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Hoptoberfest - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: crossovert on 09-09-2010

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, no nothing. All I can tell you is that my label is blue and does not look like the beer pictured, but is most assuredly a Milwaukee Brewing Co. Hoptober Fest Lager. Unless this bottle is lying, but it also says copyright 2012 on the label so I'm guessing this is just a newer batch than the beer pictured. It says it has a 6.0% abv also.

A - Pours a very nice burnt orange color with a nice two finger head. I can already tell that this might be a little better than the awful Milwaukee Brewing Co. Hop Happy IPA that I drank last night.

S - I'm smelling a bit of malts, and that is about it. No spices present. Maybe just a little bit of honey in there.

T - Malty taste for sure, with light carbonation, and some wheat.

M - Mouth is nothing special. Very dry feel afterwards. I feel like the malts are lingering around a little bit, and I can still maybe taste some honey in there.

Overall, not terribly impressed. Although, out of the selection of "craft" beers that Milwaukee Brewing Co. is doing, this is the best one I've had so far.

Milwaukee Brewing Co. Hoptober Fest ---2.5/5

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A- Deep copper with about a 1/2' white head subsiding to a fine white lacing

S-Bready malty and a slight hint of ethanol. Faint floral hop aroma

T-Assertively bitter, probably a bit too bitter for strict style guidelines. Some malt sweetness, but the hops tend to overwhelm the malt flavors. Tastes like a Oktoberfest crossed with a pale ale.

M-Prickly carbonation, a little bit rough around the edges from the assertive bitterness.

O-An Oktoberfest for hop heads? Although I love hops this combo doesn't quite do it for me, was really expecting the malt to shine more for this beer, or there to at least be more hop aroma. Decent beer but should be more balanced.

Website lists it as 40 IBUs and about 1.060 og so this is definitely overly bitter for an Oktoberfest of its gravity

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6.0% ABV, no date.

A - Brilliant clarity shines through the golden cedar-colored beer, allowing a visual on steady carbonation rising up. A dense off-white head starts low in stature but is retained very well and leaves patchy dots of lacing circling the glass.

S - Despite it's Milwaukee origin, Hoptoberfest is European in aroma with lots of floral and earthy hops emanating from within. Hard mineral water laces the toasted Vienna malts and light Munich sweetness.

T - Hoptoberfest might be European in aroma but our love for hops makes it all American in flavor, pouncing on the tongue with bitterness. While still seemingly comprised of classic European ingredients, this is like a ramped up Oktoberfest with bolder herbal and floral hoppiness plowing through the toasted malts. Sweetness lingers for a touch of balance, but the style's depth of maltiness is largely passed by here.

M - Smooth and well-carbonated, Hoptoberfest is almost creamy-feeling with a dry and moderately bitter finish, much more bitter than the style generally serves it's drinkers. Medium-bodied, this beer maintains enough drinkability to parallel the style in that regard.

O - The nature of Milwaukee's Hoptoberfest is played out perfectly in the name. Take said Oktoberfest, over hop it, and, in a manner of speaking, there you have it. This beer takes a classic malt base which usually commands a little more attention and uses it to balance the bigger load of hops tossed in this beer. It doesn't stray from the classic roots so much in ingredients but rather in how they're used. Don't expect your bold citrus and pine American hops here, just a good Oktoberfest with some more earthy herbal and floral characteristics.

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Hoptoberfest from Milwaukee Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.