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Altoberfest - Element Brewing Company

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 17
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  8.35% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rudzud on 09-22-2010)
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottle number 59 of 530. Corked, caged, and had a hell of a time getting the frigging thing open. It took me at least three or four minutes. Tightest cork I've ever had.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Body is a deep reddish amber, almost full red. Quite hazy as well. They warn you about pouring gently, but I like the yeast stirred up. One finger head that lasted a little while, but now has mostly died.

Aroma starts with nice grassy hops, clean and slightly sweet. There's a little bit of light fruits in there, with toasted malt underneath. This is a complex and layered profile.

Taste is very interesting. Hoppy at first, with some sweetness that tends toward brown sugar. The middle is like well done toast, with a touch of tannins. Finally it faded into a long, lightly roasted bitterness. Quite nice. I've never included this in a beer review before, but as we all do, after several sips, the carbonation must be "released". When I did so, I got a blast of pure floral hops with a lot of sweetness. All I can say is wow. I didn't see that coming.

Mouthfeel is better than any I've had in a märzen before. It was full, rich, and a little chewy, and the hops gave it a nice dryness and a little astringency. Carbonation was very good, well carbonated but restrained.

Drinkability is wonderful. I've been away from beer for a month or so, after having started Weight Watchers, and after figuring out how I can fit it into my plan the first one I had was a bit of a letdown. This one has totally blown me away.

I recently had all three of Element's regular beers at a fest at Julio's, and loved them all. This limited edition beer is top of the line as well.

11-26-2010 02:29:41 | More by connecticutpoet
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-26-2013 02:03:24 | More by SkiBum22
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Dylanjf

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-24-2013 02:43:00 | More by Dylanjf
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ComputerBeer

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +19%

Pours a pretty dark copper color with a huge tight head. Some champagne like bubble trails.

The aroma is of caramel malts and German hops are pretty well balanced.

Some bitter with a lot of great Euro hop sweetness. I'm picking up a bit of herbal twang from the hops, which are more apparent on the tongue in the after taste. Impeccably balanced Oktoberfest brew. What I want in this style.

Bigger mouth on this one.. Thick very malty in mouth feel.

A very quality American beer that can hold up to any German Oktoberfest for the season. Will suit you just fine cold or warmed up a little. Opens up with some hand holding.

Serving type: 2012 bottle from Julio's

08-22-2012 15:43:09 | More by ComputerBeer
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Amalak

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

A. Deep red color and extremely bubbly. Big, rich orange foamy head. Semi see through.
S. Has a bit of a sour scent.
T. Very sweet. Has a lemony taste. Nice pumpkin taste. Malty.
M. Very carbonated. A bit sour aftertaste.
O. Very flavorful, but a bit saison-ish.

09-24-2012 13:42:51 | More by Amalak
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from caged bottle onto pint. Pours a deep amber with nice foamy off white head. Nice toasted boozey malt and dried fruit aromas. Really sweet malted booze. Some slight apple and peppery notes with a chocolate aftertaste. Really dry and boozey but easy to drink for the abv. Spectacular marzen/october. Really wish this was available in smaller and less pricey bottles.

09-24-2012 19:15:08 | More by DrinkSlurm
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beerwords

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a hazy rich amber color with a two finger head. The retention is reduced to a thin sticky lacy around the glass. Very malty beginning till end, lots of toasted caramel grain and an earthy aroma. Rich complex malt flavor balances the vienna and munich mallt nicely, finish is slightly sweet with German hop in aftertaste. Thick malty mouthfeel, perhaps to much for the 'true' Octoberfest style but extremely enjoyable!

08-26-2012 20:13:59 | More by beerwords
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cool informative paper wrap, corked and caged. Hangtag (with autographs) notes bottled on date of 8/18/10, and bottle #48/530.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish copper brew. Head lasts pretty well, with sticky lacing. Aroma is malty sweet.

Taste begins with rich grain husks flavor, light fruitiness in the middle, and a rounded bitterness to close. Light warmth lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with excellent drinkability. For me, this is autumn in a bottle, great stuff.

10-06-2010 22:02:07 | More by ppoitras
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-15-2014 18:42:50 | More by pisano
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a light fizzy head over an auburn orange brown color.

Nose of sweet malts, toasty, brown malts, light hops, spicy hops and light grassy, light sweet syrupy nose.

Semi sweet taste, nice alt beer flavors, some spicy earthy hops, fairly bitter, light syrupy sweet flavors, a little gritty.

Mouth is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall decent, nothing special but a decent drinking Alt beer.

03-21-2011 01:35:02 | More by jlindros
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-24-2013 00:31:51 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

"Bottled on 8/2/2011 436 of 754"

Plain brown bottle with white wrapping paper around it. Cork topped. Impressive thick, tight-bubbled head (three fingers thick) that recedes very slowly leaving plenty of chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy, but has a wonderful dark gold color and a touch of orange. One of the best looking Marzens I've ever seen.

Rich, fresh crystal malt aroma, like a true Marzen from Munich. Mild hop.

Far more hoppy than most, this is a peppery Oktoberfest beer (leaning toward my preference). The initial sip is malty with a dash of spritzy carbonation. Otherwise, this is rich for the style. The swallow would be closer to a pale ale and the aftertaste is nearer to an IPA, because the hop grows stronger.

Overall, this is an excellent beer even if it strays from the style slightly.

