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Oktoberfest - Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG

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BA SCORE
81
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 12-30-2002)
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Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
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!

ccrida, Oct 08, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Thrasher
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a contemporary German Oktoberfest style beer, and is close to the kind of beer that currently is drunk at Oktoberfest parties in Germany. The darker, maltier beer with which many Americans are familiar is the historic Marzen-Oktoberfest style, and is brewed in Germany primarily for the export market. But make no mistake, most of the Oktoberfestbier drunk by Germans in this day and age is substantially lighter in color -- like this beer. It still packs a malt punch. Hazy gold with trim head and lace. Inviting aroma of sweet candy malt and caramel. The beer is a lively, flavorful, delicate ballet between full, bready malts, and subliminally spicy hops. I like this beer very much and its only shortcoming is a somewhat watery mouthfeel; although full-bodied, it lacks traction. Drinkability as good as one could want, with a long lingering sweetness that never cloys or annoys. This might be an interesting choice for those who prefer Belgian witbiers.

Thrasher, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of pmcadamis
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

pmcadamis, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

ElGordo, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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

russpowell, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

akorsak, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Darkale
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

If I were an Oktoberfest expert, I would pass judgment on this beer's seemingly odd departure from my expectations; however, I don't know whether this is the usual Oktoberfest and I've been led astray by American versions, or if this simply too darned light and is itself a departure.

Anyway, it has a high yeasty aroma, very lager-like, and a bright, almost yellow color. Thin head fades fast.

It is surprisingly thick in the mouth, almost chewy, thanks to its high level of sweetness. Brisk too, with moderate carbonation. Though it is nearly syrupy, it manages also to be a bit sour at the same time.

Not my favorite Oktoberfest. I thought that it was drinkable at first, but by the time I reached the end, the sweetness was bothering me.

Darkale, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of bcm119
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

bcm119, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.63/5  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.

Dukeofearl, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of kgmurphy13
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I never thought I would see an octoberfest lighter than hofbrau, but this is it. The color is a cloudy, straw hue without much of a head. The nose has a bit of malty sweetness with a bit of corn as well. The taste has the hint of caramel sweetness and the yeasty finish to it. It has a decent mouthfeel and I could easily knock of few of these back. It has some very aparent carbonation which adds to the experience. It's not a true octoberfest, the true amber color is missing, but it's not by any means a bad beer.

kgmurphy13, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Stoffel, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Thunder
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Thunder, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of cncbofh
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light and simple Oktoberfest.
Scent of gentle lemongrass and orange prevail. The taste is light and not very complex, but with a strangely malty and complicated finish. It goes in light and thin, and finishes malty and rich.
The taste is slightly watered and flowery, but it is well balanced and drinkable, and manages to please the mouth.

A good beer but not a great beer.

cncbofh, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of Monsteruss
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Monsteruss, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  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.

jlindros, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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?

Atlas1, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of DogFood11
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

DogFood11, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of danadeny
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

danadeny, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of Zraly
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An Oktoberfest that pours a pale straw color with minimal head retention and lacing. Fizzy and bright, and smells somewhat sweet.

In terms of style, this beer is not a traditional Oktoberfest in many respects. This beer is more along the lines of a sweet Euro lager. It does have moderate representation of the malt characteristic that is classic and true to a Marzen style brew, but it is thin and watery in the finish. Bubbley and table sugar sweet. It is has a grainy/raw dimension to its personality as well. Strange. There is the most remote nuance of a floral hop note that pokes around on the tongue as well.

A similar comparison is a white zinfandel to an actual zinfandel in the wine world.

While I'm a bit let down, at the same time, it is drinkable and has a refreshing quality to it, albeit against all traditional grains. It might pair well with some spicy food fair, such as a well seasoned vegetarian chili.

Zraly, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of LongsPeakAveBrew
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

LongsPeakAveBrew, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of beerguy101
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color, small head. Light bodied pilsner style beer. Nice malts, clean hop flavor. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly malty, not very bitter. Nice light refreshing beer.

beerguy101, Dec 30, 2002
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Oktoberfest from Aktien-Brauerei Kaufbeuren AG
81 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.