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Oaktoberfest - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 10-02-2008)
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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

American Oktoberfest, I don't have high hopes, even for Firestone.

Pours a decent creamy bubbly fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, crystal clear honey orange color. 4.25

NOse light grainy malts, little toasty, little caramel Viennalike malt note, toasty reddish malts with a little candy sweetness, faint lager crispness and hint of a fruity like note, with a little grassy hop note. 3.75

Taste brings more Vienna malts, sweet like almost caramel with toasted reddish malts, quite toasty and malty, with too much sweetness and candy like to be a German style Oktoberfest, this is, as I expected, more Americanized fake sweet candy Oktoberfest. Mild grassy hop note, with faint bitterness, little herbal hop note. Also light lager crispness and softness but not a lot, little fruity lager as well. Finish is long biter hop, bitter lagering too with a little mineral note, mild sweet malt but drier. 3.5

Mouth is med bod, mild soft lager note, light carb. 3.5

Overall a bit disappointed although not really since I didn't have much expectations anyways. American breweries just don't know how to make a good Oktoberfest. they always seem to think it needs lots of candy sweetness and reddish malts, and bitter herbal grassy hops. The good German breweries are nice lagered characters with light malts that speak for themselves, don't need all the extra things added into it. To be fair though, this isn't nearly as bad as most American O-fests which are loaded with caramel and Munich malts and super sweet. But, tt's barely enjoyable actually even if this wasn't supposed to be an Oktoberfest. 3.5

jlindros, Aug 31, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of don1481
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

don1481, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

SanFranJake, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

SunDevilBeer, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

generallee, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Today at 04:11 AM
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3.94/5  rDev +5.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

Billolick, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Guinnsslvr, Aug 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

mctizzz, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

tigg924, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

chossboss, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

butters_mcgee, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

kevwcamp, Sep 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

PatrickG, Thursday at 10:23 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Reappropriated, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Dirksen
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

InfernoBoss, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.43/5  rDev -8%

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. 4

Smell - Strong grain and light bready notes with a moderate grassy hop aroma. Light honey. 3.5

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. 3.25

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair carbonation. Soft and smooth before a crisp, semi-dry finish. 3.75

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. 3.5

TheSixthRing, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

GilGarp, Sep 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Griffith, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

dertyd, Sep 14, 2014
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Oaktoberfest from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.