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Oktoberfest - Sun King Brewing Company

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: howardf on 09-14-2009

23 IBU

A traditional German lager crafted with choice german malts and Noble hops.
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Photo of Cris4545
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer! Right up there with KBS

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks just as it should sitting in the glass deep murky amber with a off white head that stands at about an inch. The head quickly fades leaving no ice and just a skim on the edges. Nose is of sweet malt and dirty leaves with just enough of that German style malt strain to give it that nice soft feel of funk. This one is very sweet right off the bat with first sip. The sweetness mellows out and yields to a rustic body that is pillowy in feel. A bit of dryness and appropriate amount of stinky feel. Overall a very nice representation of the style and one of the better American versions I have found.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Shedding the head and settling in for the cooling off of fall, the taste turns from crisp, light and refreshing to something of a subtle and savory character. Sun King turns to the traditional Oktoberfest lager but with an American Midwest evolution.

Slightly haze and deep honey amber, the pour brings a froth barley-stained head and an overall stern austere. Its firlmy malted scent is sweet with grain, nutty, starchy and softly toasted. Honey-sweet to taste, a ribbon of caramel reinforces the malt-forward nature of the beer. Faint flowery hops play out in the background, at least to the initial taste.

Its juicy malt center simply blossoms across the middle as the toasted elegance of vienna-type malts play out with rich but simplistic caramel character. Nutty with cashew and pecan, a playful savory earthiness set in before the spice of hops offset just enough malt to prevent cloying.

Richer than the average German Oktoberfestbier, the medium bodied lager holds onto its malt structure and associated sweetness deep on the palate. Eventual dryness takes place with the slight spice of minty hops and somber alcohol dryness.

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cool that these guys come around only once a year for GABF, too bad their beer is nothing to write home about. so much hype and not one beer i have really liked from them yet. bummer. their packaging is even worse, busy and amateurish. this one has a bronze color to it, short but dying white head, quite clear. its sweet in the smell, rushed lagering maybe, maybe weak yeast, but its got a lot of sugar left. lots of body too, but the taste is is a lot like the can it came out of, tinny and sharp in the wrong ways, off flavor there for sure. i like the caramel thing, its rich and pretty good, but the way that metal comes out in the finish its just not nice. carbonation is fine but with this lingering aftertaste the beer is rendered one and done for me. still waiting on a sun king beer worth having more than one of...

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3.56/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

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Oktoberfest from Sun King Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.