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Hoffmann Oktoberfest - Climax Brewing Company

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 34
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 20.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Climax Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dantes on 10-12-2003

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Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Package: Pre-packed 64oz. growler

Cost: $7.99 at Bottle King

Presentation: Imperial pint at ~45º

Appearance: An amber-brown slightly cloudy body that was similar to the ESB. Generated a medium to large-gauge, bone-colored head one finger thick that flattened quickly.

Smell: A sweet, malty aroma typical of an Octoberfest beer. Some wet-leaf smell leavened with some prickly spices.

Taste: A rich, bready taste buoyed by caramel sweetness and a moderate but definite hoppiness. There was a hint of the same medicinal back flavor I’ve detected in other Climax beers, particularly the IPA. This taste seemed to fade a bit as the beer warmed, however it may also have been masked by the toasted cheese sandwich I had with the second pint. Mild finish.

Mouthfeel: Climax achieves a smooth, fine carbonation that lasted through the glass, constant bubbles percolating through the beer. Slightly heftier in body than the recently sampled Ramstein Octoberfest.

Drinkability: A pleasant beer, somewhat marred by the slightly off background flavor. No real hint of alcohol, making me guess this checks in at 5.5-6% or so.

Backwash: Another good offering from Climax, although I still rate the ESB at the top of the list of their beers. I’ve only recently begun trying their beers, so I can’t comment on any recent degradation in quality that some have mentioned. However, all of their beers share a common, slightly medicinal, background flavor.

NB: Again, this beer seemed a bit better the second day (2 more pints).

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Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anyone who doesn't know that Dave Hoffmann makes the best beer around doesn't know Dave Hoffmann! (That's a joke for the people that do know Dave...). But this beer PROVES IT!

It's a beautifully clear orange-copper beneath a full head of off-white froth that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The nose is bready and lightly toasty with a delicate touch of floral hops as well. It's incredibly smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth with a firm, malty body and delicate, fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor is as might be expected based on the aroma, with a luxurious but not overly rich, lightly sweet and bready malts dominatin - but perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness and gentle smear of floral and grassy hops. Very, very nice!

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Photo of Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber hue with a small tan head. Aroma of lightly toasted barley, malt, with some grassy grainy and light fruity notes. Taste is light toasted sweet malts, some grain and a slightly funky taste. Palate is a medium body, with ok carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted malt, some grainy notes with some funk and some light nutty ending. Overall an ok oktoberfest.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a light amber color with a slight sudsy white head.

S: Spicy with a nice decent hop fresh floral flavor for this style.

T: Big hop tang, moderate carbonation with slight lager bite in the finish. Sweet munich malt palate is overpowered by the hops for the most part. A good lager but a tad overhopped for an octoberfest but this is the precise thing that makes this beer interesting.

M: moderate carbonation

D: different and still interesting by itself making for a moderately good session drink.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/28/2008 Poured into a pint glass from a growler

A- Pours a hearty clear orange-copper beneath a full head of off-white froth that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

S- The nose is bready and lightly toasty with a delicate touch of floral hops as well.

T-The flavor is as might be expected based on the aroma, with a luxurious but not overly rich, lightly sweet and bready malts but perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness and gentle smear of floral and grassy hops.

M- It's incredibly smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth with a firm, malty body and delicate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking a nice job of producing an Oktoberfest, could drink this all fall!

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Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L Growler into pint glass

Hazy copper hue with a one finger tan head (first pour) that settles to a thin rim along the glass. Spotty lacing.

Light herbal hop aromas on top of a slightly toasty biscuity malt base.

The sharp and bitter hops start out front, but quickly turn over to some highly toasty malts that linger into the finish. Full bodied.

A decent Oktoberfest Lager, but I may get tired of it over the length of the growler.

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Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had off the tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It has a somewhat cloudy orange color to it, but basically see-through. The head dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lacing.
S- Has an applepie kind of scent to it.
T- I really like this because it mixes European style Oktoberfests and American style Okts. It has a nice bitter taste but also has an applepie tasting spice to it. Very nice.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at Barcade under the name Hofmann(sic) cask-conditioned oktoberfest. Eternal rocky off-white head tops the dark amber and hazy robe. Both heavily malty and heavily hoppy nose. Generous toastiness is like biting in a biscotti, grainy, soft, clean. Awesome complexity in the hop profile and fruitiness for an Oktoberfest. Several notes of leafy lemon, juicy figs, litchis, peach join together in a spicy, peppery medley of flavours that are attached together by expert hands. Light-medium bodied, oily restrained carbonation, finishing quite bitter, close to astringent. The softness of the malt, the suppleness of the union of the elements together. Climax rules with lagers, impeccable execution.

