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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 612
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 19
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,683 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of miwestcoaster
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- wonderful light tan head and copper color to the beer. Lacing endures on the side of the glass.
S- not much at all on the nose.
M- thick and smooth on the tongue. Enjoyable.
T- true to the typical marzen taste. Top shelf for the style.
O- Excellent beer and highly recommended. (280 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (151 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 11/23/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts, lager yeast, a touch of spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit, spice and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are better Oktoberfest beers that I would pick first. (854 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (239 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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. (202 characters)

Photo of JustinAniello
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of theh3rbalist
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Drank 1 draft.

Very sweet and malty, to the point of being unbalanced. Low carbonation and no real hop presence lead to a Marzen that I will not be returning to.

0/1 (167 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, dated 7/2/2014. Poured into a willi becher glass 10/27/2014.

A- Darker brown-caramel body, one finger thick, bubbly offwhite head, nice retention, not much lacing. The head drops into a film which sticks around forever.. [3.5]

S- Toffee, caramel, earth, a bit of orange marmalade, fruity esters remniscent of stone fruit. Very aromatic, malty and slightly fruity nose. [4]

F- Caramel, toffee, slight hint of orange marmalade, toasted bread, minerals. Finish is a light earthy bitterness. Pretty straightforward with a strong flavour profile that is very pleasant. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, a bit on the thicker side, nice carbonation just the same, very substantial and slightly resinous. Does not finish quite so dry. Very nice fall drinking beer. [4]

O- More than a solid Oktoberfest style beer. I certainly do appreciate some of Goose Island's regular offerings, this one being one of the nicer ones. The smell and the body are very nice. [3.75]

Final score: 3.81 (984 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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. (308 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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. (581 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was excited to try this beer. Goose Island Oktoberfest - mouth waters and eyes widen as I reach for a bottle in a mix six-pack store. Pop that top and pour a clear orange colored beer with a thin .5 finger head that did not last. Very little smell, but I have a bit of a cold, so it may be better than I can tell at the moment: Cherries, sweet, malt. Disappointed in the taste. Some caramel and spices on the front, and what tastes like cherry with a hint of soap on the finish. That finish lingers in the back of front of the throat. Not pleasant. A bit of a disappointment. (586 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest brewed by Goose Island Beer Co with an ABV of 6.40% This brew pours out a light brown color with a off white head. This brew is a filtered brew you can see right though it. The smell is rich grains and malts. There is also some sweetness in this brew. I like the smell of this brew. There is nothing bad about this brew so far. The taste is rich with grains and malts . You pick up on the sweetness in this brew. There is also caramel flavor in this brew. Oktoberfest has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in this brew. For having a high ABV this brew goes down smooth with no bad aftertaste. The mouth feel is nice and rich. Over all I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. (730 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co. Poured from the bottle into a stein, this brew's got a 2 finger thick, eggshell brown head, and a mahogany brown transparent body.

I smell roasted malts, some caramel ,and maybe even a speck of the dried apricot the label mentions. Very pleasing scent.

Tastes like the aforementioned characteristics, and perhaps even a teeny tiny bit of scotch qualities. This brew's got a refreshing quality to it.

Mouthfeel here is clean and smooth. Nothing lingers with this brew.

Overall a 4 is given to Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co. I was very impressed with this beer and will probably pick it up again. (649 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
4/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz. bottle poured in to a .5l dimpled mug/stein

Appearance - An amber/copper penny when vigorously poured with a slight orange head. Head quickly settles to thin.
Smell - A little bread, with toffee and stone fruit. (Apricot?)
Taste - Malty, a little bread and caramel, with a hint of fruity sweetness in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Good carbonation with some body to it. Not a thin marzen by any means.
Overall - A solid representation of an American Marzen. Would seek out again in seasons to follow. (504 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark copper/mahogany color with barely any head

S: Very malty up front with a bit of sweet nuttiness and fruitiness. Some toffee and caramel notes as well

T: 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

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid American O-Fest with a good balance of sweet and earthy notes. A bit more akin to a double bock with the level of maltiness, but still a good fall brew (611 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color. Some caramel and nutty flavor notes on the nose and in the flavor profile. However, the body was thinner than I like for this style. (155 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%

From 09/26/14 notes. Had on tap at an Irish pub in NYC on 36th St. (forget the name). Never actually seen this offered before so tried it out. 16oz. pour in a pint glass.

Pours a nice looking amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Toasted malts, dark fruits, grains, bread, dough, perfumey floral notes, and wheat. Medium body and low carbonation, very easy to drink.

Overall one of the better American ones I've had to be honest. A little sweeter than some and less burnt malts, but I did it. I'd still go with the German options if available, but a good beer. (602 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 9/25/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Nearly ruby in color with tints of light brown as the beer is tilted. Modest carbonation with a modest head with slightly below average retention. Some carbonation cling to the glass. The beer allows a lot of light in but it is difficult to see through.
Aroma: Starting with the malts there is a lot of sweetness there moving into the apricot fruit sweetness. In the back there is a clean lager yeast. No hop aroma.
Taste: The malts take the forefront again as the sweetness is present. The malts are much more complex in the flavor as I get toffee notes even nearing caramelized bananas. The apricot plays with some of those wheat flavors making this a more fruity beer then I expected, but it's delicious. The yeast is again in the background with a very expected clean and layered flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. The GI Oktoberfest is very creamy and easy drinking with the malt flavors fading almost faster then I'd like but leaving me with a very clean yeasty finish.

Notes: Bottled 8/11/14 (1,124 characters)

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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.