Oktoberfest - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 09-19-2010

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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by jkrich:
Photo of jkrich
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. undated bottle: clear, deep golden to copper with a nice, creamy off-white head.

Very typical, rather average aroma for an oktoberfest: solidly malty and perfumy with just a hint of noble hops.

Flavor begins with the standard malty, sweet flavor with hints of molasses. A very faint fruity flavor is evident in the aftertaste. Despite the emphasis on malt, the lager never becomes cloying.

Perhaps the best characteristic: rather thick bodied on the palate with a very pleasing, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this was enjoyable, but it did not really stand out from all the oktoberfests this season.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler filled a couple days ago, poured into a highball shaker.

A - Pours a light caramel gold and brown. A one-finger head of loose, cream off-white foam quickly dissipates, leaving a coating of soapsuds bubbles across the surface followed by spotty fine lace, along with a coarse, thick ring around the sides. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is rich golden orange/brown and slightly opaque, but not cloudy.

S - Nicely toasted malts mixed with light caramels. Hints of toffee and a touch of butterscotch. Nose is pretty soft in the glass, but pleasant and lingering when it appears. As it warms, the toast comes forward and gets a bit darker, along with hints of wild floral hops and a bit of orange rind.

T - Initial taste on the tongue is true to the nose, but the same hops faintly detected are more present and forward as they follow in behind to provide balance. Echos of light caramels in the finish, with just enough herbal hops to keep the palate clean. This profile is pretty straight-forward and simple, in a good, enjoyable way.

M - Decently fizzy. Moderate carbonation. Body has a bit of substance with good structure. Components are properly integrated. Finish is short and leans a touch drier than the taste would suggest.

O - While there's really nothing distinctive about this beer, it's a nice example of how a straight-forward approach to a traditional style can be enjoyable to drink. The bittering hops give it a bit of an American feel, as the finish is pretty short of the typical Marzen sugars, but that gives this beer the advantage of being easy to session as well as pair with fall grilling items. I like the Marzens that feature a generous Munich grain bill. This one goes in the plus column.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big bread crust nose, brilliant orange-gold, 2” foam cap, a big dose of bread crust on the palate spreads across your mouth and then dries out. Excellent lace, no fruit, esters, etc. clean, smooth, malt driven, medium body, very drinkable, dry, linering malt finish, more bread crust than toast. Nice range of malt flavors, some spice from the hops but not a big hop presence.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this nice thick one pint bottle, let's see what's inside it. A bright copper red lager with a silky smooth textured bubbly head, fine speckled lacing is sparse but not bad overall. Nose is upfront with a wave of caramel toasted malt character with minimal hops in the back end, very much cereal grains throughout each sniff. Flavor actually comes together there's some balancing element with each sip finishes semi sweet no where near as sweet as it actually tastes with some earthiness/herbal hops peaking through to balance it out a bit. Actually become extremely easy to drink, you start to sip on the pint and then each gulp gets progressively bigger until you notice damn where did the beer go? Good stuff, I'll be sure to check more out perfect level of carbonation goes down so smooth, at first sip I didn't think I was going to like it. I was wrong.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a touch of haze to the deep orange body and a thin film of foam that is a bit fizzy and a slow sea of microbubbles.

S- The Vienna malt has a touch of honey malt support to it. There is a hint of green hops in the finish.

T- The Pils malt has some nice cracker and biscuit notes and a dry crisp green spicy noble hop finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture from the tight fizz and no alcohol heat. There is a sweetness to the malt that is enhanced by the fizz.

O- The great fresh malt flavor has nice depth and good character with a good Saaz hop support. There is a touch of sweetness that really enhances the malt flavor.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber-golden color, thin white head dissipates pretty fast and thins right out.

A sour malty effect in the nose, sour-earthy hops, with olives and subtle spices, veggies and clean sparkling spring water edge.

A light amber-style malt flavor, rich and pretty complex with a earthy hop balance. The hop flavor is really the star of the show here, hearty and fresh hop flavor's. The malt is a bit thin but it works.

A light to medium feel, moderate to subtle overall.

Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chill-hazed, brassy orange with a proud mound of off-white suds that stay a while and leave patches of lacework.
Doughy aromatics, semi-toasty, with sweeter touches of caramel-glazed nuts. A light gourd-like pulpiness lies deeper in. Hops are slight, but add traces of brown leaves. Cliche, yes, but this smells like Autumn.
A floury dinner-roll breadiness is the first thing the tongue senses. It turns gently toasted as hues of cashews and walnuts arrive. This is so soft in the mouth. It loses its footing for a moment in the middle, as the yeast brings an idea of oxidized brown bags and semi-sour pumpkin notes. It's minor- almost nitpicky- and it's over quickly. No big deal. Maltiness resumes, all honeyed nuts and grains. Hops add just a dab of twiggy, browned bitterness.
Silken, soft, medium feel with an unintrusive lowly carbonation that stays the course.
The 16oz bottles are well appreciated and well consumed. I wish more breweries would go this route, as it's my favorite packaging size.
Despite its one small stumble, this is still a very good Oktoberfest. But I can't help thinking that without it, I might be calling it something even more special.

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle

appearance: served in an imperial pint - bright copper body, 1/2" white foam with light retention

smell: toasted grain, fruity, earthy hops, bready

taste: nice and fruity - toasted grain, caramel malts, herbal hops, nutty. Pretty well rounded oktoberfest - not to staghorn level, but worthy

mouthfeel: a little light on the palate, otherwise nice and refreshing

drinkability: very high

Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try the 16oz. bottle of Hinterland Oktoberfest. The beer pours a clear orange copper color that produced a great sized white foamy head with good retention behind it. Minimal lacing. There was a nice aroma. Dry, with a crisp rustic thing going on. Hints of a nuttiness like walnuts. The taste followed the smell. A good nutty presence. Finishes dry and lightly malty. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel was good, decent carbonation and balance. Dry, but has a smooth crisp feel. Overall, it is a decent american made Oktoberfest. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of cjgator3
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is toasted bready malt and not much else.

T- The taste like the aroma is malty with a touch of bitterness from the hops in the finish. This one is a tad hoppier than a traditional Oktoberfest. I don't mind an Oktoberfest with a little more hops, but it would been nice for the beer to have a stronger malt backbone.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not my favorite Oktoberfest out there but it isn't bad either.

Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle thanks to BeerFMAndy, totally unsolicited, and for that I thank him immensely.

Pours clear golden with a small white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

The aroma is pretty nice but a little grainy with pale malt and slight floral and grassy hops.

The flavor is decent. A little more hop-forward and less malty than I'd like maybe. Pale malt, orangey citrus, and grassy/earthy notes.

Fairly crisp with medium-light body and good carbonation level.

A solid but not great Oktoberfest overall.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a tall but thin head consisting of large whispy bubbles.

The smell is toasty and grainy malt bill.

Taste is caramel, toast, and a grassy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, a decent Octoberfest that I'll try again. BTW, love the pint bottles.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hinterlands Oktoberfest pours a nice clear amber with a thick robust off white head and some
great lacing. The nose is pretty straight forward. Toasted malts, caramel, and light herbal
notes from the hops. Flavor profile is pretty standard, which is NOT a bad thing. Good malt
background with toasted caramel malts and a bitter hop finish. More hops than a standard
Oktoberfest, but not too far out of the ball park to question what it is if you were handed it
blind. Good carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel that is very nice and highly quaffable.
A solid offering.

Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on September 10, 2011. It pours orange-amber with a reasonable head that does not last long. The aroma is of malts and perfume. The body is a little thinner than I might have liked. There is a rather odd overripe fruit character mixed in the with the malts and perfumed hops.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to BeerFMAndy for this beer.

It glugged into a half liter Spaten glass, which looks made for this beer. An inch of fluffy off-white foam results, leaving a soapy web of lace on the opposite side of the glass. Bright copper, nice clarity. Textbook appearance for an Oktoberfest, in my opinion. Foam is fluffy at first, then fades down to a skim, eventually breaking up across the surface.

Warm buttered bread aroma, slightly floral traces of hops, clean and pleasant. Flavor is nutty, slightly fruity, with a moderate bitterness. Bready malts form the base, and a light noble hop character keeps things interesting. Dries out a bit in the finish. Well balanced and not overly sweet as some can be. Medium bodied and extremely drinkable. Great for pairing with a meal. Clean and classic example of an Oktoberfest, slightly more hopped than your average import.

Wisconsin and German beer styles go hand in hand...

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with an inch off-white head that sticked around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, light grassy hops and a bit of fruit. It tastes like caramel and bready/grainy malt, green hops and some nuts. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I'd buy it again, it's a good beer. $9.99 a 4-pack.

Photo of KDawg
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from tap into a pint glass. Pours dark orange color with a nice and foamy head.

There is very nice balance to the aromas of grains, amber notes, crackers and some bits of navel oranges as well.

medium bodied with a good smooth feel though it is slightly lacking on the mid. Balanced with straightforward flavors of grains, amber notes and some navel oranges.

I enjoyed this. A quality marzen that hit the spots I was looking for.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. No date or info.

