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Rocktoberfest - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Rocktoberfest
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BA SCORE
82
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%


Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ManekiNeko on 11-04-2004)
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 14:36:05 | More by CharlesDarwin
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brewsadedotcom

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 15:51:08 | More by brewsadedotcom
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bodybyadam

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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,
Adam

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2006 03:25:25 | More by bodybyadam
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a fall seasonal on tap at Rock Bottom in downtown Cincy. Pours a light copper color with a tall white head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very subdued, but there was a slight malty character. The flavor was pretty smooth with a caramel malt character and a small bit of spiciness. This is a good Oktoberfest, but not the best I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2004 16:45:13 | More by clvand0
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Umbra

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2008 18:47:54 | More by Umbra
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2006 01:24:08 | More by Backer2004
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2007 11:54:19 | More by treehugger02010
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fall seasonal at the Rock Bottom Cinicinnati. It is made with other fall seasonals to coincide with Octoberfest Zinzinnati. This beer came with a nice slightly off-white head atop a light copper body. The nose was quite restrained with the flavor being a bit on the spicy side. The beer has a good sense of substance on mouthfeel and is easy to drink in volume. Overall a good competitor to the Barrel House Marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2004 22:23:38 | More by AtLagerHeads
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2006 01:08:04 | More by granger10
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2007 03:57:58 | More by MrMcGibblets
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 20:09:22 | More by jsprain1
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at, RB Chicago. Looks like even the corporate standard beers at RB can be goosed by the individual brewmasters, because Pete Crowley’s 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! There’s 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 it’s a better beer for it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2005 13:58:07 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2006 03:08:47 | More by russpowell
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 19:29:45 | More by Rifugium
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 01:19:23 | More by Cylinsier
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 20:45:47 | More by AgentZero
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2009 11:51:32 | More by Kegatron
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Ezekiel81923

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 21:19:56 | More by Ezekiel81923
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2008 22:25:43 | More by Biscuit033
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 4283 Wilson Blvd. (Ballston Common Mall), Arlington

09-16-2005 15:10:40 | More by Rootdog316
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: Clear dark reddish orange topped by a yellowed white head. Quickly recedes to a layer of foam which left decent sheets of lace.

Smell: Toasted bread malt aromas with just a hint of hops to keep it interesting.

Taste: Sweet and toasted bready malts. Mildly fruity and rather caramelly overall. Kiss of noble hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightish medium body, more filling than a pils/kolsch, but not as heavy as a bock. Just right.

Drinkability: A respectably Americanized marzen. A few liters? Sign me up. Went well with the meat and cheese platter.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 4283 Wilson Blvd. (Ballston Common Mall), Arlington

11-04-2004 22:31:03 | More by ManekiNeko
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Redrover

Illinois

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 4283 Wilson Blvd. (Ballston Common Mall), Arlington

09-26-2006 19:13:51 | More by Redrover
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 4283 Wilson Blvd. (Ballston Common Mall), Arlington

10-08-2007 02:59:41 | More by rhoadsrage
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 401 North Tryon Street, Charlotte

09-28-2010 17:20:07 | More by Onenote81
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arizcards

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dined in recently at the Arrowhead RB. Had a sample of the Rocktoberfest and thought it was worth a growler.

This brownish brew poured a head that did not last long. This is a very sweet smelling brew. Taste is dominated by the sweet malts with a toffee like dry finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than normal for this style but it awoke the palate quite nicely. Overall drinkability is good. Brewer Jeff Yade did a nice job with making this drinkable for me as this style is not one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 401 North Tryon Street, Charlotte

10-03-2004 13:15:12 | More by arizcards
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Rocktoberfest from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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