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Oktober Fest Beer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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79 Ratings

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 64
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look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out as a decent looking brown color with a cream colored head on top. The retention is minimal and the lacing wasn't all the great either. The smell of the beer had some earthy malts on the nose along with some caramel aromas. The taste of the beer has a sweetness upfront that finishes a little on the bitter/tart side. Slightly acidic which isn't something I'd expect from this style. There is a mellow bitter finish to the beer but the balance isn't all that good. The mouthfeel was alright, medium bodied with a pretty good carbonation. Overall this beer wasn't anything special, it's better than many of the other Minhas beers out there but still not something I'd expect people to seek out.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Watching the game with my bro, and apparently he's sparing no expenses on the beverage front. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A) Darker than any O-Fest I can recall. Aggressive pour led to very little head. This is sitting in my glass looking like a cola.

S) Darker roasted malt, quite earthy, like a dirty pile of wet leaves. There is definitely some sweetness on the nose.

T) Pretty much follows the nose, with exception of some light hop bitterness on the backend.

M) Lighter medium body with ample carbonation. A pretty crisp brew. Poor aftertaste does not help.

O) There are so many exceptional Oktoberfest beers to choose from this time of year, that you should absolutely steer clear of this offering. In fact, if you see pretty much anything from Minhas it would likely be in your best interst to avoid.

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2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a nonic.

A - Berghoff Oktoberfest is one of the darkest pouring beers of the style I've ever seen. Full-on shimmering rusted amber in color, it pours with a fleeting off-white head that leaves the pint above it naked.

S - Berghoff's Oktoberfest has a potent grainy malt aroma reminiscent of, say, a malt liquor with Vienna and Munich malts for a dense bread note. Thick kettle caramelization adds sticky sweetness with little hop, especially German noble hop interaction or balance. The finish adds a honey-draped nut aroma that's not bad, but odd for the style.

T - Like an extension of the aroma, the flavor showcases huge maltiness with very grainy, cheap-tasting effect. Bread and caramel undertones show some quality throughout and hops manage to add their two cents of light earthiness and herbal attributes. The biggest problem with the flavor though, is the beer's lingering fruity yeast esters. These should rarely be present in a lager, and never in an Oktoberfest.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth at first, a wave of carbonation lightens the feel moderately while the grainy malt gives the feel a harshness which combines with the dry finish for a sweetness-killing bite.

O - Berghoff Oktoberfest seems to take Minhas' standard lager and beef it up with some specialty grains and a light dose of hops for a disappointing outcome. Ignoring the clear problem with the beer's fruity yeast undertones, this smells and tastes like a cheap beer with lingering sweetness. With all the options out there during this time of year, skip this one and grab something else.

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3.07/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured out amber with reddish shading around the fringes, the same disappearing white fizzy collar that all the other Berghoffs in the session had, faint aromas of caramel malts and a whisper of earthy / spice hopping. I get surprised by a strong (and somewhat distracting) presence of hard mineral water in the flavor that I had not been able to detect in the nose. Before that hits you, however, there is a light toasted nuttiness and honest-to-goodness earthy hop balance that actually works well. Mouthfeel is medium thick, carbonation has no issues. Also, for some reason, this one seems to lack the weird medicinal off-flavor that other Minhas brews tend to have. Instead, this brew's major flaws are head presentation and an excess of mineral content.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Got nothing for a preamble here, so here goes: It pours a clear tan-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, light orange peel, and a touch of mineral water. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a more powerful orange character, still in the shadow of the caramel. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but nothing all that great. I could see drinking more of this, just not excitedly.

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4.31/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 update: This was the standard I was comparing other märzens to, so I thought I'd revisit (ironically, none of the other domestics I've tried lived up to my recollection of how good the Berghoff was). Shunned the Capital Autumnal Fire at $10.49 a sixer for the Berghoff at $4.99.

A=Still a 4.5--deep honey gold with a hint of red.

S=Still a 3.5--Detected honey and caramel, with some cinnamon perhaps.

T=Still a 4.0...not quite as flavorful as I recalled, but better than most. Update (1/6/12): Flavor is coming out now...a bit too sweet, but increased to 4.5.

M=Increased to 5.0--very drinkable, light carbonation.

O=Now that I've sampled a half dozen or so others, this is better than all I've had to date, so I am increasing the overall to 4.5.

2010: Using the Sam Adams' lager glass, the pour resulted in a nicely thick head that lasted a good minute; the color was a lighter amber, while the smell was faint. The taste was a bit tangy with a slight hint of orange peel. Not my most favorite Oktoberfest, but a very nice change of pace. The somewhat sharper/zingy taste takes a while to get used to, but all-in-all a decent beer if Spaten is not available.

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2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

One of the many WI beers scored at Koppa's in Milwaukee.

Thin light amber brown pour, almost no head. A slight nutty aroma, but not much.

Taste, very thin, slight roasting, too much bitterness for style, and not from hops either. As if it got it from a metal holding tank. Sweetness in the mouthfeel comes out of nowhere. Can't recommend this to you.

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3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice burnt orange color with a 2 finger thick frothy head that quickly settles to a nice cap leaving some good lacing. The aroma is faint but some caramel malts, slight ginger spice and doughiness is present. The taste is slightly sweet with brown sugar and molasses coming to mind. This is a medium body brew with light carbonation but the subtleness is pleasant but not as crisp and clean as the top marzens you can find. Moderate example at best but was worth it to try a six pack.

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3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced an off-white, quickly dissipating head.

(S)- Very sweet cider-like aroma with bits of nutty honey.

(T)- Dry, with a light nutty-like honey maltiness. Finishes in a weird minerality.

(M)- Good carbonation level and balance. Very crisp, if it werent for the minerality, this would be solid.

(D)- Not a bad okto, it just could be so much better though. It is however, a refreshing beverage. Would not be my first choice when grabbing for an Oktoberfest.

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3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for havin us over for some fest beers. Then for droppin off the all the extras at my house.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a rusty red orange with about a half inch of beige head that leaves a touch of lace.

The aroma is fairly muted. Slighly malty and spicy but not much nose at all.

The flavor is a slight step up from the nose. Malty and earthy. Spices and fresh cut grass with a black dirt like finish. Hints of wheat and bread.

Medium to light body. Mild carbonation.

Overall yet another marzen that can't seperate itself from all the rest. Drinkalble soley since the flavor is bland.

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Oktober Fest Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
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