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Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: prototypic on 11-10-2012)
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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoppin' Frog's Oktoberfest ("Froggy Style") Lager fits the bill for harvest celebrations; its auburn-amber colour and soft golden highlights are reminiscent of autumnal foliage and the dwindling sun. As for head, things *sounded* promising at first - a sea of bubbles crackled like bacon hitting a hot pan, but sizzled out before building anything of substance.

Like most German lagers this one really earns its money on the palate and, while it likely won't floor you with its aroma, it certainly smells like something I could drink by the Maß. It has a simple but rich maltiness that hints at toasted grain husks and nuts, and contains just a trace of maple fudge-like sweetness. It's polka music to my ears... err, nose.

The difference between a "Froggy Style" Oktoberfest and the traditional Bavarian one is easy to quantify: about a percent and a half alcohol. At 7.3%, this practically qualifies for the weight class above the one Märzens typically clock in at. Not all the additional strength is hidden; alcohol esters are sensed where normally they are not. Drinkability, however, suffers little.

Qualitative differences also separate this American rendition from its European precursors. The recipe uses more than just pale malt, as the deep amber complexion attests. As result, there's more nutty, toffee-like sweetness in place of that simple Helles Lager breadiness. This makes it a little more interesting and a little less mindless - good or bad, depending on your motive.

Hoppin' Frog offers much the same level of continuity and quality with their beers as many of the iconic German brewers. Granted, their Oktoberfest is a little different from theirs (read: stronger, nuttier) but it offers the similar poise between social drinkability and substantial flavour. Overall, it's a fine candidate for all your 'Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Hoi Hoi Hoi' needs.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half liter krug, beautiful jet stream carbonation flowing, big deep crimson amber body filtered thus far with a big khaki light tan head. Aroma has big cereal grains, big bready caramelized malt sugars dark fruit notes, this is a higher alcohol version of Oktoberfest hints of mild plum and other over ripened fruits going on. Flavor equates to big malty layered complex malts that I can't get enough of, hidden alcohol...jacked up fruity notes not usually found in a lager beer but this one is froggy style at 7.3% abv definitely cranked up a few notches from your average fall seasonal beer. Mouthfeel is still easy to drink amazingly with all of the malts and extra alcohol I still want to gulp this beer be careful with the drinkability of this German inspired big American classic. Overall I'm happy with this malty offering from a typical big stout, IPA, porter brewmaster like Fred Karm...I can't wait to try the Karminator.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The body is a pure amber caramel color. A tan colored head recedes quickly to a fine wisp, little or no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with malt richness, slightly spicy, and a faint cherry fruitiness is also there.

The taste mimics the aroma only with a delicious malt body and a dry rye type of flavor the sits under the spiciness and touch of cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry, slightly creamy.

Overall, another exceptional brew from Hoppin' Frog. I love this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a mostly clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, the brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, grassy hops and some herbs. Luckily the taste has more kick to it. It tastes like toasted and grainy malt, caramel, grassy hops, nuts, and some herbalness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I think it's a good enough Oktoberfest beer, definitely worth a try. $7.99 a bottle.

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Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.