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Oaktoberfest - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 28
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Floydster on 10-02-2008

Oaktoberfest is a true German Marzen bier brewed with premium imported Pilsner and Vienna malts and is spiced with Bavarian hop from the mother land. Light Amber in color, soft malty profile, full bodied lager beer. Fermented with the famous Bavarian Augustiner Lager yeast from Munich. We utilized German Hallertauer Traditions for both bittering and aroma additions adding a rich, noble hop presence to this beer.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a solid American take on the style in my opinion.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark amber colored liquid coming through immediately. This was followed up closely by some nice carbonation that could be seen through the very clear liquid that was in the glass. No real substantial head on this one which was kind of surprising, and this led to not much in the way of side glass lace either.

The aroma was rather light and muted, some decent malts, and a ton of bready like flavors, but overall just a touch too light for me. Crisp, clean feel, which was nice and adequately carbonated, but again, just a touch too light to really be effective. Smooth flavor started with a light hint of caramel and a touch of earthy grains. This quickly floated away though and the only thing left was a nice touch of biscuit like flavor that linger for a moment.

Photo of don1481
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After sending back the disappointing Pumpkin Patch, I got this.

On tap, in a pint glass at Yard House Virginia Beach.

Appearance: Orange-ish amber color. Small amount of foam.

Smell: hints of fall. That'd be the best way I can put it.

Taste: Some spice notes, some pumpkin here. Bolder than the swill I just had. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel: not overly bubbly, got a good presence to it. No complaints here.

Overall: good not great is the best descriptor. At $7/glass, there are better options here.

Photo of Todd
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. 08/05/14 09:51 bottling date.

Drops bright gold into the glass with a solid two-fingered creamy white head. Nose is wonderfully clean with soft malts, some breadiness, and a faint floral note. Crisp and refreshing with a firm body that creams up as the beer warms. Soft, bready, malty base with a lemony, bitter, hop smack that interrupts it with every sip. Citric, herbal, biscuity, and woody suggestions in the drying linger.

Some might consider this a bit on the hoppy side for the style, but that's expected (and most welcomed) from Firestone Walker's lagers. Delicious. Where's my Maßkrug?!

Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. The label lists the abv at 5% abv.

Appearance: The body has a dark golden to light amber color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. The head is a very, very light tan/off white color and slow fading. From a tall two finger covering it settles down to thin wispy layer that just hangs on to the last sip. Lacing is very slick and very minimal.

Smell: There are nice sweet malty notes, bready notes, light nutty notes and pleasant earthy hops with some very light citrusy hops note as well.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has nice malty sweetness up front with well balanced hops finishing it off. The malt offers notes of light caramel and toffee with a touch light nuttiness. The hops balance the malt sweetness with spicy and earthy herbal bitterness and dryness. The palate feels right on. It’s smooth, nicely carbonated and very drinkable.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Tastes of caramel, nut, light chocolate, and earthy hops. Bit more complex for this style than I am used to, but very good. Glad I picked up a six.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The head is foamy and creamy-looking and dissipates to a sticky lace above the body. The body is dark golden with blonde hues and perfect clarity. No carbonation is evident to the eye. 4

Sticky, pungent sweet malt, it's caramel-like but estery like apples. I hardly detect hops. 3.5

Some sweet caramel, fruity esters, and grassy notes on the palate. 3.5

Thinner in body than most Oktoberfest biers, and more bitter than most, this isn't very creamy or smooth. 3.25

It's decent, but kind of disappointing, especially coming from FW. 3.45

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear (so clear fingerprint smudges can be seen on the other side of the glass) and bright golden orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention results in a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is sparse, with few spots here and there that hold well enough.

Smell - Strong grain and light bready notes with a moderate grassy hop aroma. Light honey.

Taste - Hops are stronger on the tongue than what the nose leads on to believe, with a prominent grassy hop character being the predominant character in the flavor profile. Malts are present, but subdued; mostly a grainy note with light bready sweetness. Touches of honey peek through here and there. Finish is slightly sweet, but most bitter with that grassy character that turns slightly waxy.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair carbonation. Soft and smooth before a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - A pretty ho-hum oktoberfest, and a disappointment from Firestone-Walker. It's a bad sign when your Marzen is more hoppy than your "hoppy pilsner". Wouldn't buy again, and with the price I paid for the sixer it's a definite one and done.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in an imperial pint glass at Freshcraft.

