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Oktoberfest Revolution - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.95%


Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: weatherdog on 09-20-2010)
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 05:06:10 | More by superspak
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-18-2013 23:34:56 | More by GJ40
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 04:53:43 | More by falloutsnow
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: can

10-05-2013 00:27:33 | More by sweemzander
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 13:37:49 | More by barnzy78
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Jaycase

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-22-2013 20:48:34 | More by Jaycase
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emerge077

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 01:13:13 | More by emerge077
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sudsy2drunk

Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Serving type: can

09-17-2013 04:23:44 | More by sudsy2drunk
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Serving type: can

09-16-2013 23:43:13 | More by mfnmbvp
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 17:14:11 | More by BeerLover99
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Rope

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 15:42:12 | More by Rope
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dowen17

Alabama

3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 19:22:01 | More by dowen17
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BB1313

Ohio

3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-24-2013 22:20:25 | More by BB1313
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Brenden

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-24-2013 22:18:29 | More by Brenden
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-24-2013 15:54:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

03.23.12 stamp on bottle
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep caramel body with a tight carbonation and a thin sticky film of antique white head that is soon gone.

S- The flinty malt aroma has a hint of light toasted malt in the finish but it is clean and well lagered.

T- The dry toasted malt flavor has some Pils and Vienna malt notes that come through with a blend of Noble hop flavors in the clean finish. There is a gentle hop bitterness that lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a nice tight fizz to compliment the clean finish.

O- This beer has a nice fresh soft malt flavor with a good Noble hops and a dry finish. This is a classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 22:34:35 | More by rhoadsrage
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AJacob81

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into my Rocktoberfest stein.

A - Copper-orange in hue, good clarity and a majestic 2.5 finger beige foam head that quickly dissipates and is retained w decent legs and patchy lacing.

S - Smooth buttery caramel malt and a hint of earthy hops.

T - Caramel malt, some fruit and bread, and bitter, grassy hops in the back end. Flavors pop exceptionally well for a Marzen.

M - Full bodied for a lager, with solid carbonation and a lingering finish.

My favorite domestically produced Oktoberfest, 5 bones a bomber, and it singlehandedly justifies my stein purchase. A winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:59:13 | More by AJacob81
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can poured ino dimpled mug.

coppery orange body with a minuscule head, no retention, and no lacing.

Smells of caramel and Munich malt with a light toasty bread and a very mild hop bill. Not really bitter at all. Kinda chalky feel, though I would call the body thin and light.

Overall-- meh. This is a pass. I will be honest, this isn't really a style I go crazy over, but I try my best to review such styles with an open mind and a generous nature in terms of scoring. To be fair-- there is nthing offensive in this beer, but nothing that wows me either.

Serving type: can

10-14-2012 22:39:20 | More by AleWatcher
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a light caramel with a 1 finger off-white head. Small bubbles and trails of lacing.

S- honey, caramel, toast

T- honey and sweet toffee, toasted malts, very littler bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Light syrup feel with a crisp finish.

O- really enjoy this Oktoberfest by Revolution. Sweet but to to sweet with crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:02:43 | More by kawilliams81
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Whole Foods Schaumburg. Appearance is a deep reddish orange with striking clarity. Dense white head leaves thin layer that retains, heavy lacing. Nose is full of deep grains, notes of lager yeast, caramel, an earthy hint of spicy grain in the vein of rye or pumpernickel. Taste is full of wonderful fall flavors, plenty of bready malts with deep caramel notes and a hint of spice. Bitter hops come through and balance out the malts with an earthy component. Mouthfeel is appropriate, maybe a tad high on carbonation. Overall, this Is a great and tasty version of a marzen. Worth a try (as are all Rev brews)

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 19:49:47 | More by homebrew311
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steveh

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Revolution beer -- and my favorite style. Match made in heaven?

$5 22 ounce brown bottle, label lists the beer at 5.7 ABV (report made). There's an ink-jetted date on the label that reads: 03.23.12 -- brewing date? Bottled on date -- awful early.