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Photo of Phatz
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served a beautiful translucent amber with an ivory head - good retention.

Smell: The aroma is pleasant with toasty caramel malts and bread grain and hint of floral hop.

Taste: The flavor is simple but tasty malty toasty and a bit biscuity with a simple hop balance that displays the necessary attributes but without a lot of flare.

Mouthfeel: The fine carbonation keep the thin mouthfeel from becoming too thin and gives the beer a smooth feel.

Drinkability: Quite easy drinking though rather simple.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep orange amber with good clarity. The head is thin, and hangs on for a short while before virtually disappearing. Normally, I would not score appearance so high without good head retention, but the color is so nice.

It has a clean, solid aroma. Roasted grains and sweet malt.

The taste is sweet malt and roasted, mildly bitter, grainy hops. Very well-balanced, with a fresh full taste. A slight warming alcohol touch, that is not present until the end, is in the finish - appropriate for season. Overall, pretty basic, but flavorful, O-fest taste. Another good lagered American interpretation (I prefer to see the American craft brewers make a lager, as the style should be, rather than the ales that some do.)

The medium body holds up well. Very smooth. Tastes linger on tongue for a decent amount of time.

Exceptionally smooth, this was is easy, and enjoyable, to drink. Another good beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little head. Nice copper orange color. Smells breast with some caramel and toffee with slight hop notes. Taste is a bit overly grainy--reminds me a lot of many Great Lakes beers. Mouthfeel is lift to medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is good; nice and refreshing.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thick white head and lovely carbonation. Nice aroma of grassy hops and caramel malt. Medium, slightly crisp body. Bready (reminds me of their Helles), caramel malts balanced by earthy hops on the pallet. It seems to me that there are too much hops for the style. Long, earthy finish. Interesting brew, although it's deviates from traditional Octoberfest.

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Photo of simskl
2.07/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up the growler at a local liquor outlet in NJ to go. It was at room temperature so I cooled it until the next evening. It simply smelled off when I opened it with an almost funky yeasty odor. Kind of like a really weak lambic without any flash.
I poured it into a pint glass and the color was a nice deep orange with a creamy smooth head, I started to think it would be OK, the smell also improved upon pouring it was still sweet but not as funky.
The taste was really unimpressive, there was very little carbonation and the beer itself was all sweet malt with no complexity at all, it's not like it was lightly hopped, it's like they didn't add any at all.
It was just too sweet for me, I gave up the rest of my half of the growler to a friend over to watch the ball game and he seemed to like it.... he normally drinks Bud though so I'm not going to use that to boost the ranking here.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a copper color with a short 1/4" head that sports plenty of large bubbles.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness are mild but pleasant.

Taste: bready malt profile with caramel, plums, hint of brown sugar, and mild bitterness. There is a touch of earthiness late in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother and a touch of dryness at the finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy beer to quaff, and the growler size bottle makes it easy to have a few in a session.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Going against the grain on this one as well. Paid $18 on this one and worthy of a review as it disappointed. Poured from cask/growler into pint glass. Pours a dark amber color; lacks any german malt/caramel aroma; mouthfeel / body was flat and lacked carbonation. Had trouble finishing the beer with a buddy.

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Photo of Myst
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jrutigs
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler filled yesterday!

I always get excited for the Climax Oktoberfest every year, how could you not for your home town brew. This years offering pours a transparent reddish brown color with a small white head that vanishes quickly leaving thin patches on the surface. Spicy nose with lots of sweet toasted malt presence. While tasting its much the same, sweet, brown sugary malts meeting a spicy hop note, cherry, apple and the slightest alcohol heat. Light bodied, extremely drinkable, another batch well done for Climax!

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nickls
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Clearer brownish coppery orange color; thinner pure white head that held pretty well

S - Earthy and sweetish maltiness; doughy and dark fruits

T - Rich maltiness; earthy hoppiness; bready; nicely balanced and tasty

M - Substantial, medium MF; soft carbonation

D - Easily drinkable, and built for an extended session. Tasty, and balanced

Really nice example of the style, and pretty traditional but good.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bonkers
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic, deep orange pour with a slight white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet and biscuity. It is a very sweet fest beer, lots of caramel malt, it finishes almost cloying. The flavors evolve as it warms and it is more enjoyabale. The body is medium full, light carbonation. A decent marzen, but the initial sweetness hurts the score.

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Hoffmann Oktoberfest from Climax Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.