Bobtoberfest - Heater Allen Brewing

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very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
1.015 BG, 5.40%, 22 IBU, 9 SRM

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-12-2008)
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Photo of TWITA
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of constantine_272
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Looks amazing. Dark copper with some light brown hues. Biscuit head with good retention and a crazy amount of carbonation.

S: Chocolate and malt. A little mineral graphite from all the carbonation. Mildly sweet but mostly mellow.

T: Sweet malty flavor up front. Maybe some honey and a light molasses. Some crispy cookie notes with oats and even some ginger snaps. Again a graphite finish, likely from the carbonation, but this time a light hop bittering shines through. Bittering is an interesting mix of dried earthiness and leafy oils almost like a pile of downed leaves in fall from a variety of trees.

F: Refreshing with a nice mild body behind it. Finishes slightly sweet and a light dryness builds.

O: Quite nice. And especially nice considering the style often is underrepresented or associated with over excess by the liter. No, this is probably one of the best oktoberfests I've had in a long time.

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought from "Capital Market" in Salem OR $5.29 Pours a dark copper colour with a large cream coloured thick and frothy head. Fine creamy caramel malt aromas..Toffee and Orkney Fudge..malty and good. Smooth easy taste.. caramel malts and a touch of grassy hop but its so smooth., there is a little rauch in the back but it helps balance the maltiness. Good thick yet easily swallowed palate.. Very nice Oktoberfest..i could drink this by the litre

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 8/25/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, biscuit, floral, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, floral, earth, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting floral qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of random846
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Pours a slightly hazy, golden-amber-orange with a foamy, off white head.

Herbal, grassy hops with sweet, malty notes being the focus.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation. Crisp finish.

A well done Marzen, though I would have liked a bit more of a robust malt character, but what do I know, it was still a tasty, enjoyable beer.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A- Poured a very clear and dark copper color with tons of streaming carbonation, white soapy head that left webbed lacing. Really nice rich color and clarity on this Marzen.

S- Big aroma of rich caramel malt, cereal malt, grainy notes, toffee, and nutty notes. Very aromatic and malt forward.

T- Big rich caramel malt notes, cereal malts, grainy notes, nutty notes, toffee, some light grapelike fruity notes on the finish, and a hint of sweetness reminiscent of vanilla or a cream soda on the finish.

M- Very creamy, smooth, medium to fuller bodied, prickly carbonation, and dry finish. Very easy to drink and no alcohol presence.

O- This is a world class Oktoberfest beer right up there with my longtime favorite of the style from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Very nice malt profile, creamy mouthfeel, and nice sweetness on the finish.

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The handsome amber color with a touch of copper. Quite modest head out of the bottle into the big tulip, though there is ample spritziness in the mouth. Light grainy, roasty aroma.

Faintly sweet but with a tangy sensation to balance it. The caramel Märzen taste with a darker, woody flavor. Something like blackberry seeds and grape stems in the finish. Hops do not contribute much detectable flavor other than that.

Overall, quite a nice autumn brew in the German style. This one is a little edgier, though not very bitter. From the 22oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of digita7693
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from New Seasons in Orenco. They just got a whole bunch of Heater Allen beers in.

A mildly hazy copper amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and decent lacing, this looks about right for the style. The nose is very, very good. Doughy, rustic, grainy and snappy with a fresh, herbal hop character that's *perfect* for the style, this is well-rounded and nicely balanced. The husky malt notes pair very well with the grassy hop character in a way that's unique to the style. Bready and mildly caramel with toast and honey, this smells great.

The palate opens with a blend of dark honey sweetness, grainy huskiness (or is is husky graininess?) and firm bittering hops. Medium-low hop flavor is also present, green, grassy, a little minty and herbaceous. The mid-palate is a study in bready and doughy flavors, with a combination that brings to mind honey wheat bread with honey drizzled on top. Medium-light in body with a nice, melanoidin malt feel that lends a soft heftness to the palate (I know the description there is a contradiction, but I can't do better). Carbonation is moderate, keeping this creamy on the palate. Drying on the finish with a blend of toasted bread, honey and hop bitterness with minimal resin, this is a treat. Highly recommended.

Photo of Chou
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of envinoveri
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Phelps
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by ottovon and poured into a mini English pint.

Apple juice-amber, perfectly clear. A thin, silky layer of bubbles deposits some Dalmatian-spot lace.

In the nose: roasted corn, toasted bread, some dough yeast and floral hops, pretty much in that order.

The flavor leads with spicy floral hops, toasted bitter bread, and just a hint of caramel. Clean and straightforward.

Mild, fizzy carb in a medium-light body. Crisp, dry finish. Mild bitterness.

The brewer says this is as close to the stuff you'll get in Munich as you can get in America, which I wouldn't doubt. Good complexity, great balance.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at my local MofC a month or so back.

Poured into my Surly Darkness snifter, the beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty much prototypical marzen, showcasing a nice array of sweet malt flavor. In this case that consists of some vanilla, cherry, light baked apple and a hint of burnt toast. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, except I get a lot more of the slightly bitter, burnt toast flavor on the finish. It tends to dry out the sweet malt flavor very nicely, and seemed to lighten up the mouthfeel. Otherwise, mouthfeel was medium bodied, with moderately long, slightly bitter, burnt toat finish. Drinkabilty was very good, and while I could tell the alcohol was not very high, I'm surprised to see the 5.40% abv. In any event, this beer delivers a considerable amount of flavor for a beer with such a low abv.

While I still don't think this compares with the great marzens from Germany (Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner in particular), it was still one of the better domestic marzens I've had in some time. Very nice...

Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty, orange-amber color topped by a decent amount of creamy white head that leaves some pretty lacing on the glass. A little light for an Oktoberfest, but not bad.
Aroma is slightly sweet bready malt, with a mild, citrusy hop profile. Palate is malty up front with a sweet, bready, caramelly body. Notes of light fruity hops come through mid-palate, but the finish is all solid, bready caramel malt.
Well-carbonated body is nice and light, a little airy for the style but proper for the flavors involved here. Thoroughly enjoyable, another great offering from Heater-Allen.

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Bobtoberfest from Heater Allen Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.