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Oktoberfest - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: champ103 on 10-08-2009

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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like it should. Orange brown with a tint of copper. The head is white but dissipates a bit quickly. Smells malty but then has sort of a wet grain funk, a bit sour towards the end. Taste is much more balanced & much less sour than the smell. Nice carmel malt, just enough sour to balance it out. Orange notes, slight pepper in the finish and I am happy to report my boys (I'll take credit, being Texan) in Blanco have put out another winner. Mouthfeel is buttery soft, a tad undercarbonated. Drinkability is good, the balance lets you pick up another glass pretty easily. There is a slight metallic aftertaste that isn't ideal. Still, a nice interpretation of the style. Very traditional and when it comes to Marzen, I think tradtion is just fine by me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the Rockwall Flying Saucer. Pours orangish amber, about like you would expect an Oktoberfest to look. Smell is malty with a little sweetness. Taste is similar. Not the best Oktoberfest out there, but a good representation of the style that will not disappoint you.

Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to AttitudeBrew for this bottle.

A- Pours a hazy amberish color with light orange hues to it. One finger white foam shows light retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Bready caramel malts in the front of the aroma. There is some light toasted malts as well with a hint of little nuts and hops.

T- Bready malts in the front of the beer showcase a caramel malt that becomes the backbone throughout the entire beer. A toasted middle to the beer brings in a light off buttery tone as well. Mild spiced hops in the ending gives way to a corn like grainy final flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium and light for the style I think. Caramel malts with some light toasted flavor to it are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly grainy flavor, light alcohol, and toasted malts. Flavors were well put together for the style although the overall flavor could have popped more. Light buttery undertone in the middle is the only off flavor in the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is drinkable but average at best. I personally enjoyed the ABV being as low as it was. Alcohol never really became overpowering. Flavors could have been a little more but average and doesn't leave you wanting more.

Photo of goochpunch
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours out a deep amber. Smells toasty, grainy, and cardboard-y. That toast and graininess is way up front in the taste. I get some of the classic Marzen flavors underneath that: some breadiness and caramel sweetness, but the initial characteristics take over. Mouthfeel is kind of slick and the carbonation is too sharp. This isn't particularly good; not at all, really.

Photo of BeanBone
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly cloudy copper-brown body capped by a finger of off-white head that burns out quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Spicy noble-like hops over rich earthy medium malt. Very much to style.

Flavor: Just the same as the nose, the flavor profile is spicy hops over sweet and slightly toasty earthy malt. It's balanced nicely. Husky malt and light herbal hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a neutral finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, this would be a great choice for your local Oktoberfest.

Verdict: Real Ale have brewed up a straightforward, true-to-style Märzen here. It's not particularly exciting, but fans of the style won't be disappointed.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this in October in Fredericksburg. I love the Real Ale family of beers and had a hard time finding this in stock in Houston. According to the packaging this was brewed in the Bavarian style using Munich and Vienna malts.

A - Poured a clear copper color in my pint glass, thin white head with little lacing.

S - I got malts, toast and a little bit of hop in the nose.

T - Smooth transition from malts up front to a little bit of hops in the back. I tasted metal in the finish (from the hops I think).

M - A little chewy in the mouth, went down easy.

D - I thought the drinkability was good, was not too filling and would great as a festbier in New Braunfels or Blanco.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JJFoodie for this!

Pours a medium copper color, with a slight tan finger of head, and a little bit of splotchy lacing.

Aroma is slightly bready, but mostly nutty, malty sweetness.

Taste is a bit biscuity, with some nice sweet malts, some nuttiness, slight bitterness and maybe even a tinge of citrus.

Feel is crisp, creamy, light, but with substance.

Pretty good drinkability. Drinking a couple would be cake.

