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Oktoberfest - Sun King Brewing Company

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85
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
23 IBU

A traditional German lager crafted with choice german malts and Noble hops.

(Beer added by: howardf on 09-14-2009)
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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

Petro7499, Today at 01:59 AM
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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

Jho3325, Wednesday at 01:35 AM
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4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Chris585, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Schwegler, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bigbluebeerguy, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

rxthree, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of magictacosinus
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%

A big thanks to Todd for this. Poured out of a 16oz can into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a good color for a märzen - pale amber, with enough fluffy foam that rises to the top of the glass. Dissipates almost completely after nearly a half hour, not leaving very much stickiness or noticeable tears overall. Carbonation shows well, with some thickened bubbles and plenty of liveliness. If the head retention were better, this would score higher in terms of looks.

Smells simple, with a flavor profile mostly imparted by the malt bill that is slightly bready, sweet, and spicy. Notes of biscuits, with caramel, toffee, and some citrus and pine. Very earthy at the finish, yet feels rather anemic. I honestly cannot get any further assessment out of it. Could this can be past its prime?

Tastes alright - at least, at first. There are decent, flavorful notes of toasted cereal grains, toffee, caramel, as well as some playful earthiness from the hops, as well as a spicy profile from the yeast. Again, I cannot really make out any specific flavors - only sensations - that is, until this starts to warm up. Oh, boy, here we go again - squash, carrots, and cabbage right at the finish. Gets progressively more noticeable halfway through, with a "cooked" sensation becoming more predominant. Strangely palate cleansing, but doesn't sit too well with me. Slightly thin, but at least there's enough carbonation and fullness from the malts that improves the situation. Still, I had to pass it on to someone else, as I usually am not happy with vegetable notes in beers that weren't brewed with them.

This is the *second* "Oktoberfest" beer I've had from a seemingly good brewery that displayed this problem. Could it be the malt profile or the yeast used? Whatever it is, I do hope these guys are catching it. Then again, I probably should have had it much fresher, but it shouldn't be doing this bad several months in. I've heard good things about these guys, and while this a rocky start, I will do what I can to try more of their stuff in the future.

magictacosinus, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

rwilde, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

ToddGingerich, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ChrisWashington, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

vande, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DaCoach81, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

pmorey, Nov 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

LJDWHZ, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

davemathews68, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

BSuter, Oct 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

bzach, Oct 25, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +18.8%

Im a server/bartender and live in Indiana but this brewery is by far my favorite, they have many others aswell cream ale a classic american beer. But of course go to the store and theyre only in cans, you guys need the bottles A+ guys dont know what else to really say about the beer other then smooth it sounds weird but a slice of orange with oktoberfest my fav

Supertrooper44, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a clear, maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, wheat, slight hops, alcohol, spices (?), and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight hops, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good Oktoberfest, nothing outstanding but very session-able.

Tone, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

estevan1024, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

zrab11, Oct 16, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%

16 ounce can, 13259 is stamped on the bottom of the can. Not sure if that's the best by or the canned on Julian Date (September 15, 2013). Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like toasted and caramel malt, nuts, and some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bready/grainy malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, smooth and easy to drink. I liked this brew, but at $13.49 a 4-pack, it's better to buy a single of this brew if you want to try it.

bluejacket74, Oct 14, 2013
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Oktoberfest from Sun King Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.