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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

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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MichaelBigbone

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

12-10-2013 15:29:08 | More by MichaelBigbone
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice bitter noble hop background with the classic herbal notes that go with it and a long grainy finish. Beautiful crystal clear golden body with an attractive billowy head. Smells great and moderately bodied. Less malty than Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold and hoppier to boot. You know, PNW style.

Really well done and a great take on the style. I don't think I've bought multiple six packs of the same beer this year, but this'll be one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 19:27:34 | More by hopsbreath
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SB_Brewmaster

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-17-2013 01:06:44 | More by SB_Brewmaster
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bholby87

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-18-2013 05:29:22 | More by bholby87
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shaunofthedead

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

02-01-2014 04:02:22 | More by shaunofthedead
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HoppySeb

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-09-2014 19:36:48 | More by HoppySeb
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-07-2013 04:49:19 | More by Kopfschuss
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-15-2013 19:53:41 | More by twelveinches
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up the 12oz tonight at the COOP... Pours with a short lasting white head... decent cap and spotty lacing... the head could have stuck around longer IMO... The brew is polished gold.

Nose is grainy Pils malt with a bigger Noble hop presence for the style... but I would expect nothing less from a PNW brewery...

Flavor is nice malt/hop balance... a bit sweet and bitter... very drinkable... a bit of mineral presence IMO.

Light/medium body with a lighter than expected carbonation.... still very well done.

This is one of the best Stateside takes on a Dortmunder that I have probably ever had.

3.75/4/4/3.75/4

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 04:07:34 | More by JohnGalt1
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vkv822

Oregon

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 08:11:39 | More by vkv822
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up about a finger's worth of head which is quickly dissipating. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale golden straw which shows weak lemon characteristics when held up to the light. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- Pretty standard lager nose. Grain, biscuit, cereal, and cracker. A slight sweetness that hints at white grapes. A slight tartness that echoes lemon. Fairly subdued. Swirling shows some corn and cornflake.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose but even breadier. Nice warm grain and barley which becomes even richer on the finish. At the moment, this tastes like an AAL if any of those were ever vibrant and fresh. This has bright flavor profile of malt, biscuit, cereal, and even cornflake. Hops reside lightly in the background giving a little bit of mineral (chalk) and then add some spice, earth, and herb to the finish. Very nice dry finish wraps this all up quite neatly. Some light citrus notes (orange and lemon) and even some orange peel which mixes with a woody hop bitterness that starts to show in the linger. Solid beer and very good representation of the style. Some white grape that is buffeted by the slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with tons of carbonation. The extra zip works well with the finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Definitely a crisp and refreshing beer. Standard Ninkasi price of around 9 bucks a six-pack.

Overall- I am not the biggest fan of lagers but this is one I would have again. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:52:16 | More by artoolemomo
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 04:23:29 | More by Hoptometrist
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:59:21 | More by GilGarp
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Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-30-2013 01:41:44 | More by Braz
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MattSlem

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-14-2013 03:33:05 | More by MattSlem
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jeffeljefe

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-19-2013 23:18:22 | More by jeffeljefe
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notchucknorris

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-18-2013 21:51:10 | More by notchucknorris
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WBMiller

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-01-2013 00:30:52 | More by WBMiller
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powdersoldier

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-22-2013 19:23:12 | More by powdersoldier
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Beerme5

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-07-2013 16:05:42 | More by Beerme5
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 16:23:17 | More by StonedTrippin
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SJbigtuna

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-13-2014 02:14:47 | More by SJbigtuna
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice two plus finger of head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma is slightly metallic with dry grain.
The taste has a mild bitterness at first, moves to dry and moderate. There's little spice in the middle. Simple with a clean finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 00:22:22 | More by Fatehunter
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-26-2013 05:46:35 | More by largadeer
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SMITHAND

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-21-2013 19:38:55 | More by SMITHAND
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Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.