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Rocktoberfest - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rocktoberfest
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

12-21-2012 02:28:11 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.1%

10-09-2013 17:51:53 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystalline orange-amber that held more than a passing resemblance to iced tea. The oatmeal colored crown was small to start and melted to near nothing within minutes. By the time I took my second sip, there was only a partial film on the surface of the beer and almost no lace on the glass.

Even though there wasn't much depth or power in the nose, I could tell this was going to be good beer after the sniff test. It smelled like spiced brown bread with an undercurrent of fruitiness. That was pretty much how it tasted too, although it had more personality on the palate.

Rocktoberfest was impressively caramel malty on the bottom end. However, there was a whole lot else going on as well. Perhaps the best way to get to the nub of this beer, to its true essence, is to describe it as a roggenbier-marzen hybrid. It had the zesty spiciness of the former and the earthy maltiness of the latter. A delicious combination.

Comparisons to pumpernickel bread would probably be a stretch. Comparisons to toasted, fennel seed-flecked rye bread with a light dusting of cinnamon would be more appropriate. There was also an apple fruitiness that was either due to hops, or more likely, to one of this brewpub's yeast strains (a theory that I continue to expound, probably ignorantly).

I sampled both the on-tap and on-cask versions several weeks ago and decided to review this one due to the superior mouthfeel. The cask beer wasn't carbonated enough and was too soft in the mouth. This beer had a zippy, festive feel that dovetailed nicely with the zesty, spicy flavor.

In perusing my reviews, I'm a little surprised to see that I haven't given any Oktoberfests high scores. Rocktoberfest, at least where flavor and drinkability are concerned, is at least the equal of the dozen or so that I've tried, many of them world-renowned. I'm convinced the roggenbier vibe is the key and is what makes this beer the success that it is.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2005 21:06:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-10-2013 14:11:08 | More by acurtis
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-02-2014 17:54:45 | More by jaydoc
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2005 10:41:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, clear dark amber hue, tight beigish, too brief head.
Big aromatics, herbal and malty, very solid.
Taste resounds with the same, full, rich, caramel-toned maltiness, big flavor, full-bodied, never-ending finish, with lingering toasty toffee tones lapping onto the palate over and over...almost gets slick and syrupy, but not quite.
A pleasant surprise...I'll have to revisit this, before the season slips past us.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2004 03:00:02 | More by feloniousmonk
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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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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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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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-22-2013 14:51:21 | More by XmnwildX12
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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

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

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear amber appearance. Thin off-white head leaves ample amounts of lace. Aroma is nice and malty. Bready as well. The taste is quite clean and quite nice. Bready malts, somewhat thick, are up front. Rich texture and taste. Quite smooth. Malt tones are nice and hops prevent this from becoming cloying. Medium-full body. Enjoyable ofest. One of the better ones around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2005 19:21:58 | More by Bighuge
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-17-2013 15:14:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-06-2013 23:20:47 | More by Haybeerman
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-28-2014 14:51:51 | More by Griffith
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2007 20:17:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-10-2013 14:11:35 | More by LoveStout
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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

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

10-03-2004 13:15:12 | More by arizcards
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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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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-08-2014 22:26:19 | More by Durandal_777
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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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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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Rocktoberfest from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.