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Thomas Creek Octoberfest - Thomas Creek Brewery

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very good

16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 72
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Thomas Creek Brewery visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: veech on 10-15-2006

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 72
Photo of predikit
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper, leaves a rather frothy white head that recedes slowly, leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is underwhelming, almost nonexistent. Slight fruity yeast scents, not much else.

Taste took me aback. A strong helping of caramel malt, with brown bread notes, a nice subtle hop bite, ends with a bit of corn.

Light bodied, low carbonation, fairly clean, but less crisp and more smooth.

A tasty lager, certainly wasn't expecting this from a random single off the misfits cart. (500 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and hop aroma with some spice tossed in.
Appearance- A clear golden colored brew with a large slightly tan head.
Taste- A very malty flavor, I really like the taste.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation has a dry finish.
Overall- I really like this beer, thankfully it is brewed fairly local so I can acquire it. (399 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising fairly quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a medium to large patch of medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light to moderate aroma of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts without much associated sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A decent representation of the style but it seems like there is something missing though I can not put my finger on exactly what that is... Worth grabbing a single but not sure I would spring for the 6-pack or larger. (1,027 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with carbonation that rises rather sluggishly - a unique aesthetic effect. There's about a finger worth of slightly off-white colored head. Retention isn't the best, either. Only a modicum of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: It's slightly hoppier than the norm - key word being slightly. None of the sweet, caramel, bread-like malts are diminished in effect. Rather, they're blending with the slightly fruity yet grassy hop bite. Let it be said that I really enjoy a semi-hoppy marzen, so this smells promising. (3.5)

Taste: Similar to the nose, it's primarily sweet malts backed by a gentle hoppy touch. That subtle apricot flavor coming from the latter is the best part of this brew. On the other hand, I personally think the malt backbone isn't balanced intrinsically. While it's a bit too sweet, by no means is it a bad marzen. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Clean and semi-dry, as an oktoberfest should be. On the other hand, it's slightly astringent in spurts. Taking that - and the solid carbonation into effect - it's still easy to drink. (3.25)

Overall: I actually enjoy this style a good deal. While this is fairly solid, it isn't my favorite example of the style, either. It seems to suffer slightly from the problems that typically plague an American oktoberfest: the maltiness is slightly obstructive. Still, I will enjoy drinking this one. (3.5)

3.38/5: Likable marzen...just not a great one (1,479 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: A clear, rich medium-gold, and a massive, tightly beaded, off-white head with a smooth, frosty top, 3/3

Aroma: Spicy hops dominate the malt, which is atypical for an Oktoberfest. In fact, not only is the hop aroma quite prominent, is also very complex. The good news is, it's delicious: cinnamon, pine, citrus, rosemary, and a rad of tropical fruit. Buries beneath all of this hoopla is the muffled presence of a doughy malt scent. 8/12

Taste: Finally, the malt bursts through, although there is still some apricot on the tongue. The malt is both doughy and nutty, but it lacks the toastiness one wants in an Oktoberfest. Another plus, however, is that the taste is appropriately clean. 17/20

Mouthfeel: A silky, medium-light mouthfeel with a dry finish despite light carbonation is very appropriate for the style. 4/5

Overall: A good looking, refreshing Oktoberfest with a fantastic (though deviant) perfume. The clean taste is style-appropriate for the most part--it's just a bit too estery and not quite toasty enough to win my total respect. 7/10 (1,067 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name of this beer is misspelled on the site, it's with a c on the bottle and not a k. Clear bright orange color with a big stick off white head. burnt toast, very toast nose with a good deal of hop character.

Light bodied easy drinking nice balance. Surprisingly pretty true to style. I've had some hit or miss beers from this brewery. Toasty character up front with a touch of sweetness. On the heavy side of being light bodied with medium bristly carbonation. A bit of burnt toast points along the mid palate adds some bitterness with an underlying earthy hop bitterness. Finishes very dry. Pretty nice. Touch of alcohol heat but doesn't take away from the drinkability. (677 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet toasted barley, fruity notes with some mild floral earthy hops. Palate is a medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted malt, barley, yeast and fruity notes with some mild hops bitterness slightly nutty ending. Overall a good solid, crisp refreshing session brew. (366 characters)

Photo of Daktah
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack on 10/3/2012.

Definitely looks the part of an Oktoberfest beer in terms of color, so good there. The smell was very similar to what you get in most O'fest - a little bready, slightly sweet (caramel). The mouthfeel is different than most in this style; more carbonation than I'm used to, but it settled down as the beer sat for a bit. I didn't mind the bubbles, just wasn't really expecting them.

