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Rocktoberfest - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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2/5  rDev -44.6%

DeadGuyRyan, Nov 06, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 13, 2006
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

falconxman, Oct 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

brewsadedotcom, Nov 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

ccozzi, May 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

djrn2, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of bodybyadam
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

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,

bodybyadam, Nov 23, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

acurtis, Oct 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Robloc303, Tuesday at 02:03 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Twal, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

t0rin0, Dec 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Umbra, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of clvand0
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

clvand0, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

Backer2004, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

treehugger02010, Oct 04, 2007
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

granger10, Oct 17, 2006
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

jsprain1, Sep 17, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

MrMcGibblets, Sep 20, 2007
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 19, 2004
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

GameOfBeers, Yesterday at 01:45 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Griffith, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

DrunkMcDermott, Aug 18, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -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

russpowell, Sep 20, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

stampfler07, Nov 02, 2013
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Rocktoberfest from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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