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Oktoberfest - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 194
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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 mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (655 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 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 mothman
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pilsner glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Decent retention with some lacing. Color is a golden amber. Active carbonation.

Aroma: Biscuit malts and butter flavors. A bit of skunk shows. Grassy hops. Some caramel shows as well.

Taste: Bready, biscuity, and malty. Some grassy hops show. A bit of caramel. A hint of skunk barely shows.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some roast to it.

Overall, a fairly average octoberfest. Somewhat drinkable, but I wouldn't want too much of it. (565 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from depechemode1983 and Exiled, thanks for the opportunity guys.
Pours a shade lighter than red with a thinnish white head that dissipates almost immediately. Smells mostly of grainy bready malt with hints of honey. Very faint earthy hop aroma barely peeks through the sweetness. Taste leans heavily towards the sweet bready malts, with a very light smattering of dark dried fruits as she warms a bit. Sweet almost sticky mouthfeel is barely kept in check by the crisp carbonation. This is a decent enough brew although a bit sweet for my liking. (565 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 champ103
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A small white head forms and recedes in an instant. Very light lace is left behind.
S: Grainy, cereal, and sweet caramel malt.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt, grain and cereal. Some caramel, and light hops linger.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Kind of watery though. Not hard to drink. I have sessioned this several times since it was released.

Not bad. Just kind of bland. Something that is worth a try, but not one of Real Ale's better beers. (496 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 EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (424 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a deep copper color with a slight off white head that collars around the glass. The aroma is biscuity, malty, and slightly buttery with a dash of skunkiness. Slightly sweet malty taste with touches of bread and that classic german lager taste. Slight hops taste in the back end that isn't too bitter but a nice compliment to the maltiness. Medium mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable. (389 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to exiled for this extra. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Amber orange red. About a finger of off white head. Some soapy lace, fast fading, no cap.

S: The aroma is actually rather strong. I can smell the beer and it's sitting a solid foot away from me. Loads of caramel malt and spices. Some hops can be picked up as well. Buttered bread crusts come to mind. A faint skunkiness comes through with each whiff.

T: Crisp malt and bread crusts. Distinct graininess that's giving off a corn vibe like any typical lager. Moderate spices. Just a touch of hops.

M: Medium body. Smooth carbonation.

D: Well it's a Marzen for sure. Nothing really stands out but fitting for the style. (700 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 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 SkeeterHawk
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of both Oktoberfest style beers and Real Ale, so I imagine I have a winner with this one. Let's see...

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with a small head of off-white bubbles that was very active and almost fizzy for about 20 seconds. Then, it was gone. There doesn't appear to be many bubbles rising to maintain the head, so the beer looks pretty still right now. I have been drinking a lot of Spaten and Paulaner Oktoberfest here lately, and they have a really creamy head with some lacing. That is not here with this beer unfortunately.

Aroma: I initially got some sweet toasty malts along with a defined chalky/minerally thing going on from the water. The aroma is still pretty toasty after the beer sits, but it is not like I would expect an Oktoberfest to be in that it is more honey-like sweetness with a bit of citrus thrown in for good measure.

Taste: The flavor is more in tune with what I expect than what I got from the aroma. There are some Munich derived toasty notes in here and the beer is ultimately balanced toward the malt. The minerals that I got in the aroma are present in the flavor as well. They come across quite dry and are to the point that they are accentuating the hops and giving the impression of a dry almost "powdery" film on the back of the throat and this lingers for a while. It suffers from a lack of carbonation that hurts as much as anything else. It is getting a bit of a winey impression as it warms.

Opinion: Well...I must say that I am a bit disappointed in this beer. I would suggest that they clean up the water first before doing anything else. This beer leaves the wrong impression in the nose and on the palate for this style. It is an OK beer, but doesn't really fit in a category with the overall balance and presentation that it has. I wouldn't mind trying it on tap where the carbonation can be controlled a bit better, but I don't have too high of hopes for this one unfortunately. Sorry, Real Ale guys.... (2,000 characters)

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