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Oktoberfest Revolution - Revolution Brewing Company

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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: weatherdog on 09-20-2010

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Ratings: 334 | Reviews: 41
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to @Kevinpitts for this one. (Earned me some points with the wife)
Pour bring a frothy, lively head three fingers high capping a beautiful clear copper Marzen.
Smell has hints of bready malt, slightly sweet.
Mmmm. Taste is of a rich grain bread with a hint of nuttiness. It's a tad sweeter than I expect for the style, but quite good.
Finishes with a nice, slightly slick and sweet nutty flavor.
Overall I found this to be quite refreshing. And like I said, when I get a good Oktoberfest it always helps on the homefront.

Photo of Barnoloid
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slight head on the pour which ends up dissipating. Surprisingly minimal in carbonation, which allows some of the flavor to come out in a smoother body. So not a bad thing, in essence. Has a heavy bready, lager yeast feel here with a slight toffee note in there. A good beer for when the weather turns to Fall.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.89/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great beer for beerfest.

Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 9/3/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Bready with toasted grain and just a hint of spice. A touch light
T: Sweet, but in a tasty way. Sweet bread. Toasted grain. Unremarkable but goes down easy
M: Medium-bodied, fairly sweet
O: Solid though lacking complexity. A pure/tasty example of the style

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery taproom.
Actually, this didn't seem very revolutionary. A nice, orthodox Marzen. Very smooth and tasty.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Copper in color with a slightly off-white head that foams up to about an inch, this lively looking beer plays its part as a gorgeous American-style Oktoberfest.

SMELL: The smell is not very intense, but it is pleasant with biscuit notes and an ever so slight roast on the caramel malt aromas.

TASTE: The caramel comes through very strong, making this a sweet, delightful treat. That said, a nice bready flavor finishes the beer off while a variety of fruit flavors dance around the whole beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and very well balanced overall. Sweet to start with the perfect amount of drying towards the end. A very light tickle gives the beer an approachable character with a clean finish.

OVERALL: As always, great example of the style from Revolution.

Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Can't believe they didn't call this Oktoberfist.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Revolution Brewing Company
Oktoberfest Revolution
Canned on 8/22/2014 (stamped on bottom of can)
Date Reviewed: September 16th, 2014
12 fluid ounce can
Glass of Choice: Nonic Pint

Eyes:
White head, a bit over an inch tall. A bit of lacing, not much though. Very clean looking copper/amber body with a few bubbles running around.

Nose:
Sweet and toasty malts: caramel and toasted grain. Not much from the hops: very faint notes of floral hops.

Mouth:
Very generous hit of malts up front. Primary notes of grains and toast. Very pleasant nutty tone throughout. Nothing overwhelming from the hops. Very minor herbal/floral notes contain a robust malty presence.

Overall: Good take on the Oktoberfest style. Great balance. Very smooth. Great session brew.

85 (B)

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +7%

I have been more tolerant of this style lately (until I tire of it) and thus I can appreciate good ones like this.

It pours dark, with little head. The aroma is clean and light. The can definitely kept things from getting funky.

The taste is slightly bitter, hoppy, malty, of course, and medium thick. It is a very robust take on the style. The aftertaste is pretty thick too, for the style.

Overall, good ones like this make me want to stick with this pretty drinkable style.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into dimpled mug; no canning date, but from 2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, herbal, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, floral, pear, apple, herbal, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, herbal, floral, pear, apple, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a fair amount of yeast esters with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. All around good balance and robustness of malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of GJ40
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 12oz can. No date. Thanks surge1311!

A - Deep golden with good clarity and a moderate beige head that dissipates quickly. A steady stream of rising bubbles.

S - Toasted malt and nutty with a hint of honey.

T - Bread and toast with a mild sweetness. Very little bitterness.

M - A slightly creamy consistency with a moderately low carbonation.

O - Not my style but a good, easy drinking beer.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on can, 2013 release
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Revolution's Oktoberfest is a mixed beer, yielding some pleasant toast and bread flavors, but also some unwanted harsh, medicinal herbal characters from the hops. While not my ideal Marzen, I appreciated many of the beer's flavors and its full, satisfying mouthfeel. A bit of work on the aromatics would make this a beer I'd revisit in the future.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small bubbles and presenting a somewhat frothy appearance. Retention is below average, lasting less than a minute in decline to a thin ring around the glass and some small islands of residual foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is not present. Body is a dark golden orange to light brown color, with light bringing out bright orange hues. Carbonation visible through the semi-hazy body (20% opacity), though few in number and rather sluggish.