Nice golden amber color with good clarity. The head is thick and leaves great lacing behind as it settles.

Aroma is classic marzen with biscuit malts, caramel, and just a little hops. Oak is not all that evident from the smell alone.

Flavor is really nice, well balanced, and enjoyable. Good sweetness that comes through with similar characteristics from the aroma but I also get vanilla from the oak. An ideal beer for the fall season as it starts to get cooler.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. Smooth and balanced.

Overall a great fall session seasonal. I would really like to see it in six packs.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

I like this octoberfest beer.....its lighter and crisper than some of the more maltier/sweeter versions. The beer was clear golden with thin head that is leaving a mild lace. The body is lighter than most but good carbonation. Overall very drinkable.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma has lots of dry grain smell with a little lemon in the background.
The taste has a mild sweet start, moderate metallic bitterness in the middle and finishes on a dry bitter note.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
Looks great, smells nice and tastes excellent.

Photo of larryarms847
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull standard, lager golden yellow with lots of pure white foam. First oktoberfest I've had that has no orange hue.

Smells of sweet caramel and toasted malts and some woodiness.

Underwhelmingly oktoberfest-like. Tastes like a standard lager, not bad but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, not heavy on the malts which takes away smoothness I find with the marzen style.

Overall, the most under-whelming Oktoberfest beer I've ever had.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap and the Library Ale House, Santa Monica, CA, back in September 2012. The beer appeared a darker amber color that was clear with a nice one-finger head that was pretty light. The beer gave off a very nice, robust malty aroma with hints of biscuit. The taste was as expected from a marzen, a big malt flavor, perhaps toasted and no bitterness to note. The beer had a lighter moderate feel, but the carbonation seemed to be right. The beer was very easy to drink, it was clean and refreshing. Overall, a fine beer and one that I will hope to get next fall.

Photo of goochpunch
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper orange body with a thin head. Smells of caramel and grain. Clean yeast aroma. Tastes grainy up front, later bready and malty honey. Faint toast and apricot. Moderate body with lively carbonation. This is tasty and solid but not up to par with German versions.

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 31, 2014.

It pours golden yellow basically with a big white head. Looks like a pilsener.

Toasted biscuit malts on the nose. Some sweetness. Clean hop note. Pretty standard pilsener.

Light and refreshing body.

Lots of toasted biscuit and sweet malts to absorb in the flavor and it ends clean and crisp. But is this anything special? Nope.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

- Growler consumed 1 hour after pour in a duvel glass.

(3.60) A: A pristine bright orange with a glass consuming display of moderately paced micro-effervesce beads. Bready white head, one finger standing, is mostly lasting with some coverage with a fair amount of lace stickage being left behind on the vessel.

(3.60) S: Orange peel and oak, nuances of nobel hops are flowery, herbal, with a slight hint of earthy soil. Strength was fairly light.

(3.75) T: Oak and buttery cream of orange, clean flavor, some fresh oak wood, noble hop flowers, lightly toasted bread with a sweetness of smoked caramel adn butterscotch. Nice bite of noble hops come on the finish, bright, green and fresh followed by gentle warmth of smoked flowers and wood. Smooth munich-caramel malting is sticky and toasted.

(3.80) M: tight and bubbly from the carbonation, sharp around the tongues edges, buttery depth, not as light as typical german examples, yet not as heavy and burdensome as american bastardizations.

(3.75) O: nice oaky influences, subtle yet enjoyable and appreciable. Fresh noble hop flowers, very drinkable, not compromising the main principal associated with style, clean flavor, crisp off the tongue begging for more. Abv% is kept within guidelines for multiples, nice noble influence and bonus of oak aging. If you are expecting a parabola or sucaba, then you may be dissappointed, the flavor is not as big or bold, nor is suppose to be, the drink is kept more traditional with an oaky twist.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a clear golden color with tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing

Smells of lemony hops and pale malts.

