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Dark Horse Octoberfest - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Octoberfest
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19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: proc on 09-09-2002)
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Reviews by jcalabre:
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

This is definitely a beer that you don't drink straight from the fridge. Give it 10 minutes or so to warm up.
It pours a murky brownish color with a small head.
The aroma is sweet and malty. This brew is medium bodied.
Personally, I prefer the appearance of a filtered O'fest, but the flavors on this puppy are hard to dispute. Pretty nice.

10-17-2003 02:40:23 | More by jcalabre
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-30-2013 02:54:31 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours dark amber-brown, with a tawny head.
Decent, yo guessed it, roasted smell, not unlike other Dark Horse beers. Also, sweet background notes and subtle hop overtones.
Very sweet flavor. WOW! Almost overpoweringly sweet. The roast quality also comes through in the flavor.
Smooth and moderately carbonated, but the sweetness hurts the overall drinkability.
Overall a solid beer, in a hard to make category. My first experience with a Dark Horse lager, and hopefully not my last.

10-22-2004 14:33:19 | More by nortmand
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-07-2012 23:32:41 | More by PaBeerLover
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-14-2014 15:16:42 | More by tommy5
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

10-11-2013 21:21:08 | More by Dreamer
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-30-2012 05:10:42 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-20-2013 14:06:56 | More by avschmitt
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-26-2012 02:28:41 | More by MacStinson
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2011 11:39:51 | More by wingedeel
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4/5  rDev +5%

09-21-2013 15:22:21 | More by JohnnieNepal
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Deep, rich shades of dark a red-brown, darker-than-dirty-copper hue. Eggwhite/cream colored head forms with some sturdiness. Not amazing retention. Surprisingly unfiltered. For a craft brewer who seems to focus a lot more on ales, this isn't too surprising, but it's a bit odd for the style.

Aroma is bit light -- slightly fruity. I thought I was picking up sweetness from the malt, but I think this is really a floral hop presence.

Begins with a fleeting sweetness that runs and ducks for cover before this rather unexpected hop bomb explodes in your mouth. Someone mixed the IPA into the Oktoberfest in Marshall, MI this year. Finishes awfully bitter for an Oktoberfest brew, really. Tasty for sure -- but a bit odd, frankly. Hops tip the balance a bit too far towards bitter. Not light like a pale ale, this one sits in your gut a bit. But it's very drinkable, especially if you don't mind a little excess palate cleansing.

10-24-2003 19:59:29 | More by marburg
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

on tap at irish pol in philly

Pours a hazed burnt caramel color, white head fades with plenty of cloudy film, leaving a few rings of lacing on the glass.

Leafy hops in the nose, plenty of bready tones with toffee and caramel. A little sweet, but very seasonal and inviting.

Nice layering of toasted malts up front. Caramel and toffee with faint syrup sweetness. Roasty before a slightly bitter hop finish.

Medium body, milder carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. Drinks really nicely and tastes like the season, seems fairly simple but pretty delicious.

09-27-2011 14:49:48 | More by xnicknj
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4/5  rDev +5%

A delicious offering from a small Michigan brewer. My first O-fest of the season. Pours out to a dark amber with a malty aroma. Taste is that of rich malt with more hop presence than I was expecting. Tasty.

09-09-2002 09:58:39 | More by proc
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-30-2012 21:26:11 | More by VaTechPhilly
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

Appearance: Dark deep orange color.

Smell: Pleasant. Sweet.

Taste: Strong "Oberon".

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pumpkiny seasonal fun. Much better than the big boy "Ocktoberfests". Too bad its seasonal.

Serving type: Draft

09-19-2012 02:29:29 | More by jbierling
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Found this bottle at Main Street Party Store, by itself, so I have no idea how old it is. Pours a dark shoe leather brown with coppery edges and little bits of particulate, hmmm... Solid, dense cushion of light sandy brown head with flecks of dark brown particulate, hmmmm... Aromas of milk chocolate, toasted hazelnuts, marshmallows (Smores?), and tobacco. Interesting. Big malty flavors up front. Almost Scotch ale-like. Sweet stewed fruits, caramel rolls, cookie dough, and a peaty earthiness. Toasted edge throughout. Mild hop spiciness in the finish. Malt sweetness and complexity suggest a higher abv than your average marzen. Full-bodied, chewy feel with a creamy finish. If this is old it has held up amazingly well!

10-23-2007 22:20:53 | More by alexgash
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4.88/5  rDev +28.1%

Dark horse has done it again! They have defied odds and have released their standard oktoberfest which weighs in at 8% abv! You wouldn't be able to tell by the taste though. It is as smooth as Sam Adams. Very pleasant carmel and biscuit flavors with a somewhat dry and criisp finish.

11-07-2011 18:26:37 | More by paxtonthegreat
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Review from notes taken 10 15 09, poured from tap at the brewery.

A Medium brown head over a medium brown but translucent, somewhat orange body. Good lacing as well on the glass. 4.0

S Minimal smell. 2.5

T Nice hops, malt balance, spices too in good perspective. Excellent Oktoberfest, finally an Oktoberfest that has the balls to go for a big taste. 4.5

M Thick, syrupy stickiness, luxuriously smooth feel. 4.5

D Good, as evidenced by the several people that entered the brewery and ordered Oktoberfest.

10-20-2009 02:30:33 | More by adamette
Dark Horse Octoberfest from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.