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Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Frankenmuth Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.27% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-27-2004)
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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This had a nice light brownish amber color. The head was as off white color. The smell of the beer was of some autumn aromas and sweet malts. The taste of the beer was slightly sweet with a dry finish and just a subtle amount of spice in the end. The mouthfeel was decent, nothing too exciting really. Overall this beer was decent in my opinion.

Knapp85, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Mildly hazed brass.

SMELL: Toasted grain, yeast, bread, spicy hop, flour, doughy biscuits.

TASTE: Smooth, clean, very toasty, dried grass, herbal, spice, light grainy biscuit, lemony hop, fresh.

Perhaps a little rough around the edges but I can get past that real quick with a malt character that make me think. I'll have not problem quaffing back the other bottles I have sooner than I think. A great O-fest.

Jason, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +13.6%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. Eh, not a lot to say about this one. It has a clean, smooth bready caramel malt character with touches of toast and fruit juice. The finish is dry and the body is appropriately balanced for decent drinkability. It's similar to the Munich classics, but with a little less depth. Not a bad beer at all. I wouldn't mind having a fresh pint.

tempest, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear orange copper color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, biscuit, grape, toast, nuttiness, herbal, floral, and light earth. Pretty nice aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, apple, pear, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and earthy spiciness. Small amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of flavors with decent complexity. Fairly robust with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice oktoberfest. Good flavor balance; very crisp and smooth to drink. Enjoyed this quite a bit.

superspak, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

ejimhof, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

dmorgan310, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Zaphog, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Oktoberfest is a sort of coppery-brown, murky in color but fairly clear. The head is more of a wispy foam, or at least it lasts longer as that than its very original form. Mottled lace is left behind sparsely.
There's a lightly grainy edge in the nose, but more toast than anything. There's a bready element to strengthen the malt foundation and a bit of herbal hop leaf to balance. It takes on a bit of mineral, and is a little rough around the edges with minimal sweetness, but it works well.
The flavor is, like the aroma, mainly toasty with some doughier notes, but set alongside it it equal strength is some citrus, more zest (peel) than anything and more orange/grapefruit than sour or tangy. It's also balanced by leafier/herbal hops. There's a little nut, and a touch of grass lingers softly.
The feel is nice and clean with a smooth flow and a nice, strong crispness that's not too hard for the medium body.

Brenden, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. 5.27% abv and 27 IBUs.

Pours a clear, clean, rich copper. Finger of light beige head. Some lacing. Decent mix of hops and malt on the nose. In fact, this seems a little hoppier than most examples. Still, there is some cookie-ish malt to contrast with the herbal, slightly citrusy hops.

Crisp toasted grain up front. Soon changes over to caramel and cookie dough sweetness. Herbal, spicy hoppiness comes in mid-palate to contrast with the malts. Some cooked vegetables as we near the finish. Lingering graham cracker and caramel. Medium-bodied, with a slightly slick feel. A nice, tasty O-fest!

alexgash, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with more than a finger of creamy tan head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Toasted grain and caramel malts are predominant. Also some spicy hops. Smells pretty good, clean and simple.

T - Spicy hops are more prominant in the taste than the smell. Still, nice balance with the toasted grain, with the caramel malt taking a back seat. More spicy hops than my favorite Oktoberfests, but pretty enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a crisp, dry finish.

O - Doesn't standout in any particular way, but a pretty good beer that I would have again.

warnerry, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +13.6%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep orange with a decent sized frothy white head. Fades slowly with a huge island of foam remaining behind. Moderate fluffy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Grassy and moderate grainy malt. Very subtle aroma.

T: Decent caramel with moderate grassiness up front. Finishes moderately bitter with a touch of herbal and grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: A very simple marzen, as is typical of the style. Sweet caramel instead of a more grainy, bready malt is a decent departure. Tasty and drinkable at least.

Dope, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a friend in our homebrew club. 12oz bottle, 5.27% ABV, 27 IBU. No ingredients per the website or label.

Pours out to a hazy copper, forming a small off-yellow head with average retention and sparse lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is interesting...kinda like soapy caramel and munich malt. The mouthfeel is bright and crisp with a medium body. The taste is peculiar but good...it starts with a soapy hoppiness, then is followed by some pleasant minerals, leading way to a nice malty middle with some grainy huskiness and then a pleasant light bitterness. Well balanced. A touch of sulfur in the very end.

