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Oktoberfest - Port City Brewing

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86
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chaney on 08-27-2011)
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Reviews by jak3676:
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jak3676

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Port City - Oktoberfest

Another local brew bottled in Alexandria, VA.

It's a nice golden-amber color, but quite hazy - no where near as clear as most. Slightly hoppy and malty, they got the flavor right, and it's a nice and smooth 5.5% ABV. I'd put it in the top half of those I've tried so far, but nothing really that stood out.

It's another beer that I'd happily have again, but probably not good enough that I'll remember to look for it again at the store. No sign of a bottling date anywhere.

09-20-2012 20:44:48 | More by jak3676
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden/copper color, with a finger of white head that slowly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Big aroma of malt and freshly baked bread. Spice notes of black pepper, cilantro, clover, caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Like the aroma, very malty and bready up front, which then competes with some assertive, but beautifully balanced hoppy bitterness. Finally, there’s some good caramel-like sweetness. Great taste!

Mouthfeel: Medium with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Damn great beer! One of the best American versions of an Oktoberfest that I’ve had this year in fact. I really like the great balance between the malt and the hops. This is definitely going onto my Oktoberfest beer rotation!

10-30-2013 00:59:57 | More by Jeffreysan
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-03-2013 23:19:40 | More by Loveyourbeer
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Swift989

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-27-2013 15:53:21 | More by Swift989
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-28-2013 23:37:07 | More by dexterk1
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zp6167a

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-20-2014 03:57:00 | More by zp6167a
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Rukasu

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

12oz bottle poured into glass

A - Clear orangey tan, with a dense white two-finger head that settles by half

S - Toasted grain, grass, earthy

T - Nice dry beer, slight malty sweetness with fruit and smooth hop finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, full but mild flavor with significant carbonation

O - Nice, well rounded maerzen. Easy-drinking and fun to try for the season but a six pack is probably more than I needed.

10-12-2012 01:00:21 | More by Rukasu
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Chaney for another brew from the monster box he sent!

A - Tight bubbles form a tall pillow off white head which doesn't hesitate to almost overflow. A few gobs of lace remain on the glass after the beer plateaus to a lop-sided pile above the clear golden amber-hued beer.

S - Port City's Oktoberfest has an inviting, crisp, clean aroma with up-front toasted Vienna malts and a trace of Munich sweetness. The beer is laced with a crisp snap of hops though; faint citrus and tight herbal notes almost mask this very dull yeast nose; the smell of straight-up yeast from a smack-pack with a touch of sulfur. Thankfully it's small enough it doesn't distract from the rest of the beer.

T - Like the aroma before it, the flavor is very plain and simple but don't consider that an insult. This beer sticks closely to the German classics with malt at the forefront; toast and sweetness the main two components. Hops finish with a trickle of herbal qualities and nice dryness. The doesn't appear to continue into flavor but a pinch of that sulfur (also common to German varieties) remains.

M - Crisp feeling and clean with a medium-light body, Port City's Oktoberfest has a great hop dryness that balances the malt very well on the palate. It's very drinkable indeed.

O - Another thirst-quenching Oktoberfest, Port City's close-to-classic brew puts drinkability above all with nice malt flavor that's balanced very well by European hops. Aside from a bit of yeastiness (evident with quite a bit of haze at the bottom of the bottle) this is a great seasonal offering.

11-11-2012 18:51:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -7%

Poured on tap at H st festival dc. Plastic clear solo cup.

Golden amber body, with lots of visible rising white carbonation. Head is bit creamy pulls a little thin, off white and faint tan.

Nose is slight mix of toasty malt and classic toffee stickiness, but subdued.

Palate hits with a good feel, mix of good carbonation and faint creamy. Aftertaste is a bit hoppy for the style, strangely, very light caramel on finish.

A respectable Marzen, worth trying.

09-15-2012 20:33:43 | More by smakawhat
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T12oy

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-22-2013 17:55:39 | More by T12oy
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-29-2013 18:38:21 | More by HattedClassic
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

From 64oz growler to nonic pint glass on 9/13/11
*From notes

A: Nice amber hue. Clean. A good pour yields a 1.75 finger head and really respectable lacing.

S: Malty grain and a touch of earth. A bit green.

T: This is a damn smooth and delicious O-Fest. Grainy and crisp without being too cloying or sweet. The finsih is a bit toasty and quite rich.

M: Über-creamy. The texture is right on, it's big and bold without being offputting. The carbonation is right where it should be.

O: Port City's Octoberfest is hands down their best brew yet. It's exactly what I expect out of a top shelf Märzen and then some. If nothing else, this proves without a doubt that the Port City crew can lager with the best of them.

Keep 'em coming, Bill!

09-21-2011 21:20:25 | More by Rhettroactive
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erogers

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-17-2013 07:03:32 | More by erogers
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

On tap at the brewery this evening. Served in a four-ounce taster glass.

Pours a nice light caramel color with a good off-white head and plenty of sticky lacing on the way down. Completely transparent with some visible carbonation.

Nose brings forward some nice herbal and floral hops. They're background, but their nobleness is is quite discernible. Great notes of bread and crust in the background as well as a touch of caramel.

Flavor is quite bready with some continental hops really serving to balance things out. Great malt and hop balance, which is quite refreshing to have in a style where it's appropriate. (Dear most East-Coast brewers: malt isn't supposed to balance hops in an AIPA. End rant.) Good chewy bread body upfront with a mild -- yet lingering -- hop bitterness toward the finish.

Light-medium body with crisp carbonation. Chewy yet fairly-thin. Smooth and incredibly well done for the style.

09-01-2011 00:33:24 | More by Thorpe429
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BH712

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-03-2014 18:14:07 | More by BH712
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-27-2013 19:36:33 | More by IrishColonial
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KevMo84

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

06-07-2014 08:17:35 | More by KevMo84
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Yoopermk

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-25-2012 13:03:45 | More by Yoopermk
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-04-2013 01:23:31 | More by dugly2ugly
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navin

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-05-2013 19:31:16 | More by navin
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joek440

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-18-2013 20:14:29 | More by joek440
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dhartogs

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Had this on draft at the brewery. Nice orange tint, not a big head. Had a nice but not overpowering smell. The mouthfeel was nice and pleasant, not overly carbonated but not quite silky smooth. It tasted great, most of the Oktober Fests I've had have a bitterness I don't quite enjoy but this one had none, excellent sessionable oktober fest, all I need is a brat and kraut to make it complete. I bought a growler to go.

08-29-2011 18:43:01 | More by dhartogs
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-08-2012 04:32:24 | More by 2dogbrew
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-20-2014 15:36:43 | More by Howlader
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cuy50

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

10-14-2012 05:41:50 | More by cuy50
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Oktoberfest from Port City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.