Oktoberfest Revolution - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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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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 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 rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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 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 dpodratsky3
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of AJacob81
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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)

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 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 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 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 Redrover
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They just tapped this year’s version. The beer is amber/orange with a dense beige head. Lots of lace, I think it is a looker.
Aroma of grains, bread dough and slightly spicy hops.

The beer is slightly sweet on the first sip. There is grains, some caramel malts & toasted biscuits. By the second sip, the hops start to assert themselves. I like the peppery and floral notes they add.

Solid mouth feel and the beer went excellent with my food. I think this would be a great fest beer as it is tasty and easy to session.

Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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

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 kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of weatherdog
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass

It pours a brilliantly clear copper with a soapy big bubbled creme colored head. Lacing coats the sides of the glass.

Crisp and caramel malt are the aroma. Subtle, but straight forward.

the taste is pretty spot on to style with the exception on a too sweet finish. I excpect a nice crisp finish but this just doesn't deliver on that. This is a nice very malt forward beer which could be great with a better finish.

Carbonation is perfect at a medium to high level and mouthfeel would be right there if the finish was dryer. Drinkability is very high though as it should be given a beer that should be drank in 1L glass steins.

Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Oktoberfest Revolution from Revolution Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.