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Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager - Ninkasi Brewing Company

Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style LagerOktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%

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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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.

Serving type: can

12-19-2013 05:37:08 | More by mactrail
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:59:21 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Fatehunter


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 00:22:22 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of vkv822


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 08:11:39 | More by vkv822
Photo of Hoptometrist


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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 04:23:29 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of artoolemomo


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Photo of hopsbreath


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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
Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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