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OktoberBeast - Aviator Brewing Company

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: atsprings on 10-15-2009)
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Reviews by SIRIUS2:
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew at the Aviator Tap House in Fuquay Varina, NC.

Served in a standard pint glass. Pretty good head of perhaps 1-2 inches that diminished quickly to a ring. Color was a clear sort of a ruddy orange. Decent lacing left behind down the glass.

Flavor is just a touch sweet with a blend of malts that seem to be mostly light to mid-toast. Nice hop presence for an Oktoberfest but nothing overpowering, just basically in balance. Finish is clean and somewhat crisp with just the faintest earthy hop in the linger.

Weight in the mouth is sort of medium in weight. There is a pretty good amount of carbonation present and that keeps things lively on the tongue. I'm sure the gravity of the beer also helps with the weight but it really isn't noticeable for the most part.

Overall drinkability is quite good, perhaps dangerously good given the 7.2% ABV. Enjoyed the brew, the beer, and a good band that night at the Tap House. Very nice!

SIRIUS2, Dec 20, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

My first O-fest beer of 2014.Poured one and a half cans into a half liter stein with a deep bronze color with a nice fluffy one full finger white head atop.Aromas of caramel malts and mild sweet alcohol that lets you know this is a bit "bigger" than the usual suspect.Flavors of caramel and vanilla stand out most but it doesn't get overly sweet really,a bit of toast in the finish.I admit I liked this more than I thought I would,it's not as sweet as I thought it might be,solid.

oberon, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Mantooth, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of goast8127
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

goast8127, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently brewed in the depths of hell by a gasmask-wearing demon, if the very cool label is anything to go by.

Pour is true to style, a burnt reddish copper, very autumnal, with a slightly dirty white head, but the head doesn't last very long, even with an aggressive pour.

Not getting very much from the smell at all, definitely has the aroma of those Oktoberfest-ish malts, kind of damp, slightly herbal, not even that far away from wet leaves. But a bit subdued. Expected more hops, since the label boasts "higher hopping rate than most oktoberfest beers."

Okay, actually drink this thing and there are the hops. Most definitely. They don't overpower, and they don't mutate the style too much. It's still very much an Oktoberfest at its foundation. Malts are up front and just slightly herbal and spicy enough to be the foremost tastes you get, but the hops, more citrusy than piney, play their role and give this beer a playful, bright sort of character. Barely-tart fruits wind up in the finish, and the feel of Oktober Beast is light and springy, maybe just slightly more crisp than authentic German examples.

I like this beer. It puts a twist on the style but doesn't pervert it (but then I like perverse examples too, like Avery's Kaiser). My first Aviator beer, and hey, so far, so Very Good.

Metalmonk, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a half inch of foamy head. Good retention. Caramel and toasted malt notes in the nose with just a hint of a faint yeast smell. Strong malt character on this one; very toasty, a little nutty, a little roasty, a hint of caramel. There are some hops here that show up late; nice citrusy, floral notes. Very low carbonation and a little thin.

Overall not a bad beer. Aviator's still one of my favorite local breweries.

tdm168, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

woodchip, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Bung, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7.8%

KevinGordon, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of robebo44
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

robebo44, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of AJalbert
5/5  rDev +34.8%

AJalbert, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have had this both in growler and bomber - reviewed by the bottle

a: served in a cylinder glass, the beast has an amber maple syrup color, floating a dense coating of off-white carbonation that retains well

s: grainy/bready munich malts on the nose with a nice dose of sweet caramel brown sugar, delicate roasts give a toasted note, nutty, leafy and autumnal, the label describes this as a hopped up o'fest - maybe slightly more than usual, but it's not a standout feature, grassy noble hops, some herbals, a nicely rich oktoberfest aroma

m: carbonation moderate, smooth, light-medium body

t: munich grains bring a bready, nutty grain flavor, sweet caramel, lots of leafy and earthy flavor, grassy hops with a moderate bitter balance to the finish

o: very nice oktoberfest - lots of malt utilized to provide a rich, full character, good hop presence, well rounded - true to style but with some nifty riffs on the typical

blackie, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of maxwelldeux
3/5  rDev -19.1%

maxwelldeux, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of jdrankin
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%

jdrankin, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Bustersuess
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Bustersuess, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Enjoyed a pint at Aviator's Smokehouse along with their awesome BBQ! Delivered a nice copper color with a slight tan head. First scent was reminded me of Ayinger's Oktoberfest beer, slightly sweet-fermented grains. The 7.2% abv is well-hidden until halfway through the pint, then it reveals itself. Aviator continues to impress with all their brews!

