Oktofest - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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Reviews by McNealc31:
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
Crisp and clear, perhaps a shade darker orange than most marzens. Aroma is malty and grassy. Quite nice body to this. One drawback some marzens can have is a watery body, but this doesn't have that problem at all. Chewy and full of flavor. Tasty blend of malts with just enough hops to make you notice at the end. 6% ABV. Very nice marzen!
10-13-2013 19:01:20 | More by McNealc31
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4.24/5 rDev +14.6%
I'm not sure if it's the small batches they brew or the higher abv with 6% and 23 IBUs but this beer has character all day. It's Oktofest, the German American fest bier meant to be drank by the sixer. Overall impression is I like this beer, let's start with the appearance, nutty aromatics sugars seem balanced with earthy/herbal hops. I'm loving life in this moment with this beer, it's everything I want from an Ofest. Crisp, drinkable, and everlasting refreshing thirst quenching. Well brewed clean and meant for a 1/2 to whole liter, go get some clean no residual sugars left on the palate it has enough alcohol to keep you interested and enough balance to drink all day.
08-24-2013 16:05:32 | More by WVbeergeek
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
There's a strong look to this beer, at least for the style, though the body is on the moderate lighter side of the scale. It's almost orange but a few shades closer to yellow, deep and clear. On top grows and rests a heavy, pocked pillow of yellow-tinted head, which retains itself for the duration and casts down strong patching as it falls.
The aroma is pretty strong, offering something earthy up front, not quite spicy but almost. Along with the earth is some bread, doughy but with a nice, toasty aspect, and caramel. The sweetness is moderate and complex, with a bit of vanilla sneaking in and toffee. There's a light nutty sort of something, and hops are present in a mostly floral note with some herbal notes complementing.
It loses a little bit of the toast and the complexity of the sweetness, but this is a good Marzen for sure. Breads are doughy and with the hops are more like sourdough. Herbal and floral hops notes are still present, complementing and balancing the caramel sweetness, while just a hint of toffee also comes out.
The feel is bright, crisp and clean in a medium body with a steady carbonation, and pretty smooth to boot.
08-24-2013 22:43:57 | More by Brenden
4/5 rDev +8.1%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent copper with a slight haze; fluffy white head fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts. Lots of bread and grains. The flavors match the nose and are pretty vibrant. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. There's hints of chocolate and toffee as well. There's a kiss of hops giving it a subtle spiciness. There's some grass in the mix as well, giving it an earthiness. Very clean flavors. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation; very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink.
This is a great example of the style. I will look forward to enjoying this one once the weather becomes a little cooler and the leaves start to fall. Well crafted. Recommended.
08-01-2013 20:37:39 | More by BB1313
3.59/5 rDev -3%
I got a finger of off white head. The body was the rich orangey brown of fall leaves. Head retention and lacing were nothing of note.
Up front this beer was malty and caramelized well. It had strong toasted and earthy notes as well.
Taste on this was really to the nose.
This beer was medium bodied. It didn't leave any film.
Solid beer, but a little transient on the palate.
08-27-2013 21:10:32 | More by CFHMagnet
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
Wether the heat is in high gear or the cold is upon us, the Oktoberfest (or Marzen) seems to defy seasons. When done right, its graceful malt flavor and crisp backbone finds favor in a mug all year long.
The Brew Kettle's Oktofest offers a deep golden lager with coppery highlights. Its bright near-bright clarity is charming and inviting. But those malty scents and early sweetnesses remiss of fresh baking bread, savory croissant, faint caramel, citrus and lightly toasted pecan.
Creamy with a hearty malt structure, its medium body is perfectly suited to carry the malt sweetness from initial taste to finish, caught somewhere between grainy-sweet and caramel malt, the lager hits a sweet spot that's elegant, delicately succulent, mildly honey-like and toasty.
With a malty-dry finish looming, its sweetness fades and its spicy hop bite offsets the bulk of sweetness and prevents cloying; rather leading to a malt-balanced taste with an aftertaste of tea and herb. Only drying further in finish and opening with a more floral upstart would improve.
07-30-2014 16:19:02 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, 2013 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pepper, pear, apple, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pepper, pear, and apple on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oktoberfest style! All around well balanced and robust malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
11-02-2013 06:01:43 | More by superspak
3.76/5 rDev +1.6%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, one-finger head
S: Sweet, caramel, malty
T: Matches the nose- sweet malt, caramel, nutty, a touch earthy
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Tasty, I would prefer a touch more hop character and less sweetness
03-05-2014 02:06:23 | More by ONUMello
Oktofest from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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