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Oktober Fest Beer - Minhas Craft Brewery

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73
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2001)
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Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off top bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: A bright rich copper/amber coloured beer with a thin creamy white head. Fizzy carbonation.

Smell: Fruity esters, grain, alcohol, deep toasted & caramel malts.

Taste: A fairly malty start with sweet and fruity caramel, chocolate, toasted and light caramel malt flavours. Medium-bodied with a crisp fizzy carbonation that smoothes up and goes creamy on the platate. Faint metallic/mineral notes in the background. Hops are soft, riding on the carbonation with a low-level citrus rind-like bite. Finishes bitty on the palate with some slightly musty grain tannin afters.

Notes: A pretty decent Oktoberfest-style beer, but I might have prefered just a bit more malt.

Todd, Sep 02, 2001
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid, affordable, tasty.

Loads of caramels, some smoke, some clove.

Looks pretty much like one would expect. Like any oktober fest but not quite deep or red enough for me.

Average but for the price, very drinkable.

Irony. Calm. Not malty enough but close.

Good for drinking on a budget.

Smells sweet and pumpkiny.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep amber color with a small white head that doesn't last very long. Looks good in my pint glass. The smell is caramel with some grainy tones in there as well. Smells good...it's acutally my first Oktoberfest of the season.

The first taste is a nice mix of camarel and pale maltiness. Hops come through as well and mix nicely. Body is a little thin, but it's nice overall. Tasty and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin as I said before, but has more body than many lagers I've had before. Drinkability is good on this one..I could totally down a bunch of these in an evening. Overall it's a nice offering that could just use a little more body.

orbitalr0x, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of Guinnsslvr
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Guinnsslvr, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.84/5  rDev -9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It was very malty with some complex nutmeg tastes...it didn't seem to die at any point in the mouth but it finished with a slightly vinegary wander...not at all the toasted flavor needed to be good in style...needs way more body...OK beer, I wouldn't seek it out....

ADR, Feb 26, 2002
Photo of cokes
2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden amber body with a thin beige head that settles immediately to an edge, then decides to stick around.
Big toasty aromatics are assaulted by unwelcome fruity esters. Smells like burning bubble gum.
The taste is similarly marred. Has some appealing toasty maltiness. However this is quickly jumped upon by some citric, bubble gum notes that throws this one awry. Prickly hops and high carbonation thankfully dry this one up in the finish.
The high carbonation works well here. Makes this one at least drinkable. Pretty light bodied. No real heft. Whatever.
A substandard oktoberfest.

cokes, Sep 09, 2002
Photo of pmcadamis
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A relatively aggressive pour yields a one finger cap of dense khaki foam, and the beer beneath is a slightly hazy deep burnished bronze. Head retention is quite good, and lots of spattery lace is left around the glass. A quick whip around the glass builds up a bigger head than the initial pour.

S - Buttery diacyetl notes are the first thing that I notice, followed by butterscotch malt notes. Imagine a big heap of real butter combined with salt. Sort of odd, but not entirely unpleasant.

T - Again, thick creamy salty butter is the dominant force here. Caramel and butterscotch are also lead players, and a crisp hop flash at the end keeps things from getting to malty-sweet. There is a plastic-y salt flavor that seems a bit our of place, but it's not stopping me from enjoying this one.

M - Light bodied, especially for the style which should be solidly medium bodied and chewy-malty. Moderate carbonation and a neutral finish make this one an easy drinker. Butterscotch and salt are left on my palate after the swallow.

D - Honestly, this is probably the best brew from Berghoff (a brewery that I've been less than impressed with). This is solidly in their territory though... they are known for their German-American lagerishness and this style suits them well. Not bad, not bad. Berghoff beers are usually cheap around here, and I would pick this up as a no-nonsense session sixer.

pmcadamis, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a Berghoff sampler 12-pack in Beloit to warm myself up for Foghat and Styx at Riverfest. A little out of season, would have like to see the Solstice Wit instead.

Pour: crystal clear, light amber with several fingers of khaki head that fade to a skim.

Nose: cracked pepper, musty biscuit, caramel malt.

Taste: more cracked black pepper, doughy biscuit, sweet caramel malts, a faint hop appearance in the finish.

Mouthfeel: a little watery for my liking with medium carbonation

Drinkability/Overall: Quite drinkable, but a little thin for my liking. Never been my favorite style and doesn't stand up to in-state competition the like of NG Staghorn with a more assertive malt body. Still a great deal pricewise.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, probably from woodmans 5-6 weeks ago

appearance: pours into crowleys pint glass...pours a pale copper color with a big fluffy beige head and bubbly lacing...pretty standard

smell: sweet caramel malt, defined nuttyness, red apple, a touch doughy...lots of sweetness but a relative tame aroma

taste: I think this beer might be victim of the berghoff bias because, especially for the price, i dont have too many gripes with it...its not metallic at all...nice overly-sweet apple/fruit flavour hits first followed by roasted nut and caramel malt...light hopping comes in during the followthrough

mouthfeel: smooth and refreshing, medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -3.8%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Noticed the usual Berghoff lager yeast flavor, which can turn some people off. Some say that's because of iron in the water at Huber. However, this one also actually tasted of a hint of smoke, and it still had a decent malt aroma. Not bad for a mass produced American Okto.

