Oktoberfest - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 38
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%
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Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 12-30-2002

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the Oktoberfest tent at Big-E in MA.

Dark iced tea brown color, clear, light head,

Nose slight sweet Munich malts, brown slight candy, mild juicy lager, little biscuit wheat toffee bock like note.

Taste crisp fruity lager, mild biscuit wheat toffee candy bock like notes, light straw pilsner, little nutty, mild sweet caramel like. Finish brings a touch of grassy hop bitterness, more sticky sweet toffee biscuit lingering.

Mouth med bod, soft crisp lager, nice carb. (480 characters)

Photo of LongsPeakAveBrew
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance:
Full, bright white head over crystalline light-amber/dark-straw body. nice head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin foam across the glass and good lacing.

Nose:
not much here. bread and light hops. maybe some honey?

Taste:
In-line with the aroma. sweet bread and biscuit malt notes. very clean with a floral hop finish. As the beer warms a caramel malt flavor develops.

Mouth feel:
Carbonation and body in balance, and very refreshing without being to light.

Overall: a very drinkable beer. Less malt presence than I would like, but balanced well and makes me wish I had picked up more than one bottle. (670 characters)

Photo of Monsteruss
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The foam was light wheat in color, bubbly and dissapated somewhat quickly. The smell had a hops/pils feel with dry undertone. The color was light gold and pilsener characteristics. It had a light wheat taste with fruity hints and somewhat dry. It also had a semi-bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel - medium to lightbodied. A good session. Drinkability - It was really good with the exception of the semi-bitter taste. (411 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear golden color with a one inch thick white head. It falls to a skim that retains well enough and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

Aroma is of toasty malt, sweet caramel, and some light noble hops that come across as slightly spicy.

Taste presents some sweet and toasty malt flavors up front with the hop character coming in midway through, again slightly spicy with a bit of an herbal character, never becoming bitter in the slightest. A deep sweetness returns in the finish then fades away to leave the hop character in the linger.

Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with a nice creamy consistency that remains crisp and drinkable.

For one of the golden style Oktoberfests this stuff is damn good. I hesitated to pick this one up during O-fest season since I knew nothing about it but now that it's dry season for this wonderful style I gave it a shot, and glad I did. (935 characters)

Photo of danadeny
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle has the classic German recycling marks, the rings around the top an bottom from the numerous times this bottle has been filled and cleaned and recycled. i wish i could send it back to germany just to keep it's life going. Pours a crystal clear straw body with lots of carbonation and a very bubbly white head. Smell is of soft light malt, a little Cornish smell and a hint of sweet alcohol. Taste is of classic German balance of all flavors, alcohol, malt, and hops. All the subtle flavors can easily be detected, the light malt and since this is an oktoberfest bier the sweet alcohol is prevelent. A bit of a corn husks flavor as I always get from these Oktoberfest beers, it's just the classic german malt flavor. Mouthfeel is watery and smooth. Drinkability is insane. this is a session beer at its best. So an excellently balanced beer, with lots of flavor and you can drink it all night. Perfect. (912 characters)

Photo of nick76
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is very much like the style. There is a lightly acidic, sour corn malt and some semblance of herbs. The appearance is yellow gold with a medium head. The flavor is like the aroma with a low bitterness but a high cardboard element. The palate is perfect for the style. You know there are just not that many things to say about this beer. I am not crazy about it at all. Maybe it's not fresh... (402 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

At first look, I would have guessed this to be a helles lager instead of an O-fest. This beer is a lighter pale gold color, the head is fluffy on top but dissipates quickly. My nose is getting sweetpale malt and a kick of hay. To the taste, it tastes more like a sweet helles than an O-Fest. More sweet pale malt. It's a simple flavor. Grassy notes come out to play before a brush-up of hops are noticed at the end. It's a solid beer, whatever you want to call, and a little sweet too. (528 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

.5 L bottle poured into my Meantime Snifter, Aktien Oktoberfest is a clear gold with lazy streamers forming a modest white head that is pretty quick to settle and doesn't leave any lace. I am not a fan of the blonde o-fests at all, lame!

Smell is sweeter, grainy and grassy, bready German pils. Also a slight off flavor that I can't describe, not quite skunky or sulfer, but along those lines. Pretty good actually, but not what I look for in the style at all.

Taste is pretty bland, like a German pils with a bit more ABV, dry and crisp, with a lingering grainy aftertaste. Not bad, but not at all what I want when I want a märzen. Less depth then the nose, very generic.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, tight bubbled carbonation that is crisp without being sharp.

Drinkability is not good if you want a real o-fest. If you want to guzzle lager then this would probably work fine, but is not a reasonable enough price out here that it would replace the countless other euro lagers at a lower pricepoint. Score would be higher if it was not marketed as an o-fest. I recognize that the big 6 in München have been dumbing down the tent beers and going this route. I don't care for that at all! (1,196 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw color; slightly clouded. Poured an ample three finger head that dissipated to healthy skim. Even light lacing.

S: Bready, slightly sweet malts. Grass and wet grains.