TheRougeBastard, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of ghunterck
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went by the Aviator bar to try this beer while traveling back through the Raleigh area. I love this beer. Very malty, strong, and some hops in there.

The beer pours with a nice head. It has no taste of alcohol but packs a punch.

The bartenders at the Aviator bar knew alot about the beer which being from cedar key helps me. I am very new to microbrews beer.

ghunterck, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have always enjoyed Marzen beers, and between the name and the label, I knew I was purchasing this one from the moment I saw it at Whole Foods in Raleigh. Some beers just stick out with gas mask wearing Bezelbubs emblazoned with Iron Crosses. I also have been on a winning streak with Aviator recently so I'm riding it. This sat in the fridge for a week but it was never going to be a long house guest.

Pours a handsome deep copper color with bubbly white head and respectable lace. Nose is grassy hops and sweet brown malt with light notes of caramel and toffee. Some dark fruit dances around the corners as well.

The taste is surprisingly balanced by comparison. Certainly not a pale ale, it still boasts a reasonable hop profile, especially in the finish and aftertaste. The still dominant malt features roasted, caramel, dark fruit, and booze flavors, in that order. Despite Lucifer's precautions, I find this beer to be tasty but manageable. I can see how several consecutive could lead to a crash landing but can still safely say two pitchforks up.

daliandragon, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SadMachine, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of mwbrady12
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

mwbrady12, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Pours a clear very dark copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some reddish brown + mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts with a light aroma of spicy + earthy hops. Slightly sweet.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of rich caramel malts with light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with just a hint if nuttiness. Finally, there are light flavors of spicy + earthy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a pretty decent Oktoberfest offering from Aviator, slightly heavier in the ABV than I would normally expect for the style but easily drinkable as that alcohol is well hidden from the smell and taste.

dbrauneis, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the Tap House and served in a shaker pint, the beer is an orange-caramel coloring with a filmy, white, clingy head. Nose of roast, nut, caramel, sweet potato, and hints of chocolate and cinnamon. Flavors are roast and rich, with nut and caramel throughout, on a slightly bready backbone. Smooth bodied and light, with a sweet and roast aftertaste. Slick, smooth finish. Decent beer.

GarthDanielson, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of TheDoak
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

TheDoak, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of jaswilson2
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

jaswilson2, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With a bold maple and caramel taste, the flavor of fall is alive and well in Aviator's beast of a fest beer.

Its caramel character is evident right from the pour- copper and dark honey color sets the tone. Its mild haze gives the beer a slight Amber Ale type of appearance. Darker than the average Oktoberfest, the beer builds a hearty off-white head that dissolves during the second half of the session and retains fairly as well.

Medium-strong aromas celebrate the malt character of Munich and caramel. Its sweeter upstart is pleasantly starchy, toasty, and nutty- coming to the nose like bread crust and maple. With the slightest of hop spice, an almost tea-like character wraps up the aromas.

Even sweeter to taste, all that caramel and savory maple flavor is nutty, lightly butter and brown sugar to remind the palate of french toast. Its nutty flavor becomes the bridge that brings the sweetness to close. Cashews at first turn to walnut-type bitterness late to link up with the herbal tea tones for a semi-crisp yet still savory finish.

Mid-full in body, the beer is certainly heftier than the typical fest bier. Its high residual sweetness is creamy until the carbonation subsides. After which, the sweetness lingers long into finish for a semi-dry closure and firm alcohol warmth.

The beer's overall hefty character allows it to resemble an American Amber Ale as much as it does an Oktoberfest. It lacks the refined elegance of true German Oktoberfest biers but it celebrates something heartier and sweeter. It could definitely stand up to a apple pie or fruit cobbler.

BEERchitect, Oct 09, 2013
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OktoberBeast from Aviator Brewing Company
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