Oktoberfest - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 194
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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. (831 characters)

Photo of mvreeland
4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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. (1,225 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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 (596 characters)

Photo of sweethome
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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! (639 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of vdread
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, amber color with a medium, ivory head that dissapates too fast, with a little lacing.

S-The aroma is of sweet bready/caramel malts with noticable noble hop character.

T-The flavor is of sweet bready malts and milky caramel with notes of noble hoppy/spicy bitterness in the back. The bitterness is perfect imo.

M-The body is full and crisp and refreshing, slightly dry in the finish, which I like.

D-Very drinkable, glad I got to try this beer. Might bring this to a party, if not my homebrewed marzen. (525 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from kiltedtxn and aggieboudreux, Thanks Guys!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear orange/rust color with a small beige head that thinned out to a ring.

S - good malty, fall smelling beer.

T - it has a nice taste to it, balanced sweetness with a lightly bitter, dry finish.

F - medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - goes down easy with or without a Bavarian pretzel. (407 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium copper, forming a 1/2 inch off white head, with no lacing.

S - Aroma is very malty, with a strong caramel malt presence and a slight grainy note.

T - Caramel malts and bread taste coat the palate. The hops are noticeable in the finish, being more floral than spicey. Very refreshing and more what an Oktoberfest tastes like.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very clean.

D - IMO this taste more like a traditional Oktoberfest, and not what alot of microbreweries are trying to pass as an Oktoberfest. Great full flavor and body. One of the better Oktoberfest biers available! (651 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,527 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is quite hoppy: herbal, floral, noble and outshines the softer malt, which is slightly chocolaty. Smells good.

Pours clear amber straw, moderate head, lighter than typical. Looks pretty good.

Tastes moderately more hoppy than the nose advertised. Malt steps up, but does not win the balance. Not very sweet, mild hop bitterness. Softly nutty, oily mouthfeel. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

I really like it, it has way too much hop for style. (463 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of Plokhooy
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty typical for a "fest" beer. The color, taste, and texture are what you would expect. The quality that mkes this one a bit different from the rest is that it is a bit lighter than most, making it even more drinkable in the warm Falls in Texas. (261 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber orange glass is fairly hazy, holds a thin white cover of foam that gives a little lace.

Smell: Earthy hop leaves, wet grain with a mild sweetness. A hint of yeast.

Taste: Fairly balanced with the sweetness hitting first trailing off to a lightly bitter hop leaf finish. A peppery element in the finish with a very German character, guessing the hops lead me there.

Mouthfeel: A bit oily, prickly carbonation, mild chew in the finish, medium-heavy body.

Overall: A good German style beer, but seems a bit heavy and sweet for an Okto. Still, one of my favorite of the season. (595 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint. Best by 11-04-10.

Pours a crisp, ruddy-copper body with good clarity. The crackling sawdust head retreats quickly to a thin wisp and ring of tiny bubbles, methodically supplied from trails of carbonation rising up from the laser-etched bottom. Great aroma: nutty Vienna malts, brown sugar, squash and other Autumnal veggies. Light doses of German hops and yeast add a hint of spice to the background.

Crisp and semi-fruity up front with floral hops, browned apples, and nutmeg. Malts bring toasted bread and nuttiness mid-sip, as well as some caramel and light toffee notes. Great balance overall. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly on the tongue with a bit too much carbonation, but otherwise solidly sessionable. Real Ale continues to please with their seasonal releases, and this is a solid addition to that lineup with the Oktoberfest. Now, bring on the Shade Grown Coffee Porter!! (927 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade! 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that diminishes to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight toasted malts and not much else. The taste is a nice amount of toasted malts against a subtle but present Noble hop backbone. The beer is nice and light bodied with smooth carbonation and a touch of dryness. This is a nice demonstration of the Oktoberfest style. (484 characters)

Photo of Number12
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

I saw some bad reviews. Is has a decent taste, but the carbonation is a little too sharp. Nice dark amber color with a little head. Overall a good beer (151 characters)

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Oktoberfest from Real Ale Brewing Company
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