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Oktoberfest - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-05-2010

Though it is not necessary to drink this beer out of a mug that is larger than your head while dancing to polka music and wearing your lederhosen, you will find this lager's unbridled festivity difficult to resist. This ode to Germany's classic fall lagers is as clean, clear, and quaffable as any that has ever weighed down the table of a German Beer garden. The crisp maltiness of classic Munich malt compounded with the delicious notes of Bavarian hops gives this clean-finishing beer just the right flavor for the end of the summer.
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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 39
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper brown in color with a half inch of off white head. Light Brussels lacing. Sourdough bread is exactly how I would did robe the aroma. The flavor closely mimics the aroma with the sourdough bread flavor with a hint of saltiness. The mouth is lightly carbonated and with a salty crispness.

Photo of LXIXME
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium or slightly bigger off white head settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear pumpkin copper colored beer.

Light caramel malt aroma with some light spices and even lighter hops notes tagging along.

Light caramel malts, lighter spices and hops tastes coming from this lighter bodied Oktoberfest beer.

A light or rather a very light caramel and spices lingers in a not quite so dry aftertaste.

One of the lighter tasting Oktoberfest beers I've tried this year, maybe a good introduction to the style but not really for the Oktoberfest lovers, would be my option of this beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, simple label design - procured at a King Soopers in Denver last week.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with four flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some well-spaced runic script lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of crisp, crackery, and sort of biscuity caramel malt, a muddled oily nuttiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy, and lightly biscuity pale and caramel malt, an astringent and almost stale nuttiness, weedy, leafy, and slightly floral hops, and the suggestion of an uptick in alcohol presence.

The carbonation is active in a sort of baiting frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, a small lilting creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes off-dry, the bready, and still laudably biscuity caramel malt starting to trample over the lingering noble hops.

A decent enough rendering of the seasonal style, one of the few that I have yet come across in this (easily transportable) packaging format. Malty, understatedly hoppy, and a little sassy - good stuff!

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice fitting dark copper colored liquid, one finger of head runs to the hills without a lace in sight... the smell is very weak but is constituted of mild caramel, surreptitious malts and nothing else. A much larger flavor proves itself with a nice malty nod to sourdough pretzels and toasty elements, as well as a hint of fruity lemons. A light medium body conducts itself cool to the accolade of the medium carbonation.

Very simple very pleasant to drink beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Some breadyness & apples

T: Breadyness, , slight grainyness, & pears up front. Apple peels, slight metallic & woody hop bite as this warms. Finishes with orchard fruit & a touch of grassy hops

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, alright balance

Easy to drink but not one of the better beers of this style I've had this Fall. This is by far the weak little brother of Santa Fe's great canned beers on offer....

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A – Frothy course head dissipated quickly to a thin crown, no lacing, brew is a clear straw gold color 3
S – Caramel malts, nutty, mild fruit & hop notes 3.5
T – Crisp with florals, semi-sweet maltiness and an overall understated taste profile IMO 3.5
M – Crisp with a moderate body, thinner on the palate, high-moderate carbonation 3.5
O – An easy drinking beer, if you’re a Marzen fan check it out, I’ll be moving on to other Oktoberfest brews and also be revisiting their IPA before this 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Santa Fe Octoberfest has a thick, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, lots of bubble streams, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sour-dough bread crust, grain husk, and even soap (but, that can’t be right). Taste is of fairly sweet, sough-dough bread crust, a mild hop presence, syrup, and nut shell. Mouthfeel is medium, and Santa Fe Octoberfest finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into stein.

A - Semi-clear light bronze with a finger of off white head, which rapidly recedes.

S - Sweet and light smelling, with a hint of caramel bread and biscuit.

T - A somewhat light taste. Sweet and bready with caramel and the slightest hint of corn. It almost has a metallic finish to it.

M - Thin body with moderate-to-high carbonation. It's definitely crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink as well.

O - Not one of my favorite Oktoberfests, but it would be great as a football or campfire beer. It's crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking, with no real bold flavors.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a standard off-white head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is honeyed grains and lagery yeast. Not a whole lot going on in the nose...smells like it is somewhere in between a marzen and a festbier.

Malts have a nice 'fresh-crushed' flavor to them and stay light...touch of toast and honey, not unlike eating some Golden Grahams. It is not as dark and richly malted as most American Oktoberfests, this one goes for more balance as a slight grassy bitterness creeps up after a few gulps. It is a highly drinkable offering and I am really digging it. I could drink a ton of these, it is very clean and refreshing. I can see multiple repeat purchases in my future.