DrunkMcDermott, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed on October 7, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Rich creamy aromatic bouquet of blended lemon spice, phenolic sweet fruits including piquant kumquats, yuzu rind and a distant edge of slightly skunked dusty malt. Surprisingly enticing! Clear golden fringed amber-orange cored pour, with effusive carbonation and a rocky, lacy, fading head of banana cream. Flavor is edging thin, with a corn heavy malt edge, dopple with cream and sweet fruit malt sugars of canned pineapple and raisin pudding. Airy. I believe this would be refreshing. Stewed plum phenols collide in the end with a long parch of grass stems. Not as fulfilling of a flavor as someone would ask for from an Octoberfest. Definite apple skins in the smack. I’m starved for this style and it rings better than Leine’s abominal version, so it may have gotten a little extra from me.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Not sure of the story on this one, it just showed up in my local beer store int he singles section. Probably tyring to get rid of old stuff, but thought I would give it a try. What the hell.

Appearance: Pours with 3/4 inch of tan foamy head. This settles very slowly leaving a decent coating. The beer itself is a nice orange/amber with a ton of activity.

Smell: Rich and fruity malt smells with almost smoky undertones. I think I smell burnt marshmallows.

Taste: Fruit and butterscotch flavors mix well with a slightly sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good, I like this one. If this is how it tastes in March, I would like to try some fresh.

beveritt, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of elricorico
3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mix of orange and brown with a thin off white head. The head fades into nothingness quite rapidly.

This beer is pretty aromatic, lots of toffee smell, perhaps molasses, and a hoppy bitterness(which hop I can't tell). The smell is inviting.

The taste is hinted at by the smell, a fairly sweet malt front with a wide hop bitterness to finish. A mild hint of toasted malt, caramel, and what I can only compare to a tropical type fruit drink(that flavour seems buried deep and took me some time to decide on). The lingering flavour is caramel. Half way through the bottle I decided that I quite like the taste.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with a light carbonation, but this seems to go along with the easy drinking taste. Overall this beer goes down easy, and leans towards a session brew.

Only my second Oktoberfest type beer, and it is clear why the style would lead to celebration.

elricorico, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of dhannes
4.35/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

dhannes, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Kunstman, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear copper color with a good sized off-white head. It smells like toasted malt, caramel, pepper/spice, and a bit doughy. The beer tastes pretty much the same way it smells, with just a small hop bitterness with the finish. The mouthfeel is light with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is nice and crisp, and the drinkability is good. It's not a great beer, but it is drinkable. I think most Oktoberfest beers I've had are better, but this is still a decent alternative compared to your typical macro beer.

bluejacket74, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of scaliasux
1.93/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Orange-brown. Clear. Thick, creamy off-white foam that doesn't stick around long.

Smell - Just a little bit of roasted malt scent. Not very prominent, though.

Taste - Begnis with a dark roasted malt flavor. Finishes with just a hint of hops. Clean finish. Roasted, even burnt flavor, overpowers everything else. I feel like there's some spicy flavors lurking in this beer, but they're drowned out. Not entirely pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Not overly carbonated. Very nice

Drinkability - Berghoff makes a somewhat uninspiring line of beers. This one keeps up the tradition. Not among the best oktoberfests.

scaliasux, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Brent
3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Oktoberfest is probably a little more on the fruity side than most. I agree with Todd's assessment, this beer would benefit from a more prominent malt presence. Not bad, but there are better out there, both domestic and import.

Brent, Oct 23, 2001
Photo of biggred1
3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy copper with a nice pillowy cream colored head with impressive lacing.

S-Pleasant toasty grains and maltiness slight whiff of citrus hops.

T-Sweet toffee malty flavor with a hint of orange juice and bubblegum in the finish.

M-Medium slick mouthfeel that has a slight watery quality.

D-This would be a great quaffer with salty German fare I'm sure,and an excellent value at less than the price of the big macros.

biggred1, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of nickynick
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Berghoff Oktoberfest beer poured a nice amber color with a nice white head. Smell was on the sweet side, and was a little faint. Seemed almost to sweet on the nose. Taste started sweet with malt. Followed by the just a hint of hops. Overall the sweetness was stronger then the hops, but showed Ok balance. Overall the taste was on the lighter side, lacked the full flavor that most O-fests show. Mouthfeel was Ok, a little to much carbonation. Drinkability was good. Went down well and at 5.2 ABV you can easily session this beer. Overall not a bad O-fest. A easy to drink beer, with some decent flavors but not overly complex. Would drink again.

nickynick, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of MaxOhle
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MaxOhle, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of cosmonick
3/5  rDev -3.8%

cosmonick, Jun 08, 2013
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Oktober Fest Beer from Minhas Craft Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.