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Old World Oktoberfest - Water Street Brewery

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Old World Oktoberfest
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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Water Street Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 12-29-2004)
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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2.33/5  rDev -33.4%

8 oz tap pour into an American Tumbler at Water Street Brewery

A - Totally clear light copper-amber with minimal head that quickly left a thin ring. No lacing at all.

S - Sweet, light aroma of tasted malts with a hint of caramel and a strong nose of raisin and grape skin. No hops. Doesn't smell like an oktoberfest really. Much too fruity.

T - Toasty amber-caramel malts with a strong hint at the raisin and grape in the aroma. A dark fruitiness. Too strong for the style. Lose the overly fruitiness and then we'll be getting somewhere. Also, it has a light hop finish but not powerful enough.

M - Crisp and light bodied with a carbonation bite to the end. Light sweet fruitiness and a dry finish. Best part so far...

D - Why is this oktoberfest so fruity? Not good. It's really not bad overall as a beer, but as an oktoberfest it fails.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 07, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The body was a clear tan to brown with a smooth tan head and a gentle carbonation

S- Very light maltyness that was lightly roasted

T- The flavor was a pretty dry maltyness some hints of toasted malt but very faint. Hiding in the background is a slight hop bitterness but no other hop flavors.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel and no alcohol warmth.

D- This beer was served pretty cold and it didn't have the complexity of malt that this style needs.

rhoadsrage, May 24, 2005
Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Kunstman, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Hendrick24, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

Another mug pour at Historic Turner Hall in Milwaukee.

A - Poured a clear, rich mahogany color with a small, khaki-colored head. The retention was okay and it left some sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of biscuity/bready malts. There was a touch of fruit and some grassiness, too.

T - This is a fairly sweet, malty oktoberfest. Hop profile is minimal just a mild grassy/piney bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

D - Along with the Pale Ale, this is the best beer I've had from Water Street. Solid but not spectacular.

zeff80, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%

had this in a plastic cup at summerfest. this was not what i was expecting for an oktoberfest, and also strange that it was being served in early july. anyways, this was quite dark for the style-it was a hazy, dark ruby brown with an off white head. some dark malts in the nose, couldn't discern much else given the environment. taste was balanced more towards the roasty/astringent end rather than the sweet, crisp malt profile i would expect for the style. medium-bodied. not bad, but not their best option at a sweaty summer festival in milwaukee.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

dirtyharry2489, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

pathead, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of elevatedgreens
4/5  rDev +14.3%

elevatedgreens, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Lawl3ss
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Lawl3ss, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ZAP
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%

Looks OK...brown with amber highlights...Nose is sweet toffee..musty...some strong arm pit BO odor...body is medium...perhaps a little lighter....nice sweet flavor..toffee....light caramel...little bitterness....not extremely thick but not a lightweight either...has just a hint of mustiness on the taste lending some cheaper qualities to it...apparently they use about 6 different malts in this so it is probably well made but just has a slight off-taste to it...

All things considered this would rate as a slightly above average O-fest...Nice maltiness....nothing terribly wrong with it besides the arm pit BO odor...doesn't seem to be dumbed down at all....$5 a growler is a nice price...I'd probably pick up another when in town but not worth going out of the way for...Much better than their pale ale I also sampled and will review later...

ZAP, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +20%

The beer came a light golden color with a ring of foam around the top of the beer. Not quite dark enough in my book. The nose was very strong caramel sweetness, enough to cover up the lager character in the beer. Nice. The flavor was mellow, with a really good caramel and a slight hop on the finish. Very nice. The feel was thick and slightly creamy and velvety smooth. All around good beer. One of my favorties from this brewery.

kmpitz2, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Deep, clear ruddy gold-to-brown color. Poured a half finger off-white head with fair retnetion. Broken lacing. Lightly decanted continually.

S: Bready malt and wet grains.

T: Bready and biscuity malts with a little toast in the background. Bittered sufficiently for a nice clean finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Fairly well balanced malt and bittering hop.

D: I enjoyed it, well actually two, but the residual sweetness hinted of unfermented sugars yet it didn't have the malt complexity or alcohol bite in other of its ilk.

Haybeerman, Jun 27, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

jroberts8811, Friday at 04:31 PM
Photo of BeerLover99
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%

A: light brown, hint of amber, no head and lacing absent

S: light sweet malt, hint of roasted

T: mild sweet malt with muted roasted bread-like overall, dash of earthiness.

M- light/medium body, ok carbonation/seemed almost a little flat, dry finish

D: This was not a very good Oktoberfest. Seemed a little watered down and needed some more carbonation. When visiting this brewery, a newbie may enjoy this brew, but the seasoned Oktoberfest/beer geek will be disappointed. My wife loves Oktoberfest beers, she is not really a beer drinker; she agreed this was a bit weak.

BeerLover99, Mar 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Kevinpitts, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

JeffSK, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

TonyTalon, Sep 03, 2012
Old World Oktoberfest from Water Street Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.