1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oktoberfest Lager - Barrel House Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

15 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barrel House Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chilidog on 09-02-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Puddleglum:
Photo of Puddleglum
Puddleglum

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +19.7%

Had this at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, the 2nd largest Oktoberfest behind the Munich original. Thankfully there was a lot of competition this year for great ale and lager. I remember a few years ago when Barrelhouse was the sole banner holder for good, craft Cincinnati beer at this festival.

Appearance was a nice deep caramel with a substantial head that the server poured off most of to give me more beer for the buck ($5 bucks).

Smell was a sweet dark malt with an almost cascade hops faintly on the back of it.

The taste was a wonderful sweet worty malt with just a hint of hops

Mouthfeel was nice and sweet as well with very little cloying.

This is about as drinkable as an Oktoberfest with and ABV of 6.2% is going to get but that's not all that quaffable.

Well done Barrelhouse.

09-21-2009 20:11:09 | More by Puddleglum
More User Reviews:
Photo of pwoods
pwoods

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +29.6%

22oz. brown bomber poured into a mug. Notes.

A: Pours a bright amber with great clarity. Two plus fingers of wheaty head with good retention and lacing.

S: Crisp, clean grainy malts. Lightly toasty and nutty. Sweet. A touch of floral hops. Some light yeasty character.

T/M: Malts are very clean. More of teh grain and nuttiness. Pleasant sweet. Hops round things out. Body is medium with crisp carbonation.

D: Good, crisp lager.

10-30-2009 00:16:14 | More by pwoods
Photo of beveritt
beveritt

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -21.7%

Presentation: Arrived in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 finger of off-white head. Settles to a thin coating, leaving nice lacing. Beer is copper colored and clear.

Smell: Semi-sweet caramel malt with grassy hops.

Taste: Very slight caramel malt, but grassy hops dominate.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Alright, but more like a light lager with some malts thrown in for color than a full bodied Oktoberfest.

09-23-2008 01:16:33 | More by beveritt
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +13%

22 oz. bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a shiny copper color with an inch off-white head. The head fizzles away quickly, but there's a good amount of lacing. It smells like caramel malt, with a bit of grassy hops. The aroma is mainly sweet. The taste is mostly caramel and toasted malt, toffee, with some earth/grassy hops too. Mouthfeel is light/medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a decent beer, perfect for this time of year. Recommended.

09-11-2007 00:02:09 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -31%

I picked this one up along with the rest of the Barrelhouse brews when I was in Ohio. Now it is a few
months old right now, but has been refrigerator kept since it was purchased, so should not be an issue
as far as quality, or one would hope. The pour was decent with very good clarity coming out of this
one. A bright pumpkin colored orange liquid was in front of m e with a decent two finger head of white
fizzy foam which sank back down inside to nothing after a couple minutes. Some nice carbonation, but
unfortunately no side glass lace what so ever.

The aroma was ok, but slightly off to be honest. I would expect tons of malt in an Oktoberfest beer,
unfortunate this one just did not do it for me. The smell was muddled, with caramel being stale and
coating some sort of off fruit taste underneath of it, very odd. A musty aroma overall with some sour
fruit notes that should not be there. The whole thing was turning into a bit of a mess. Then I took a
sip of it, not sure what is going on here, but it was like uber spiced up with something. There were
hints of all spice, sour yeast notes, lots of musty grains, just flat out bad. It hurts me to say it,
but it was just not very good. Decent Mouthfeel as the carbonation was more then decent and the light
feel was complimentary of the style. I did finish the bottle, but very reluctantly as there was just
not a very good flavor to it at all. It was almost a drain poor, very close to it.

Overall I would definitely steer clear of this in the future. Maybe it was an off batch as the rest of
the stuff I have had from them has been pretty decent, but this was just the pits. Sorry Barrelhouse,
you did not win me over with this one.

05-15-2008 01:25:41 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of FtownThrowDown
FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a dark amber in color. Only a slight frothy head forms on the pour. It quickly recedes to nothing. Smell is all malts. There are a good amoun of hops in the taste. Also some good toffee and spice as well. Decent mouthfeel and very easy drinking.

09-10-2008 23:44:58 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of jushoppy2beer
jushoppy2beer

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +22.3%

Nice tea color with a nice finger-thick head that leaves a transitory lacing. Very pleasant caramel malt nose leads into a smooth medium-full mouth that tastes of sweet malt on the palate. The perfect modestly bitter finish and lingering hop aftertaste are exquisite. This is a great classic Marzen, a bit more hoppy than some, but one of the best I've tasted.

10-31-2008 22:32:02 | More by jushoppy2beer
Photo of beachbum1975
beachbum1975

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%

Grabbed a bottle of this at Jungle Jim's to celebrate Oktoberfest here in Zincinnati - enjoyed on Halloween, while walking the kiddos around the neighborhood.

A: Pours a cloudy, orange/brown with an off-white, 1/2 inch head.

S: Earthy hops, sweet caramel, and sweet lactose sugars.

T/M: Light to medium bodied and medium flavoring with low carbonation on the mouthfeel. Tastes of sweet caramel, earthy hops and light spices.

D: Nice example for it's style, but not a favorite of mine...

10-31-2008 23:57:38 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of blakesell
blakesell

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Pilsner style glass.

Appearance- A rich golden amber with a full head of foam that slowly dissapates leaving lacing on the glass.

Smell- Toasted bread with a hoppy backbone. Light malts, vienna and munich primarily. A light sweetness like honey lingers in the background.

