Casco Bay Oktoberfest - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Casco Bay OktoberfestCasco Bay Oktoberfest

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44 Ratings

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 09-14-2004

Brewed to coincide with Germany's famous fall celebration, our Casco Bay Oktoberfest is a truly authentic UR-MARZEN. We use a special Munich lager yeast, liberal doses of Munich and caramel malts and noble hops to produce this smooth, balanced and imminently drinkable beer in the great German tradition. PROST!
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 31
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Photo of Todd
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Freshness date scored on the label: best before 12/07/05. Pours a bright copper beer, touch of haze and topped with a pure white foam lacing of mixed bubbles. Decent semi-translucent retention, and a bit of stick.

Clean, fresh aroma. Notes of grain, toastiness, and a distinct grassy hop edge.

Smooth, even and light-ish on the body. Crisp carbonation. Malt sweetness is low, but there's a nice toasty malt character with some grain/husk tannins. Hops are bit coarse on the palate with a sharp, citric, rind-like, grassy, bitter bite. Drying finish, with tannins.

Solid version. Nice drinkability. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

A- Clear copper colored brew, thin but steady lace on top.

S- Fresh grassy toasted malt and herbal hop in the nose, very aromatic.

T- Rich malt character of toasted grain with a mild sweetness upfront. Balancing but sharp bitterness shows the sweetness a thing or two but leaves the toasted grain flavor intact. Finishes with a mild sweetness.

M- Centered crispness adds to the drinkablilty.

D- Authentic indeed, impressive to the point that I'd buy a case. This should give the imports a run for their money.

More User Reviews:
Photo of yankeeheel
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear caramel brown with a really lovely fat eggshell colored head. Tons of retention and lots of lacing. Smells faintly estery with a nice earthy essence to it. Nicely caramel without being too diacetyl. Slight walnut and pecan flvor. Finishes a bit bitter and astringent without being overbearing. Mouthfeel is spot on for a lager. An easy drinking session brew. One of Casco's better efforts.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Clear, Golden hued amber color, good activity. 2" tall white head dissipated to a constant 1/8" ring with a thin scattered covering.

nose: Malty, grains, slightly wheaty.

Taste: An ESB like multi-flavored malt taste dominates but is evened out with a nice fresh leafy hop finish.

Mf: Rather thin, good crisp bite.

DA: Not hard to drink.

Photo of jmz62565
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark coppery color,but the heads a little small and disappears too quickly.This has a mild spice smell,but a very hop filled aroma.
I really like the taste of this beer, but to me it's more like an IPA than an Octoberfest.
This doesn't have as many spices as others and has a light feel to this.It's a pretty good beer,but again it's lighter than other Octoberfests.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Casco Bay Oktoberfest
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "1185P"
$1.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

It's not a bad Oktoberfest by any means, but neither is it one that will turn your head. The malt just doesn't have enough depth of character to it; and it appears almost English or American rather than German - although there is what I'd call a Vienna malt character to it. It's fruity like an ale, which is a little confusing, and perhaps distracting. Perhaps this is a hybrid Märzen which utilizes ale yeast rather than lager yeast as it's supposed to? It's well-balanced though, and pretty drinkable. There are some pleasant floral and spicy/grassy/leafy hops to it, and the combination of medium and dark caramel malts combine well and linger nicely in the drying finish.

Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark orange hue with a small, creamy, off-white head. Nice carbonation keeps coming. Appealing aroma of roasted caramel malt and a hint of brown sugar. Smooth, slightly creamy body holds a rich palate of roasted malt, developing a touch of hop bitterness towards the finish. Subtle notes of brown sugar and raisins are also present. Very drinkable. Although a bit of an Americanized version, I find it preferable to many German Oktoberfests.

Photo of hophugger
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Nice orange-brown color with a good head that leaves quickly and leaves slight lacing. Malt sweetness aroma. Taste is good with a touch of bitterness and some sweet malts. Sad to say, the finish was slightly metallic. Do not know if there was a issue with the bottling or cap, but is not pleasant and seems that that is all you taste on the finish, metallic

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

Ah, my first Oktoberfest beer of the season, here on 8/30. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, slightly sweet. Taste is refreshing, caramel malts, bready. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of Samp01
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown amber, has a medium off white head. Aroma on the pour is grains fruity and some grass, caramel malt and toasted grains come in as it warms up. Taste is grains, with some mild toasted barley and caramel malt flavors. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Finis is light toasted grains, some grass and fruity notes with a nice caramel malt ending, lightly hopped notes. Overall not the best in its class, an ok brew.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally stopped being lazy and transferred this review over to BA.

Pours an amber color with a decent sized head, nothing too atypical for the style.

Smell has a good bready aroma with a good caramel malt backing, light on the hops, definitely more grainy.

Taste is mostly from the caramel malt, seems a bit thin but not so much that it's a bad beer, just not the first Oktoberfest beer I'd reach for.

Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Woody_Obeer for this...
Appears an amber with a small offwhite head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of sourdough overkill with some sweet malt trying hard to come through.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is slightly weak.
Drinkability is that of a average brew but a below average O-fest...just my opinion.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then some caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with some light fruit sweetness (apple/pear). Very light notes of spicy/earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel and bready malts with a light hint of toasted malts. There is a light amount of initial sweetness with some light notes of light fruits (apple/pear) and caramel. Very light notes of spicy and earthy hops which impart a touch of bitterness to the finish of the beer which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty decent representation of the style and relatively easy to drink - a touch sweeter than I prefer them but still a nice beer. Would be easy to have a few of these in a session and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangey amber with a thin tan head that laces pretty well. grainy and malty aromas with caramel and a soft bready characteristics are most dominant. cut grassy herbal hops are also in there too. the taste is of lightly toasted malts, caramel, and a slight sweet fruity component that i can't really nail down. the relatively strong hops are a welcomed component to this oktoberfest, that balances and dries things out a bit. medium bodied and slightly creamy with light carbonation. good drinkability, i could certainly drink a few of these. i'd have to say this is one of my favorite oktoberfests. this being hoppier than the rest of the pack really bring this together and makes it one of the best oktoberfests i've had.

Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shared courtesy of WOODY_OBEER.

Poured a medium amber color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of toffee and bread. Tastes of toffee, bread, and caramel. Graininess in the aromas and tastes too. Thinner body.

Notes from: 1/26/06

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium body and medium carbonation. Starts sweet and malty, finishes smooth with the sweetness still there. Nose is sweet and malty. 95¢ for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. The ABV is 5.0%.

Photo of FirstMan
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm on a Maine kick after reading that Portland Maine has four breweries. I mean how could a state be bad if a medium sized city has FOUR breweries?! Anyway, I'm planning a trip up there soon and thought I'd start drinking more Maine beer to prepare. Any excuse, you know...

Even pumpkin-orange coloring. A little bit of chill haze appears. The coloring is just a little bit on the light side. Head is medium-sized clear bubbles. Don't stick around for long.

Very nice nose. Sweet, bready, light citric notes. Subtle hop tangue sitting back there too. Is tangue a word?

ONE-TWO-terhe. That's sort of what we're dealing with in the taste. Nice start - Balanced bready spicy sweetness at the beginning with hop floral note ushering the middle. Beginning and middle are good. The end is a little lacking a jumbled, though. Not so much as to make it bad, but it falls off a little. The lingering hop bitterness is sort of the only thing left.

Nice round mouthfeel. Smooth and soft. I really like it.

I could drink a lot of this. I'm very happy I bought a six pack. This is one of the better New England Oktoberfests I've had this year. I'm liking Maine.

Photo of bjohnson
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a reddish hued copper color with a bubbly cream colored one finger head. Nice retention on the sides of the glass and film on top. Ridiculously nice spider web lacing.
S: Malty and fruity notes dominate the nose. Sweet caramel malt with ever so slight fruity hop notes.
T/M: Caramel malt with a toasted grain effect to it. Grassy hop action takes on a floral sweetness in the finish. Hop notes take over and have more of the flavor profile towards the finish with the caramel malts dominating off the line. Bitter and dry finish make this O'fest quite refreshing. Slick through the mouth with a crisp carbonation and lightish body.
D: Solid, drinkable O'fest with a good hoppyness. Horray for Casco Bay!

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a deep clear amber, bordering on brown. The head is white and dissipates quickly but still manages to leave some lacing. The aroma is malty sweet, dark fruit dominating. The taste has a nice fruity sweetness to it with a nice hint of earthy hops and a little caramel on the finish. The body has a nice weight and there is just a hint of carbonation on the finish.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light copper color with two fingers of head. Nice lacing left on the glass. The smell has a nice toasty malt aroma, just slightly sweet. There's a good amount of hops in there too, fairly well balanced. The taste starts malty, and has a good caramel base. A fair dose of earthy and citrusy hops on the finish. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is very thick for an oktoberfest. The drinkability is great too. A really fantastic oktoberfestbier, probably my favorite.

Photo of Longstaff
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

You want to know what its like to drink a lager from Germany before it is pastuerized or ravaged by time and conditions? Get some of these now before they sit on warm shelves too long.

Pours with a nice thick off white head and caramel tinged body. Head settles to a frothy quater inch after a few minutes. When I stick my face into the liter mass krug and take a whiff, it brings me back to Munich, sitting on a bench drinking Festbier and singing songs while hoisting my mug into the air before gupling down a nectar only fit for gods. Sugar Pop sweetness is first to hit your lips, then tounge, and finally throat, but is in no way cloying. It is soothing and quenching at the same time. Fresh malt flvors invade your nose and palate while light carbonation bites at your tongue.Hay like aftertaste coupled with a smooth light bitterness with floral overtones help to give this a moderate finish that makes you want to drink more and more.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear medium to deep amber with an off-white to almost yellow head that was extremely persistent and coated the glass.

The aroma was deep munich malt and caramel. Slightly oxidized with a cardboard aroma and some DMS.

The flavor was munich malt with caramel and a definite hop bittering that more than balanced the beer. Also a slight oxidation and cardboard flavor.

The finish was bitter, just to the point of being almost harsh. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle...thanks yankeeheel, my first Casco beer. Best before 121704.

Photo of wiscokid920
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A nice take on the style. Definitely falls more in line with the toasted malt/toasted grain category of the style rather than the herbal tea sweetness. The Noble Hop profile cuts through the munich malt caramel sweetness. Crisp and refreshing. This offering will continue to make appearances in my Oktoberfest fall rotation.

Photo of ybnorml
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean amber ale with a big bubbly beige head. It leaves a nice lace effect. Has a light sweet aroma with a hint of fruit to it. A nice sweetness at the begining of the taste. But the hops bitterness on the finish takes on a chemical after taste that wipes out all enjoyment. This is my third bottle and they've all been the same.

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Casco Bay Oktoberfest from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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