Photo of riored4v
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to a "perfect pint". 1/2 finger, white head that faded quick. Clear, light bronze colored body.

Aroma is malty and mildy sweet. Some light mineral notes with a earthiness.

Taste had some moderate sweetness with a nice maltiness. Light earthy bitterness. Notes of caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel had a good amount of crispness. Light sweetness in the finish with a medium/light body and medium/high carb.

Overall it was an easy drinker with moderate sweetness. Easy flavors make it nice to enjoy a few.

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are about a dozen hardcore supporters of The CANQuest (TM) and indiapaleale is on of them! His trades/contributions are AbFab and I always try to help him when I CAN. On the verge of CAN # 400, I salute you for your invaluable assistance. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Celebrate the season for no reason." I loved the blue and white diamond pattern with a wee, tiny pretzel in the center as this CAN's design. What a great homage to King Ludwig and the crossed-hands-over-heart tradition that the two represent! For those that are used to plastic-y pretzels made by big companies and extruded from steel pipes, let me know and I will turn you on to some fantastic pretzels, including some hand-fashioned by ladies wearing prayer caps. No boostin', yo! The PA Dutch (Deutch) and pretzels are damn near synonymous and I have easy access to any brand you could want to go with a beer.

Crack & Glug time: As is the wont of most beers, my pour style allows for two-plus fingers of head as well as the release of aromas into the surrounding air. The head was an off-white, thick, foamy, with good retention. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose was really clean with a really lovely lager sweetness. Mouthfeel was slightly thin with a dryer taste than one might expect from the style, but as regular readers of my reviews know, I am not a sweet beer fan and so this was right up my alley. Finish was semi-sweet, unobtrusive and really ripe for a pretzel. I am now reaching into my bag of Hammond's Pretzels and contemplating that initial salty crunch to accompany a most excellent beer.

Photo of HipCzech
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Clear light amber; billowing, bubbly off white head; minimal lacing.

Smell: Soft, sweetly malty and bready aroma.

Taste: Straightforward, malty body: caramel and grainy, slightly sweet and yeasty bread. Little hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with soft carbonation.

Overall: Clean, basic Märzen.

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, slight pale malt, yeast, and a hint of banana. Fits the style of an Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, yeast, and slight hops. Overall, a simple and pure representation of the style.

Photo of dcloeren
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very pale copper color with a finger of white head. Standard Oktoberfest aroma... Malt forward with a very slight hop presence. Toasted bread and caramel make up the rest of the aroma and taste.

Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking as mine is already almost gone and I didn't even realize it.

Overall, worth picking up a sixer if you like Oktoberfest brews. Nothing special but still tasty and very easy to drink.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: Light orange copper body with small white head clear with some streaming bubbles.

S: Toasted salty caramel, pilsner malt, figs, apple peels and spicy noble hops.

T/M: Spiced apple peels layered with toasted caramel, dry grains, wood, spiced pound cake and timid cherry alcohol. Spicy carbonation in a medium body. Finishes dry and numbing lingering musty spiced fruit.

O: I love the design of this can. I also really enjoyed consuming it. Nicely balanced, easy drinking and simple straight forward flavoring. I went through this can rather quickly. Cheers!

Photo of 2melow
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/bronze -ish color with a nice white head. Rich and malty hits the mouth right away. Very slight hops in this one it seems more a nice bready maltiness with slight honey flavor. A great USA "Marzen" beer style from a New Mexican brewer. And it's in a can. Hopefully this one stays in the lineup, it's a solid seasonal beer. Will buy again for sure.

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive rich amber color with a modest head in the big chalice. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue but there's not much to look at in the glass. Has that gummy, grainy aromatic nose.

Warm and malty with a fairly substantial mouthfeel. Seems like the classic Marzen, though a little tired. Some resiny tang with just the slightest bitterness at the finish. Just a light caramel taste and slight lemony note. Hints of cardboard and honey with some lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

This must be from last fall, but it's still plenty drinkable, though not one of my favorites. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

Photo of emmasdad
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by Argonaut to pick up a six pack of Happy Camper IPA, saw this one and grabbed it instead. Pours a brilliant amber color, with a smallish ecru head. This is what a glass of beer should look like. A little spicy on the nose, with a bit of caramel. On the palate, sweet, crisp and a little bit bitter. A nice fall refresher.

Photo of amcmaho1
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh can poured into an imperial pint glass...

Appearance: Not a whole lot going on visually, the beer's a nice golden amber color. Pours with a small head which doesn't retain for very long, except for a small ring. There's plenty of visual carbonation going on. It's a nice, relatively subdued beer so far.

