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Oktoberfest - Legend Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 10-01-2003

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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by Shumania:
Photo of Shumania
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a sam adams perfect pint

a: dark armber color that leans towards brown. Very nice, half finger head that dissapates quickly.

s: not much on the smell. some sweet caramel malt

t: much more flavor than expected based on smell. Good balance between sweet and toasted flavors.

m: on the heavier side for an oktoberfest. Some creaminess in there, but doesn't diminish the beer.

this is a good offering and probably one of the better offerings from Legend. Not brewed exactly to style, but enjoyable

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a deep amber/bronze with a sticky one finger slightly off white head atop,great clarity and richness to the body of the beer.German malt aromas of lightly sweet bready dough,iron,and caramel malts.Not overly sweet on the palate like it should be,it's toasted and doughy with caramel being in the background not over bearing.American O-fest brewers should take a lesson from Legend,it's sweet but underlying sweet with its bready malt profile.I could fill a stein all day with this offering.

Photo of generallee
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Appearance: The body has a deep copper color with a light haze. It’s head is creamy long lasting and makes some nice lacing on the glass. Smell: The aroma has a sweet toasted bread character with some dried leafy hops. Taste / Palate: It has a mild malty sweetness with a dark bready character through out. I also get some mild cooed vegetable notes in the background. The finish has very mild hop bitterness and dry leafy flavor notes. The carbonation and palate smooth and creamy.

Photo of maki88
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Enjoyed at home.

A: A clear, rich amber color with a thick, off-white head, which lingered significantly for some healthy lacing. The color was striking, and the overall appearance inviting. The appearance strikes me as quintessential "Oktoberfest" -- a body that appears bold and pronounced, with a head that suggests a certain softness.

S: A sweet, caramel-like, malty smell. I found the smell somewhat underwhelming, especially considering how impressive this brew was in other categories.

T: A rich, healthy flavor of caramel malt. A tinge of sweetness hits the mouth "on impact," while the finish is significantly maltier. Very balanced and distinguished among other Märzens and Oktoberfests I've tried. This beer's taste had a unique quality that was both intriguing and enjoyable, without being overpowering.

M: Light-to-medium body. Smooth and drinkable. Clean and creamy, engaging various parts of the palate.

O: A solid Oktoberfest that is well above average. This beer is easily drinkable -- distinguished enough in character in flavor to stand out from among the Oktoberfest crowd, while not so overpowering that it can't be enjoyed throughout the course of an autumn afternoon or evening. By this time in the season, beers labeled "Oktoberfest" can tend to blend together or be easily forgotten -- not this one. Heartily recommended.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Such a letdown after the stunning Impy IPA I recently had from Legend. Not sure if I got a un-cared for bottle, but this just didn't taste right. Clear in appearance, with a color consisting of dark copper. Nice layer of off-white head boils up upon the act of setting down my CAH O-fest '03 glass. Aromas are soft and consist of a smattering of roasted malt, caramel, and some undefined spice. Flavor had a really prevalent metallic twang to it that overshadowed virtually everything else. There's some nutmeg and bitterness from the hops underneath. Dry finish. On the thin side. Metallic flavor really knocks down the drinkability.

Where's my other bottle of the Impy IPA?

Photo of homebrewer88
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have not tried alot of beers in this style but this had the color I was expecting, copper colored with a white head that didn't last very long. The aroma was toffee caramel and toasted malts, nice. The taste followed with the toffee and caramel it was very sweet up front with a nice balancing hop bitterness on the finish. I did enjoy the beer and would buy again

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, amber color with reddish highlights and a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, but buttery too, like buttered toast, and notes of toffee and caramel.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Malty and buttery up front, followed by some toffee or caramel-like sweetness. Finished by some beautifully balanced hops. Delicious!!

Mouthfeel: Medium with quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds and make them dance. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another damn good American version of an Oktoberfest beer, and one of the better one I’ve had this year! Great balance between malt, sweet and bitter. I’m definitely getting this again!!

Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at Strawberry Street Vineyard in Richmond. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big and surprisingly foamy head, as I gave it a vigorous pour but nothing crazy. Lacing isn't sticking too well, but the head looks like it really doesn't want to leave. Brownish color with amber hues tinting it nicely.

Smell: Ah, those fall spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, other spiciness, some roasted and toasted malt also. Some dark bread aromas also. A pretty nice and balanced mix.

Taste: Sweet, but that's immediately combated with some slight hops to balance some things out. Finishes dry, with the linger-on-the-tongue factor certainly a high one. Nutmeg, slight cinnamon, and some caramel malt flavors come through mostly. Some maple syrup I can taste in there, too.

Mouthfeel: Almost feels like there's no carbonation at first, then with the swallow comes its subtle burst. Medium body, damn near perfect carbonation. It's also somewhat silky, which surprised me.

