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 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)

Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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. (378 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 goochpunch
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of brurevu
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having their Altbier I'm expecting them to tackle German styles well.

Pours a clear deep orange with an off-white head. Retains well and leaves some lacing.

Breadiness upfront with some sweeter caramel in behind with some spicy and herbal hop.

Lightly toasted bread and caramel. Low bitterness with some herbal and earthiness to it.

Sturdy bodied with plenty of carbonation to move pleasantly along the palette. (422 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome orangey amber in the glass with a decent head. Quite sudsy with a sparkling, but light, mouthfeel. Some malty substance with a club soda taste on the tongue.

Malty nose with some caramel. Plenty of roast malt. Rather sweet but seems appropriate to the style. Some hints of hops with a little earthy bitterness at the finish. Clean flavor with a pleasing fruity touch, but just sharp enough to give it some balance. A hint of oily texture.

Thoroughly pleasant version of Oktoberfest. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Pinkie's in San Angelo. (549 characters)

Photo of Ford
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
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! (484 characters)

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed December 15, 2011. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Pours a nice active 1/2 inch head. The carbonation appears intense on this with bubbles coming up quite actively. The color is a nice Tawny brown and damn does it look enticing, no lacing.

S: A pleasant sweet maltness rises. A nice bread and caramel come out and it's smells nice for its smooth style.

T: A toasty caramel came at me head on. It comes sweet, but a nice bitter lingers on the tongue for a bit.

M: This hits the tongue really carbonated. This feels quite watery as well which is quite a turnoff for me.

O: The consistency is what I disliked about this beer the most. The taste was solid, but I doubt its something I'll pick up again. (728 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (262 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 zander4dawin
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark amber beer with a thin head. Darker than most oktoberfest beers around. Has a little more of a tasted taste on it. After taste has a burnt malt taste that comes off a little odd and lingers for a while. Comes off a little thin on the body. Overall a decent marzen beer but there are better options out there. (315 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 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 GANIMAL
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden, amber color. Great color and light head.

S - Very light citrus smell.

T - Light citrus enjoyable flavor, great aftertaste.

M - Very light, great drinkability

O - Great overall light oktoberfest. Light and tasty, but missing a punch to seal the deal. If you're looking for a nice, light, easily drinkable oktoberfest, try this one! (351 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 SWMeyer4141
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Boulevard tumbler.

Appearance-Brownish red body with about a half finger off white head. No lacing, No retention. Kinda dull looking.

Smell-Lots of malt. Some light floral notes and

Taste-Nothing about this beer screams Marzen/Octoberfest/Fall beer. Some sweet malts upfront with some breadiness and a light hop finish. Just a traditional lager to me.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, medium carbonation

Overall-Sisyphus, Pheonixxx, Devils Backbone...Love their seasonals. This one though I'm not sure waht they were thinking. Nothing about but this beer screams octoberfest. (584 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 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 HopsKeepDroppin
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11.11.11...interesting. Poured from 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Pours a ruby copper color with one finger head that dissipates quickly. A small ring around the outside of the glass remains that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of malts and some bitterness from the hops.

T- Really malty. You can really taste the darker malts in it and there isn't much hop presence.

M- Pretty heavy but its expected from the malt.

O- This was pretty decent. I think it was a bit heavy. (495 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.08/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by: 29OCT11

A: pours a orange hued brown ale with near excellent clarity and a transient light beige head. A speckled mirror sheen remains outlined by foam. No lace.

S: smells like grain and some alcohol surprisingly. A hint of floral tones.

T: sweet, nutty, oxidized. Not too impressive. Should have some sweetness here.

M: medium bodied with light carb.

O: not privy to this one. I like marzen, but this was over oxidized. (438 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)

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Oktoberfest from Real Ale Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.