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Oktoberfest - Real Ale Brewing Company

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 10-08-2009)
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4.8/5  rDev +34.5%

Jacobus79, Aug 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Dwtucker90, Sep 25, 2012
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.

AtrumAnimus, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of mvreeland
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

A: Beautiful deep amber color. Very clean- and clear-looking. A normal pour resulted in a thin layer of head (a little too thin) that quickly dissipated.

S: The maltiness of this brew jumps out at you immediately. Hop scent is veiled almost completely by the malt aroma, which is heavy on the crystal. This is exactly how I want a Märzen beer to smell.

T: What can I say? The taste does not belie the scent. This is an absolutely fantastic example of festival beer: wonderfully malty and sweet but not cloyingly so.

M: Medium body, light-medium carbonation. The heavy-handed malt flavor lends a feeling of thickness to the beer.

D: The beer is perfectly drinkable and really quite enjoyable. Overall, I would rank Real Ale's version of Märzen as among the best American attempts at the style that I've ever tried. I was thoroughly impressed.

mvreeland, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of mjurney
4.63/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Rich amber color, clear. Lots of bubbles. Foamy head.

Aroma:
Malty. Caramel. Some fruit.

Taste:
Malty up front with a spicy at the back end. Very nice malt character, toasted, nutty, biscuit, slight caramel. Hop is mild almost towards medium, I'm getting spicy with touch of earthy.
Body is medium. Carbonation is nice.

Finish:
Smooth finish, slight earthy-malty aftertaste.

Overall:
Probably the best Oktoberfest I've drank.

mjurney, Sep 24, 2011
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4.56/5  rDev +27.7%

cmbeddoe7997, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

RicoFalcon, Jul 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Buttstallion, Jul 30, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +25.5%

Vipsanius, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of JayS2629
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

JayS2629, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review for BA!
I've been looking forward to trying some Real Ale Oktoberfest since I missed out last year--I was living in San Antonio during the summer of 2010 but left town mid-August. Right around the time Real Ale released this. Glad to say that I'm back and able to try it.

Purchased a six pack today and came home excited to try it--but held off until nighttime. Poured into a Ranger Creek nonick glass. First impression was the full head that formed (foamed?). Tantalizing! This quickly dissipated but beer kept a thin layer of bubbles at the top.

Under the indoor light of my place the beer appeared a clean, copper-amber-caramel color. (I know there's a whole debate over color terms and I will admit I haven't followed it. Point is, it looks good.)

There's a nice, mild, malty-sweet aroma to the beer. Nothing overpowering, nothing out-of-place. Same for the taste. That caramel-malty color/smell is definitely present, without being overly sweet or heavy. An easy sipper and one which holds up nicely after half an hour. Really, a solid choice and once I would/will have again. Over the past year I've falling quite in love with just about everything Real Ale does. This is proving to be no exception.

elNopalero, Aug 17, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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

FreshmanPour77, Mar 18, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

sweethome, Oct 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

TejasMtnBiker, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Fakexican, Sep 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

lsiberian, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Danielbt, May 08, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

gtermi, Sep 16, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour of this clear, copper-colored beer resulted in little head, and that faded away within moments. The aroma is nice though, with nice lightly-toasty Munich malt, much better than many domestic oktoberfests. Good flavor as well, with emphasis squarely on the malt profile. Hop presence is restrained, though bitterness is enough to keep this from being a particularly sweet example, and to dry out the finish.

Very good style-appropriate offering from Real Ale.

allengarvin, Sep 20, 2010
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4.16/5  rDev +16.5%

S1lverf0x1955, Sep 03, 2014
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.

womencantsail, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of vdread
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

vdread, Oct 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev +12%

jmccraney, Oct 20, 2014
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.

twiggamortis420, Sep 13, 2010
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Oktoberfest from Real Ale Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.