Drinkability: I could certainly make this a session. Definitely one of the best of the style for my money. Highly drinkable and extremely tasty, with a lot of subtle complexity to it also. I'll certainly have to snag some more bombers.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful reddish-brown color looks all the more impressive thanks to a thick head that audibly sizzles. Excellent stickage, the head is made of super-small bubbles that froth up like sea foam and the surface is a bit bumpy. The glowing, regal rust color continues to impress. This is one hot looker of a beer.

Incredibly nutty aroma, akin to a fresh, assertive brown ale aroma. Has some mineral/metallic traits that detract. I feel like the metal used in the brewing tanks has melted off a little into the beer. Impossible, I know. Luckily the caramel-like malts and overwhelming nuttiness keep pushing through and dominating.

Flavor offers a mouthful of hazelnut, caramel, toffee, light brown sugar, and a dab of dark fruit sweetness. Fairly simple stuff, as per style, and really enjoyable. Great balance and a firm flavor kept me reaching for more, urged along by its dry, slightly tart finish.

Mouthfeel is a little tingly, just a bit milky (rice milky, not cow milky)--fine if unremarkable.

Super-drinkable, and one I would buy again. I don't go wild over this style, and when I do drink them I prefer German ones, but this could stand up to some Germans, or work as a worthy substitute if those aren't readily available.

Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark ruby amber with a large, off white, brownish head that is dense and foamy and has good retention

S - caramel and bread

T - fruity, creamy, butterscotch, caramel, faint bitter hops

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This had potential, but the creamy, diacetyl notes aren't complimentary to the rest of the flavor profile. There is a nice underlying beer here, but utlimately, I'll be avoiding this one in the future.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep copper/orange body is capped by a densely creamy head of off-white foam. The head retention is excellent, and it maintains a thin lid throughout the entire pint while all the while leaving thin rings of lace about the glass. The nose delivers a rich, lightly toasty and caramel accented malt backed by a mild touch of floral and lightly spicy hops. Its medium body and very fine, moderate carbonation lend an almost creaminess to it. It's quite smooth and malty! The rich maltiness returns in the flavor; and it's perfectly balanced by a low-key bitterness and a subtle, spicy and floral hoppiness. It finishes surprisingly dry with a light touch of residual malt. Quite drinkable and well worth trying!

Photo of zaphodchak
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of fluffy whiteish head (an an Aventinus glass) atop a body that gradients from deep goldnrod to ruddy amber. Retention is great, plenty of bubbles throughout. Some slippery lace. Darn fine-looking beer.

Nose is nutty, tart malt. Smells much more British than German, but I always thought German beers lacked in that department anyway. Something else there too, almost marshmallow or cardamom.

Taste is full, tons of nutty malt, yet still crisp. Sort of a pumpkin-seed undertone as well. Faintly metallic, but that's not a real complaint.

Mouthfeel is light, almost thin. Surprisingly so, considering how much body it has. Not my personal preference in a beer, but for the style, as well as for easy drinkability, it's pretty spot-on.

I was really surprised. I think I tried this before, but this was much better than I remembered or expected and something about it makes it drink as well as a German Oktoberfest while smelling much better.

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, shipped by blackness

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, big amber body with a frothy beige cap and nice retention

smell: sweet and earthy, buttery biscuit, toasted grain, caramel malt

taste: odd oktoberfest, but in a good way...very buttery, flaky and bready, sweet toffee and caramel...a style departure, but nice

mouthfeel: earthy, medium body

drinkability: good

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a Seidel mug.

Pours a clear honeyed medium amber with a big 2+ fingers of creamy, slightly off-white head. Peters down pretty quickly into a thin, sturdy layer of retention that leaves a big cascade of lacing witch hangs into a sticky latticework. The aroma is pretty lively with a nose of toffee and bread with quite the firm and fresh bouquet of floral hops and spice.

The taste brings it too, with toffee and carmamel sweetness, bready notes, and a tingle of floral tasting hop bitterness for balance. Finishes sweet with an overall toasty feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and clean feel.

Solid Oktoberfest from Legend with full flavors and easy drinkibility. I should have picked up an extra bottle of this as I would definitely visit this again this fall.

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

pours a deep orange color with plenty of head that slowly leaves as it sits. Aroma is mild and nutty. Flavor is good with a nice balance of hops, fruits and some nuts. Overall, a pretty mild beer that seems as though it could use a touch of aging to bring out the complexity??

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown with a thick, sticky head. Aroma is strong of caramel, sweet malts, and winter fruits. Taste went away quickly, which was good because i found the aftertaste to be horrendous. Easily killed the bomber, but not because i wanted to (i hate wasting beer).

I can't really put my finger on what bothered me - it just wasn't good. First seasonal beer to truly disappoint me from Legend.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks awesome! Deep orange color, thick tight white head, and always bubbles racing toward the top. The head never seems to want to fade and well, it slowly does….at the end of my beer.
Aroma is sweet. Toffee and caramel are first to the nose. A bitter aroma of hops and notes of bread come to play.

Flavor is chewy toffee and caramel malt. This nice malt flavor is joined in with a bitter hop bite at the end. I did notice a slight watery feel mid through but it is quickly overtaken with the hops. The hops add and give this brew a nice dry finish.

