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Oktoberfest - Sun King Brewing Company


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very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%

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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Photo of magictacosinus


2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 06:39:28 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of Supertrooper44


4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:45:12 | More by Supertrooper44
Photo of Tone


3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 11:59:57 | More by Tone
Photo of bluejacket74


3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

10-14-2013 01:28:46 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Vonerichs


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light rusty colored clear body with white head.

Smells toasty with a hint of grass and walnut.

Taste is toasted grain and a nice slight bitterness from noble hops. There's a slight nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Great carbonation level.

A solid Oktoberfest.

Serving type: can

11-28-2012 01:32:27 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of secondtooth


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the pint can a clean, clear amber, with substantial head. Thick 2-finger lace. Lovely!

Nose is malty grains, even earthy. Nice.

Flavor is malty and sweet up front, with a slowly-developing citrus hops accent toward the finish. Totally solid, but I still prefer their Osiris Pale Ale.

Serving type: can

11-14-2012 19:06:55 | More by secondtooth
Photo of rlee1390


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Caramel malt, bread and butter, toast some slight earthy notes.

T-Sweet and malty, caramel, earthy some pine, good balance and some slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation and crisp.

O-Easily the best Oktoberfest beer I've had.

Serving type: can

10-10-2012 23:22:32 | More by rlee1390
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here’s hoping this will be the first Oktoberfest that will wow me this year – cheers!

A: Very pale, translucent amber; looks almost watery. An aggressive pour leads to a very bubbly head, though it pops down slowly to a layer of creamy retention.

S: Light toasted malt, with toffee, caramel, and marshmallow; has an odd hint of unnatural, corn-like aroma to the malt, though, and it’s tough to look past. Slight strawberry jam notes and white bread crustiness around the back, too.

T: Those odd notes from the nose kick it off: cornmeal and slight metallic alcohol. Luckily, that worst part is over quick, giving way to cherry cola, toffee, faint biscuit, and almond butter. As expected, it’s mainly malt – leafy noble hops show up for a moment – but a bready yeast crispness lays over it all, giving it a drinkable cracker character. Toasted lager tones in the aftertaste, quite mild.

M: It’s not crisp, but it’s definitely fizzy. Definitely light for this style.

O: This one wasn’t underwhelming, but I’m definitely not going to pay $4 for a can of it again. Whatever the price, though, a crisp, sweet lager is never unwelcome to my palate.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 04:58:58 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of mcallister


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper with a white head of a half inch, medium in body and depth and holding good retention, yielding little lace.

Way overpriced but still a decent oktoberfest. Aromas of biscuity malt, baked bread, toffee and spicey hop with some floral qualities.

Tastes like the aroma. Bigger in way of caramel and toffee, with sweet bready malts, earthy hop on the finish with floral notes through the finish. Clean and flinty with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 20:35:12 | More by mcallister
Photo of Lillie1128


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head

S - Smells very yeasty with a bit of a floral notes

T - Very malty with a sweetness and tanginess at the end and just a little bit of hops.

M - Great mouthfeel. It's full bodied and just a little carbonated

D - Pretty good.

This was actually my first oktoberfest, so I didn't know what to expect, but it was pretty tasty. Thanks to jmarsh123 for this one!!

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 00:43:28 | More by Lillie1128
Photo of JamesS


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fantastic deep burnished copper with fantastic head and great lacing. Very nice deep malty scent with caramel and spice hints, and a slightly fallen leaf aroma. Great thick flavors with deep hearty malts, a nice crispness, and excellent undertones of caramel and noble hops. Went down quite well.

Serving type: can

10-12-2011 19:00:54 | More by JamesS
Photo of Bierguy5


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can! Hazy copper color, with a white head. Head disappears rather quickly, leaving a few spots.

Toasty caramel malt leads the nose. Earthy hops, with just a faint fruity note.

A nice malt character here. Some sweetness, but mainly a nice toasty, bread-like malt. Pretty clean. Earthy hops provide some good balance.

Light to medium body, with a nice, lively carbonation. Pretty nice, but the price was a bit steep for the 4 pack for me.

