Rocktoberfest - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 36
Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Rocktoberfest from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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