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Choctoberfest - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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BA SCORE
78
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EagleTalon on 10-22-2005)
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Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Amp, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of GPHarris
3/5  rDev -11%

a - poured a one finger thick fluffy, eggshell colored head into a pub glass that left a thin ring of lace which disappeared halfway through. the body was a light copper and slightly bubbly.
s - hints of toffee and some yeasty bread which a hint of pumpkin spice.
t - toasted bread.
m - a little too thin for my liking.
o - decent lager offering.

GPHarris, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%

12oz SPLIT->Orval Chalice
A ~ Pours reddish brown. Finely carbonated, characteristic of the brewery.

S ~ Toast, Caramel, & Straw. Hint of hops & Bread-crust

T ~ Leading the show: Buttered Toast, Toffee, Leaves (hops)
In the Mix: Lemon Peel, Grapes, Sweet Corn, Pepper, Wet Straw

M ~ There is malty & hoppy cloy & there is also an organic, vegetal quality. Carb is abundant.

D ~ Good Local, not out of this world. A good session beer that Tastes fresh. The label artwork looks great this year.

chocosushi, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Pours a hazy deep golden color witha small head and some lacing.

S: Smell of caramel and a hint of malt & spice. I expected a bit more.

T: Has a slightly sweet taste, with caramel, malt & a bit of spice.

F: Fairly light body, smooth.

D: Decent drinker & unoffensive. Just a tad sweet for my taste.

soju6, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%

Picked this one up at Biergarten Liquors in Jenks today...

Pours an effervescent & murky apricot with a finger of cream colored head. Ohhh now I see it's bottle conditioned... Great head retention, usually a big bugaboo for this brewery, stays murky & pretty good lacing

S: Bready & fruitty, plus wet grain

T: Follows the nose, golden delicious apple & pear flavor, plus a touch of honeysuckle up front. Slight caramel flavor trickles through the fruittyness. some dryness & slight grainyness as well once warm. Finishes fruity, dry with some caramel flavor

Medium bodied, slight carbonation, pretty good balance

Great drinkability, not a perfect Vienna lager, but acquits itself very well. This will go into the fall rotation when ever I can pick this up. was pleasantly suprised by this. This was better than most of the O'Fests/Viennas I've had this fall

russpowell, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of TylerBGoode
2.35/5  rDev -30.3%

Despite the name, BA has sense enough not to call this beer a Märzen but rather a Vienna Lager. Choc's cleverly named Choctoberfest put a smile on my face when I saw the bottle and it's brightly colored label at my local store, but once this brew made it's way into my bottle, and eventually my mouth, that smile quickly disappeared.

The look of the beer may be the one thing Choc got right on this one. It is dark and inviting, and despite the sweet smell you get, you could easily mistake a glass of this to be an actual malty Oktoberfest brew by appearance alone. The taste is what destroys this beer though, and that's a pretty important category in my book. The beer contains very little malt, or malt that one can really taste and decipher, and a whole lot of sweetness. With little to no bitterness, the brew actually tastes more like a sweetened ice tea than a Märzen or even a quality lager. This is the worst Choc beer that I've ever consumed. More bite and a lot less sweetness would go a long way towards improving this one.

TylerBGoode, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Jul 2009.

Poured in the 0.4 L Hutthurmer mug. Large fizzy off white head. Well carbonated. Clear dark amber color. Smell is sweet, almost syrupy. Starts lightly malty and sweet, quickly becoming astringent and unpleasantly bitter. Sort of tastes like bad iced tea. Medium body. Light alcohol.

Hope this was just a bad bottle/batch.

htomsirveaux, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%

12oz bottle of the 2010 batch poured into a pilsner glass.

Dark gold to orange with a wisp of white head and it's quite cloudy for a lager.

Bready malt with some apple skins and strawberry from the fermentation and a hint of sulphur. A bit of spicy hop flavor too but the balance is definitely toward the malt with a sweeter than expected finish.

