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Rocktoberfest - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 09-19-2004

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Photo of Reneejane
4.88/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This review is off the 2015 rocktoberfest brewed at rock bottom Chicago. This is a perfect example of the style! Crisp with malt richness without inappropriate caramel malt. Noble hop aroma. Nice orange color. One of the best commercial examples!

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Photo of brewsadedotcom
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Beer was served in a pint glass at the Homestead, PA location. No head. Copper color.

S: Faint Malt Aroma, nothing overpowering.

T: Crisp malt flavor. Notable hop character. I found it to have a bit of a bubble-gummy after taste. Seemed somewhat watered down compared to other Oktoberfests I've had.

M: Carbonation was moderate. Very easy drinking.

O: This is a decent Oktoberfest but i probably wouldn't order it again at RB because I don't feel it is as good as the other beers that they normally have available.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clear orangeish color with an eggshell head.

Smells of caramel and buttered bread malts.

Light barley malt flavor with slight caramel sweetness.

Medium body with prickly carbonation over the tongue.

An average, drinkable oktoberfest, pairs pretty well with food. There are better marzens, even locally, though.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a medium brown, clear, with a one finger large bubbled head. Some lacing
S- Smell is toasty, with a little earthyness. Pretty mild on the nose.
T- The taste is a little deeper. Initially it's toasty with a little caramel and a little bit of fruityness.
M- Medium light body, medium carbonation.
O- A decent, straightforward Octoberfest beer. Enjoyable and easy drinking but could use a touch more substance to it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

Pretty good. Standard märzen. Poured a clear burnt sienna with a small white head that dissipated after not too long. Not too much in the aroma, just smooth toasty malts. Caramel malts in the taste, toasted bread, with a touch of floral hops for balance. Pretty nice. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the brewpub on 9/21/10. Reviewed from notes. This beer came out in a large mug. A dark rusty amber with a 2-finger off-white head on top. Minor lacing. Pretty basic nose. Some toasted malts and caramel.

The mouth was moderately full. Decent carbonation. Great flavors though. Smooth caramel, toffee goodness, with a hint of a hop bite on the end. Sweet malty beer here. This was a great beer for the style and season. One of the better ones I've had this fall.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour a dark, reddish amber. Small head receded to a cap that stuck around the whole time. Left big, manly looking strands of chunkly lacing on the sides.

S - Fairly mild smell. Little bready, with some caramel malts and a slight bit of hops.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells. Nice, sweet malts that taste of caramel but are not overly sweet. Nice little bit of hops at the end. Not mind-blowing, but fairly well balanced.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, a little watery. Good carbonation.

D - Surprisingly solid offering that is east to get down.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Umbra
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-amber with a one inch off-white head with moderate lacing.

S: Grainy and boozy at first then the more subtle notes of the malts arrive with caramel standing out.

T: Malts and spicy alcohol dominate this very dry beer.

M: Thinner than expected and very dry.

D: This has a lot of alcohol flavor for a beer that is about 6.2%. It is easy to quaff despite this though.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark amber/copper color with 1 finger of foamy off-white head, nice retention and ok lacing. Smells of caramel, bread, and grass. Tastes of light lemon, toasted grain, butter, bread, and caramel with an earthy and dry grass finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Sweet but also earthy, a little less smooth than most Oktoberfests, a little more dry and harsh in the finish with less sweet malts in the backbone. Easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For an Oktoberfest-style beer, this is rather good. The aroma is rather light, but the taste makes up for it. The presence of caramel hops is strong, the body is almost ideal, the dark caramel color with it's ivory foam is very enticing. Another winner from Rock Bottom.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of starofindia
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in 16oz pint glass at the 2008 release party. Not sure of the ABV.

Nice one finger head that dissipated quickly, left very little lacing. Dark reddish brown color. Very inviting.

Very malty aroma. I got hints of tobacco but more prevalent was the raisin. Subtle hop spiciness probes through the malt.

Taste was something else, boy was this malty! And refreshingly so... very nice flavor. Nice mix of specialty malts, I even got hints of chocolate??? Considerable toasty maltiness. Would have preferred some more hops to balance the malt, but was delicious nonetheless.

I'm not a good judge of mouthfeel, I guess I would say it was good. This beer could have been full-bodied, but I don't know well enough to confirm.

Very drinkable, I would certainly have another... and another.... A fine fest bier. Nicely done Bryon, Prost!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in King of Prussia, Pa. It was served in a pint glass.
Appearance: A brown borwn with a small beige head. Good retention, but it left very little and thin lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell: Very low in aroma, but what was there was a nice sweet malt.
Taste: Nice candy malt that finished very clean with just a tinge of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Uncharacteristically smooth.
Drinkability: All and all it was a pretty good brew.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was much lighter in color than expected, a clear gold/light copper with a white head. smell was of lagerish, bready malts with a hint of caramel and subtle vegetal/grassy hops. taste was a nice balance of the malt and underlying hop bitterness in the background. spritzy and well-carbonated-too much so at times, as they had problems with over carbonation in pouring beers that were all foam. when they managed to pour a proper beer, it was fine, though. a sessionable beer and i'm sure it's under 6%. good but not great overall, a decent example of the style and quite fresh, obviously.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stopped in after work to try this. The guy at the bar could only eat one of his 2-pretzel appetizer. Free pretzel! Also got to chat with Guy for a minute and he gave me a sample of the newest brew on the nitro-tap, a stout. Munching on a free pretzel, having some brews, chatting about beer, you could say I was in my element.

Appearance - an appealing amber pour out of the tap. Comes out a little too soft for any head build-up, but the barkeep smartly popped the spigot off and on to make a thin cream-colored cap.

Aroma - very soft Munich malts, biscuit and roasted elements are there but barely discernible over the somewhat smoky-smelling happy hour atmosphere.

Taste - good roasted malt presence. Appropriately sweet up front, a bit floral, turning dry with a great hop balance on the swallow. Impressive lingering of the hops, leaving an orangey, almost grapefruity finish. Good stuff. Great entry for the style. Worth a growler.

Mouthfeel - moderate to moderate/light, a good spot for it to be. Rather crisp, a good complement for the rather robust taste.

Drinkability - outstanding fall season sessional.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was their "Specialty beer" for the fall season. This was on tap and appeared a golden yellow color with 1/2" foam head. The smell had a light malt hint to it at first then that obvious Marzen character. There was that mild malt flavor with tastes to mix well with a toasty caramel into a semi-sweet finish. Decent mouthfeel to make relatively well balanced beer.

Elbows Up,

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Photo of granger10
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of edbeered
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was a nice darkish bronze with red highlights. It has a beige head and some nice lacing.

The nose is of caramel, lightly roasted malts and some slight herbal qualities.

The beer is a lighter/newer version. It has some pleasant caramel notes and a bit of almost bagel like quality. It is very fresh tasting and was easy to pair with food. The beer becomes a trifle herbal later as the hops emerge a bit from the shadows of the malt.

While the beer was served a bit to cold, it did have a fairly substantial mouth heft. This was an easy drinker just like the style should be.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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