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Karbachtoberfest - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: champ103 on 09-06-2012)
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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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.

BryanCarey, Sep 23, 2013
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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.

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Not the best Octoberfest I've had. I usually enjoy Karbarch, but I think they've missed the mark on this one. This was missing the full flavor of an Octoberfest.

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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.

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Karbachtoberfest from Karbach Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.