Some additional lagering time and better fermentation control would go a long way. I won't be picking up another bottle but it's decent enough for a hot summer afternoon spent watching some TV.

bump8628, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of webbcreative
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%

Poured a dark golden color. Smells like tart apples. Tastes like...tart apples, and a bit metallic. mouthfeel is good though, medium. overall, Its the same flavors that I get from most of the Choc line, that i dont like, tart apples and metal. I really want to love this brewery since its local, but havent found anything yet that I can get excited about....but I will keep searching...

webbcreative, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.73/5  rDev -48.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a very thin, whitish head.

Smell: Here we go again. Displeasingly tart, vaguely fruity nose mixed in with some lightly toasted malts.

Taste: Ugh. Tart, infection-laden component nearly obscures the underlying malts and spicy hops. The tartness hangs on with an iron grip until the merciful finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pete's Place, along with Siletz and Northwoods is quickly becoming ingrained in my mind as brewery with infection issues. What a shame.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%

Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of sweet fruits like plums and apricots with some mild floral notes present. First sip is fresh and clean but like other beers from Pete's Place there is just not enough flavor present. The flavor that is there is good....just not enough of it. It is clean and refreshing but nothing special.

ATLbeerDog, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Deuane
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to Beertracker for another brew in my Okie-beer care package!

A-Hazy deep reddish orange copper body. Medium beige head with a creamy consistency. Head stuck around and left nice lacing.

S-Light, sweet caramel malt with just a hint of sour mash.

T-Sweet roasted caramel with a hint of sour apple. Rather unidimensional but flavourful nonetheless.

M-Medium-light body even bordering on light and a bit thin. Would like a bit more malt backbone to beef up the feel with this one. Light dryness in the finish.

D-Not my favorite style to begin with but save for the light mouthfeel this one has a nice sour tinged roasted caramel malt flavour...at least enough to hold my interest.

Deuane, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Thanks TheHand for this in a trade.

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz.bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy orange in color.

Smell: Very malty with some roasted grain.

Taste: A smooth drinking lager here. Some caramel malt makes an appearance. Also elements of roasted grains. Hops are tea like and the overall finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: This is a pretty solid Vienna lager. I wish more widely available lagers tasted this good.

Stinkypuss, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%

It's that time of year again, and you can smell autumn in the air. This has always been my favorite time, made even better by one of my favorite local breweries rolling out their Munich Lager. This is a hazy light brown brew with a one-finger topping of off-white head. Retention is adequate, and a thin layer of bubble specked lacing is left behind. It actually mells earthy and hoppy up front with a good layer of sweet malt and caramel underneath it all which makes for a good combo. The taste is more mellow than the aroma, but still not bad. Hints of sweet malts, candy and a little spice exist. Some very mild fruitiness lurks down below everything. Carbonation is evident only after a good shake. This one goes down extra smooth secondary to it's light bodied mouth-feel. This is a good session beer to help you welcome in the season.

stephens101, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of HotterThanHell
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Received from TTU94. Nothing like what you would get at Oktoberfest but a nice beer non the less.

Cloudy, hazy color...looked more like a wheat beer with an auburn hue. Head was highly carbonated and bubbly and disipated rather quickly. Did leave some nice lacing though.

Smell is lite, sweet malt with no hops.

Taste is also light and a bit sweet, but there is some hop bitterness that gets through and gives the beer an unexpected balance. The beer feels "wet" so I think it would be good in the summer when your looking to quench your thirst and have a beer.

All in all a pretty good brew. Not sure if it is true to the style, but I'm not that snobby so bottoms up.

Prosit!

