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Oktoberfest - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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very good

47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 125
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 22.49%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 09-19-2010

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 125
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
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!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear orange copper color that produced a great sized white foamy head with good retention behind it. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nice aroma. Dry, with a crisp rustic thing going on. Hints of a nuttiness like walnuts.

(T)- Same as the smell. A good nutty presence. Finishes dry and lightly malty. Minimal bitterness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Dry, but has a smooth crisp feel.

(D)- Quite honestly, this is seriously on point for style and a great American made Oktoberfest. Very true to style and just damn tasty.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep golden. Thin off white head. I prefer ofests cleary and darker. Aroma is very nice. Breadiness, vienna malt, biscuit. Full bodied beer and full flavored. Really coats the mouth with maltiness. Rich and bready. Smooth lagered flavor as well. This one is a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for this beer in a surprise box that landed at my door! It looks like he hooked up a lot of BAs with this one. One of the best traders out there...

Bottle split with my wife. Poured my allotment into a giant mug. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber/orange with a thick, foamy, white head on top. Retained fair enough; left no lace behind. Scents of grains, sweet caramel, brown sugar.

Great mellow smoothness in the body. Perfect heft for this style. Superb balance in flavor, as the sweetness comes forward, but not cloyingly. Mild bitterness with just the right amount of hop presence. Finish was bready and warming. Absolute splendid Festbier. My favorite of the year, and maybe my favorite O'fest over all. Kickin' good beer. Thanks, Andy.

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Photo of gonuts31
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from Binny's South Loop along with some other Hinterland offerings. Love the pint sized 4packs. Not just for their seasonals, but all Hinterland beers come in this size/quantity.

Pours a pretty deep orange, small head, but still leaves a great lacing. Looks delicious.

I get some sweet, caramel scents right away, but balanced with a touch of grain. Pretty excited to put this to the lips.

Tastes like it looks, delicious. The balance is perfect between the sweet, almost brown sugar flavor and grain like a typical lager.

Very smooth and drinkable to the mouth.

Even though the Oktoberfest isn't my favorite style, I could see myself sticking with this one for awhile. Glad I got a couple more left.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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...

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Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown with a thin tan head. Nice aroma of toasted malt and noble hops that remind me of German Marzens. There is a bit of sweetness, but nothing like many American styles. Quite toasty with a clean caramel malt and earthy noble hops. The finish is crisp and dry with a medium feel. I'd put this just behind New Glarus Stahorn.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good malt character...love the pint bottles, instant classic. Some nice yeast funk and a clean and fun drinker, easily sessionable this time of year...recommended. Also, doubly recommended since they're from WI, and triply recommended since they're from GB! Go Pack!

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Photo of rdeaton
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy copper. I did a sloppy pour so the head was huge, fizzled down to 1mm, but stuck around. Decent lace.

Smell: Love it, nice Munich malt. It was what I was really in the mood for. I don't notice any hop smell, just the lovely malt.

Taste: A lot more malt than any other Oktoberfest I have tried. It has a lot of body and real flavor. I really like it. This is the second Hinterland beer I have tried and I have liked them both a lot. The other was the Saison. I will not hesitate to try other Hinterland beers. I can't say much about the hops in it, it must be well balanced. Others have said they notice more hops than in other Oktoberfest beers, but I think it must be present to balance the sweetness of the malt. The malt is at the forefront of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Really nice. Not overly carbonated. Ample amounts of malt without over-carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Has a lot more substance than the other Oktoberfest beers I have tried so far this season. Worth the $9.99 for a 4 pack of pints. I'll probably buy more before the season is over.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of samie85
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Bottle
$2.69 Single
Coffee Grounds -Eau Claire, WI

Hinterland has the coolest bottles out there at the moment and from this bottle dumps a sunrise orange beer with good clarity but when eyed closer shows a few floaties like that in tap water. An antique white head sets at a finger in height on the pour and eventually falls to a thick cap leaving behind spotty sheets of lace down the glass.

Toasty grains are in the forefront reminiscent of lightly toasted white bread. There's a banana estery quality from the yeast strain and nice, soft floral hop notes. Crisp graininess makes itself known as this one warms up a bit. Inviting and nicely balanced.

Well, the bitterness seems to be a little higher than the nose suggested. Smooth rich toastiness gets things going with that banana ester quality, while soft, cradling the warm malt profile. The hops are floral upfront but with a touch of grassy bitterness on the swallow. I appreciate this little twist on the style.

The body shows velvety heft with a touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue and back of the throat. The bitterness is higher than your average Oktoberfest but fits well with this particular malt profile.

Hinterland did a nice job on their Oktoberfest. It's not quite as sweet as some other versions and the bitterness is a touch higher (have I said that yet?) which makes for an interesting festbier. Wisconsin seems to do many German things well.

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Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a copper color that isn't quite as clear as I'd expect. A fairly thin white head, has solid retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- Quite a bit of bready and sweet malts in the nose. A bit of biscuit and caramel here too.

T- Follows the nose really well. The malts are up and front and never let down. A bit of a floral hop toward the end. Crisp and well balanced.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Very easy to drink and a great example of the style.

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Photo of ahq514
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz bottle into english pint glass.

Pours a slightly darker amber color. Has a less than a finger head that diminishes to light film atop the beer. Seems to have moderate carbonation. Light streaks of lacing.

Smells like a nice german style marzen. Some nice toasted malt characteristics that has some light noble hop aromas. Very clean overall.

Very nice, honestly one of the better oktoberfests that I've tried. Kind of a nice cross between cleaner german marzens and maltier american style marzens. Up front there are some really nice toasty, caramel malt flavors. This is followed by some mild german hops, with some light floral qualities. Very clean and crisp finish.

Just slightly lighter than medium bodied. Good carbonation for the style, pretty average overall.

This is my first full Hinterland beer and it was a nice surprise. Loved how it had more maltiness than most marzens, but still maintained a certain "germanness" to it. Looking forward to trying more from Hinterland.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a medium tan, which seems a bit light in color for the style. Mildly hazy with a thin white head and average visible carbonation.

S: Malty with some toasted character, mild grassy hops, and that clean lager aroma with just a touch of fruity yeast esters (banana and clove). Not a big amount of aroma overall though.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly – nice toasted maltiness, some grassy and piney hop bite, mild fruity yeast esters, and a clean bittersweet finish.

M: Average body for style, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Pretty tasty and drinkable. I think this seems to be pushing the boundary to out of style with the level of hoppiness, but it doesn't detract from the enjoyment of drinking it. Recommended to try once.

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Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to find this in the Flatlands. Haven't had a Hinterland brew in a long time. Nice 1 pint bottle, no freshness date.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a touch of amber. Sudsy and firm, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- Mildly spicy hops with a touch of bready malt. Some DMS with warmth.

T -- Bready malts up front, the mildest touch of roasted malts in the middle, finishes with a good balance of spicy, bitter hops. Hops linger into the aftertaste, but not overpowering.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and silky with a dry finish and a light-medium body.

O -- A very tasty beer, if not balanced a shade toward bitter for the style. A hop-lover's Oktoberfest, but the Malts are clean and rich.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber hue with very little head and some lacing. Smelled of caramel malts and hops. Tasted slightly hoppy with a good amount of caramel malt. Had a very smooth and clean finish. A fantastic example of the style.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Oktoberfest from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.