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Oktoberfest - Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
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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Photo of kew


3.25/5  rDev -10%

10-26-2012 12:05:52 | More by kew
Photo of StaveHooks


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

10-24-2012 23:20:00 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of poodog


4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

10-24-2012 14:37:51 | More by poodog
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees


2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

10-22-2012 04:11:21 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
Photo of bump8628


3.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

10-21-2012 04:40:11 | More by bump8628
Photo of cdwil


3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-19-2012 19:22:53 | More by cdwil
Photo of russpowell


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

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
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

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
Photo of dcloeren


3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured a very pale copper color with a finger of white head. Standard Oktoberfest aroma... Malt forward with a very slight hop presence. Toasted bread and caramel make up the rest of the aroma and taste.

Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking as mine is already almost gone and I didn't even realize it.

Overall, worth picking up a sixer if you like Oktoberfest brews. Nothing special but still tasty and very easy to drink.

10-02-2012 00:13:15 | More by dcloeren
Photo of kjkinsey


3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-30-2012 17:13:38 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of GANIMAL


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

09-30-2012 00:48:47 | More by GANIMAL
Photo of Lincoln

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-10-2012 15:17:14 | More by Lincoln
Photo of MeadGuyfromMD


3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-16-2012 21:42:33 | More by MeadGuyfromMD
Photo of crobinso


2/5  rDev -44.6%

12-24-2011 17:16:24 | More by crobinso
Photo of dankster


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

12-22-2011 22:07:24 | More by dankster
Photo of rsdaugherty


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

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

12-04-2011 05:40:21 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of riored4v


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

11-30-2011 01:17:42 | More by riored4v
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.23/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

11-29-2011 01:45:46 | More by JoeAmerican77
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-25-2011 20:14:34 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of woosterbill


3.43/5  rDev -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.


11-06-2011 16:43:35 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Ratman197


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

11-01-2011 23:17:45 | More by Ratman197
Photo of Rayek


3.9/5  rDev +8%

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
Photo of 2melow


4.45/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

10-10-2011 16:20:50 | More by 2melow
Photo of Domingo


3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

09-29-2011 14:03:07 | More by Domingo
Photo of ArrogantB


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

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
Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.