Photo of gtermi
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle today of this because it has been screaming my name. The appearance of this beer is very nice. Has a dark caramel color and doesnt have much head after pouring. The smell is very nice, can get some wheat scents from it, very pleasant and makes you want to drink the beer. The taste reminds me a lot of german beer. Real Ale, like most of their beers, knocked this one out of the park. The mouthfeel is nice, the beer is tasty and it seems like a true Oktoberfest beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very clear ruby tinted brown with a good two finger hight head of off white, tannish colored lace. Smell was good, lots of bready ,malts with a kicker of bittering hops. Nothing spetacular but still a quality brew. Nice light feel and good carbonation stayed until the end. Overall this was not a bad beer at all. I have had better, but this was still very sessionable and something that I am sure wood not dissapoint. Defintly a tick above the average Oktoberfest, but nothing that was fall down awesome. Though the finish had a nice touh of sweetnes to it, some caramel and even a tocuh of roasted nuts that seemed to linger and push the flavor forward.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 2-19-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of foam, great head retention, copper color, nice lacing ring with a good amount of carbonation present

S - Malty, caramel, not much of a hop nose

T/M - Medium bodied, malty brew that was thinker in taste then I would have first expected. Slight sweetness, not overly powerful

D - This was a real enjoyable brew, malty, not overly sweet but really refreshing, too bad I only have the one got this one in a trade. I will for sure have this brew again; I would for sure trade for it. I highly recommend this brew

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 11.20.10. Pours a clear, light copper color with a decent sized cap of tan foam. Fades fairly fast to a thin coat and does not leave any lacing.

Nose is nutty and caramel maltiness, pretty standard marzen smell. Not overly sweet with a little bit of toast. Clean, fresh...pecan-esque nuttiness is the differentiator here.

Rich malts get sweeter on the palate but still leaves room for plenty of toast and roasted nuts to shine. Glimmer of hop bitterness on the finish is a nice touch. Plenty of flavor here and the body is certainly not thin. This is a good beer, and I think the best of the 4 bottled Oktoberfests that hail from Texas.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

One of my favorite times of year is when the Marzen/Oktoberfest styles come out.

Real ale is known for some really exceptional beers. This one is a very nice red to golden tone with a nice long lived off-white head that settles slowly and leaves an adequate lacing down the glass.

The nose is a nicely done spiced hop with malty undertones that have that classic Oktoberfest character. There are hints of apples, raisins, bread and lime with a touch of grass and bready notes mixed in.

The taste is dryer than a typical Oktoberfest style and is very pleasant with a crisp clean flavor experience that fades to a nice somewhat bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is nice and rich as this style should be allowing you to fully experience the flavors.

Overall another extremely fine offering from Real Ale. I highly recommend it.

Photo of Pegasus
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber with a tan-colored head, which soon fades to a slight dusting on the surface. The lacing is thick, glass-coating, and fine-beaded.

Aroma: Rich dark bread aroma is paired with moderately spicy hops and caramel.

Taste: Strong malt backbone with crusty dark bread and caramel notes, these carry the taste from start to close. There are also moderately spicy, earthy hops, and a bit of alcohol. Late in the taste there is a little wave of herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, pleasant, with little carbonation noted..

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant and drinkable example, which compares favorably to native German examples.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck style bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of brurevu
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Real Ale Oktoberfest poured a deep amber with plenty of malt on the nose which is in keeping with the style. The taste had a loads of caramel malt with a slight nuttiness and a little bitterness on the end to keep it from being overly sweet. The Real Ale Oktoberfest is an exceptional local take on the style and I found it highly drinkable and refreshing. This brew from Real Ale really hit the spot.

Photo of JayS2629
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spot on to style. Clear golden, copper color with a medium head, nice retention, and walls of creamy lace.

The aroma is malty with faint earthy and spicy hops. Rich caramel, toffee notes, and bready backbone.

Awesomely delicious, malty, sweet but not cloying, rich caramel, toffee and honey hints. Big bready backbone, faint earthy hops in the finish. Nicely balanced. Touch of warmth.

Slightly warming, rich and medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink. Awesome beer.

Photo of sweethome
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a stubby cocktail glass in my hotel room. Dark amber color is a little darker than tradition - but I could really care less. Very little head. Nose is muted, but a sweetness comes out. A hint of toast.

Velvet entry...so smooth, yet rich, carmel maltiness folds out over the palate. Lush and full of sweet maltiness. Crisp flavors, yet full bodied. No hops evident in flavor, but they are there cleansing the palate of the sweetness on the finish. The flavor hits the best of the tradition in my view.

An excellent interpretation - brings home the german roots of this are of Texas. Bravo! Finally - I taste great beer in TX!

Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Has a great caramel color with a bubbly off white head.
Smells nutty, malty, with a very faint crisp lemon scent.
Tastes like buttered biscuits, sweet nutty malty and slightly sour on the back of the tongue.
Has as medium body and is very smooth, I could drink this stuff all day.