Pleasantly surprised...this is a nicely balanced and slightly toasty easy to drink oktoberfest. I would probably drink this again, and considering the fact that I generally don't like oktoberfest's, this is quite the compliment.

Mitchster, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Last week I picked up a six pack of Frankenmuth Oktoberfest at Krogers for $9.99. I'm in the mood for an Oktoberfest tonight so I thought that I would try my local brewery's example to see how it stacks up to the rest. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug.

A- The label is pretty plain and simple with the typical blue and white Oktoberfest pattern, I really like the custom caps for this beer, they look really nice. It poured a nice light caramel copper color that was pretty clear. It had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a rocky fingers worth that left lots of nice spotty lacing that all in all made for a good looking Oktoberfest.

S- The aroma is pretty light and subtle. It starts off with a good amount of bready malts along with a bit of caramel malts. The aroma is pretty sweet, it may be the sweetest smelling Oktoberfest I have encountered. The hops are noticeable and provide some good balance, they smell like a half in half mixture of spicy and earthy/grassy hops. The aroma has good balance, but it isn't the most interesting.

T- The taste starts of with that nice mixture of caramel and bready malts that I picked up in the aroma, but when it comes to the taste the caramel malts seem to stick out the most, but this beer still keeps a pretty prominent bready flavor and it isn't nearly as sweet as the aroma was. The hops are earthy and spicy, it seems like they lean more toward the spicy side which along with the larger hops presence makes this beer stick out from some of the more traditional Oktoberfests. The finish was more bitter then most, but it wasn't over the top.

M- Crisp, clean, medium bodied and carbonation was on the high side but I really liked it and I thought it worked very well, the mouthfeel of this beer is how a good Oktoberfest should be.

Overall I feel like this is a good Oktoberfest, but compared to others it's just slightly above average. There's nothing off or wrong about this beer but as far as the flavor and aroma go they feel a little subdued, I know this isn't the most flavorful style but I have had other ones that have managed to squeeze out more flavor, so I know it can be done. The flavors and aromas that were there were nice and true to the style and they were balanced well even with the more larger hops profile that this beer had, I liked that and I wouldn't change it, but a little more caramel malts to go along with those hops would have been perfect. As in any properly done Oktoberfest, this beer has great drinkability, a six pack of this wouldn't be hard to make disappear when I am in the Oktoberfest mood. What I liked most about this beer was the Mouthfeel, it was perfect for it's style, it also had a very good appearance. What I like least about this beer was the aroma, it was a duller then most. I don't think I would choose this over some of the other Oktoberfest's, I like to buy local but when Samuel Adams Oktoberfest is cheaper and tastier, Frankenmuth Oktoberfest gets overlooked. This beer is worth a try but it isn't really a stand out for it's style. Not a bad beer but so far it's my least favorite offering from the Frankenmuth Brewery, but I think with a couple tweaks in the recipe this beer could hold its own with some of the big dogs, the hop profile is a stand out and I like that.

StoutHunter, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear orange liquid with a thin and splotchy white head. On par for the style.

S- Caramel and light fruits including apples and pears.

T- Caramel and light fruit. Simple and tasty.

M- The carbonation is spot on. The finish is super clean.

O- A tasty beer but overall fails to stand above other beers of the style.

david131, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of crossovert
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sadly this is contracted to Point. Saw a 6 pack for 6 bucks so I figured I would try it. 12 oz twist-off.

It pours a bubbly orange with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves almost no lacing.

The smell is papery and nutty.

The flavor is better. A hint of diacetyl (perhaps the ineptitude of the Point brewers or brewing equipment.) The paper note comes through along with some caramel, nuts, and noble hops.

It is better than the point oktoberfest and it has potential but it kind of flopped.

crossovert, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Kerrie, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Kunstman, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +13.6%

MacStinson, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

szmnnl99, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of _morandi_
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

_morandi_, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Orangish-amber in color, clear, has a receding foam collar for a head that flashed down to nothing in about 20 seconds, very little lacing left behind.

S,T. Very light sweet breadiness and some wispy thin earthy hopping. Could have used some kind of toasted or nutty component, but there was none to be found.

M. Medium body and carbonation.

A rather mediocre Marzen when compared to other offerings from the same style.

WastingFreetime, Mar 12, 2012
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Frankenmuth Oktoberfest from Frankenmuth Brewery
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