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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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Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -43.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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 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 Kremlock
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Caramel colour, pours a nice head that then falls to a thin film that laces the glace a bit. Beer is a bit hazy yet only malt on their bill is Munich.

S: Hints of caramel with some lemon on the background.

T: Hints of pepper, bubblegum and soft toffee in the background.

M: Thin and to high of a carbonation. Carbonation feels acidic and distracts from the flavours of the beer.

O: Not impressed for a Garrison product. The mouthfeel takes away from the experience. Aromas are very light, Head does not stand and beer is not clear. There is a long lasting aftertaste that is not bitter nor malty.

Kremlock, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -14.8%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with plenty of bubbly white head. Head quickly settles and doesn't really leave lacing.

Faint smell of yeast, but I also managed to pick up a minor malt smell.

Taste starts out with some mild toffee malt flavors. And that is pretty much all there is to it. Some mild carbonation throughout. 'Mild' pretty much sums up the taste and mouthfeel.

Overall, the mildness does make it very drinkable.

This is probably the first Marzen beer I can say that I have tried, so I don't know how good it is in comparison to the style. In general, it isn't bad, but not something I would label as great.

Seanstoppable, Sep 27, 2009
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 TerryW
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark copper with a short white head. Leaves behind just a thin film before long.

Nose is bready with cooked sugar malt. That carries on through to the flavour, which is dominated by caramel and grain. I'm surprised at the mouthfeel which is soft and creamy like an ale. This beer isn't particularly pushy in anyway and you need to work a bit to find what's there.

Decent, evenhanded brew, but not overly exciting.

TerryW, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

DaPan, Feb 14, 2013
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 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
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
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 hopsolutely
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful dark amber colour, completely unexpected for the style but a pleasure to look at. Faint aroma of caramelized malts plus grains. Flavours are also milder than I expected: not as sweet, grainy or grassy as I'd expect for a Maerzen. Still a sweet and malty beer, but not my favourite Garrison product.

hopsolutely, Oct 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 decimator
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 4.9%.

A - Poured a slightly hazy orange-brown with a foamy head. Foam reduces to a thin cap in a few minutes. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramel, toffee, some apple sour notes, sourness, some grass. As it warms there's metallic notes in the finish. The balance is definitely on the malty side.

T - Toffee/caramel upfront, some nondescript fruity sour notes, mild bitter finish.

M - Medium-high carbonation, medium body but finishes thin, smooth, sticky, a bit tangy.

O - Good beer. Easy to session on this one.

decimator, Oct 29, 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 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 fostachild
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear medium-dark amber/copper colour. little bit of off-white head, okay lacing.

took a bit to get anything but the smell was mostly malt, eventually a little sweetness/toffee.

taste was also mostly malt, a nice sweetness but not all that interesting.

overall it was okay, i feel like there could have been more to it.

fostachild, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Garrison have done a nice job on this 500ml bottle, decorating it with light blue and white checks. I popped the cap and shared it with my wife.

Pours a rich copper and immediately kicks up a creamy off-white head, which gradually drops to a collar, and leaves only a few spots of lace. Certainly not the best appearance in show, but there is a nice radiance to the body, which I like. This average to slightly-above-average performance is continued in the nose. At first the aroma is metallic and mineral heavy, but some warmth and a swirl brings out some deep fruit tones, which combine with caramel and bready malts to give a more appropriate märzen feel.

Malts dominate throughout the flavour, and the hops only make the briefest of appearances in a floral finish. A nice amount of bread combines with caramel, biscuit and spice to provide a solid platform. Unfortunately the beer fails to build on that, leaving us with a decent, but unexceptional, oktoberfest. Perhaps it could have redeemed itself by amping up the malt base, but that's not the route Garrison chose to go. The medium-light body could do with a little more heft to fill it out, but the carbonation is about where it should be.

This isn't what I would call a beer lover's oktoberfest, but its still a nice beer, and one that I can appreciate. There's not a lot of complexity going on, and its certainly more suited to the moments when you're not dwelling on the nature of beer. If I had the choice to have it again I think it would make a good session option at the bar, or a nice brewski for the game. Sometimes that's all you want in a beer.

Thanks to BBrianBoogie for sending me the bottle as part of CanCon BIF!

bobsy, Nov 25, 2009
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 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 Hawoh
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has Lager type aroma's with medium body and mouthfeel. It has mostly a malty type sweetness. Low bitterness with no particular hop charactistic being dominant. The beer had very little after taste. Very nice amber colour and low to very-low carbonation levels.

Hawoh, Oct 15, 2009
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
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Oktoberfest Brau from Garrison Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.