Bad Hare Oktoberfest - Rhinelander Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.35/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Rhinelander promised to make malt the star in this autumn seasonal and the deep, dazzling amber colour suggests they may have delivered. Its orange-amber-gold ombre looks splendid and retains full clarity (allowing some shadowy distortion, of course). Unfortunately there's little (often no) head to compliment the liquid's lovely coppery sheen.
There are two concerning features in this aroma: first, the lack of rich maltiness and it being supplanted by cereal grist; second, the presence of pure ethanol. While the hint of sulfur is natural, the rough alcoholic note is a giant red flag. As for the modesty of toasty melanoidins and rich nuttiness, it's no hazard but it is disappointing. It doesn't smell bad, but it lacks in depth and complexity.
A well executed Oktoberfest is like mother's milk to me, and the fact that my first sip didn't make me grin like an imbecile or instantly reach for more says something. It's also hard for me not to automatically root for a beer with a killer rabbit on its label. But while I do like this lager, it doesn't seem to have the benefit of the finest barley nor the magnificence of a proper decoction mash. It drinks a bit rough; far from elegant.
The beer is sufficiently flavourful to make getting through the full 650ml serving feasible, but it leaves much to be desired relative to the style's best brands. At the risk of repeating myself, the rich, complex malty profile is simply lacking. Also, what bready-sweet taste is there is distorted by fruity esters and traces of ethanol (by-products of fermentation, tisk tisk, this should be a 'clean' lager).
Although it makes a respectable fall-time lager, there's likely some German brewers out there that would want Rhinelander arrested on crimes against Märzen. My first impression of this brewery was not overly impressive. I'm not narcissistic enough to say they need to impress Me, but I'm easy to please when it comes to this style so the fact this offering hasn't does not bode well for your odds of loving it.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2012 15:54:26 | More by biegaman
3.1/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
The Rhinelander/Minas crew has yet to impress me with these offering, BUT at only about $3 for a bomber bottle its well worth it to keep on trucking
A - bubbly clear medium brown, thumb of head retained at a half finger, fairly consistent lacing
S - has some of the blood-like and sweet malty aromas, but it is overrun by a "cheap" type aroma of adjunct and funk, doesn't bode well for the flavour
T - exactly the same as the nose, I don't know if its the use of mineral & chemical heavy tap water, the process, cheap ingredients, or what, but it just has that off sort of taste common to cheap brews, there is some saving grace oktoberfest malty flavours, but its average at best
M - medium body that gets a little thin, mineral type feel and a bit of dryness
O - has a few rays of light in terms of hitting some of the oktoberfest qualities, but it just has that typically skunky cheap beer character that these guys just can't seem to escape
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2012 03:45:14 | More by joemcgrath27
Bad Hare Oktoberfest from Rhinelander Brewing Company
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