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Oktoberfest Lager - Skagit River Brewery

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Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager

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Ratings: 5
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: RoyalT on 01-13-2004)
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Reviews by Thrasher:
Photo of Thrasher
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huntsman Oktoberfest pours a deep mahogany with a huge big-bubbled head. Once the head subsides it's a good-looking beer. Aroma has the malts bolstered by the yeast for some interesting graham cracker and bread crust flavors. It's a very "wet" beer, a suitable beer for the fall season. It's pumpkin-y, in a way. The German short-haired pointer on the label adds to the mood.

This is ok, with some appealing elements blunted by some blurry malt flavors, a bit too much yeast, and the absence of a definitive finish. Hops are invisible to me for the most part, although the beer never overreaches into unbearable sweetness territory. It's an interesting stab at the Oktoberfest style but it doesn't really fit the style. It may be best to think of it as an unfiltered amber lager - and a British-styled one at that, if such a thing exists. Outside of stylistic guidelines, it's wholly enjoyable on its own merits.

Thrasher, Apr 19, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – The super-shooter head flew out of the bottle as soon as I popped the top (I hate that). The body itself is orange and very dark for an Oktoberfest.

Smell – Extremely musty to the extent that it is difficult picking out the rest of the aroma. I think there’s a light malt base in there, but there are also some strange sour notes.

Taste – This is sour city. I can taste the malt base, but just barely. I don’t know what in the hell they are doing with this ale.

Mouthfeel – This was like sucking on a lemon.

Sinkability – It usually helps if you’ve at least tasted a particular beer style before you try brewing it.

RoyalT, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of bcm119
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Deep reddish amber colored with a thin tan head. Aromas of fruity, sweetish malt. Caramel malt nose, with a slightly spicy hop bitterness, with a dull finish. Flavors are non-descript and very un-German-like, and I wouldn't have guessed this was a lager. If anything it tasted like a slightly sticky ESB with American hops, but without any very interesting flavors. Banal.

bcm119, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Attractive orange amber color but rather shy on carbonation. After a splash of foam, just a few wisps of lacing in the Het Kapittel chalice. Less sweet than a lot of these Marzens but just enough malt to give it some substance.

Quite pleasant tasting, but there is a lot of competition just this year in American versions of the style. A bitter edge adds to the balance but is quite in keeping with the Oktoberfest style. From the 32 oz growler purchased at the brewery restaurant in Mt. Vernon.

mactrail, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of RJLarse
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bomber of Skagit Huntsman Oktoberfest at an upscale grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a mug.

Pours a rich redish/brown color and is clear. A one-finger bubbly off-white head forms, and is resilient, leaving moderate lacing on the sides of the mug.

The smell is rather faint and sweet. There is a malted grain aroma, and some fruity fragrances like apples and pears.

The taste is sweet and flavorful, with a little smokey caramel flavor, and some sweet fruit. There is an acerbic bite and a mildly bitter and sharp hop finish.

The mouth feel is sharp and a little cloying

This is a drinkable beer, and a good representation of the style. I would have Huntsman Oktoberfest again, especially in the fall.

RJLarse, Oct 01, 2006
Oktoberfest Lager from Skagit River Brewery
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