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Oktofest - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BB1313 on 08-01-2013)
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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of barczar
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +8.1%

As for an Oktoberfest, this ranks amongst my very favorite. It seems to me to exemplify the style as it sticks to the strong malty flavor the season calls for. The malt starts a bit sweet with full on barley taste. The flavor than shows up grainy with a bit of toasted biscuit and nut. Perhaps not worth $18 a sixer but we'll worth $6 a pint.

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper golden yellow with tan tint. Nice foamy 1 inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - German malts and yeasts, caramel, bready, grainy. A sour dough like aroma mixed with some grapes, lemon and some spices.

Taste - First sip starts off with classic marzen sweet and malty notes, but this beer has a strong grapefruit and sugary backbone. Very bready and grassy, almost farmhouse like. Some added sugars and spices gives it a nice sweet flavor. The finish is crisp, clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel - Malts and yeasts coats the tongue along with sweet sugars. Palate gets more of the same with a little more sweetness and sour notes. The aftertaste is crisp, malty and a little sweet.

Overall - Really nice, smooth, easy to drink and plenty of flavor. I really like the crisp and clean feel this beer has along with some good yeasty german notes. You don't have to be a fan of marzen octoberfest beers to enjoy this one.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kbrown
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of crbnfbr
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ONUMello
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Oktofest from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.