A - A very slight chill haze forms over the brightly colored golden orange beer. A frothy head billows up to two fingers right away and lowers slowly while leaving sticky lace left over.

S - Hearty Munch and Vienna malts give the aroma a rich malty profile right off the bat. Hints of biscuit and caramel add depth while the open bouquet from the noble hops balances it out. Crisp and refreshing smelling, Hinterland's Oktoberfest is inviting and classic.

T - The flavor mirrors the aroma in both balance and awesomeness. Rich maltiness is voluptuous, showcasing toastiness with subtle biscuit and mellow caramel behind. It's the floral and lightly citrusy hops, leaning with fantastic balance, that finish out, all while remaining quite drinkable.

M - Medium-light bodied and fairly carbonated with a slightly dry finish, Hinterland's Oktoberfest is crisp and refreshing just like the fall weather it's released during.

O - Hinterland has done it again! Aside from the usual undertones of sulfur found in the classics, Hinterland's version is incredibly reminiscent of a German Oktoberfest straight from Deutschland and would stand up to any of their classics. A winner and easily one of my favorites this season, this smooth and drinkable German-style session beer packs a flavor punch into a liter drinking lager. Prosit!

Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pilsner glass, deep golden amber in color, white head receding to a ring around the glass, don't care for the haze but that's not really a knock imo

s: grainy, somewhat sweet german lager malts, bready and crackery, light caramel, leafly with a slight papery hop

m: carbonation low-medium, maybe a touch on the light side, body light-medium with a sugary slickness

t: crackery, bready munich malts, light caramel, sweet, hops negligible - just a touch grassy, pretty nice, dig the malt presence, but would like a touch more hop bite at the end to clean things up (gonna stick that to the mouthfeel)

d: a nice o'fest that's easily drinkable

shipped southward by dirtylou - thanks brah!

Photo of mountdew1
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a nice copper color, no noticeable head, with just a few small streams of carbonation. Aroma was earthy, slightly sour. Hints of malt in the background. Flavor was a bit burly, but not overwhelming. A strong eartlhy oaty taste. Coated inside of the mouth nicely, just a tad more carbonation would have been appreciated. Overall a pretty decent beer. Price was reasonable, and it was a respectable representative of the style.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of pounders of this bad boy at TW for a song probably because its past Oktober. Well that doesn't matter let's try Oktoberfest in March, as March is appropriate for a Marzen style, and give this brew a whirl. Popping the top I get a deep malty, like the center of malted milk ball, waft. Pours to a slightly cloudy deep yellow with a creamy head that recedes to a quarter inch. On the taste this brew has a very good malty backbone, nice biscuit flavors, not overly sweet for being mostly on the malty side. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Taste is consistent throughout with only a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. A great brew for the style, a sessioner without a doubt.

Photo of samie85
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice dark reddish, copper color wit half a finger of white head.

S-Huge caramel and toasty bready malt notes with some light fruity esters and some herbal hop notes.

T-Rich, dark caramel and toasty, grainy malt, and some dark fruit with some crisp hop bitterness on the finish.

M-Rich and slick feel with medium body and low, scrubbing carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking and a very nice domestic version of this style. I would buy this one again for sure.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending this brew out my way. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a single-finger head to start out with. The head is quite bubbly and not terribly dense. Some large bubbles of head stick to the sides of the glass. Nose is good with some nice earthy hop notes. There is a good dose of bready malt as well as some light caramel notes.

The taste brings a pretty nice caramel character along with some slightly-toasted bread and a bit of bread crust. There is a slight earth presence in the taste as well, though not as much as there was in the nose. The bread continues to come through into the finish, which is slightly dry and pretty nice overall. Good light-to-medium body with nice carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice oktoberfest that I'm glad i got to try. It sticks within the style fairly well but adds a bit of an American twist with more hops than most traditional German versions, though it's not overly hoppy.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely carbonated golden yellow. Thin lacing across the top. Nose is biscuity an spicy hops. Flavor is lacking any characteristics of an oktober. It is closer to a pilsner or kolsch. Light malty body with some spicy German noble hops. Thin body with a lot of carbonation. Missed the mark on this one. It didn't taste all that bad but, Oktoberfest?

Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

551 ml brown bottle.

It pours a clear orange, the lacing is a bit dirty looking.

The smell is slightly toasty with a hint of fruitiness. There is some grain and a pinch of herbal hops as well.

The flavor is pretty solid, it has more of a hop presence than most. There is also the typical oktoberfest flavor going on, some slight toasty nuttiness and a hint of fruit.

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Oktoberfest from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.