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Oktoberfest - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 23.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Slightly hazy copper color with a white head that recedes way too fast. Only a collar and slight wisp remain. No lacing.

Aroma: Bready malts with a slightly sour hop component -- smells like tomato soup.

Taste: Spicy hops dominate and overtake any sweet malts. It's a very spicy brew and the tomato soup thing is in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, carbonated.

Overall: I'm afraid this was a huge disappointment. It was sharp, sour ... did't even taste like a marzen really.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

almost like a watered down oktoberfest beer. it was thin and unexciting in the mouth. taste was bland and entirely devoid of that big malt character that defines the genre. from their website it sounds like they were going for a lighter version for an "end of summer" feel. if that is the case, then well done, but this won't be coming home with me again, especially with the myriad of excellent oktobers to choose from.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Much lighter in color than most 'fests - it's just a shade darker than a full-bodied pilsner, hinting more toward gold than the traditional deeper orange and toasty brown.

Very little on the nose other than a light toastiness in the malt.

Thin, grainy (not really enough to be bready though), a bit of astringency, somewhat yeasty.

Crisp, salty and clean in the mouth.

Drinkable, but not near my favorite Oktoberfest.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.16/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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.


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Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of dankster
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- orange red and copper mix with decent amount of head

S- strong german malts with some hops present. not sure which varity used.

T- very clean and flavorful for a oktoberfest from a can. caramel and biscuit with a touch of honey maybe.

M- super easy drinkin. sessionable with the abv only at 6%

O- a good stab at the style from santa fe. good price point at 7 a sixer. nothing special but worth a shot for fans of oktoberfest styles.

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Photo of riored4v
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Clear medium amber body beneath minimal head. Pretty uninspiring.

S: Meh. Generic nutty + caramel maltiness as well as some stone fruit. Not bad, just average.

T: Maltiness dominates throughout, happily leaving the weird fruitiness by the wayside in favor of sweet nuttiness. Tasty enough.

M: Soft medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

O: Decent beer, and I'm always happy to see craft in cans. I preferred this brewery's IPA by a good margin, though.


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Photo of emmasdad
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of GANIMAL
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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

Picked up a six pack at the brewery in Santa Fe. It has a cool chequered can with a small pretzel on the side. This is a pale version of the style with enough malt to differniate it from the free style Pils. The hops come out after a few sips but in general this is a pretty average OK fest beer. 2nd street brewery makes a darker more full bodied version and I have to say that it is superior to this one

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Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty standard American craft oktoberfest in a pretty sweet can. Clear copper-orange, thin white head that leaves a few spiderwebs of lace on the glass. Classic toasted, biscuity malt layered with a mild herbal, spicy noble hop flavor. A light caramel sweetness finishes things off. Good oktoberfest, but nothing that stands out against the mob of others that hit shelves every year. The can could be a nice option since I can't think of any other beers in this style that are canned.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

This one's just slightly above average for me, sadly. I like a lot of SF's stuff, and they got a few things right here, but the major thing that threw it was what I can best describe as a slight metallic-corn flavor, which to me tasted too similar to an adjunct lager. Color and aroma all seemed promising, and was expecting some Paulaner-esque taste, but man, that corn element was just wrong for this. I let my wife try it, who also likes SF's stuff, and she said "This just tastes like a crappy beer." I didn't think it was quite a "crappy beer," but definitely not one of the better Oktoberfests. Not a fan. Get rid of whatever the heck is giving it that flavor and you've got a good Oktoberfest on your hands. Wouldn't turn one down but wouldn't buy it again (even though the cans are awesome).

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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....

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Photo of phishsihq
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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!


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Photo of Ratman197
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue and white checkered can poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, fruittiness and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, toasted malt and light fruittiness with a crisp carmel finish.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear pale amber body with a a sudsy off-white head that slowly vanishes while leaving random patterns of lacing behind.

S - Toasted grains, caramel malt, sweet puffed cereal, light yeast in the background.

T - Sweet caramel malts that seem faintly toasted, clean biscuity profile, hints of dried fruit and honey, subtle grassy and floral hops create light bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean.

M - Light body, sudsy carbonation.

Not very complex but this goes down easy for sure. Very simple but good clean flavors make this beer highly quaffable indeed.

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Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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...

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually like Santa Fe's canned offerings more than the bottles. Clear orange color. Smells like bread and a bit of alcohol. Tastes like a good marzen, some alcohol, some bread and a distinctive lager yeast flavor. I've gone through a couple sixers of this already and I might grab another before the season is over, not too shabby.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. What a can. Looks great. Very bold. Checkers to the face. Pours a light, clear brown. Aroma is sweet amd more basic than some Marzens. It alsmost smells like an ale instead of its normal denomination. Flavor is of sweet caramel, faint bread and the like. Not the most complex of the style. Lighter bodied. Reasonably drinkable. Pretty basic. Training wheels. I wish it tasted as good as the can looked.

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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.