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Oktoberfest Brau - Garrison Brewing Company

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Germany’s most popular fall beer, this “Oktoberfest Brau” is brewed in the traditional maerzen style. Pleasant toffee-like flavors, medium body and low hopping make this a seasonal lager worthy of celebration.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: Seanstoppable on 09-27-2009)
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Reviews by allergictomacros:
Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber-red. Thick white head. Looks pretty good.
S - Barely there hints of roasted grain, hints of fruit.
T - Moderately dry with strong acidity. hints of coffee and toasted grain. Nondescript hops and moderately bitter finish.
M - Light,crisp mouthfeel
D - Too much acidity up front for my taste. Wouldn't try this one again.

allergictomacros, Oct 12, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +13.6%

beerhunter13, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a cherry red color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is dark fruit, cherries, toffee and some bready malt. The flavor is bread, peanuts, toffee and some sugary, sweet malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I am somewhat surprised by the low ratings because this is one of the better Oktoberfests that I have tried.

Mora2000, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last day of Oktoberfest in Kitchener - couldn't have found a more fitting brew to close off the festival. That, and I'll drink anything from Garrison.

Poured into a dimpled mug. Deep copper-caramel brew, sturdy half inch of head, survives as a thick crescent of foam. Some lacy bits.

Nose is malty, a bit of caramel, a bit of grain.

Typical marzen flavor - lots of malty sweetness, some caramel and brown sugar, and a bit of acidic grape flavor that I've also encountered in a few other Garrison brews.

Thin bodied, zippy carbonation.

Not a bad marzen, nothing particularly special (though it's a style that's yet to really wow me, so I can't really sure I know what I'm looking for). Solid festering brew - always good to see Garrison on LCBO shelves!

JohnnyBarman, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of BGDrock
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

Appearance: nice amber/red hue; clear with a thick head

Aroma: some spice notes; light malt; not a strong aroma

Taste & Mouthfeel: smooth texture, almost creamy; lightly carbonated; grain or a slightly woodsy flavour; mild spice; pretty good balance with malt flavour on the caramel/toffee side

Overall: a good session beer, but fairly average taste and not much interesting

BGDrock, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow bodied with some retained head. Neutral aroma. Light mouthfeel, with above average carbonation. Fresh bottle from LCBO. Easy drinking, tastes a bit more bitter than its 16 IBU. Nice job to input flavour coinciding with lower abv. A little sweetness, would like a little more flavour, such as a touch of smoke to make this more enjoyable.

Sammy, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big props to my BA in crime andrenaline for including this is our latest cross country swap
A - mostly clear amber copper colour, tall fluffy tan head dissipated slowly but consistently
S - a strong blood-like mineral odour with some grape fruitiness and grassy hops, reminds me more of a dunkel
T - caramel and light nutty malts, strong blood-like metallic flavour, light fruity and grassy flavour with a musty hint
M - medium body and a little on the flat side, somewhat creamy with a mineral feeling that lingers
O - a tasty treat from a brewer that I am generally pleased with, not an outstanding marzen by any means but worth picking up when the season arrives

joemcgrath27, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of heebes
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Octoberfest release.
Bottled H2511

Pours a clear dark auburn with ruby highlights, two fingers of tan foamy head. Nose is sweet caramel and toffee malts, yeast, barley, spiciness and bready notes. A bit watery in the mouthfeel and seemingly lager-like. Light to medium bodied, wet on the palate.
Overall, an decent lager variant on the Octoberfest, a bit thin and weak. Good drinkability at 4.9 abv, though I'll probably stick to other Marzens this fall.

heebes, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright clear copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt is enjoyable though not overly complex. Taste is really dominated by loads of caramel malt with not much else to report though that is kind of the point of the style. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the greatest interpretation of the style but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Poured a light to medium amber colour with one finger of thin, bubbly white head that quickly receded to a small ring around the glass. Translucent.

S - Bready/grainy matl notes with some sweet brown sugar and a very slight hop aroma in the background.

T - Sweet bready malt notes dominate the palate. Some caramel and brown sugar are present as well along with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body, moderate to high carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of PeerlessMark
2.03/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is only the second Märzen style beer I've had, the first being the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen.

I can easily say this is the worst MärzenI've ever had, more than that though it totally disagreed with me on many levels and I hated drinking this beer, will never try it again and probably will avoid Garrison Brewing Company in general.

It pours fine, average head that dissipates into a thin white collar. The smell is pleasant, suggests some honey and the general smell impression I had was that of "clean and crisp".

The initial flavour is fresh and made me optimistic but I was severely let down when the flavour rolled like a dirty fog over my tongue.

At first I got very tart cucumber. That's just not a flavour I welcome in my beer. Next I got assailed with an overipe honeydew flavour, but not the dark sweet part of the honeydew melon... more like the white part that is very close to the rind but far worse than that. It mixes with a cloyingly gross reminder of the worst medicine you had to take when you were little. I'm so grateful I'm no longer a child, and as I'm certain there are no medicinal properties in this swill I threw the rest of this out.

I gave it a few more sips just to make sure I hadn't missed out on some redeeming quality further in, but it kept getting nastier. I am introducing friends to new craft beers and one of them couldn't stomach anymore either, his girlfriend liked it and drank the rest so it apparently does suit at least one person's pallette. Not mine.

It has been a long time since I threw out a fresh beer. Avoid this.

PeerlessMark, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SlovakSniper (ratebeer) for this one. Enjoyed last night and shared with my wife.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle.

Appearance: Lots of head, a clear amber-red body with the same color mildly reflected in the foam.

