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Oktoberfest - Revolution Brewing Company

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 383
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 28.31%
Wants: 16
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: weatherdog on 09-20-2010

A classic German-style Oktoberfest beer that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty malt flavor. 100% German malts create a supple and flavorful base for this traditional Oktoberfest lager. Our 2015 version is brewed with a hop called Hallertau Gold, grown on only one farm in the whole of Bavaria to deliver a hop profile which is at the same time both classic and unique.

25 IBUs
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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This can was a year old, so I am hoping to review it again next season. Overall, pretty typical yet solid example of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style. I have never had a typical beer from Revolution, so I was a little surprised. It could be from being so old.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very auburn in color. Almost brown actually. Nice off-white cream colored head retention. At least nice for this style.

Aroma is malty and clean, with possibly some sweet fruity characters lying somewhere underneath.

Very good tasting oktoberfest. Caramel malts lead the flavor profile of a beer that is large and complex for its style. There are some fruity notes here and there, an herbal taste from the hops, and an overall sweetness interlaced throughout the flavors.

Wonderful crisp mouthfeel on a medium-bodied beer. This is the best oktoberfest I've had this year, and very likely the best I've ever had.

A supremely underrated beer of its style. Thanks Revolution!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to August for bringing this canned offering back from Chicago for me. I enjoyed this from the can in a willybecker chilled.

The color is slightly dark amber with good clarity and thick white head with fine bead and good retention in general. I like the way this smells definitely has a munich type toasted malt aroma which works great with the yeast which augments the spice in the hops. Mouthfeel is very good perhaps a little spicy but the malt quality is very nice without too much sweetness and a gentle toasted quality with nice carbonation and mostly dry finish.

This is a very good Festbier, a nice lager in the German style. I enjoyed the malt profile which is bready without an abundance of sweetness the toasted flavor is balanced by a spiced hop profiled which adds to the complexity with a refreshing dry finish. Overall I recommend this to those who like Marzens it is a good take on the style.

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Photo of diablo14
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For a marzen, this beer lacks enough malt depth for my liking for me to consider it one of their better beers.

However, there's a nice enough brew here to make it sessionable and worth revisiting on occasion.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear dark-honey amber, and forms a massively fluffy slightly off-white head that leaves lacing on the glass just by diminishing.

Smell: Glazed doughnut with pepper sprinkled atop,

Taste: Thick bread, sweet caramel, slight hints of toffee, white and black pepper, vague suggestions of earth and wood oils. A bit of a floral tinge at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium, and sharp.

Overall: I enjoyed this marzen. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper color, good clarity, couple fingers of head with modest retention. Aroma is grain / malt - toasted and buttered bread, nuttiness of toasted seeds / grains. Some generic spice. A bit sweeter taste than expected. Solid but for Chicago I'd take the Metropolitan version.

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Photo of matjack85
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz can $1.67. I did not find any freshness date so I'm hoping I got one of the early cans from this year and not one of last year's holdovers.

The beer poured a clear, shiny copper penny color and made a big 3-finger off-white head that lasted a little over a minute. For as big as the head was it didn't leave much lacing.

Great smell of sweet caramel and other malts.

It starts off with a sweet caramel and bready malt flavor, but then an unexpected dose of harsh spice and mild bitterness kick in. The spice, hops, and malts then all blend together and stay together through to the end where it ends with a mild bitter finish.

Somewhere between light to medium in body with moderate carbonation.

I've never tasted an oktoberfest like this. It's good and it's different, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

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.

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

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)

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Jaycase
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of sudsy2drunk
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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.


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Photo of Rope
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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



Oktoberfest (didn't see that one coming)

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.

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Photo of dowen17
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Oktoberfest from Revolution Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.