12-25-2011 21:21:20 | More by smcolw
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beer4colin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-07-2013 20:49:30 | More by beer4colin
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-13-2012 01:31:39 | More by kaelingirl
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

09-19-2013 00:33:35 | More by TripelMark
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Triglycerides

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2012 04:38:43 | More by Triglycerides
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Prost76

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

11-10-2013 20:50:12 | More by Prost76
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-25-2012 16:52:30 | More by ComRock12
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ncelauro

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-22-2013 22:35:12 | More by ncelauro
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle 046 of 1329. Bottled on July 20th, 2012.

A: Pours a deep orange-red. Huge fluffy tan head. Specks of fluffy lacing left behind. Which is more than most element beers, at least. Decent retention.

S: Has a nice toasty aroma and nutty aroma, similar to a lot of brown ales. Some toffee and brown sugar to boot. Mild hoppiness, mostly herbal or grassy I would say.

T: Hops are a lot more prominent here. Grassy and herbal up front. Lots of toasted bread and caramel melds with it nicely. Sweetness fades a bit and the toasted bread gets a little bitter, borderline burnt. Grainy with touches of nuts. Finishes with more herbal, grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit grainy.

O: A really intriguing marzen for sure. Much stronger than any I've ever had. This basically craps on any other marzen I've had. Quite complex, nice hoppiness (but not overpowering, don't mistake it for an IPA or anything). Sharp, strong flavors that meld together nicely. Obviously not quite as drinkable at 8.35% but it's still plenty smooth.

10-23-2012 03:08:17 | More by Dope
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a dark brown red, scorched earth colour. Bit cloudy. Head is beige, small bubbles but retaining well. Looks pretty nice.

Smells malty; fairly English base but light fruity hops. Somewhat citric, touch of sherbet falls short of piney. Pretty light, nice base though.

Taste is a bit more hoppy. Still very English-seeming malt base, hint of toffee with lightly toasted cereal grain, then some resiny, slightly spicy hops. Dry and peppery with a touch of lemon pith. Falls disappointingly short as there's a potency in the midway that you would expect to last. Dry, bitter, quite malty. Pleasant enough.

Decent body, quite bitty at the back. Silty, even.

Nice sessionable brew. Decent balance.

07-18-2014 01:30:15 | More by laituegonflable
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HP1975

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.2%

The color is copper with a deep red tint to it. It develops a nice eggshell-white head about a finger tall that, while not big or making a statement, actually lasts quite a while with nice lacing.

Maltier than it is hoppy, naturally, there is a very strong hop notel note to the bitterness that suggest a German hop varietal. A bit in the nose but more in the flavor, green grassy typical for a German hop. There's a touch of caramel as well, though it doesn't set the tone as it does in some. While Marzens shouldn't be massive beers, this ones strength does not distract from its overall intent.

The mouth feel is good with a uniform smoothness throughout riding off a steady malt finish.

09-02-2012 15:16:32 | More by HP1975
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle number #520, purchased somewhere in Massachusetts by my mum, who brought it back to Australia. Shared with @LaitueGonflable. It's an odd-sized bottle, 25oz, not quite the full three-quarter litre. Caged and corked, and only identified by its accompanying card: the bottle was entirely wrapped in paper. Anyway...

Pours a cloudy amber hue, with a big rocky head of yellowed-white that settles down into a firm crest. Minimal lacing, but the body is pleasantly solid. Very little visible carbonation: it looks as though it's worn itself out just getting that aerated head together in the first place.

Pleasant, slightly earthy hop characters on the nose, balanced with some pleasantly rounded malt notes. These are a bit flat, and not as expressive as they might have been, but they provide a broad sweetness at least. Faint estery tones add a little brightness and a touch of pear. It's all pretty nice stuff, perhaps just a little muted.

Taste is very nice: clean and nutty, with a pleasant sweet-savoury malt providing the bulk of the flavour. Faint, restrained bitterness gives some balance. There are soda tones to it, perhaps cola and a slightly savoury stonefruit note, almost gamey but sweet. There's a hint of a medicinal character on the back; perhaps as the cola character picks up more of the bitterness. Finish has some husky, earthy grain. It's all rather pleasant though.

Feel is very smooth, and very pleasant.

Overall, this is very drinkable and really nicely balanced even as the flavours bounce around off each other. There certainly is plenty of flavour in any case. I liked it a lot.

12-27-2013 21:33:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5%

Corked and caged 750, #140 of 530. Wrapped in paper with tag indicating bottling date of 8/18/2010.
Mostly clear, deep coppery reddish colour with a yellow/beige cap. Tons of clumpy lacing, decent head retention. Malty aroma, toasted and bready, light fruitiness, bit of apple and light grassiness. Medium bitterness, more toasted malt and grassy hops, light caramel, apples. Bitterness really took over in the finish, giving it a sharp edge. Quite dry, lots of airy carbonation, medium to light bodied, a bit of spicy alcohol and warmth. Overall I liked it. There are some slightly odd flavour combinations, but everything held together nicely.

04-02-2011 20:38:32 | More by DrJay
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Hopilator

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Popped a 750 ml of this beer, number 598 of 754, bottled on 8/2/11. Bright amber color, malty aroma, nice moderate head. Balanced malt flavor, toffee, caramel chewiness. Very limited hop aroma, appropriate bitterness. Light carbonation, little lacing. I can really appreciate this hybrid concoction, on a cool mid-October evening. Well done.

10-11-2011 23:46:17 | More by Hopilator
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Altoberfest from Element Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.