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Oktoberfest - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - very inviting light amber/orangeish color with a nice amount of head on top.

S - smells of lite hops, sweet malt, apricots, a touch of vanilla and wheat.

T - great flavor, but a little weaker than I was expecting. In other words, it's good, but that German Oktoberfest flavor isn't as prominent as I'm used to.

M - perfect carbonation, very smooth, nice combination of flavors.

D - this really is a beer you could drink all night. Refreshing, flavorful and perfect ABV %.

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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.

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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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Good heavy beer. Good flavor

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark golden in color with some nice little bubbles streaming upwards making a thin white head. This settles pretty quickly with a ring of white and some lacy webbing.

Aroma - brown bread, bread dough, malt, caramel and hints of dark fruit.

Taste - very crisp and quite refreshing on the palate. The sweet maltiness that you can expect from this style is nicely balanced by the dry finish and the carbonation. Brown sugar and caramel are left on the tongue but fade quickly which makes your brain tell your hand to quickly replenish your mouth with more beer!

Overall - not an easy style to work with and yet Santa Fe has pulled it off nicely. Great flavor and very easy drinking. A six-pack of these would get you through a few sing-a-longs in good fashion that is for sure. Prosit!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. A very drinkable dark lager with plenty of character but not too heavy. I'd love to have easier access to this brewery's canned beers.

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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.