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Oktoberfest - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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crobinso

Colorado

2/5  rDev -44.6%

12-24-2011 17:16:24 | More by crobinso
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

10-22-2012 04:11:21 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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jordanmckell

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

02-22-2014 17:51:09 | More by jordanmckell
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-23-2011 23:36:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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JohnyFriday

Colorado

3/5  rDev -16.9%

10-12-2013 03:07:37 | More by JohnyFriday
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NeverSettle

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.9%

10-02-2013 19:25:28 | More by NeverSettle
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.05/5  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.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 22:41:45 | More by LXIXME
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-21-2013 18:11:44 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-29-2011 01:45:46 | More by JoeAmerican77
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-25-2013 02:31:07 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-01-2013 00:01:07 | More by ucsbmullet
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kew

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10%

10-26-2012 12:05:52 | More by kew
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marct

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-16-2012 04:12:32 | More by marct
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10%

01-22-2014 01:51:15 | More by kvgomps
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mactrail

Washington

3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-21-2014 04:49:09 | More by mactrail
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riored4v

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

11-30-2011 01:17:42 | More by riored4v
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dankster

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-22-2011 22:07:24 | More by dankster
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 16:43:35 | More by woosterbill
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: can

12-04-2011 05:40:21 | More by rsdaugherty
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 02:32:21 | More by emmasdad
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GANIMAL

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-30-2012 00:48:47 | More by GANIMAL
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-18-2013 01:15:43 | More by sgttibbs
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MeadGuyfromMD

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-16-2012 21:42:33 | More by MeadGuyfromMD
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GeoCait

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-06-2013 21:04:55 | More by GeoCait
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Kips

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-19-2013 02:02:17 | More by Kips
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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.