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Karbachtoberfest - Karbach Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: champ103 on 09-06-2012)
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Photo of Premo88


3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into mug
(Aug. 23, 2013 born-on date; drank 9/12/13)

L: gold; light skin of foam for a head, nothing much over 1/8-inch, white to off-white; clear brew; no lacing or stick

S: grainy; sweet light malt as it warms

T: toasted corn; sweet light malt as it warms; hint of spicy hops but only a hint; finishes with a lot of grain

F: solid all around

O: relatively forgettable on its own but better than a handful of other american octoberfests I've tried ... a solid grain beer

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 23:27:41 | More by Premo88
Photo of EagleTalon


2.1/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours out to a half inch head and no lacing. Color is a deep gold hue that seems too light for style. Aroma is cheap sulfury macro lager, veggies, cooked pasta and toasted grains. Flavor is harsh and frustrating. There seems to be no focus but sulfur, grain sweetness and a harsh, unappetizing bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, which I describe the way canned Coke versus bottled coke feels (don't tell me aluminum cans don't affect craft beer!). There's something about the way it coats my tongue and makes my teeth feel chalky that's just wrong. This is not worthy of being called a Marzen/O-fest. Pass. I'd rather have a PBR than whatever this is. Obviously something went wrong. I can't imagine they seriously thought this batch was worthy.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 16:10:08 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of BryanCarey


3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pouring to an orange/tan color, this Oktoberfest style beer has a nose of bread and biscuit malts, with a touch of vanilla. A good pour will result in a nice head of foam, but you need to be a little more aggressive out of the can, as this one tends to be less assertive in its frothiness than other Oktoberfests.

Tasting this beer reveals a product with flavors of grains, caramel, biscuits, and toasted malt. The beer is mostly sweet, but there is a lingering bitterness that doesn’t overwhelm and does help to balance out the tasting experience.

Karbachtoberfest is brewed in the Marzen tradition and it does pull off the style fairly well. I don’t know why, but the taste of this beer made me want to light up a cigarette or cigar, and I’m not even a smoker. Its flavor just seems like it would match well with a good smoke. It is a little lighter in body than other Karbach beers and a little less impressive. But I still like it well enough overall to recommend.

Serving type: can

09-23-2013 04:20:24 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of goochpunch


1.73/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours out a golden orange with a thin head. Weird vegetal/burnt hair aroma. It overwhelms everything. I get some of that aroma in the taste as well. Very grainy. Like a macro brew. Scratch that, I've had better macro brews than this. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and thin. This beer is awful. It's to oktoberfest as Love Street is to kolsch. A joke. I can't believe that the brewmaster studied brewing in Germany. Sympathy and Weisse Versa are excellent German style brews, but this misses the mark totally. I can't believe he let this leave the brewhouse (same opinion of Love Street). I have never drunk an oktoberfest worse than this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 02:07:16 | More by goochpunch
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pours a stunningly clear medium gold color with a small off-white head. Not much for retention and lace.

Nose is toffee, crushed grain and an underlying lagerous sulfur. Smells like something in between a marzen and a festbier.

Taste blends sweet, honeyed grains with darker toasty, husky flavors almost to perfection. There is just a light touch of hops, but I could actually use just a bit more grassiness on the front end. An amazingly deft lager for an American brewery that specializes mostly in ales. It still very much reminds me of blending a Hofbrau festbier with a fresh Spaten marzen, it's a 'tweener' beer that really works well. This is one of the best Oktoberfest seasonal beers I have ever had. I have already gone through 2 sixers and will be getting more in the very near future.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 21:25:03 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Ford


4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, Texas.

I'm new to the Octoberfest style. All I know is I loved this beer. Lots of flavor, not much bitterness, but not too smooth either.

A touch of sweet. Not real heavy. Very easy to drink. Really balanced.

I hope they bottle/can this in the future. It's on my list to drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 18:26:21 | More by Ford
Photo of champ103


4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman in Houston, TX

A: Pours a gorgeous and perfectly clear burnt orange/red color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace. I love the color here.
S: Toasted, bready, biscuit malt. A light sweetness with some caramel malt. Even some light chocolate intermingles. A bit of hops in the background that leaves some bitterness. Awesome.
T: Follows the nose with a great toasted malt flavor. Bread and biscuit, and light caramel malt sweetness. There is a lingering bitterness here as well. Everything works in balance and is great.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. That great crisp, smooth lager bite is here and very clean. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

This is a great lager. Quickly becoming one of my favorite American versions of an Octoberfest. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 01:27:21 | More by champ103
Karbachtoberfest from Karbach Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.