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Oktoberfest - Revolution Brewing Company

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 384
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 AleWatcher
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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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 BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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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 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 AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Brownish copper beer with a white head that that leaves some spots on the sides of the glass.

S - A lot of caramel, slight hint of butterscotch, bread, fruit.

T - A little bit lighter than I was expecting on the taste, but it's appropriately malty with caramel and some toffee taking the forefront. Finish makes me think a little of fructose corn syrup for some reason. Easy to drink.

M - Fairly light and crisp with good carbonation.

O - Drinkable, decent for the style. Can drink again with no complaints.

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Photo of Treebs
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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

this pours a nice dark orange color

very good aromas with malts, grains, and blood oranges. fairly straightforward, but balanced and aromatic

medium bodied with a good plumpness to the feel. Smooth and round as well with good malty flavors dominating

this is a good and solid oktoberfest. While there are grain tones to it, they don't dominate and instead we get some malty goodness

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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 TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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...

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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 steveh
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color. Served with a thin bit of white head. Decent lacing. Caramel malts and herbal hops, a slight metallic tinge in the aroma. Flavor is all malt: caramel, toffee, toast. Maybe some earthy hops, but the hops aren't the star of the show here. Mouthfeel is medium in body, but the heavy malts really round things out. Overall decent, but I didn't order a second.

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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 MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. 5oz Mug Club taster glass.

A - Served with a thin white head that settles to a wispy film, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is an attractive transparent golden color.

S - Caramel and toffee malts, touch of apple and other nebulous fruity notes, bread, lightly toasted grains, and a hint of floral hop.

T - Taste is again fruity malts, toffee, toasted bread and grains, and a bit of sharp hop bite mixed in for good measure.

M - Medium body, slightly grainy, with moderate carbonation, and a dry crisp finish. Very clean and refreshing, with no obvious alcohol.

D - It's a solid and true-to-style Oktoberfest offering and relatively easy to drink. Not my favorite style, but fairly enjoyable all the same. If you're into Oktoberfest beers, or even darker lagers this would be worth trying.

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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 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 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 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 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 weatherdog
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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