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Oktoberfest - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of t0rin0
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 10/9/2010 at the brewpub.

Pours orange/red, clear, low head, lace, retention.

Aroma is very mild but the aromas are still there. A tiny bit of European hops, caramel, and malt. But those are all in low doses.

Flavor is caramel, grassy, and low bitterness. Not overly flavorful but what is there is nice.

Body is light and the beer is quite drinkable.


Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glassy, bright reddish orange; an appealing twist on the usual Oktoberfest color that favors brown over red. The head was darkest tan, verging on light brown, and lasted about as long as I expect brewpub heads to last anymore. That is, not very damn long. A few widely scattered spots of lace was the extent of the glass coverage.

The nose was weak and uninteresting. It's hard to say whether or not I assigned it aromas that I know marzens possess. After all, the power of suggestion can be a powerful thing. Anyway, I think it smelled of sweet, toasted caramel malt and I know that it smelled of very little else.

The flavor reminded me of significantly sweet, beer-flavored iced tea. Or iced tea-flavored beer, take your pick. It was better than that description sounds, but as I entered the bottom half of the pint, the sweetness began to wear on me. It fact, this was the sweetest O-fest that I can ever remember drinking. Even though I didn't taste it per se, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that honey was added.

There wasn't much bitterness, but earthy, spicy, tea-like hop flavor (Tettnanger perhaps) managed to fight through the almost cloying sweetness. The finish was medium in length, was slightly more bitter than what preceded it, and was lightly sticky. Unlike the typical beer from Granite City, the carbonation wasn't soda-like fizzy. It was also a comfortable notch or two above light.

Upon entering the brewpub, I noted a large, stainless steel Ford truck in the parking lot, backed up to the front of the building. Painted proudly on the side was 'Fermentus Interruptus in motion... '. Snaking out the back of the truck and in through a small hole in the restaurant's front wall was a hose that was pumping beer into the brew kettles. Quite apart from the quality of the beer, this is... just... wrong.

Oktoberfest is slightly better than average beer. However, the almost syrupy sweetness was out of place and kept me from enjoying it as much as I might have. I can wait another year (or more) for it to be trucked in from Fermentus Interruptus headquarters, or from wherever the hell it originates.

Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +33.5%
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..

Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of alleykatking
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

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3.48/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Oktoberfest from Granite City Food & Brewery
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