Smell: Spices, malt, herbs and some caramel. Fresh and sprightly.

Taste: Good caramel malt backbone withe herbs that are not overdone. Flavorful and really good. Liking this a lot.

Mouthfeel: Light yet satisfying with low carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to put back. A seasonal i would come back to for sure.

Overall: A pleasant fall beer that conjures images of fallen leaves, brisk autumn breezes and spices cooking in a pot. I highly recommend this top notch brew.

papat444, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grains, hops, cereal, straw

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some grains. There is also a bit of an earthiness and some straw/hay flavour and a light amount of hop bitterness. It ends with a malty caramel sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's not the most exciting style of beer, but they did a good job with it and it fits the season nicely and it tasted really fresh. The price might be a bit high for what you get, but I'm happy I gave it a try.

spinrsx, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of DreamDeath
4/5  rDev +13.6%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. Bottled H2511 (August 25, 2011 I'll assume).

Poured a brown-ish copper, with some offwhite creamy head. Moderate retention with only a little bit of lacing. Nose has some light dark fruits, toffee and a hint of caramel. Modest bready malts (darker breads) and lager yeast. Taste has more of the same, some dark fruits and bread, sweet malts with an interesting floral/fruity character that I can't identify; slightly peculiar but still pleasant. Hints of some lightly toasted/smoked malts. Medium body that's creamy at times, although I can taste a bit of alcohol which isn't too desirable at this ABV, bringing the feel down a half-point. A good beer with some interesting qualities, maintains some good drinkability. I'd like to say I'd buy this more often, but the pricing on this in Ontario is a bit prohibitive.

liamt07, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of SebD
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit, bready/grainy malts, caramel and grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has bready/grainy malts along with some sweet caramel/toffee, grassy hops and slight dark fruit. There's almost a sourness to this beer.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. Probably not something I'll try again.

SebD, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; packaged Aug. 25, 2011.

Pours a beautiful orange-copper colour, bright and clear. Seated atop the liquid is a creamy light beige head, about two-fingers thick at first but it soon settles down to a thin, equally-creamy cap. The malty aroma is pleasant but a bit weak in intensity. It consists mostly of toasted nuts, fresh bread and biscuits with some caramel or brown sugar notes as well.

Good firm malty backbone, lots of toasted bread with some nutty notes, sweet biscuits and brown sugar as well. Some light plum-like fruitiness in the finish, as well as some grassy bitterness that lingers briefly with sweet malts in the aftertaste. Medium-thin bodied, with fairly mild carbonation, just enough to make it feel a bit crisp. Very drinkable; probably easy to throw back but I'd rather enjoy it at a slower pace.

Good stuff, easy to like/drink but not worth the price in Ontario when there are equally good marzens being made locally. I'd drink this again no question, but it's not really spiffy enough to warrant seeking out.

thehyperduck, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -43.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of nighthawk
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into mug. Bottled-on printed on label.

Pours a mostly clear amber-brown with two fingers of fluffy white head quickly shrinking to a thin haze. No lacing is left behind.

Aroma is mostly sweet toffee with just a bit of fruit and sulfur.

Taste is toffee, slightly toasty with some background hints of citrus and florals to provide some bittering balance. Sulfur is tasted, but not as prominently as in the nose. Sweetness lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is a touch above light, with little but smooth carbonation.

Drinkable for sure, this beer is nice without being exceptional. Good to see a local brewery trying this style.

nighthawk, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Average-sized, off-white head that diminished to a thin film after a couple of minutes. Not really any lacing from this beer. Body is a dark amber color, and slightly hazy.

S: Not a bad aroma - average amount of malt with some hints of caramel. Not as powerful-smelling as I would have expected from an Oktoberfest.

T: Flavor is moderately sweet, with the caramel-maltiness coming through quite well. Not a lot of punch to it, but still quite nice. Short-lasting overall.

M: Medium-bodied and slick, with average carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Extremely easy to drink, but I prefer an Oktoberfest to have a little more character. Still, a very decent entry.

berley31, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Freeballs102010
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Really pretty deep dark red.

S: smells simply sweet

T: surprisingly light, this is my first Oktoberfest beer. This is probably the biggest contrast I've ever experienced in colour and taste.

M: medium to light bodied, goes down very smooth. Bit of bitter aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Not outstanding but nothing would/will stop me from having another.

Freeballs102010, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber body with two fingers of white bubbly head. Retention is minimal and leaves no lacing.

S: Nice blend of caramel malts, spice and some breadiness.

T: Well balanced mix of caramel and bread. Some spice, but it's very weak.

M: Medium-light bodied with low carbonation. Texture is very water like and it leaves a bit of a caramel finish.

O: Well done on this beer. It was a little bland at time, but it is very refreshing and an easy drink.

Long813, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber, off-white head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Floral with a light spicing; Caramel & bready malt.

T: Bread, caramel, floral & spice with a hint of sulfur. Balanced bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth; hint of residual sweetness (good for the style).

D: A good drinker.

Derek, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -14.8%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, thanks to pubstyle for sharing.

Pours a clear amber/copper, thin white head forms, slowly drops to a thin ring, few lace spots stick to the glass, nice clarity. Smell is alright, malty, minerals/iron, bready malt, biscuit, lightly fruity, some oranges, caramel, pretty clean but uninspiring. Taste is similar, nicely malty, caramel sweetness and some dry biscuit, iron and a touch of mineral, lightly floral, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A decent marzen but unexciting. Thanks Troy!

Viggo, Sep 28, 2009
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Oktoberfest Brau from Garrison Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.