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Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Frankenmuth Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
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: 9 | 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 Biffster
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its serves a clear but not brilliant deep amber/copper, with a tawny tan low but persistent head.

There is a rich Continental malt aroma - lots of caramel and toast with the bready pilsner aroma. There is a touch of raisin and prune but no estery fruit aroma to speak of. It is clean. There is a touch of spicy hop aroma but this a very malty beer in the aroma.

It is sweet and malty in the sip but there is a surprising amount of spicy hop flavor and bitterness that dries the beer out somewhat. There is a bready, malty character that lingers, but the peppery Noble hop flavor asserts itself and remains present through the swallow. I thought I got a touch of diacetyl in the nose and it was confirmed in the flavor - a touch distracting.

The mouthfeel is medium full, with a moderate somewhat creamy carbonation and a vaguely sweet full finish.

This is a good to great Oktoberfest overall, especially by American Craft beer standards. This is a style that Americans just can't seem to get. It's better than most in America. It's a little rough around the edges and a little caramelly compared to it's Munich based progeny, but not too bad..

Biffster, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of GallowsThief
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a slightly hazy copper brown with a half finger of white head that had decent retention. No real lacing.

S – Sweet malt, bread and corn.

T – Light malt, bread, hops and a touch of caramel. Oddly bitter at the end.

M – Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Lively on the palate.

O –There was an odd biting bitterness at the end of the taste. It just finished off kilter for me. Its nice on the palate and pleasant smell but just odd at the end.

GallowsThief, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of JALIEN
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Kunstman, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of XenonX
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

XenonX, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

nitter, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of BDIMike
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper orange color. There is a bit of haziness to it, which is nice. A low white head is created at first, but it goes away very quickly.
Smell has a nice balance of malt and hop. Maybe a little too strong on the hop for me with an Oktoberfest. However, some nice caramel and sweet hop smells.
Taste is okay. A bit of caramel matls, and a really sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, not much going on.
Drinkability is good with this beer. A pretty good balance and easy to chug.

BDIMike, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of tastymug
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

tastymug, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of SometimesIfart
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale copper with a one finger white head and no lacing.

S - Smell wasn't very impressive for the style, Bread, Slight Munich malt, Maybe a little bit of toast as well.

T - Bread, Toast, feint grapes, lightly toasted malt

M - Smooth creamy light body with low carbonation. Probably the best thing about this beer.

O - Overall, This is an average Oktoberfest, and an average beer in general. I will avoid in the future unless handed one.

SometimesIfart, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of kevin34
4/5  rDev +13.6%

kevin34, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

BuckeyeSlim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of ryanwashere
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

ryanwashere, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

ejimhof, Sep 23, 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 ujin
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ujin, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of brealbg
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

brealbg, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Rich540
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Rich540, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

dmorgan310, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Drk93TT, Jun 12, 2012
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 szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

szmnnl99, Mar 25, 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 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
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 beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +13.6%

beerhunter13, Feb 17, 2012
Frankenmuth Oktoberfest from Frankenmuth Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.