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Oktoberfest - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 136
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 136
Photo of Ratman197
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (508 characters)

Photo of 2melow
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There aren't too many Oktoberfest beers in cans, so this is a welcome sight.
Pours a deep golden color with a big fluffy white head. The look of this one definitely appears to be along the lines of the more modern Märzen beers served at the Wies'n these days.
The flavor profile matches that as well. Rich and malty, but definitely more of a pale malt. Earthy hops are there to keep that bready sweetness under control, but that's still the primary flavor profile. Lager-based honey flavor shows up here and there, too. It reminds me a little bit of the Hofbräu version of the style, and that's certainly a compliment for a US brewer. There's just a tiny sulfuric note on the (fairly muted) nose, which would really be the only thing off about it.
I admittedly prefer the darker malt versions of the style, but these versions have grown on me a bit. Plus, because of how the fest beers are at the moment, this version is actually extremely authentic.
Good take on the style, and I love the cans, too.
Not my favorite or anything, but still one I'll keep buying. (1,064 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour is initially aggressive, but head quickly fades. Brew is brilliantly clear orange with slight pink tint. Not much lacing to speak of... Head builds nicely when swirled.

S - Very light. much like a miller light.

T - Awesome! Great light flavor. Nothing is aggressive. Perfect for the style!

M - Great 5.0

O - Just as a Marzen should be... Light. airy. delicious. refreshing! Another great can from SFB, keep em coming!!! (433 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer for Oktoberfest from Sante Fe - The beer is poured from a 12oz can into a belled beer glass. There is a golden color, just about the color of light honey with a light off-white head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a tart hop note. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. There is a berry smell I imagine is from the yeast but I am a bit flummoxed. I am drinking this beer cold enough to be masking some of the complexity so as it warms I will add notes.

Taste is clean biscuity malt and crisp floral hops with a great balance. The malt is not too toasty or caramel-sweet and the hops are big enough to make a nice round mouthful.

Mouthfeel is on the big side of medium while the finish is a lingering, caramel, not over sweet but not dry enough to be called clean.

So overall this beer gets good marks. It is bigger than most lager styles and not anything like the dopplebocks that is isn't. It is a Marzen as well as I am able to define it. There are things about this beer I really like: the balance, the choice of malts and hops, the carbonation level, the price, and a few things I would change; mostly the overly alcoholic nose that obscures the olfactory complexity.

Oktoberfest from New Mexico? Yes, and it is good.

Prost and Slainte. (1,258 characters)

Photo of amcmaho1
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh can poured into an imperial pint glass...

Appearance: Not a whole lot going on visually, the beer's a nice golden amber color. Pours with a small head which doesn't retain for very long, except for a small ring. There's plenty of visual carbonation going on. It's a nice, relatively subdued beer so far.

Smell: I get some spicy yeast notes initially, along with some really prevalent malt presence. Some nice sweetness which is balanced out by some earthier hop presence. Classic lager smell, which is fairly omnideminsional and somewhat complex.

Taste: Initially, there's a brightness with the malt presence and some nice dry, earthy bitter notes on the finish. There are some really nice esters from the yeast which certainly don't go unnoticed, and work really well with the other predominant flavors.

Mouthfeel: This is a really easy drinking beer due in large part to it's carbonation; relatively light, but still effervescent to keep the beer interesting. I feel it to be a really sessionable 6% beer, for the fact that it sits so light on the palatte.

Overall: Another nice seasonal offering available in cans, and available very fresh. Is it their strongest offering? Perhaps not, but it's an extremely inviting beer, and certainly does a great job of not going overboard flavor or alcohol wise. For a style that i'm otherwise indifferent towards, I find myself gravitating to this more and more... (1,417 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (1,562 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (1,614 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of GabrielM
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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 %. (506 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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 (405 characters)

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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.