Taste- Slightly sour, the beer already seems like it's slightly past it's prime. Formerly toasty maltiness really takes a backburner on this particular bottle. Previous BH Oktoberfest's I've had were much nicer. Malt presence is still there, but this beer is over and better had fresh or on tap.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and somewhat cloying. Creaminess still persists.

Drinkability- In a perfect world where this beer would have stayed good, this beer would have much higher drinkability, but now it's just a shade up from a drain pour.

12-29-2007 20:13:25 | More by blakesell
Photo of mwa423
mwa423

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

A - Beautiful clear and dark brown with a two finger head that dies down to a small head with lacing all the way around the glass

S - Earthy, not like any other Oktoberfest I have ever tried

T - very malty and earthy with hints of caramel and nutmeg.

M - Very smooth mouthfeel

12-06-2008 23:48:39 | More by mwa423
Photo of chilidog
chilidog

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%

This 07 october offering now available in 22 oz.bottles, re-vamped recipe and kicked up abv. at over 6%.

It pours a rich bronze copper color. A smaller than expected off-white/tan head. Some lace to be had, though it disapates quickly. The body on the beer seams alittle on the thin side though it carries the flavors well.

The aroma is malty sweet with a hint of grass and earth

The taste is about the same with more hipe on flavor. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee with a sour hop tartness towards the finish. Alittle alcohol can be noted around mid taste but not overpowering.

With that said, drinkability is good. The beer is smooth and drinkable though note the abv. Still alittle thin for some O-fests but the rich flavors make this a well suited fall offering.

09-02-2007 15:11:52 | More by chilidog
Photo of Natural510
Natural510

Ohio

2.17/5  rDev -37.1%

Pours from 22oz bomber a light amber-copper with thick head which dissipates into a half-inch floating on the top of the stein.
Smells of subtle sweet malts & toffee. Not overly rich, but inviting nonetheless.
By the scent I expected a sweet malt-bath, instead the first taste is the very sharp, tangy bitterness of grapefruit. Very sour, and while the malts come through a bit for balance, it doesn't quite make up for the acidity. I'm not sure if this means it is past its due date (none is listed), but I can't imagine a beer would go taste this unbalanced in 9 months or less.
The tartness is sharp in the mouth, although not exactly what I expect from a mar zen.

Overall, I was disappointed. Okt/marzen is one of my favorite styles, but this one doesn't do it justice. Should be much sweeter and less sour; I think this is a case of trying too hard to be distinguishable.
Nonetheless, it is a local brewery so I will probably try one of their other styles in the future.

06-05-2008 05:51:11 | More by Natural510
Photo of JDK
JDK

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +27%

Pours a light amber color with a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared but it did maintain a medium lacing troughout.
Smells of hops and spices and the taste reflects the same
Comes in a 22oz bottle that cost a whopping $4.95. While it is a decent Oktoberfest brew, it's a little too pricey for me. $10.95 for 4 Dogfish Head Punks are expensive but a much better beer and most other good beers are even less.

09-11-2008 22:51:43 | More by JDK
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Glossy dark orange with a significant (and beautiful) reddish tint. As always, sunshine gives the beer a gorgeous glow. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a good looking cap of pale orange-ecru that is tacky enough to form foam bridges with the sides of the glass. What else could one possibly want in an Oktoberfest?

This is one of the better noses on a beer of this style that I can remember. It's well-toasted malty, sweeter than most and is lusciously toffee-like. My guess is that the brewers laid off the Munich malt, to some extent, in favor of caramel malt. Good for them.

My enthusiasm has begun leaking away now that beer has contacted taste buds. The caramel sweetness noted in the nose is present on the palate, but not nearly to the same extent. Also, there's now an unripe fruity sourness that is out of place in an Oktoberfest. Thankfully, it doesn't pull the entire flavor profile down around it. Not completely, anyway.

Speaking of the flavor profile, it consists of oranges and lemons soaked in watered-down caramel. There isn't a great deal of complexity here. Nor is there much maltiness, either in terms of the taste or the mouthfeel. Where's the earthiness, the baked barley flavor, the nuttiness of a good Oktoberfest? I might have to whittle away at the flavor score yet again.

Given the fact that it's a lager and given the ABV, the mouthfeel is acceptable. It's obvious, however, that the brewery didn't break the bank when it came time to purchase the malt. Oktoberfests are all about the malt, aren't they? Too thin, boys. Too thin.

Barrel House Oktoberfest Lager started out like a house on fire, but couldn't maintain the rosy glow once it came to the attributes that I care about (the final three). I expected much more from what many people consider to be the best brewery in Cincinnati; a city that has a long, storied history and a tradition of brewing good, German-style beer.

10-07-2007 15:35:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of sleazo
sleazo

New York

3.33/5  rDev -3.5%

The Thursday night tour of Ohio Brews continues.

A_Pours a beautiful copper/bronze hue with a fluffy off white head. Retention and lacing are excellent. This is what I like to see in the style.

S_The aroma is fairly mild with bits of malt poking through here and some noble hop aromas there.

T_Rather rich and malty. Mostly of light hay with some caramel thrown in. The hops come through in a mildy bitter aftertaste. The flavour does fade rather quickly.

M_Slightly creamy body with a soft carbonation.

D_A decent but not great Oktoberfest. Goes down smoothly but the richer malt flavours I look for in the style or only vaguely present.

10-24-2008 02:03:48 | More by sleazo
Oktoberfest Lager from Barrel House Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.