A -- Bright, clear copper-amber color with a rather skimpy light tan head.

S -- Sweet malts with nuttiness back. Some light extract/home-brew-like character -- even some wort-like graininess.

T -- Smooth, lightly bready malts with some light toastiness and a touch of sweetness before the hops finish with a very spicy bitterness. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste and dry finish. There are mild fruit esters in the aftertaste that keep this from being a to-style clean lager.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light-medium body and that dry finish.

O -- Overall, not the best example of a Märzen Oktoberfest out there, but certainly a unique take on the style with a bitterness that isn't common. While not as balanced to the malts as the brewery suggests at their web site, it's not distracting either.

Is this a good rendition on a German Oktoberfest or a really well-made Amber Ale? The mild fruitiness in the aftertaste and the hop character leans me toward Amber Ale, but it's well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 20:56:50 | More by steveh
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Treebs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a mug. Seems pretty appropriate for the beer.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a one finger height of solid off-white foam forming on the pour. The retention is awesome and it slowly recedes down the the glass leaving some sticky sheets of lace.

S: Lagery yeast and pale malts. A slight dose of caramel with subtle spices. There is a mild hop backing to it, but it's far in the periphery.

T: Caramel and pale malts with a slight spiced backing. Light green hops with some lager yeast and malty sweetness. The finish is clean with a light hint sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Clean finish.

O: A very solid representation of the style, but it doesn't wow me. Very solid malty sweetness and the light hop backing adds another depth of flavor. At 4.99 this a great value and would buy again if i was in the right setting.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 20:18:40 | More by Treebs
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours a clear, rusty-orange color with a tiny amount of off white head on top. Lacing was minimal and the carbonation was pretty lazy.

S: Aromas of toasted malt blended with perfumed caramel. Slight hint of hops as things progress.

T: As above. More hops than in the smell.

M: Starts with a sweet malt kiss that turns drier and spicier. Quite clean on the tongue with no lingering sweetness.

O: A clean and pretty traditional Oktoberfest. Nice job guys!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:14:04 | More by GbVDave
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Somehow, this is my first Revolution beer from the bottle. Go figure. It pours a clear copper-tawny topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light honey, light rye toast, mild spicy and earthy hops, and a tiny touch of deep fried chicken skin (...yeah, this is what came to mind...I dunno...). The taste brings in more of the same, though the hops are slightly stronger and lean a bit more floral now, and a pinch of black pepper is tossed in absentmindedly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice, solid O-Fest, nothing spectacular or eye-opening, but something I could easily have a couple of beneath a tent at some big party of some kind...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 18:07:50 | More by TMoney2591
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into SA perfect pint glass

A: The head recedes quickly to a white covering film that lasts around the edges but otherwise is absent for most of the glass, crystal clear burnt orange/amber color

S: Pretty clean with hints of floral and herbal hops of the german variety (duh) mixed with distinct caramel malt

T: The first sip hits you with much more hops than anticipated (oktoberfests are supposed to be hoppier since they are stronger and need more balance but this is still pretty high at first), then immediately you are hit with a very sweet caramel flavor that is common in most oktoberfests, as you take subsequent tastes things begin to fill in a little more, the hops are still flavorful with hints of pleasant floral notes but they don't taste "strong" at all, the caramel malt is still very sweet but that is expected but some more notes of slightly roasted fullness also present themselves (munich?), a good example

M: Enough to keep your palate wanting more, but not too much to make it hard to drink large amounts, the way it should be

O: A very good example, a fester should be stronger than a normal amber lager, but it has to retain a specific feel to it, many oktoberfests get stronger without the hops and end up very sweet, the others raise the bitterness but the hops flavor goes away and you are left with harshness, this one is a good balance, it is designed to be consumed in large quantities after all

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:36:37 | More by dpodratsky3
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Oktoberfest Revolution from Revolution Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.