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Oktoberfest - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 211
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 28.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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 elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 8 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.4 L Hutthurmer mug.

Small light tan head. Well carbonated. Clear copper color. Aroma is of lightly toasty malt. Starts sweet, malty and nutty. Becomes more astringent and bitter through the middle and finish. Slightly spicy finish with a lingering malty aftertaste. Medium body, moderate ethanol.

I liked this one a bit more than A did.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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

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Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade with mattisloco. Thanks Matt!

Poured into a standard American pint glass.

Appearance: Typical pour netted a short, white layer of foam, which quickly receded to a thin crown. The body is surprisingly cloudy and orange-amber in color. Spotty lacing. Not really sure what this beer's faults are, but it generally just doesn't look right. Whatev.

Smell: Loads of caramel and bread crust, followed by sugar glaze and a candied orange-like component. Very sweet and a little odd.

Taste: Caramel and residual malt sugars jump out at me first. There's also a solid grainy backbone and a pinch of lemon and salt. A touch of soy sauce maybe? Oak and toasted wholegrain bread combine nicely in the aftertaste. Kind of a wild ride, but all-in-all decent, I suppose.

Mouthfeel: Malt-forward, lightly carbonated, and medium-heavy in terms of body. The combination of flavors really takes my palate for a ride. Finishes on a sweet note.

Drinkability: I'm not sure how much age factored into the equation here, but I've kept this beer refrigerated since I acquired it this past fall. This is a strange beer; a very different (putting it nicely) approach to the style.

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Photo of kevinv
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark copper with a thin off-white head that quickly fades.

S - Toasty with notes of caramel and butter. Mild hops.

T - Slightly sweet malty taste with notes of spices. Caramel and nutty characters that came through in the smell shine in the taste too. Light hop bitterness and roasty notes in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-to-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation seems to be a bit high and it feels very bubbly on the tongue.

D - Drinkability is OK. Pretty average Octoberfest.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-deep, foggy amber color. Very little head. Plenty of carbonation left.
S-smells straight out of germany! Malt comes to forefront. And over powers anything else. Love it.
T-heavy on the malt. Truely how this style should taste.
M-nice body. Full and exceptional. Hint of hops as it heads down the hatch
D-very drinkable, just like what I expect an oktoberfest beer to be. Hits the style right on the head.

This is bottle dated 12/10/10. So not the freshest but still not bad.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a narrow stein!

Bottle provided as a generous extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Pours a dark amber with nice golden highlights to it. Builds about two finger's of cloudy head which diminishes pretty quickly. Can see a heavy carbonation in this beer and it's clarity is visually appealing. Moderate lacing.

S - Smell is extremely bready and very strong notes caramel. Mildly spicy and even a sense of skunk to it.

T - Taste is full of the dry biscuit bread notes that were so apparent in the nose. Outside of that, there's little going on with this beer besides a slight spice and bitter hop finish. A bit bland and a tad buttery as well.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy with surprisingly little carbonation. This beer is thick, each sip is like taking a big bite of bread. I could see it pairing nicely with a meal, but it's a bit heavy for nighttime drinking. Finish is short and underwhelming.

D - Drinkability is low. The flavor profile isn't much to get excited for, and the thickness just kind of kills it for me.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark honey amber color with a off white soda like head that is gone in about 2 minutes. No lacing at all. Smells very malty with faint hops. Smells like cinnamon, bread, and caramel. Smells a lot like capirotada. Hoppier then I expected. Seems a little off balance. Taste bready, bits of caramel and spice, with an off sour background that lingers for awhile. Mouthfeel is boderline watery with high carbonation. Drinkability isnt too high. The alcohol isnt really that high but the beer seems unbalanced. I remember this beer being a lot better. Although its been a couple years. I might have bought a bad bottle. Maybe not.

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Photo of JonathanCrites
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of vdread
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours an amber orange with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Not getting much from the nose...mostly sweet malt and a bit of toffee.

T: The taste is much better than the nose. Lots of sweet malt, toffee, and caramel with a slight hop presence on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied which coats the mouth pretty well.

D: This is tasty but not the best Oktoberfest I've ever had. I would recommend this for someone that likes sweet malty beers.

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Photo of hoplover82
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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....

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Photo of atsprings
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Oktoberfest from Real Ale Brewing Company
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