Tastes of the pale malts with a nice hop edge to it. Malts lead off with a grainy sweetness and bready feel. Hops come next and add some grass, lemon, and floral notes. Malts and hops are balanced overall. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but is lacking the toasted malts associated with Oktoberfest styles.

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +8.4%

12oz bottle dated 7/17/14 poured into Oktoberfest stein:

Pours bright amber with fluffy two finger eggshell white head. Lots of caramel malts and crisp floral noble hops in the nose. Light and crisp on the palate with sweet caramel malts cut by bright earthy and floral hops. Very clean lager yeast finish. This definitely fills the Oktoberfest void left by Great Lakes when I moved to the west coast.

Photo of abfraser
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer in SF

A: Nice golden orange with a good white head

S: Sweet caramel malt, some oak, some spice and pumpkin (maybe?)

T/M: Bready malt. Oak isn't as present as I thought it'd be. Good spice profile. Overall, good easy drinking brew. Medium-bodied.

D: Low in abv, very drinkable. Could definitely see myself knocking back a few of these.

Nice brew. A good solid refreshing marzen beer. Was expecting a little more oak profile but like it the way it is.

Photo of Dspohn
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed out of a large firkin @ Oaktoberfest in Avila Beach.

Poured into a ceramic mug at the festival so I couldnt judge the appearance properly, but I did see this beer in pitchers and it looked pretty nice. A good medium brown beer tapped from a large barrel. Sweet malts with a good side of spice. Low bitternes and not much oak (especially for a beer named oaktoberfest) but there were some good earthy/wood characterists. Probably my favorite Oktoberfest beer to date. Had this on tap as well but it really shined from the cask. Mouthfeel and subsequently drinkability were enhanced greatly, super smooth, delectable. Firestone Walker's offerings almost never disappoint me.

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A very light, almost ipa orange caramel looking body color, but heavily clear and crystal shimmering. Some cola sized bubbles in the carbonation. Fluffy white head with big swiss cheese like appearance. Slowly falls like a popping ballong, and clump lacing, but manages to still keep a big puck.

Good toasty malts, and mild caramel. A faint diacetyl ? Maybe an interesting buttery note but not distracting and certainly not overpowering. Toasty malts hint towards fresh baked bread almost.

Palate sings with a bit of grainy mouthfeel. Simple caramel but bigger on toasty and grainy brown bread rush in the mid palate. Big dry finish emphazing toast with a faint touch of wet finish. Some herbal and noticeable hop front, small enough to not distract but bigger on the typical marzen front it seems. Big crisp finish as well.

Overall a very light bodied marzen, maybe not what I look for but a solid enjoyable brew.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottle purchased at Skylark in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light clear amber color, with a 1.5 inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like toasted malty bread, and some grassy hops.

The taste is similar. This is a run-of-the-mill Oktoberfest- but that doesn't mean it doesn't taste good. Quite bready and toasty, with some spicy grassiness, as well as some very, very slight oak bitterness at the end of each sip.

This one is relatively light bodied, not thin, though, with a medium amount of carbonation, and a crisp dry mouthfeel.

A basic Oktoberfest with a slight oak twist, still quite tasty.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont Brewing pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt and a touch of grassy hops. Flavor is caramel and biscuit malt with a nice touch of vanilla from the oak, light grassy hops. Medium bodied with great carbonation. A nice marzen style lager with good malt balance and surprisingly rich tasting for the ABV. Nicely done.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest has a thick, foamy, slighlty off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and sort of thin, splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, honey-like, bready malts, and the flavor is of that, with pleasant, straight-forward bitterness, bread crust, and biscuity yeast. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Firestone Oaktoberfest finishes crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and spicy hops are present in the nose along with hints of toasted malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of spicy and floral hops along with a slight amount of bitterness; notes of toasted malts and hints of oak are also present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a littler hoppier compared to other Oktoberfests and this certainly lends some more to the drinkability since it isn't malty or sweet.

Serving type: bottle

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Oaktoberfest from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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