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Oktoberfest - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant


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very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%

Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 09-19-2010)
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Photo of KDawg


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 01:47:05 | More by KDawg
Photo of cjgator3


2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:57:23 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BuckeyeSlim


3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2013 12:30:13 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of joe1510


4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 02:13:49 | More by joe1510
Photo of macrosmatic


3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 02:30:07 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 19:41:09 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of rdeaton


4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 00:34:32 | More by rdeaton
Photo of jkrich


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:53:06 | More by jkrich
Photo of nrbw23


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 13:05:04 | More by nrbw23
Photo of bluejacket74


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 22:38:47 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 19:03:28 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 19:55:35 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of drpimento


3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I left it out of the cooler for a bit first. Poured with a smallish, cream colored head that soon settle to a small island, a broken ring, and no lace. Color is a clear red orange amber with a bubble trail. Aroma is malt, fruit, hop, caramel. Flavor is much the same as nose with hops and sweetness standling out with a little tang. Body and carbonation are ok. Finish is like flavor, a little on the short side, and a hint of alcohol. More hoppy than a traditional Okfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 00:04:43 | More by drpimento
Photo of WoodBrew


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 20:56:39 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Vonerichs


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:59:26 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of ahq514


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:40:20 | More by ahq514
Photo of Florida9


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear light copper in color. Forms an extra thin fizzy head that quickly fizzes away to absolute nothingness. No lacing.

S: Muted, but what is there is caramel malt and some light grassy hops.

T: Caramel malt. Toast. Mild metallic bitterness. Malty with very little hop character.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation makes this beer feel thicker than it is.

O: A decent, drinkable O-fest, though I felt it was lacking in character.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 12:51:19 | More by Florida9
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. I tilted the glass at first, but straightened it when it looked like the head was going to be pathetic. The color is medium caramel with amber tones. A cluster of bubbles topped a decently dense, two-finger thick head that dissipated quickly to leave the cluster of bubbles floating atop the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is robust. Lots of toasted and sweet caramel, plus a lot of earthy hop action. There is even grapefruit in there. Grapefruit from a märzen? Who knew? Needless to say, it is very reminiscent of amber ale.

Taste: The mouthfeel is really thin, but the flavor delivers something special. Sweet and toasted caramel are balanced well with earthy and grapefruit hoppiness. The hops do not really offer a massive bite, but do enough to let you know you are drinking a beer. Frankly, it does border on that hairspray-tinged-burnt-hair taste, but it is on the better side of that border.

Drinkability: Robust and a tad hoppy for a märzen. Tommy likey.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 04:47:00 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of chicagoabbot


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:37:07 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz bottle into my Cheers drinking mug.

A) Lighter amber to orange. There was a half finger of off white head. Minimal retention and lacing. Nice though....

S) Nice malt, light spice, mild hops. A sticks and leaves Earthy quality to the aroma.

T) Malty, but not as sweet as many of the O-Fests I've had recently. This has the earthy quality mentioned above. There is some serious citrus peel, orange peel if I'm being specific.

M) Lighter medium, moderate carbonation. This is quite pleasant, a somewhat dry finish. The citrus peel lingers for a bit.

O) Nicely done Hinterland. I enjoyed your take on this one. I would gladly recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 00:32:03 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:45:06 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of gonuts31


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:08:14 | More by gonuts31
Photo of steveh


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 21:23:32 | More by steveh
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack of this last Saturday (10SEP11 - $10.99 for 4x 16oz bottles) and proceeded to try a couple later that afternoon.

This Ofest was a clear, medium-copper brew, with scattered but steady carbo present. head was wispy and thin, the foam mostly congregating at the rim of the glass. Lacing was OK, but not top-shelf. Aroma was enticing, with toasty malts, a hint of sweetness and some bready character. Body was a solid medium, with a decent feel on the tongue.

The flavor started off with a bit of caramel and some toasty malt action, with a pleasant sweetness level. The finish has some floral hoppiness, but also with a slight touch of fruitiness, somewhat like green apple. If not for that fruity quality this would have been better received. Prosit!!

3.68 rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 19:18:38 | More by Bierman9
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a decent beige head. Some slight lacing.

Some decent depth in aroma, with sugared toasted malt, some fruit, some herbal notes, and some raw grain. I kept getting a grapevine element in this one, which threw me a bit.

Decent toasted malt, brown sugar, but this one dries out quick. Toasted grain leads to some bitterness and husk. I wanted a little more complexity in the malt up front, but this still works. Not super complex, but tasty.

Medium bodied, good structure.

Overall, a decent one. A little more on the coarse side than I wanted, but a good Fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 12:54:50 | More by OtherShoe2
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Oktoberfest from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.