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Oktoberfest - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-05-2010)
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Reviews by dcloeren:
Photo of dcloeren
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

dcloeren, Oct 02, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -10%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

sgttibbs, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

LXIXME, Oct 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

MeadGuyfromMD, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev +10.8%

javlin624, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

JoeAmerican77, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

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....

russpowell, Oct 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Comparison_Ford, Sep 08, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Alexmc2, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

GeoCait, Oct 06, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -11.4%

Basoos1, Saturday at 10:05 PM
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

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

rsdaugherty, Dec 04, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Beestin, Saturday at 08:05 PM
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

ExaltedNecrosis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Canada_Dan, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

losdizzel, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Kips, Sep 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

JohnyFriday, Oct 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

ucsbmullet, Nov 01, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

crobinso, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

bmaxtothemax, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of riored4v
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

riored4v, Nov 30, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

woodychandler, Nov 20, 2010
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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.