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Oktoberfest - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2014 05:15:02 | More by zestar
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-30-2012 17:13:38 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-25-2011 20:14:34 | More by JAHMUR
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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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....

10-10-2012 00:32:20 | More by russpowell
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2.98/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

09-23-2011 23:36:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.29/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

07-21-2014 04:49:09 | More by mactrail
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

11-20-2010 21:30:16 | More by woodychandler
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-18-2014 05:35:37 | More by afsdan
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New Mexico

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

10-05-2012 22:41:45 | More by LXIXME
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3.89/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

09-14-2013 18:38:14 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

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.


11-06-2011 16:43:35 | More by woosterbill
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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

09-29-2011 05:15:53 | More by ArrogantB
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

10-05-2010 05:25:15 | More by canucklehead
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-19-2012 19:22:53 | More by cdwil
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-07-2013 20:35:10 | More by Whiskeydeez
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

12-24-2011 17:16:24 | More by crobinso
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

09-29-2011 02:32:21 | More by emmasdad
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-29-2014 02:59:26 | More by thatoneguymike
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-01-2013 01:52:03 | More by duff247
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-09-2014 17:26:52 | More by TX-Badger
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured into a mug, in the Oktoberfest spirit. Santa Fe's offering emerges a straight amber hue with great clarity and vigorous carbonation. A small eggshell cap quickly falls to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves no lace.

Bittersweet toffee and toasted sweetbread are the primary theme here. Hops are mild and carry a lemon and cut grass theme. Toffee returns for the finish. The beer's light body makes it go down easy. Carbonation is right on.

Overall, this is a nice Oktoberfest. I'm glad I picked it up.

10-24-2011 01:00:46 | More by Rayek
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-01-2013 20:25:17 | More by Jame515
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-24-2014 17:33:28 | More by thufflife
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

09-19-2011 00:28:51 | More by UnionMade
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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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...

09-08-2013 22:55:03 | More by beergoot
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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.