Photo of burnerfinger
2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from the 12 ox bottle into my new belgium gobllet:

a: nice caramel colored brew with tannish 2 finger head, not much lacing. not very clear at all. head settles quick...

s:
lite malty smell, nothing further.

t a bit mettalic and understated on the taste as well...

M:
nice body, good carbonation.

D:
Very drinkalbe that much I can say...
not as bad as a macro but getting dangerously close IMHO

a bit bland, not really quaiifying as a oktoberfest to me. enjoy if you can!

Photo of vdread
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real Ale Oktoberfest pours a fizzy dark amber. the head fizzes out as soon as it's poured, leaving it totally flat.

smells of sweet, bready caramel malts.

tastes much of the same. slightly buttery caramel malts, (maybe slightly nutty) and a hint of spicy noble hops at the end. it has a good firm bitterness that isn't overwhelming and doesn't compete with the delicious buttery, bready malts.

mouthfeel adequate, velvety finish with a bready lingering taste.

easy to drink and enjoy, especially on tap. this is somewhere near the perfect zone for an octoberfest- and the freshness definitely helps. unfortunately this particular bottle had no head and only a tiny bit of fizz. much different than on tap.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is apparently Real Ale's first lager. For that, I think they definitely get some brownie (beer) points for a very solid effort. They were obviously going for old-school Bavarian Marzen authenticity, and judging by all the major factors, they have done a damn good job.

Pouring this beer into a dimpled mug reveals a light copper, orange color, with a good amount of head and lacing. Again, about what you would expect from an imported Marzen from Munich. Speaking of imports, since this brewed just 40 short miles down the road from Austin, you don't get any of those off-flavors or aromas that arise as a result of a trip overseas. Instead, this brew is packed with sweet bread flavors, caramel, moderate to heavy toasted malts, and a nice moderate finishing from the hops to keep everything balanced. Residual sweetness rides through in the finish, but is by no means overdone. Nice medium mouthfeel. Just a tad overdone on the toasted maltiness that is picked up during the first few sips, but after you get a little more used to it, it blends nicely with the overall character of the beer.

This is one of those brews that if I were judging strictly by BJCP guidelines, I would say we pretty much have an absolute winner. That said, the flavors are all spot on, they just don't quite meld together perfectly enough for me to give this one a higher rating. Still, a very good example of the class Marzen style, and best of all, freshly brewed nearby Austin, so no need to worry about being burned by a stale six pack.

Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, medium orange copper. Medium head recedes with little lacing.

Smell: Light and clean, toasted cereal.

Taste: Toasty malt body, some caramel, but not overly sweet. Drier finish some earthy and bitter hop hints.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and carbonation

Overall: Light but balanced and drinkable.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for another Texan beer.

A: The pour is a dark amber color, one could call it copper, I suppose. The head is initially a thin layer of khaki foam, but soon dies down to almost nothing.

S: The hops are mildly spicy with some definite earthy notes. A fair amount of lager yeast follows. As the beer comes up to temperature, I get more of the rich bready character and a hint of caramel.

T: This one opens up with the dense breadiness I was expecting. Some nice spice flavors to this beer as well, I seem to pick up some nutmeg. The sweetness is moderate with a mild bitterness to compliment it all.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of rolling carbonation.

D: A really good beer. Before I knew it my glass was empty and the bottle was gone.

Photo of Ford
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Oktoberfest beer.

I'll say as far as Texas versions I prefer Saint Arnold's version over this one, and Karbach Karbachtoberfest over Saint Arnolds.

This one seems to have the most bitterness, though it is still smooth overall.

An easy to drink beer and certainly something to look forward to come the fall each year.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice looking marzen, deep orange and perfectly clear, with a good light orange head.

Aroma and flavor are complete malt bombs, perfect for an octoberfest beer. Tastes like they went heavy on the Munich malt, perhaps my favorite of all malts. Hops provide bitterness to balance and a bit of crispness, but aren't the stand-out for this one, only a balancer.

Easy drinking body and clean lager crispness make this a very tasty october treat. As usual, I am not disappointed in any way when I pick up RABC beers.

Photo of Vashtar
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: too foggy
Smell: Smelled like rotten flesh when it was in the bottle, but better out of the bottle
Taste is good. A bit nutty.
Mouthfeel is pleasant
The beer is a bit average and I don't think most people would pick up on the subtle nutty aftertaste.

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Oktoberfest from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.