Serving type: can

10-05-2011 22:39:19 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of brew3crew


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Indy tasting room.

A-orange body with nice white head that sticks round for awhile

S-malty crisp and clean, much like every other marzen

T-follows the nose. Malty crisp and clean. Good example if the style but not the best

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-good example if the style but nothing earth shattering

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 19:29:50 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Gushue3


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- about a 2 finger head forms above a clear light orange body with carbonation jetting toward the top. The head is full of big bubbles and has moderate retention.

S- Sweeter malts with a very light spice note. Its tough to get much from the nose.

T- Sweeter upfront that fades away in the middle that has some yeasty notes in there as well. Light and refreshing taste

M- Medium feel with lots of tiny carbonation. feels nice.

O- A nice Oktoberfest brew. easy to drink and full of flavor.

Serving type: can

09-26-2011 00:13:16 | More by Gushue3
Photo of mynie


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hate it when external factors have undue influence over my opinion of a beer. Like, why do they make me do that? I'd love to enjoy and judge each and every beer purely on the strength of its beeriness. But then they have to go and make it super rare or expensive and muck things up.

Others try to deny factors like these, but that's just a sad lie. Give Westy 12 to your average BA but tell him it's just a new Belgian you've come across. See how different he judges it. Hype precedes its objets. So, in the case of Sun King's seasons, does price.

This cost 15 bucks for a 4 pack of pint cans. This ain't a barleywine or nothing, neither. Almost four bucks a can for a regular strength marzen.

But I loves marzens. And the pickins in Indiana are slim. And Sun King makes fabulous medium-strength lagers. So, whatever, I guess I'll just buy Tombstone instead of DiGiorno this week.

Pours great. Smells great. Chocolately sweet, big amber malt amped up and hypersweet without getting cloying or weird. Tastes, thank god, as it smells. Just a perfect, brilliantly fresh example of the style. The one substantial problem--which drags down its "overall" score, is the price. As tasty as this is, I'm not satisfied considering what I paid for it.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 04:48:25 | More by mynie
Photo of aasher


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While this was just released yesterday in cans, their first seasonal canning, this review is from a growler filled earlier today.

It pours a nice deep copper in color with a one finger cream colored head. It smells of Munich malts, perhaps some crystal malt, and has an interesting bubblegum aspect. It also has an every so light spicy hop component. I'm a fan. The flavors are very clean, as is the finish. You get the nice Munich malts with a light hop bitterness and a touch of bubblegum. It's a little sweeter than most Oktoberfests but that isn't a bad thing at all. This one has more flavor than every Oktoberfest I can think of, minus maybe Great Lakes'. It drinks very smoothly and is ultimately fresh. Overall this is a fine specimen. Well done Sun King.

Serving type: growler

09-09-2011 02:46:05 | More by aasher
Photo of robwestcott


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a growler grabbed at the brewery about four hours ago - a hazy caramel brown with a full finger off white foamy head leaving spotty lace.

aroma of caramel malts and dark nut butter.

sweet malts forward, brown sugar, subtle nutty after.

smooth, sweet, medium carbonation.

at 5.75 abv, it's very drinkable.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2010 23:41:52 | More by robwestcott
Photo of heliosphann


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler picked up at the Brewery. Served in a Pint glass.

A: Very small amount of patchy foam fades quickly. A nice looking golden amber that's crystal clear. Lacing is decent.

S: Malts are upfront with some sweetness. Some slight bread and graininess. Also a little spice.

T: Caramel malts and toasted grains. Make that a lot of malts, but with very little hops. Sweetness comes in on the finish along with some more grains and some yeast.

M: Medium bodied that feels pretty robust. Carbonation is a little low, but rolls on the tongue nicely.

D: At 5.5%, this could be easily sessioned if you desired. I had no problem drinking a pint, but really didn't yearn to drink another.

Not one of Sun Kings best offerings, but still pretty true to the style. The malt profile completely dominated the Noble hops. Perhaps with an addition of more hops, this beer could really stand out.

Serving type: growler

10-11-2009 20:50:03 | More by heliosphann
Oktoberfest from Sun King Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.