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Oktoberfest - Oak Pond Brewing Company

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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oak Pond Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oktoberfest is a complex, malty, bottom fermented lager. It has a wealth of flavor and a slightly caramel character. Hops are used sparingly so as to provide balance to its clean personality. Aging for over five weeks gives this lager a round smooth taste. Oktoberfest is an American term for a German beer style and is meant to be enjoyed year round.

(Beer added by: MaineBeerMan on 10-04-2002)
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Reviews by smakawhat:
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good solid two finger head with light off white bubbles and minor retention. Brown/gold in color very clear, and some lacing with minor carbonation.

Instant hop smell on the front with a malt backbone, somewhat grassy, floral, very nice just a little better than average.

Taste is a faint banana and small malt chew. A little watery but not actually too bad. Slight clove aromatics on the finish, I could have another but not the greatest but I'll take it certainly, a good starter for this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 18:12:18 | More by smakawhat
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, amber-copper coloring with a ton of carbonation throughout the body and a thin, frothy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of roast notes forward, with a nutty sweetness, hints of spicing (cinnamon and nutmeg), and some bready notes. Subtle, but inviting. Flavors are a bit more heavily roasted, with a forward note of this roast, with an underlying rich sweetness of toffee and nut, somewhat tangy and slightly cloying. The spice notes from the nose are all but absent across the palate. Mid-bodied, but made frothy by the heavy flow of carbonation. The aftertaste is roasted, with a toffee and caramel sweetness lingering through even the frothy finish. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 22:16:25 | More by GarthDanielson
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-23-2012 21:10:11 | More by Schmuckles
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LostHighway

Maine

2/5  rDev -41.7%

11-28-2011 12:17:22 | More by LostHighway
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a typical amber color with a light tan colored head on it that fizzled away pretty quickly. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of spice but nothing overly ground breaking. The same goes for the taste, it's a typical brew for the style and it gets the job done. The flavors of autumn are in there but they could be a little more pronounced I think. The mouthfeel of this beer is pretty nice, well carbonated and had a good body to it. Overall this beer is pretty good. One of the better brews from Oak Pond but still not worth going all the way to Maine to get some.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 04:58:05 | More by Knapp85
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy light head over crystal clear amber orange tan color.

Nose is semi sweet. Light oxidation, light toasty malts, some musty.

Taste is crisp lager toasty little sweet malts, malty, light caramel and munich. Dry and finishes dry and some bitterness hoppy earthy noble.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carb.

Drinkability is decent with decent dry and little astringent bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:44:47 | More by jlindros
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lou50rp

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark copper color with a head that was off white and lasted for a bit.
Not a strong aroma - mostly malty odor.
Good combination of malt and hops with a touch of bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of carbonation.
very drinkable. ABV doesn't seem to be too high. Good taste, good mouthfeel, definitely a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 23:40:02 | More by lou50rp
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a classic amber color displaying good clarity. The head was tan, retained itself as a one-finger cap and left good lacing. The aroma was quite sweet, caramel malt all over the place with some toffee notes in there too. The flavors were noticeably odd, an acidic presence threw off the malt flavors that just could not find proper gumption to offer balance. The body was medium, the mouthfeel good and the carbonation average. OK, and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 03:03:48 | More by thekevlarkid
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Lou's Beverage Barn.

Pours a copper color with minimal head.

Smell only has hints, caramel and other spice, possibly even some orange in there, nothing too strong to note though.

A well balanced taste, neither the malt or the hops take control of the drink and the spice in the beer enhance rather than distract. Only a slight bitter aftertaste. Could have used an extra kick to really make the taste stand out.

Beer is easily drinkable with a slight slickness to it. Another solid brew from Oak Pond.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 21:36:27 | More by deltatauhobbit
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joepais

Maine

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured clear golden brown the off white head turns to a thin lace quickly . It has a nice light crisp palete with some carbonation to it . Smells of malts and bread. Flavors of sweet malts butter and a small hop bitter in the end . Not a bad Oktoberfest I'll drink it again

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 21:08:10 | More by joepais
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jbear725

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 edition
22oz bottle
Poured into a 12oz pilsner glass

I haven't had this beer in a few years so here goes. It pours a nice rich copper color with a creamy white head. Has a nice rich malt flavor that isn't overpowering, slightly caramel and toasty. It's on the sweet side. Good mouthfeel that is creamy but not thick and overbearing. There is a light hop character finishing off that balances out the malt and sweetness that is at the front. The aroma is light caramel tones with very little hop. It leaves a smooth light lacing. This beer is better than I remember it being a few years back. It's become more balanced. From what I remember from previous taste it seemed too rich roasty malt flavor and too bitter.

Overall this is a pretty good American attempt at a Marzen style Oktoberfest. There is nothing over the top about this beer but it is well built and easy to drink. Some may find it too sweet for the style but I find this a minor issue. My main concern is the toasty caramel malt flavor and this doesn't disappoint. This went down nice with grilled steak and grilled yellow squash.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 03:46:04 | More by jbear725
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BuckSpin

Maine

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beauty to pour & behold, even be holdin'. Wonderful, golden, warm, rubyesque, brassy orange hue with a nice 1/2" head of snug, cream hued foam that stuck around, lacing mildly. Nose was creamy, light, sweet and caramel, hint of apple, lite spiciness, some wisps of hops. So far, so good. Its a great looking Autumnal beer.

Its creamy, light, not very spiced, mildly yeasty, but it starts to water down on the pallete and continues to fade as such on the throat. Alas, it looks better than it taste. Don't get me wrong - its good, but not a lot of body or backbone. No aftertaste to speak of, maybe a little bitter.

I could definitely enjoy one of these on a warmer fall day in its light nature, but I'm looking for more out of a fall seasonal. I'd drink it again, but would certainly try another beer if given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 02:19:36 | More by BuckSpin
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HoorayBeer

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this Oktoberfest straight from the brewery.

Has a nice golden orange haze to it. Very thin head that vanished quickly, and gave off a little carbonation.

Aroma was very subtle, nothing that jumps out. Had a decent malt finish.

The taste was alright, very carbonated, so it took a while to put away this growler. None of the taste surprised me, just a malty/bittery finish. No great notes in the brew.

Not OPB's best brew.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2005 13:23:43 | More by HoorayBeer
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This version poured a medium golden color, and possessed a thin, fine white head; left a bit o' lace, too. Nose gave off some bready malt, but just not enough of it; much too mild. The body and mouthfeel both held their own in the medium range. The taste again let me down in the malt department - just not enough! And there also was a touch of bitterness and sourness at the finish. An O-Fest let-down for me.

overall: 3.45
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

379

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2002 05:41:20 | More by Bierman9
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a 22oz bottle that is quite easy to drink. Nice balance of hops and malts with some roasted malt flavor. To paraphrase the label they slave over this in the hot summer months so we can enjoy during the cool Fall days. A seasonal to try. Found at Tully's in Wells, Maine.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 15:47:13 | More by jdhilt
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber red color with about an inch of white foam that settles to a ring that left no sticky lace.
Light malty aroma, a bit breadlike with just a hint of hops.The smell seemed kind of smallish.
Nice toasty malt flavor, not very sweet or strong, with a good bit of hoppy bitterness and a dry hop finish.
Crisp, smooth mouthfeel with decent carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall a pretty good Oktoberfest and a nicely drinkable beer. Like the label says "try it 'cause it's local, drink it 'cause it's good". I'll definitely be having more of this nice local brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 18:51:44 | More by MaineBeerMan
Oktoberfest from Oak Pond Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.