Aroma is extremely subdued, though can be roused, somewhat, by swirling the glass. What arises is a sweet and herbal concoction that has elements of light toast, caramel, and nearly medicinal herbal elements. Aside from its minimal nature, what I do smell is not particularly pleasant.

Front of palate tastes sweet Munich and Vienna malt extract, lightly toasted bread, hints of hop spiciness and dried-leaf-likeness. Mid-palate continues with a blend of sweet, lightly toasted bread courtesy of Munich and Vienna malts, but increases the hop bitterness, spiciness, and dried-leaf-likeness to a point where a bit of medicinal quality comes forth, unwanted. Back of palate experiences spicy hops with moderate bittneress and lesser toasted bread and caramel flavors (these are well in the background at this point). Aftertaste is of pleasant toasted bread with hints of cracker and light hop bitterness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, creating a full and mostly foamy mouthfeel that manages to never come across as fizzy. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness coating the palate and lips.

Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

(A)- Pours a clear caramel colored amber-orange color. Produced some good off-white froth that stuck around for awhile before dissipating. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nicely dry yet bread-like graininess meets the most subtle background sweetness in recent memory for an oktoberfest. Ever so tiny hint at a grassy hop-like aroma. The grainy yeast seems to be the predominant aroma.

(T)- I really dig the rustic nuttiness this has up front that is quickly followed by the great graininess and very subtle sweetness from the aroma. A great yeast component in the middle that really blends this beers whole profile together to make a really cohesive beer for the style. This succeeds where alot of oktoberfests fail; it is not overly sweet.

(M)- A great carbonation level. For an oktoberfest, this is quite smooth despite an ever present bready graininess. A mild sweetness balances well with the rustic nutty flavor this possesses. A superb balance for a style I have alot of love/hate experiences with.

(O)- I have not had many new Marzens this season so far, but I think this one really is a fantastic example of the style for me. Smooth, yet a good malt bill meets a nice rustic nutty graininess. Really digging alot of what Revolution is putting out and this is no different.

Photo of barnzy78
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A - amber-copper color, creamy ivory head
S - toasted grain, caramel, bread, vanilla
T - very sweet, vanilla, toasty, nutty, caramel, toffee, cola, honey
M - creamy, exceptionally smooth, slightly dry and very clean finish
O - cloyingly sweet, with some odd vanilla and cola notes I've never experienced with this style. Seemed more like a pop than a beer with all that sweetness.

Photo of Jaycase
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: translucent copper. half finger white head which recedes over time.

s: subdued. toasted malt, grain, caramel, slight bit of piney hops

t: toasted malts, honey sweetness, light hops

m: medium body & carbonation. slightly syrupy.

o: Easy to drink Oktoberfest. Although sweetness might get a bit cloying after a couple of these.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large mug, the foam froths up, soapy bubbles rising towards the rim of the glass. Three fingers of foam and soapy lacing in the glass. Bright saturated orange amber color.

Aroma of toasted malt and vague noble hops.

Slight citrus flashes by, and the bready toasted malt base rolls through and lingers into the aftertaste. Toast, marmalade, lightly bitter noble hops in the aftertaste. Light to medium feel, easily drinkable. May not be the most traditional, but it tastes great.

Photo of sudsy2drunk
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from can into spaten mug

A- autumn red..pretty copper like head

S-nothing amazing small hint of grain

T-nothing mind blowing.... overall small hints of malt..a little watery going down still refreshing after work

M-medium id say presents itself but nothing over bearing at all...like with the taste a little watery going down

O- got this for free and was my drink of choice after work pretty nice with some sausage and rice but nothing i would buy unless its on tap just to make a comparison

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on or freshness date present. My third beer from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a coppery dark orange color with a finger and a half of off-white head that recedes into nothing fairly quickly.

S - Smell is kind of subdued. Some light pine / citric hop character, lager yeast, and some malt.

