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Oktoberfest - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 113
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 113
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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? (350 characters)

Photo of gonuts31
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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... (825 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (692 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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... (929 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 (404 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
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! (1,389 characters)

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Oktoberfest from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.