Oktofest - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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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
3.76/5 rDev +1.6%
Brilliant deep amber color with a frothy cream head that dissipates fairly quickly. Great toasted malt aroma, with lightly fruity specialty malt character. The melanoidins are evident. Flavor reveals more fruity malt character. Deeply nutty notes close out the profile. Very approachable Oktoberfest. The fruity character overwhelms a bit.
07-30-2014 00:09:44 | More by barczar
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
This pours a clear medium-amber color, topped with a small head. Aroma is strongly malty, that good vienna malt scent. Initial flavor is malt, clean, maybe slightly bread-crust toasty. There's also a moderately high bitterness for the style, which dries things out a bit. Well-attenuated as well, leaving a dry finish. Plenty of carbonation--perhaps too much--giving it a spritzy mouthfeel rather than smooth and creamy.
Still, decent oktoberfest. Picked up while on vacation in Oxford, OH.
07-29-2014 12:28:14 | More by allengarvin
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
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
3.83/5 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
Oktofest from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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