HotterThanHell, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of ttu94
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%

got this sixer in OK city. I'm not really sure if put to a test that I could tell the difference in a Vienna lager and an "American style" Marzen but I thought oktoberfest beers were called marzens but who cares about labels lets talk about beer.
This beer pours a cloudy brown color with a huge creamy head that leaves a ton of lace. The smell could almost be considerd a malt bomb. Super sweet malt character. Has an almost nutty flavor at times. The taste has almost too much malt sweetness to it for my liking. This beer has a nice smoothness to it most likely from the bottle conditioning. Not a bad beer. Of all the US made oktoberfest beers it reminds me most of St. Arnolds version. Nothing like the German versions but thats ok.

ttu94, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of skeetermoses
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%

Between the 2 beers I have tried from Pete's place this one was the clear winner, the other beer being Choc original. It seemed to be a good single bottle beer, I tried one bottle right after eating, and was not that impessed, but I had another bottle while working on an art project, in which I had not eaten or had drunk anything for quite some time and was pretty blown away by the flavor of this local brew. The second time around was much better.

skeetermoses, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Thanks goes out to Beertracker for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy off-white head, tons of creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly spicy, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, spicy, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty Vienna Lager, would buy if it was available in my area, recommended.

Wasatch, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of tronester
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a dark orange, hazy from being unfiltered. Has a large tan head. Smells earthy. Taste is quite smooth, almost has a lemony, citrus like taste. A bit tart and metallic too. Almost has an ale like quality. Very unique for a lager. Good mouthfeel, carbonation is good. Quite drinkable too, I could drink several of these. Bonus points for being bottle conditioned. I don't think I've had a bottle conditioned lager before so this is pretty cool.

tronester, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Thin head that disappeared before I could discern the color. No lacing at all. Reddish brown, hazy body.

S: Aroma was mostly caramel malt w/ some yeast present.

T: Heavy caramel taste, but a bit grainy. Had enough hops to keep it in balance. I had this a few days earlier on tap (in a cup though) & the malt was complemented by a strong ripe dark fruit flavor - but this was not the case with the bottle.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation - but it caused a lively tingling sensation as if it here more heavily carbonated. Also had an odd tasting (can't place it) dry finish.

D: Overall not bad - I didn't expect much so I was very pleasantly surprised. Would make a fine session beer.

OKCNittany, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours hazy orangish copper with a thin head.

The smell is of caramel. A touch of vinegar. A touch of earthiness.

The taste is of caramel sweetness with some earthy hops. A touch of vinegar makes me wonder about the freshness of this sample...But, no freshness date is to be found.

It has a decent, medium body. Smooth.

Easy enough to drink. Would like to try in the fall and re-rate.

Thanks to beertracker, who I'd like to do another trade with in the fall, as I'd like to try this again when it's fresh as it has something to it...

jwc215, May 25, 2007
Photo of jmbranum
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%

Large creamy head head on a hazy brownish-amber beer.

Nice, rich aroma.

Flavor is pretty malty with just a hint of malt and caramel. Nice finish. Surprising hop bite.

On the negative side, I think this need more malty-caramel-maple notes.

Not a bad beer, but it is merely average compared to other Octoberfest beers.

jmbranum, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of boblog
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%

This is another good brew from Pete's Place and I really can’t decide if I like choc or chocotoberfest more. This beer has a very good amber/brown hazy appearance (since its unfiltered).The very large foamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing. I loved the texture of the head. The beer has a nice malty flavor which is followed by a nice touch of hops. Overall a very tasty brew.

boblog, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance : Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Caramel malt aroma, rather nice

Taste: Starts with caramel up front but the finish is hoppy and a bit grainy

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not bad at all but I would prefer a less grainy finish

Thanks, beerhandy, for the opportunity

brentk56, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of dngilb
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%

My first review.

A - nice amber with a 1 cm tan head when properly poured, dissapated
within seconds, and slighlty hazy.

S - i have a difficult time describing smell... i smell, grain and alcohol.
doesn't sound all that appealing, but it smelled good... i looked
forward to my first sip.

T - just sweet enough to balance the hops, nice "warm" toasty notes...
just a hint of something spicy and bitter when it gets to the back of my palate. much fuller flavor than the regular choc by my taste...

M - one reviewer mentioned there being little carbonation... the bottle I
i would not want to be any more carbonated. I thought it was
perfect. light-medium body with "warm" mouthfeel.

D - I plan on buying a few more!

dngilb, Sep 21, 2006
Choctoberfest from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
78 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.