, an HR manager's teamwork-exercise wet dream. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty nice American O-Fest, one of the better such examples I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 06:57:13 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice clear reddish amber color with a one finger off white head. The head has a good level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of caramel and some toasted malty smells. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a grainy nature, a little bit of a grassy smell as well as some notes of spice and apple.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and smooth lightly toasted bread and caramel taste. Notes of a light fruit sweetness join the caramel as the flavor advances giving the beer a moderately strong, but nice and drinkable sweet taste. As the flavor advances from the start, along with the increase in sweet, so too comes some flavors of a grassy and herbal nature as well as a little bit of spice. Other more roasted flavors of a chocolate and roasted malt flavor come more toward the end leaving a nice smooth, sweet, and lightly toasted/roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather nice for the style while keeping it a good easy drinking brew.

Overall – Overall a rather enjoyable Marzen with a smooth, sweet, nicely roasted, easy drinking taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:14:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.