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Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 217
Hads: 723
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 20.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 112 | 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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Reviews by Jeffreysan:
Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 13th 2015.Damn near perfect weather to sit outside and drink O-fest beers.....Pour one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a rich deep bronze with a large slight off white crown that settles very slowly.Lightly sweet pizza dough and some toasted grain,even a hint of mineral wich is very German-like.Toasted bread with some caramel and anise wich I pick up in some of the better of the style and spicy hops although not big show up in the finish.Much better than I anticipated,I think a great not overly sweet O-fest lager.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Oktoberfest bottle. Best by 122706 on the bottle. Pours into my glass a nice deep dark amber red hue with good clarity and active carbonation. A half inch of white head sticks on top of the brew. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas of sweet caramel and nutty malts. Quite malt forward with a dash of cocoa as well. Herbal hops sitting in the background. A nice clean, inviting aroma.

First sip brings a sweet toasted, caramel maltiness enchanced by a big nuttiness. Hints of cocoa and maybe some raisins as well. Flows down with a hit of herbal hoppiness that's just enough to give it a little something extra on the way down. Just a solid Oktoberfest overall, nice and malty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Good body with sturdy carbonation. I could see myself enjoying a good deal of this brew. I recall not enjoying this one as much last year, but I find myself really liking the brew in front of me right now. Well worth checking out if you have access to it.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, a treat to see more Goose Island selections being available in the NYC area. Bottle provides "best when consumed by" dating and also lets the consumer know this should be served in an imperial pint glass, nice stuff going on here. Beer education and information is a good thing! This one pours a healthy dark almond mahogony shade of tastyness. Minor tan head and just the usual sort of lacing. Nose is the expected bready, malty O'fest odor. I found this brew to be very pleasantly malty, smooth and long lasting on the tongue and gums. Notes of vanilla, honey and nutty maltyness.Would make a fine sessioner. Very rich and pleasant brew. I haven't tried anything from Goose Island that was not spot on.

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Photo of Torey
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at deep copper color with a thick white lace that left distinct rings on the glass. Sweet caramel malty smell along with some spices. Flavor is heavy on the sweetness...almost sugary. Tiny amount of bittering to balance. Mouthfeel on the thin side. Drinkability is decent. One that I could drink a few of in one setting, but not my favorite fest beer.

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Photo of chossboss
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Reddish copper with decent off-white head.

Smell: Cherry, caramel, biscuit and spicy hops.

Taste: Same notes as the aroma (cherry, caramel, biscuit, spicy hops) but way too sweet with the spicy hops just barely making their presence known.

Feel: Decent carbonation and body for the style but the residual sugars just mangle the mouthfeel.

Overall: Way too sweet to be a good example of a Marzen.

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Photo of jiffymon
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ryanocerus
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the three Oktoberfests I had this weekend (Pete's, Leine's and Goose Island) this was the best. Nice red color, albeit with little head retention. The flavor was stronger and sweet, like an Oktoberfest should be. An excellent Marzen and worth trying.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stein glass. Bottled on 05/August/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly settle into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready and toasty malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Toasted barley malt with bready hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. Subtle fruit hints of orange, apple, and apricot. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Also some earthy and floral hop hints. A pretty solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a toasty and bready malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. Toasted barley malt with bready notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, cracker, and yeast. Good mix of fruit undertones with notes of apple, orange, and apricot. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Subtle earthy and floral hop notes. A pretty nice Marzen taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a German Marzen. Good toasty malt notes with some nice subtle fruit notes.

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Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber pour. Minimal head. Caramel all over the place, dominates aroma and taste.

Sweet, not overly, thin body, more caramel. Not bitter, creamy. Kinda dry for the level of sweetness on the first sip. Low carbonation, drinks similar to Sprecher's Amber Lager.

Not my thing, a smooth malty fall beer w/o hops. Solid for style though, check it out if you dig the smooth. . .

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Photo of ADR
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darker brown amber, not much orange. Clear with slight sediment bits. Head is big at first, settles to a skim in a minute or so. Sweet and sugary smells. Pretty thick for a Fest, heavy caramel and honey flavors with an evident but not balancing hop of straightforward bittering. This brew strays into Bock territory in my opinion, I liked it, but would recommend it to people prefering more body and heavier sweetness. No off tastes but not a good representative of style, to me...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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