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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 163
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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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.

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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.