Taste is classic O'fest with a touch more hops than some. Not as sweet as I expected, which makes it a little more drinkable and prompted me to have a second.

Overall a really good beer and something I'll buy again. Thomas Creek definitely has my interest right now. (683 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium orange with one finger of fine bone white head that settles to a thin ring leaving a few blobs on the glass. Smell: sparse. Mild multigrain bread with a hint of toffee sweetness. Mild floral and spicy hopping lurking in the back. Taste: toasted grain, toffee note mixed in with a squash-like flavor, and then edging towards pecan in the finish. Balanced. Enough active carbonation to push it to medium bodied, but still thins out and finishes somewhat crisp with a touch of residual sweetness. Pleasant and probably nice to have on tap in-season. Bottling code suggests bottled 246th day of 2011. (617 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pours a translucent dark gold with a thin white head on top. Retained well enough. The nose is well-attenuated with notes of caramel, sweet malts, light ethanol. The mouth is more spritzy than I would prefer, but it's not terrible. Good sweet toffee/caramel forefront, light bitterness, with a short alcohol finish. Good Marzen. I haven't had many new ones this fall, but this one is a pleasant treat. I'll get this again when fall rolls around. The best I've had from TC for sure. (520 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz undated bottle served in Peroni glass.

Clear copper with a creamy tan head. Quite lovely but the head is short-lived. There is a lasting ring that leaves decent lacing.

Very attractive aroma with a matching flavor. Fine sweet malt flavor with enough hops to produce a sweet/bitter balance.

Excellent Marzen! (316 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with an incredibly creamy white head that settles to a luscious cap, leaving tons of soapy lacing as it recedes.
S - Sweet caramel malt, toasted grains, fresh-cut grass, and Lager yeast. Understated, but very nice.
T - More sweet toasted malt and caramel with a good amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Bit of off flavors from the Lager yeast, not quite as clean as I'd like, but this is still an exceptionally drinkable Oktoberfest.
M - Very smooth, slightly creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. The 6% ABV is very nicely hidden.
O - Really drinkable, I may have to go pick up a full six-pack of this stuff! (699 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle says 6%. Copper colored pour, just a thin layer of white head.

Aroma, some malt, herbal hops, that typical lager smell which I am chalking up to the lager yeast.

Taste, a solid herbal hop presence. Turns malty, caramel, cocoa and a light toast. Toasty bread finish. Really was surprised by this. Very nice.

Heavy side of light bodied, adequate carbonation. Could drink more of these than most other Octoberfests.

One of the better ones of these I've had in a while. (483 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First glass served from tap into a shaker at the Thomas Creek Brewery Bash '10. Poured copper with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle spices, and a slight hop note. The flavor was of big malt, spices, slight pumpkin, and a very slight hop note. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent oktoberfest. Had a pretty nice flavor with a decent aroma. There just seemed to be something else missing to give this one an extra kick. Still a good brew. Try it if you get the chance. (630 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ran into this one on Saturday and was very happy to see it back on again. Been forever since they have put it on anywhere so I naturally had to go grab a glass.

The pour was alright. A light ruby tinted brown without much in the way of a head is what greeted me right away. A bit of a let down, but what can you do. Not much head here at all and the lacing was non existent. Aroma of musky herbal notes, caramel and light candied sugar. A touch of bitterness good be picked up after a few moments as well. I was starting to get a little down on this but then I took a sip and it was nicely redeemed. Well balanced as there was a touch of bitterness to offset the marge malt bill that was put into this one. Caramel and candy sugar lead the way here, very sweet for the style I have to say. A bit light on the carbonation and it led to it have an almost oily feel to it which I find in alot of the local beer out of the upstate, maybe a water issue. But still followed through quite nicely and was immensly drinkable.

Overall a very solid offering here and one I would gladly go back to again. They should really make this one a bit more available. (1,149 characters)

Photo of veech
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled many Oktoberfests yesterday and this was a pretty solid effort at the style. A: Auburn copper color with light carbonation S: Style appropriate with malts dominating the nose T: Slightly sweet malts and grain with low hops M: Nice viscosity and smoothness D: Very high as you could fill stein with this beer again and again. The brewer and his wife were a blast to talk to as well. Cheers Thomas Creek. (412 characters)

Thomas Creek Octoberfest from Thomas Creek Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.