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Oktoberfest - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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 +4.2%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

kjkinsey, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, simple label design - procured at a King Soopers in Denver last week.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with four flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some well-spaced runic script lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of crisp, crackery, and sort of biscuity caramel malt, a muddled oily nuttiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy, and lightly biscuity pale and caramel malt, an astringent and almost stale nuttiness, weedy, leafy, and slightly floral hops, and the suggestion of an uptick in alcohol presence.

The carbonation is active in a sort of baiting frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, a small lilting creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes off-dry, the bready, and still laudably biscuity caramel malt starting to trample over the lingering noble hops.

A decent enough rendering of the seasonal style, one of the few that I have yet come across in this (easily transportable) packaging format. Malty, understatedly hoppy, and a little sassy - good stuff!

biboergosum, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

zeff80, Sunday at 01:35 AM
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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....

russpowell, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

mactrail, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

woodychandler, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

afsdan, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

LXIXME, Oct 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Kelp, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

ArrogantB, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

woosterbill, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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

canucklehead, Oct 05, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

thatoneguymike, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

cdwil, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Whiskeydeez, Oct 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

crobinso, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

WDJersey, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

emmasdad, Sep 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

duff247, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Sep 25, 2014
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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.