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Dark Horse Octoberfest - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Octoberfest
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
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:
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(Beer added by: proc on 09-09-2002)
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Reviews by jcalabre:
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jcalabre, Oct 17, 2003
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

nortmand, Oct 22, 2004
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Photo of marburg
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

marburg, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

xnicknj, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

proc, Sep 09, 2002
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VaTechPhilly, Sep 30, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

jbierling, Sep 19, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

alexgash, Oct 23, 2007
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Dark Horse Octoberfest from Dark Horse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.