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Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style LagerOktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-06-2013)
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3.96/5  rDev +5.3%

MJSJr, Sep 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

NotDarkEnough, Sep 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

rab53, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

gnaztee, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SJbigtuna, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

unconventional take on oktoberfest beer here, this isnt a marzen. its in the dortmunder style, and i like it a whole lot more than others ive had (great lakes flavorless brew comes to mind). this is crystal clear, i mean totally transparently barley yellow golden, with mellow bubbles rising up into a half inch of snow white head. airy and light. the nose is slightly sweet german malt, but its too light and delicate to be sugary, and the lager yeast is there with a biscuit doughy character, dry too. the flavor is just like the nose, with an almost cream ale middle to it, before the lager yeast gets established. i have never had a beer like this, its so light but not bland in the least, and while im not sure about its applicability in the fall, octoberfest is in september anyway, and thats still mostly summer, so rock on ninkasi for making an in season seasonal (increasingly uncommon). supremely refreshing beer, something id like to share with my molson drinking father, this is a conversion or gateway beer for sure. mass appeal, mass deliciousness. ill buy this if it comes around this season.

StonedTrippin, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

shaunofthedead, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A Dortmund-style lager from the Prismatic lager series. Poured into a Fullers pint. The foam is actually rather lively. Pale golden color. A faint skunk and funk aroma. Extremely light body.

I have to say that this tastes European, and I don't mean that in a complimentary way. It has that odd skunky sort of hop flavor that seems to evaporate into a flat malty stew. After some sipping it does improve and seems more like a Pilsener that has lost its way. There is a pleasant aftertaste of resiny hops with a perfumey hop hint. A little sweetness threads through the pale maltiness. Rather thin and sharp.

I try new Ninkasi beers with a sense of expectation, but for some reason or another I am usually hoping for something more interesting. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

mactrail, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

MichaelBigbone, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another generous gift from my brother out in Oregon.

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Ninkasi's Oktoberfest is a very pale yellow color with good clarity and thin white head.

Aroma is sweet and malty, mild with a pilsner quality to it. Very little in the way of hops.

Flavor is also mild but well balanced. Pale malts and slightly spicy hops contribute to a subtle lager yeast backbone.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. Balanced and easy drinking.

Overall a good Oktoberfest and another solid brew from Ninkasi.

GilGarp, Nov 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

bernat1971, Oct 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

tjcamm, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jeffeljefe, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

notchucknorris, Oct 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

bholby87, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MattSlem, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Beerme5, Oct 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

dertyd, Oct 06, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Clear golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Grassy, lightly spicey hops well balanced with grainy, slightly sweet, bready pilsner malts.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation.

Well done for the style. Subtle, delicate hop and malt complexities that can be missed if one doesn't take the time to appreciate them.

vkv822, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

WBMiller, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Braz, Sep 30, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Poured a very clear and pale golden color, tons of streaming carbonation, fluffy bright white head that left some webbed lacing.

S- Big fresh floral, grassy, and pilsner malt notes. Cracker and biscuit malt notes, some lemon notes and slightly peppery.

T- Big grainy, peppery, and pilsner malt character. Some lemon, floral, and grassy notes, slight cracker malt notes.

M- Pretty crisp, mostly dry, refreshing, prickly carbonation, and lighter bodied.

O- Very fresh aroma and fresh tasting dortmunder. Spot on for the style and well balanced among the hops and malts.

Hoptometrist, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

powdersoldier, Sep 22, 2013
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Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.