Oktofest - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.83/5 rDev +3%
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
3.59/5 rDev -3.5%
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
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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
4.24/5 rDev +14%
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
4.16/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
08-21-2013 22:58:33 | More by wvsabbath
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
c. Nice golden amber color. Great for the style. On lighter side. Nice light head. Low carbonation.
s. Slightly off in smell. Not sure what it was.
t. Really good taste. Nothing amazing but better then most.
m. Nice mouth feel, light feeling.
o. I would buy this again. I expect when it cools off a bit this will be a great beer ti sit outside drinking with the changing leafs.
08-06-2013 14:07:09 | More by Farewell_Transmission
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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
Oktofest from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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