T: Wet grain and hay with a slightly sweet honer taste followed by some citrus bite. Finishes with honey, bready malts and slightly bittering hops.

M: Medium bodied. Might be a bit low on the carbonation. Finish was fairly clean

D: Have had more full-bodied fest beers with deeper color, better malt/hop balance. All that said, still a very drinkable beer.q1

Drank very easy. A bit off style, but not a bad session beer none the less (618 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy dark golden hue....very light for an Oktoberfest. Head is normal white with decent retention.

Mmmm...malty whole grain bread scent, earthy. Hints of pumpkin, melons and oranges.

Man, there is not really a bad thing I can say about this beer, besides it being light in color. Awesome malt bomb with a surprisingly noticeable hop bitterness at the end. Earth, leaf piles and pumpkin bread is what this beer brings to mind.

A damn fine brew. A little off for the style, but with that aside, this is one I could drink a full liter or two of. Recommended. (578 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: tall brown 16.9 oz. bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Poured a clear pale straw yellow color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed 1-2 fingers thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: Sweet malts, fairly strong aroma for such a pale color yet very inviting.

Taste: Same as the smell at first, sweet malty flavor with a hint of caramel thrown in there. Some floral hops come through in the middle, and combines with the malts for a sweet yet slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, smooth and almost creamy. The carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: I always thought Marzens were supposed to be darker than this, it looked like a helles or pilsner. Either way, it's a fairly good brew, nothing I'm going to seek out but nothing I'm going to turn away either. (844 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a tall glass mug, the liquid is a pale gold a tad lighter then most marzens with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers white and leaves good lace.

The smell is big sweet rich malt, like a holiday bread.

The taste is just that quite nice slightly sweet bready, with notes of caramel.

The mouthfeel is very good, good body and nice carbonation.

The taste is good I like this O'fest offering.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK (449 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent straw/golden with 4+ fingers of pearl white head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Bready & crackery with some grassy notes

T: Notes of mown hay, grainyness & honey up front. Slight metallic & lemony hops, plus more grainyness. Finishes with honey, breadyness with some herbal hops. I'd rate this higher as a helles

MF: Medium bodied, slick, with low carbonation & great balance (for a Helles)

Drank very easy. A bit off style, but not a bad session beer none the less (508 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

T'is the season for the oktober festbiers. This one is from Aktien in Germany, and comes in a big, 16.9oz bottle with a cool old-school image of drunken Germans and a stout Oktoberfest barmaid holding a dozen steins. Good stuff. Interestingly enough, this bottle label lists the ABV at 5.8%, rather than the BA-listed 5.9%.

Pours a light, crisp-looking pale straw color with a one-finger white foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves behind some decent lace. Strangely enough, if I had to choose between this and a Miller High Life soley based on looks alone, I don't know if I could tell the difference. Maybe this one has more lace, but otherwise they're the spitting image of each other. But that's where any simliarities end. The nose on this beer is a funky, malty fruit scent. It may not scream out oktoberfest, but it does bear the malt characteristics of the style. Taste is clean and crisp but heavily malted as well. Some faint lemon flavoring. A bit of old leather taste as well. Not bad, but certainly not the best tasting festbier I've had this season. Mouthfeel is smooth and almost chewy, but clean and dry.

I could put a few of these away with little problem, I imagine, but it's not my favorite version of the style that I've had this year. I'd rather reserve this one for a trip to Germany anyhow; things are always so much better in their native lands, eh? (1,385 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow, a pale Oktoberfest, with a solid white head, good retention.

S: Smell is fairly weak, some nice malt notes though, a bit of caramel.

T: A nice caramel flavour meets the senses, better than the smell would would indicate, buttery sweet, with a nice herbal, floral hop profile.

M: Light and crisp, easy to drink and refreshing, full-bodied for an Oktoberfest without being overbearing, very well done.

D: Good, easy to drink, not the most complex lager in the world, but a good drinking beer for the night. (561 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is a surprisingly pale yellow color, a mere hint darker than an American macro. The head was not big but has left spots of lace throughout the glass.

S: The beer has a malty sweet aroma, very grainy and lacking the malty sweet depth of an oktoberfestbier.

T: The taste redeems the aroma a bit. The flavor is a fuller sweet caramel malt flavor, but it still comes across fairly thin. I am really on the fence, some sips are good; some aren't.

M: The grainy sweetness of the malts wears out its welcome quickly.

D: Bought on a whim, I'd probably avoid this beer again. (591 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy bronze brew with a frothy 1/2 finger head without much retention. After a minute, only a collar of big bubbles was left along with some nice lacing.

Smells carroty and vegetal, with some caramel and clean malt.

This one tastes pretty wierd. Very vegetal and raw with some very odd chemical flavors, and big doses of minerals.

Very thin and watery with almost no carbonation at all. Drinkability is poor due to the "off" flavors of mixed vegetables and the very thin and nasty mouthfeel.