Overall, a great brew. Great mouthfeel and an excellent session beer. This one is worth the try.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a big glass mug. The Liquid is a classic amber with good carbonation. The head is a big fat 2 fingers off white and fluffy.

The smell is ok. average for a Marzen. Better then most average O'fests.

The taste is ok also. This is a nice beer but really just nice. Not some thing to seek out. standard caramel malt. But nice.

The mouthfeel is ok again better then some but not a stand out. Medium body at best and good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok. This is a fine brew with no bad qualities, but it just does not seem to have anything that makes it standout either. MK

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light brown color lager with a nice big white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of crisp hops with some sweet malt. Taste is dominated at first with sweet caramel malt and finish with a medium bitterness. Very nice and refreshing from a style that I don’t seem to drink much of.

Photo of BeerSox
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Crystal clear copper hue with amber highlights. A one finger tan head almost disappears, sort of low a density.

Highly toasted malts with a little bit of a burnt caramel flavor. The diacetyl is pretty high.

More heavily toasted malts, almost burnt. The burnt caramel is back, along with a little molasses. The diacetyl sticks around as well. Full bodied.

An okay beer, but maybe a bit outside of the Oktoberfest style. Worth a try.

Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Deep dark chestnut brown, and red amber dark body, with some orange hinting hues. Head forms lightly with little retention and a tan light colored appearance. Manages to leave a small puck while drinking. Very faint rising carbonation that's a little hard to see.

Nose is real nice. Slight biscuity aroma, and nice crisp toffee angles on the malt side. Kind of simple but quite nice, with some dry grain.

Palate matches the nose but with much more of a drying quality. Dry airing grain finish, light toffee with some hits of very hot clove and drying brown spices. Biscuity chewy quality slightly on first sip but with the dryness taking over and leaving a little more cracker sensing quality. Muted toffee. Decent depth on the palate to let the flavors come out.

Overall pretty solid drinkable marzen.

Photo of blackie
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: just a beautiful oktoberfest, thick 2-finger khaki head doesn't even begin to recede for minutes, the beer is a deep orange-amber in color

s: rich toffee with a strong underlying note of carob, dark sugary bread, just enough hops to balance, smells delicious

m: carbonation just under medium and quite smooth, medium body

t: big malts, primarily dark toffee and toasty malt but with an intriguing chocolate/carob note, hops give a little flavor and a pleasantly mild bitterness, very tasty and unique

d: love this one, but part of the appeal is the extra body and malt, hindering the typical lager drinkability just a bit

bomber from Whole Foods Vienna

Photo of byrd
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep copper in color with lots of carbonation rising to the top. Great off white head that stays for ages, becomes quite rocky, and eventually reduces to a full lace that settles on the surface for the duration of the bottle (rings holding to the sides of the glass). Excellent sweet caramel malt nose with a light hope aroma. I probably spent just as much time smelling this brew as I did drinking it. Nice medium body, yet a bit on the full side for a lager or Octoberfest (seemed even more so as the beer warmed). Good middle of the road carbonation, and as the beer warmed, it almost seemed a tad bit creamy. The malt is all over the pallate. Great caramel notes, some breadiness, and a touch toasty. Not that it's all one sided though. There's a nice hop finish that really balances this brew out quite nicely. Quite drinkable... Would make for a nice session brew.

For some reason I was a bit hesitant to try this beer, so I only purchased one. I don't know why... I typically to enjoyed the Legend line up that I've tried so far (except maybe the Triple). As it turns out, I really enjoyed this one, probably more so then a number of the other big name Fest beers out there. I'm sure I'll pick up a few more before the season's over.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a light and off-white head that does not last long. The beer itself is a brownish copper that is clear.

Smell:
The beer as a strong malty smell. The malts smell sweet and caramel with a hint of toffee. The malt appears to also be slightly bready but not by much.

Taste:
The malts taste like caramel with hint of hoppy bitterness that complements the malts very well.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and a medium body. The body is fairly light and smooth to drink.

Overall:
A pretty good Oktoberfest and one that I'll probably pick up every year if I'm in their distribution area during October.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: I would never has believed this to be a Märzen, as it looks just like a Brown Ale. A standard pour yields a 1.25 finger head and decent lacing.

S: Oddly malt liquory on the nose. Honeycomb, wheat bread and toasted almonds round out a strange bouquet.

T: It's kinda just there. Really nothing to it. Very, very bready, with a touch of sweet malt. The finish is too neat, it falls off on the back end and leaves me wanting more. Pretty plain Jane.

M: Too oily and thin for my liking. It's autumn for God sakes - put some oomph and body into your Märzens, people.

O: Legend's Oktoberfest isn't really a bad beer, not at all in fact. Rather it's just boring. There's nothing here worth getting excited about. Every facet of this beer is average or a slight bit better, leaving nothing to keep this brew from being easily forgotten.

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Oktoberfest from Legend Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.