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Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Frankenmuth Brewery

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85 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

09-28-2012 01:54:44 | More by ryanwashere
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

09-23-2012 02:25:35 | More by ejimhof
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

09-18-2012 03:31:18 | More by superspak
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

09-09-2012 03:12:56 | More by ujin
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

09-04-2012 13:58:55 | More by brealbg
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-28-2012 00:55:37 | More by Rich540
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

07-06-2012 18:33:11 | More by dmorgan310
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-12-2012 01:56:22 | More by Drk93TT
Photo of tempest


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

04-24-2012 01:26:34 | More by tempest
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-25-2012 20:57:23 | More by szmnnl99
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

03-21-2012 21:44:54 | More by Mitchster
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2.7/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

03-12-2012 18:26:18 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Knapp85


3.08/5  rDev -12%

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.

03-09-2012 04:46:18 | More by Knapp85
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-17-2012 22:22:45 | More by beerhunter13
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-06-2012 10:39:32 | More by Rostie
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-05-2012 01:43:19 | More by Extrajoker00
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-02-2011 16:17:06 | More by jz989
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-15-2011 21:01:44 | More by imperialking
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-15-2011 14:55:41 | More by DrDoitchbig
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2.98/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

10-31-2011 02:19:56 | More by crossovert
Photo of zoso1967


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

Frankenmuth Oktoberfest pours a very clear orange amber color that is on the lighter side of the marzen spectrum. It has a nice beige head that has excellent retention and leaves equally nice lace on the sides of the mug.

The aroma is bready and sweet with a big dose of caramel sweetness. This brew does not seem as toasty or grainy as some other examples of the style.

The flavor mimics the aroma in that it is very sweet with loads of caramel. There is also a bit of toffee and a slightly earthy hop character. There is a very small amount of graininess but other than that it is a pretty clean brew. My only gripe is that this beer seems exceedingly sweet for style.

The mouthfeel is medium with a soft carbonation. The finish is much like most of the other aspects of the beer, meaning that the caramel plays a big part.

Overall this is a pretty drinkable beer that does not really have anything wrong with it. As I mentioned before I find it a bit on the sweet side, but it is not a deal breaker. I can’t say I would seek this out again, but I would also not be upset if it was offered to be at a sausage fest.

10-28-2011 23:06:08 | More by zoso1967
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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance - Pours a dark amber/copper color with a half-inch thick head and diappears quickly.

Smell - Caramel and sweetness. Kinda grainy and earthy.

Taste - Malty, sweet, spicy, and then bitter at the end.

Mouthfeel - A thick body with little carbonation.

Overall - A pretty decent beer.. it stands out from the rest of the Oktoberfests.

10-19-2011 03:03:35 | More by jsisko01
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3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours out an amber colored hue with a foamy white head that leaves some nice retention and pretty lacing. The carbonation is moderate with a medium body. The nose consists of caramel along with some grains. The taste starts out with caramel, grains, some hops and hints of fruit in the back. Not too sweet or bitter, thought it could have used more caramel and more fruity taste in the back, but still a decent beer. The mouthfeel is a nice crisp clean smooth finish that leaves the mouth slightly dry and overall it is a beer worth giving a try.

10-19-2011 01:37:35 | More by DannyDan
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4.15/5  rDev +18.6%

A: Amber, red with a sticky white head that leaves nice lacing behind.

S: sourdough, yeast, a little malt.

T: Fruit, sweet floral malts with a satisfying sour, bready finish.

M: Crisp, clean with perfect carbonation.

O: One of the better oktoberfests I've had the pleasure of tasting. I love visiting the town of Frankenmuth, but - oddly enough - I had never tried one of their local brews until now. I've been missing out!

10-14-2011 22:34:48 | More by bluHatter
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

This is a fairly straight-ahead beer. While there isn't anything particularly spectacular about it, this beer is well rounded and very enjoyable. Pours with a half-inch head which dissipates into a thin head and good lacing. Flavor is predominantly of malt- perhaps vienna- with an unusually subtle hop bitterness to keep the malt sweetness in check. The carbonation is slightly lower than most commercial beers which allows the malt flavor, rather than the hop presence, to dominate. Recommended.

10-13-2011 02:30:13 | More by matt20102
Frankenmuth Oktoberfest from Frankenmuth Brewery
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