I can usually find something positive with any beer, but I'm having a hard time with this one. It really reminds me of well water. This is downright nasty. (660 characters)

Photo of HochFliegen
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well the color doesnt seem right for the style. This beer was a plae yellow not the dark copper color Im used to.
Ok looks aside the smell is of malts and candy like carmel smells. The flavor is of rich malts mixed with a bready and spicy flavor that finishes with a buttery aftertaste. (288 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color that is far too light for a marzen, topped by a sizeable but short-lived creamy white head that subsides to nothing almost immediately. Light aroma of lightly toasted malt and mild fruitiness. Palate is much the same - tangy, light malt and light fruity hops with some mild astringency. Body is actually alright for a marzen, a little more substantial than the average Helles. While I wouldn't categorize it as an Oktoberfest or marzen, it is nonetheless a fairly tasty beer that is easy to drink. (518 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 Pint 0,9 fl.oz. (500ml) thin, slender brown glass bottle. Has a neck, obverse and reverse labels. Pale white label with a blue border lends a very Bavarian feel to the presentation. Has an advertised established date of 1308 and stated conformance to the Reinheitsgebot of 1516 on the main label. Under the words, ‘Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren’, in Germanic font, the beer is listed as simply ‘Oktoberfest’ in a red Germanic font. No listed strength or Best Before Date despite the allocation of months/years on the reverse label they are “not nicked”.

Appearance: Pale yellow gold body with a half decent white head during the pour but suddenly the head collapses and disappears before the beer even settles. Thin broken covering doesn’t impress. No streamers but a finely dissolved conditioning at medium levels…..

…………wait a minute isn’t that exactly the same as I just typed for my Review of the ‘Tänzelfest’ that I just had from the same Brewery!?……pale gold, is this supposed to be an Oktoberfest!?!? <Scratches Kopf>

Nose: Low end nasal affliction, light grain and some very lightly toasted malts with a very feint floral aspect. Yeah….you know, not only does it look like the ‘Tänzelfest’, almost smells exactly like it too.

Taste: OK….so I’m really confused here, I just had the Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren Tänzelfest and this Oktoberfest tastes…..well almost exactly the same, maybe it has a little more grain in the middle but essentially it looks, smells, tastes and feels like the Tänzelfest. Guess there is not much more worth writing then cuz I’m only gonna repeat myself.

An average Helles Lager and a very strange & disappointing Oktoberfest. (1,723 characters)

Photo of bcm119
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw color with an uneven white head. Sweet Munich malt aroma, with some flowery noble hops. Nose has a light sweetness with a muted hop balance. Packs alot of Munich malt flavor into a thin to medium body. Clean German lager mouthfeel. Quick, clean finish with a slightly grainy aftertaste. Seems light for an Oktoberfest, more like a Helles, but not as thin. Tasty nonetheless. An excellent festbier. (409 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow,this is the yellowest, fizziest Marzen I have ever seen. I'm admitedly no expert, but this is pale! White cotton candy head quicky dies off.

Aroma slightly sweet and toasty, like some oaty breakfast cereals fresh out of the box. But there is also a faint hop nose that doesn't keep up with the malts, but keeps them from being overpowering.

Flavor follows through, not complex. Mostly sweet and grainy, with a slight back astringency to offset it. Mouthfeel is full bodied for a generally light beer, with a moderate creaminess to the mouthfeel. Refreshing, and enjoyable. (583 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy pale yellow. I thought "Wow, this is remarkably light for an Oktoberfest." There is a thin head that sits atop this rather anemic looking beer.

The aroma is pleasantly malty and a tad bit sweet. The grain seems to dominate the smell, which isn't a bad thing, it's just not as robust as I would have expected.

The taste is suprisngly flavorfull--malty, mildly rich and a touch bitter in the finish. There is a slight alochol presence in the taste that bolsters the overall taste.

This is a little thin for the style. However, a touch of hops holds the tongue before I swallow. The carbonation delivers a whiff of alcohol in the finsh.

Not a bad beer. Not stellar, but not bad. The bland appearance shouldn't discourage you from trying this tasty brew. (782 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was one of them days where nothing went smoothly. The whole drive home all I could think about is that Aktien Oktoberfest I've been saving for a whopping 3 days. No sooner did I walk in the door was there a tall glass of it in hand. I was concerned about the lack of color and head retention. I can easily overlook that with a good few pulls though. Smelled some toasted grain and a malted backbone. Taste was similair although it is much sweeter than it gives on in the first impression. Every category got better and better. Kinda chalky in the throat. The plus side to this brew is price vs quality. It is a quality brew that has a few weaknesses but it's very refreshing, mild but tasty, and highly drinkable. I'm in. (724 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (boulder) and comsumed that smae evening. Pours a two finger fizzy head that settles to a thin layer. Cloudy light yellow, the color of the meat of a plum. Smells caramelly sweet with either tinish hops or skunked hops. Some honey. Tastes a little bit funky. Caramel and toasted grain. Yah some Munich malt, honey sweetness, maybe some melon. It's a genuine German flavor. Viscous mouthfeel, but somehow thin in the mouth. The carb adds a bit that washes the beer away a bit too quick for my preferences. (537 characters)

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