T - Taste is a step up from the nose, but still remains fairly simple. Some clean crisp malt, some biscuit, hint of hops. It's actually really hard for me to pull out much more than that.

M - Feel is crisp and smooth, with some mild stickiness and bitter hops lingering on the palate.

Overall, a fairly unimpressive, unmemorable rendition of the style. Not a bad tasting beer, but the flavor and the flavor intensity needs to be a lot higher. Worth trying at least once, but nothing special here.

Revolution Oktoberfest ---3.5/5

Photo of BeerLover99
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: bubbly shiny burnt orange body,
finger khaki head, decent lacing

S: mild malt, light biscuit, faint grain

T: sweet biscuit malt, nutty, grain, hint of bitter

M: med/light body, mild bubbles on tongue
blended with creamy smooth

O: Solid offering. Could easily have a few and not
be overwhelmed with heavy body or intense flavors.
Good choice for warmer Autumn days.

GOOD; NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of Rope
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-
Looks like an Oktoberfest should. Rich clear orange, with a foamy white head.

Smell-
Oktoberfest

Taste-
Oktoberfest

Mouthfeel-
Oktoberfest (didn't see that one coming)

Overall-
Hard to review this since it is exactly what you would think, and should be. What makes it special for me is it is local and fresh.

Photo of dowen17
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange. Very minimal head. Retention is basically non existent.

Smell is pretty faint. Some wheat and grain. A hint of spice. Nothing special here.

Taste is decent. A little more spice than what's present in the nose. Wheat. A bit watery. But decent.

Mouthfeel is okay. Could be more carbonated.

Overall this is a decent beer. Nothing to seek out but would be good on a hot day.

Photo of BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy copper; white head that fades and leaves nice retention. The aromas are full of breads and grains. It's pretty malty with hints of cocoa and caramel. Smells nice, but it's pretty subtle. The flavors seem to really match up with the aromas. Very grainy. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. Nice flavors, but they don't quite pop. Mouthfeel is very nice; medium-bodied; thick, fluffy and creamy; moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

This is a solid Oktoberfest. It's not bad, but it seems to get lost in the shuffle and almost seems forgettable compared to the other ones on the market, in my opinion.

Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty close to amber, perhaps a couple shades lighter than copper, Revolution's version of perhaps the most popular season-specific style appears to be a worthy contender. It appears evident as an off-white head, somewhat creamy and somewhat dense, rises to just over a finger. It keeps itself up for the session, fading slowly but never completely. Spotting is heavy and patching is the mjority of the lace left on the glass.
The malts are bicuity with plenty of caramel and a bit of white fruit flesh rather than generic fruits or dark fruits. There's a note of something like honey and toast comes out a bit more as it goes.
In the flavor, there's more focus on a bit of earth, with big breads throughout but giving a toasty note and caramel running with it. The fruit flesh comes out too. Hops are appropriately light but present, mostly floral.
The body rests at medium with a good flow off a consistent carbonation ofeering a nice bite while smoothness is likewise consistent.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep copper hue with off white cream head, fine even spaced lacing looks great. Aroma has caramel malts, herbal hops kicking in the backend, with a complementary air of very refreshing beer. Lager in a can, I'm game especially microbrewed O Fest. Semi sweet malts bring nutty, earthy notes between the malts and Euro hops I'm very excited to sink my teeth into the rest of the 5 cans I have from the sixer I purchased. Slick oily yet clean and refreshing all in one gulp, I'm a big fan of this Chicago brewed lager, I do know they have a decent German heritage in Chi town this could have been brewed by a direct descendant or a rebel revolutionary who knows how to brew good beer. I'm a fan of the brewery, brewery, and brews that they produce. This is all around quality, go try some if you see the tuba touting lederhosen clad gent next to the fist of the revolutionary. Great artwork complements great beer, go try some folks.

Photo of larryarms847
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a autumn sunset orange with light and fluffy khaki foam that doesn't last long.

Black cherry, raisins, caramel, and a roasted nuttiness. Very sweet and rather quaff-able.

Dark fruit, burnt caramel, roasty and nutty malts, great on a cold October night.

Mouthfeel is where this one drops off. Very smooth, but rather boring.

Overall, this definitely met my expectations and consider it one of my favorites of the style.

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Oktoberfest Revolution from Revolution Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.