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OktoberBeast - Aviator Brewing Company

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%


Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 10-15-2009)
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-12-2011 09:34:57 | More by tdm168
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 03:29:36 | More by GarthDanielson
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2013 18:23:45 | More by BEERchitect
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:13:58 | More by blackie
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a rich amber color with a creamy off white head with sticky lacing all around the glass. Looks great!

The aroma is a little boozy making it rather sweet with ripe fruit notes, but not much toasted malt nor hops.

The flavor is rather sweet for the style. There are notes of toasted malt, but the boozy sweetness seems to over power these characteristics of the style. Interesting enough there are plenty of ripe fruit notes. The fruit notes almost remind me of a Belgium dubbel ale or a doppelbock.

Medium bodied that is is slick on the tongue. I wished there they would have masked the boozy sweetness or lowered the Abv. level. I wish there was a little more focus on the toasted malt that is the benchmark of this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 06:19:54 | More by Luigi
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, Fall officially left a few days ago, but it's a rainy and fairly mild day that could easily pass for October in Portland... here's a 22 oz. surprise from my bud, Metalmonk. Poured to a pint glass alongside carnitas tacos from our favorite neighborhood taqueria.

Wicked label: a demonic figure pulling a flaming skull from a molten cauldron. This ain't your mother's Oktoberfest... I like, but am a little puzzled by, the 'QR Code' square that would allow one to scan and let them know how I feel about the beer. I'm not THAT into technology <yet>, though I'll glad post a review here.

A: Ahhh, the shades of bygone autumn... a lovely orange-sienna that hints at redness. Gorgeous color. A few wriggling bubbles in a nearly clear pour, still really pretty - though a bit sleepy. Head is creamy and luscious finger-depth, a bright shade of light khaki; it stays for a minute or so before receding to a clingy ring and a mottled film. Sporadic lace, streaking lace and spotty bits.

S: A nutty and mildly metallic scent, sweet and slightly fruited only in retrospect. Dry grasses and a more definite caramel after a few minutes of warming.

T: Right away there's a spicy, brassy huskiness. It's hoppiness toes the line with enough bitterness to balance a potentially dessert-sweet mouthful of toffee and fruity pastries. There's roasted nuts and some cocoa and dashes of earthy spice muddled with grassy, slightly pithy hops. On the 'imperial' side in both realms, but the result is a mightily flavored (i.e. 'tasty') Oktoberfest.

M: Bolder, thicker mouthfeel than your standard O-fest, thanks to a whopping 7.2% ABV. You don't detect the alcohol by its heat so much, but you assume it's there because of the chewier weight in the mouth. So smooth. I really like this a lot; well balanced maltiness/bitterness and a not-so-sticky finish. Very nice.

O: My first from Aviator and Jeff picked me out a winner. Sure, it's a couple days past Christmas and I'm drinking an Oktoberfest, but freshness doesn't seem to be an issue here whatsoever. Too strong to session, like a 'proper' version of the style - but that's probably not the point. Sticks with the style, but pushes the boundaries commendably. Enjoyable, one I'd be glad to have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 01:31:40 | More by msubulldog25
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:58:37 | More by daliandragon
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 23:09:18 | More by Metalmonk
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ghunterck

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 01:58:56 | More by ghunterck
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beer2day

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour with minimal head and lace.

Strong bready malt nose. Lots of caramel malt. Maybe even weak maple syrup.

Flavor matches the nose well. Substantial malt body. Caramel and raisin up front. Nice thickness in the finish. Toasted malt kicks in on the back end.

Nice, slow drinking fest. ABV is barely noticeable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 23:02:05 | More by beer2day
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 21:45:39 | More by SIRIUS2
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Busy Bee served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with a decent khaki head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a mild blend of sweet malts and slight hops. The taste is almost like a pilsner, nice hop balance to the sweet malt presence. The beer is medium bodied with slight warming alcohol. I must say, an interesting variation of the style, one I'd certainly have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 18:31:13 | More by atsprings
OktoberBeast from Aviator Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.