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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 Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Review #1800. A new brewery 'round these parts, their O-Fest made a debut at the latest Bliss tasting. It pours a mostly clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of rather light tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, light greens, grass, light orange peel, and a few drops of maple syrup. The taste focuses instead on toasted wheat, walnut, and orange rind, whilst the rest of the aforementioned elements play around very quietly in the background. Most of the these other pieces, though, do not come through amidst the maw of grain and nut. It's a bit much, frankly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, an okay O-Fest at best. I hope the other brews we've got from this brewery work better for me; we'll just have to wait and see...

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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 WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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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 puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 drpimento
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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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 blackie
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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


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Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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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 nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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