Rocktoberfest - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by granger10:
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
Kind of a darker copperish color with a smallish white head that forms a small line above the liquid. Lots of lacing though. Smell is malty and sweet with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is grainy and somewhat husky in body. Body is a bit thin but not watery. A bit sweeter than I usually like but also a bit more bitter from the hops than I'd expect. They counter each other decently. Finish is dry with a touch of lingering earthy, fruity hoppiness. Overall this is still mostly sweet and grainy. A decent offering but that's about as far as I'd go.
10-17-2006 01:08:04 | More by granger10
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4/5 rDev +10.5%
On tap at the brewpub in Minneapolis, MN. Served in a stein glass.
Appearance: Color is a deep and clear amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. About two fingers of off white head which fade into a thin layer. Lacing on the glass is moderate.
Smell: Bready and fairly sweet malts up front. Big hints of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Some grains and earthy hops with a light hint of pepper spices and butterscotch. Very forward with the toasted caramel. Also a little bit grassy with a hint of alcohol.
Taste: Like the scent previews, a very malt forward taste with lots of caramel. Toasted malts up front with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grass, buttered toast, and some pepper. Moderate earthy hop presence. Fairly sweet up front but has a dryness that lingers in the aftertaste. A pretty solid Marzen taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth with a pretty drying finish.
Overall: A pretty solid take on the Marzen style. A nice caramel foreword beer.
09-26-2012 23:59:38 | More by MattyG85
3.8/5 rDev +5%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a warm brown clear body with a thin light tan head that last for a good bit fading to a thick ring of foam. There is a good carbonation of big bubbles.
S- The smell of dry lightly toasted malt comes through with some pale malt aromas increasing as the beer warms. A light biscuit hint is in the background.
T- The taste of dry lightly toasted malt has some darker toasted malt hints and a nice nutty quality with some biscuit malt flavors round out the flavor. There is a light green hop hint at the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz that cleans the finish.
D- This beer has some nice complexity in the malt bill but it is still light and not that interesting. It was nice for a glass but I don’t think I could handle several liters of this brew.
10-08-2007 02:59:41 | More by rhoadsrage
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
Rock Bottom's seasonal Rocktoberfest is advertised as an authentic German-style Marzen. While it's not a Marzen (lagered over the summer), it is an authentic Oktoberfest beer!
Its foamy off-white head rests lazily, slowly receeding in height over its ruby-orange copper body. It's clear; and brass and gold highlights can be seen along the sides of the glass. Many fine bubbles are visible rising quickly to take their place in que beneath the head. The retention is excellent, and it leaves sheets of clinging lacing about the glass.
The nose is toasty and 'juicy' sweet due to its Vienna malts, with a light touch of floral hops as accent.
The body is solidly medium and it's creamy in the mouth despite its somewhat effervescent appearance.
Bready, gently sweet and mildly caramelish toasted malt dominates the flavor up-front but soon reveals its balancing bitterness and a delicate hop flavor. It finishes dry with a flash of doughy, toasted malt and some residual hop spiciness.
It's quite nice, and the version at the King of Prussia, PA location is exceptionally good this year!
10-04-2005 10:41:24 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured dark amber with a fizzy quickly diminishing head. Aroma of sweet grains, some malt bread toastyness. Flavor is sweet fruity, berry, carmel, middle is roasty malt, with some hop freshness in the finish. Body was a little thin, but not bad all around.
09-16-2005 15:10:40 | More by Rootdog316
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Enjoyed at, RB Chicago. Looks like even the corporate standard beers at RB can be goosed by the individual brewmasters, because Pete Crowleys Chicago version was pretty good. A thin amber head with a bit of lacing over a deep brown body that matches the hennessy bottle on the back bar. Dag! Theres some malts to this! Rich and caramelly, almost like a low-alcohol barley wine. Germanic hops only become noticable toward the end of the glass. This puts it way off standards for the Okto style, but its a better beer for it.
08-18-2005 13:58:07 | More by DrunkMcDermott
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Pouresd bronze with 3/4" white head. Good lacing & average head retention
S: Slight malt, but not much
T: Nice malt profile up front, then some floral hops. Finishes slightly fruitty with a little floral hop kick at the end
MF: Medium bodied with good balance & carbonation
This wasn't a bad marzen, went down easy, but expected a little more from this. Still better than most of the regular rotation here
09-20-2006 03:08:47 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
On tap @ the brewpub on 10/11/09. Served in a mug.
Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin covering of brite-white head. Solid foamy retention, yields some nice looking rich swathes of lace. The aroma leaves a good bit of spicy dryness in the nose. Some heavier bready sweetness rises up underneath, mixing with some citrus to impart a sticky tang in the nose.
Once again, the taste is strong with a peppery bitterness, that REALLY gives this a zippy firmness in the mouth. Sweet bready malt character starts on the outside and then pulls together in the back, helping balance this out some. Make no mistake though, this is VERY drying in the mouth. A bit too much I'm afraid. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp crispness which matches that assertive hop profile. Pretty smooth overall in the mouth.
This was a decent American take on an O-Fest that unfortunately relied a little too much on the Noble hops. This was probably one of thee driest versions of this style that I've every had. While this was distracting, luckily it didn't kill the drinkibility, thanks to a solid easy drinking body and feel. This is definitely worth a look, but I was ready to move onto to something else after it.
10-13-2009 11:51:32 | More by Kegatron
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Reviewed in 2004, but put it for wrong Rock Bottom:
I still have not understood the defintiion of an Octoberfest and have difficulty comparing them. This one that was offered with a flight of all the beers Rock Bottom. Of the seven, I would probably recommend this one due to its limited release. Nice amber/copper color with little carbonation or lacing. Sparkles in the mouth. A bit difficult to define any certain scent. Enjoyable taste.
09-25-2006 01:24:08 | More by Backer2004
2.85/5 rDev -21.3%
Originally reviewed September 17, 2004. On tap at the Big Lake Brewfest. Cascade rich aroma. Clear burnt-sienna orange pour. Cascade hops is all I taste. Finish is hop dry. This is horrible for the style. What the hell are all these hops doing in here? I was certain this was an APA, not an Oktoberfest.
08-13-2006 14:36:05 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance - Amber color with nice dense head.
Smell - Nose is of grain and malt. Very clean.
Taste - Again very clean and complex with a maple and an almost a spice-pumpkin flavor. Rich but clean particularly in the finish. Malt is present but not dominant. Minerality present as well. Well done. Note: A lot of oktobers are going to be maltier but I believe that the brewer's style is to go lean with most of his beers.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Both are high. Weight was enjoyable along with the balanced flavor between richness, cleaness and minerality.
09-20-2008 12:56:41 | More by Chinon01
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Thiss pours a ruby reddish brown in color, and while it is not the typical color of an Octoberfest brew, it is a beautful looking beer. There is a small white head which dissipates quickly yet leaves substantial lacing on the glass. The smell is a pleasant fruity malty one and the taste is everything the smell promises, with a nice fruity maltiness and a substantial caramel presence. There is no hop bitterness to speak of. The mouthfeel is rich without being syrupy. This is what I hope a German Octoberfest would taste like. A nice effort.
09-28-2006 05:24:29 | More by edbeered
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
On-tap at the brewpub the last few weeks. Good to see a nice, malty beer up on the chalkboard.
Appearance: Deep amber color from all the malt. Nice white head that produces decent lacing.
Smell: Bready, sweet caramel malt aroma's mostly. Some spiciness and a bit of citrus hop aroma's add some zing.
Taste: Some bready malts with some dry spiciness. Maple flavors come through a little and the citrus from the nose is in there as well which adds a good hop balance.
Mouthfeel: Very dry, but medium bodied and pretty smooth.
Drinkability: Pretty good. I'd have a couple of these if Prussia's Pride wasn't so good. The dryness is a bit of a deterrent though.
Solid Ocktoberfest, appreciated by most.
10-14-2009 21:19:56 | More by Ezekiel81923
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
Tan amber brew with a white fingerful of head. Served in a pint glass at the spot of the King of Prussia Mall.
Caramel malts on the nose. The same with the flavor, with some muted alcohol and pepper. Mouthfeel was medium with some lingering sweetness.
Worth having a few while watching the Phillies mop up the competition.
10-28-2008 18:47:54 | More by Umbra
Rocktoberfest from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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