Smell: I get some spicy yeast notes initially, along with some really prevalent malt presence. Some nice sweetness which is balanced out by some earthier hop presence. Classic lager smell, which is fairly omnideminsional and somewhat complex.

Taste: Initially, there's a brightness with the malt presence and some nice dry, earthy bitter notes on the finish. There are some really nice esters from the yeast which certainly don't go unnoticed, and work really well with the other predominant flavors.

Mouthfeel: This is a really easy drinking beer due in large part to it's carbonation; relatively light, but still effervescent to keep the beer interesting. I feel it to be a really sessionable 6% beer, for the fact that it sits so light on the palatte.

Overall: Another nice seasonal offering available in cans, and available very fresh. Is it their strongest offering? Perhaps not, but it's an extremely inviting beer, and certainly does a great job of not going overboard flavor or alcohol wise. For a style that i'm otherwise indifferent towards, I find myself gravitating to this more and more...

Photo of Domingo
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There aren't too many Oktoberfest beers in cans, so this is a welcome sight.
Pours a deep golden color with a big fluffy white head. The look of this one definitely appears to be along the lines of the more modern Märzen beers served at the Wies'n these days.
The flavor profile matches that as well. Rich and malty, but definitely more of a pale malt. Earthy hops are there to keep that bready sweetness under control, but that's still the primary flavor profile. Lager-based honey flavor shows up here and there, too. It reminds me a little bit of the Hofbräu version of the style, and that's certainly a compliment for a US brewer. There's just a tiny sulfuric note on the (fairly muted) nose, which would really be the only thing off about it.
I admittedly prefer the darker malt versions of the style, but these versions have grown on me a bit. Plus, because of how the fest beers are at the moment, this version is actually extremely authentic.
Good take on the style, and I love the cans, too.
Not my favorite or anything, but still one I'll keep buying.

Photo of GANIMAL
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter Oktoberfest brew, but a nice crisp taste. A great session brew, but I prefer more filling Oktoberfest brews. Def worth a try, cans are a plus! Nice can graphics are appealing, similar to real ale! It has a nice citrusy aroma that is inviting.

Photo of phishsihq
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a light amber color, with a small, off-white head that provides little lace. Classic marzen aromas of
caramel and a touch of spicy, noble hops create everything you need in the nose. Bready and caramel malt flavors dominate on the pallet, with a touch of hop bitterness on the back end. Medium in both body and carbonation, Santa Fe has created a well-rounded, style-specific Oktoberfest!

Prost!

Photo of chugalug06
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour is initially aggressive, but head quickly fades. Brew is brilliantly clear orange with slight pink tint. Not much lacing to speak of... Head builds nicely when swirled.

S - Very light. much like a miller light.

T - Awesome! Great light flavor. Nothing is aggressive. Perfect for the style!

M - Great 5.0

O - Just as a Marzen should be... Light. airy. delicious. refreshing! Another great can from SFB, keep em coming!!!

Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light copper body with a thin but foamy and sticky white head. Sweet, malty nose with a touch of nuts and caramel. Dark malt flavors; toffee. Medium body; smooth, clean finish.

A respectable, tasty, malt-forward beer. Hits the style profile. Nothing new or groundbreaking here, just a good, delicious Fall season beer...

Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped at my favorite local shop today and was surprised to see this in the cooler. Something new, which I always like. Santa Fe's can packaging is terrific in its minimalism. The bold simplicity jumps out at you in the sea of color.
Pours a brilliant orange gold color, perfectly clear, pretty spot on for one of the lighter Munich versions of Oktoberfest lager. A big poof of white head forms with the pour, but dies out very quickly. Just a dusting after a few minutes, and nothing left halfway through the glass. The head is a little disappointing, but that could be my only complaint with this beer.
Smells pretty damn good. Caramel malt and a touch of noble hops. That's it. More in line with real Munich Oktoberfest lager than most american craft versions, which are way heavy on the malt. Clean and surprisingly authentic.
The flavor opens up baby sweet and stays that way. Big bodied and malty, but stays well shy of overbearing. Lots of caramel, doughy and full of grain goodness. A bit of grassy esters, but well lagered and surprisingly authentic. Mild bitterness, in the lighter, hoppier Munich style. Think Spaten or Hofbrau's Oktoberfest. Sweet and gentle overall, with floral, bavarian hops finishing things out. Clean and dry, without much aftertaste. Good stuff!
For the style, this is something I would seek out. I've only had a handful of Santa Fe's beers, but all have been well above average. This one really blew me away, as it's a style that easily gets overbearing. Elegant and understated, while maintaining heaps of flavor. Well done.

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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.