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Oktoberfest - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Oktoberfest
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78
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granite City Food & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 10-14-2005)
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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not like the Oktoberfest brewed by GC. The ABV was high and the barley and malt were overpowering the scent and taste. The beer poured a nice brown with slighth white head that did not lace. The mouthfeel was medium body with not much carbonation. Overall it was not a great Oktoberfest and would poiunt people toward the IPA or stout.

WoodBrew, Nov 02, 2011
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look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap....didn't expect much to be honest.

A- Pours a clear light orange amber color. 1 finger dirty white/slight tannish head that dies down rather quickly. Light lacing left on the glass which slides down after a couple of minutes.

S- This is a faint smelling beer to begin with. Very light toasted sweet caramel malts in the nose. Not really much of anything else to be honest....and really what I picked up was faint at best. I struggled to pick up what I did in the nose.

T- Watery tasting....sweet malts come through this beer along with a very light hop quality. There wasn't much as far as tastes go with this just sweet and well a domestic lager taste as well (adjuncts is what it reminded me of).

M- This was a light mouthfeel. Good carbonation leaves the beer to rush across the palate. SEmi-sweet malts left on the palate after the beer was finished. Light sweet malty aftertaste...not really much going on in the mouthfeel department. Just kind of watery.

D- This is a very drinkable beer to be honest. There is really nothing there to taste so you tend to drink it more like a water than a Oktoberfest beer. Could have had some more but I wanted to try some of their other beers. Wish I would have stuck to this actually.

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3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lucky me, a new one on tap at Granite City, my favorite MN establishment.

This brew was served with a thin, slightly tan head. The color is amber, with a somewhat reddish tint to the body. The aroma consists of a malty kind of chocolate sense....also some caramel malt as well. Straight medium body. My first reaction is the mouthfeel is very creamy for the style, perhaps the draft playing a factor in that. It has an overall rustic feel, with a somewhat lemony hop presence. The hoppiness is heavy for the style but is covered well by a balancing malty persuasion. The finish is a bit rough on the edges, with a grainy texture. Ultimately it fades to a pale and bitter ending. A quality offering.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a large mug.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some nice lace rings. Color is an orange hued amber.

Aroma: Malty with some spices, faint hop flavor. Not bad, but nothing to exciting.

Taste: Very malty. Dry malty flavor with spices noted again. Minimal grassy hops. A nice octoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp a bit, very clean in general. Light to medium bodied. Medium amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, a decent brew. Not the most flavor but it is an octoberfest so I didn't expect too much. I enjoyed how clean it was. Good drinkability.

mothman, Oct 08, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll never understand why people love to pan Granite City beer. It's not Founders, Russian River, or Surly, but it's always solid, & the food at our local outlet always good. Plus, our girls love the placemats.

A pitcher of this unknown brew arrived before our dinner. Clear & clean as a never-used copper kettle, foaming cheerfully. Smell is probably the weakest part of this beer, just vaguely lagerish, otherwise, not much in the aroma department.

Granite City's Oktoberfest is a really good representation of the style. More than anything, it's crisp, clean, & direct. A brew this simple, you screw it up, the flaws are going to haunt you, but this is good. Aside from the great mouthfeel, there's a distinct spritz of lemon, plenty of malt sweetness, & a chewy, biscuity taste in the middle. Finishes bright & warm with very little hopping.

Very good example of an O-fest brew, & probably better than all of their daily offerings. Like to be in Munich? Stop in for a pint. I'll happily have another if we're back in October.

maximum12, Oct 06, 2010
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copper color...light toasted malts on the nose...excellent toasted malts on the taste....full bodied or on the high side of mediu,....reminds me a little of SA O-fest....Sweet, toasted malts...heavy hitter..one of the better brew pub O-Fests I've had..this is a dandy...they figured it would only be on tap for about a week before it was gone...I feel lucky to have tried it....better than Barley John's in my opinion although both are good...I had them within days of each other..

ZAP, Oct 19, 2005
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Oktoberfest from Granite City Food & Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.