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Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Frankenmuth Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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 zoso1967
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

zoso1967, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of jsisko01
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jsisko01, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

DannyDan, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of bluHatter
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

bluHatter, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of matt20102
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

matt20102, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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 StoutHunter
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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 GRPunk
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Siciliano's mug. Surprised it was a twist top after prying it off.

A- A 1-finger, khaki head settles to a ful film (about 1/4-finger). Clean, copper body showcases medium-heavy carbonation. There are some awesome sticky rings left behind on this one.

S- It comes off as very balanced at first. Sweet, bready/doughy malts mix with light, leafy hops that are crisp and slightly spicy. It could be a little more robust, though warmth helps in that regard.

T- More caramel than the aroma suggests. There's also a bready or doughy quality to the malt profile. The malts are nicely balanced by plentiful (for the style), spicy hops. It does stay on the malt side, as it should.

M- Great feel. It's clean, yet toothy. Full bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Just what I look for in the style. Dryish finish.

O- It's a good example of the style. There's more balance than the very common caramel-malt bombs I've run into. Frankenmuth continues to sell me on the idea that they can put together some great German style beers. This one is very sessionable. It could become a "go-to" Oktoberfest for me.

GRPunk, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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 tubacharlie
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light hop esters are vaguely present in the aroma, with some flowery notes.

The head is short, smooth and cream colored, with spotty lacing left behind as the head quickly recedes. A tip of the glass stein for a sip quickly restores a layer of foam from the active carbonation below. The brew is very clear and a copper-amber color.

A well-balanced blend of grains gives the flavor good depth and roundness, with solid malts up front, a hint of sweetness in the middle palate, and just enough hops in the finish to freshen up the tongue for another sip. Sufficiently carbonated for a smooth traverse down the hatch after a lively swish in the mouth. As Oktoberfest beers go, this one is as good as most, and definitely worth sampling.

tubacharlie, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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 alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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 clint1019
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale Gold Color with a barely visable thin head.

S - Has a toasty malt aroma with a spicy hop aroma.

T - Clean, Crisp malt flavor with a sharp hop bitterness.

M - light bodied.

O - A decent beer. Definitely not one of my favorites. Probably wouldn't buy it again, but glad I tried it.

clint1019, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, nice head that eventually becomes a really good lacing. Clear golden color.

S: Grains, hops, bread

T: Apples/pears. Slightly cidery. Grains. Bread.

M: Malty. Smooth. Easy to drink.

Overall: Decent beer. Easy to drink, but it seems a little too fruity for me.

HeavyMetalBrew, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of jmich24
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery.

A: Light copper in color, slight orange hue. Served to me with just a thin cap that dissipates in a hurry. Zero lacing.
S: Lots of graininess, slight grassy hop. One note.
T: More sweet grains, very slight hoppy finish.
M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish.
O: Average, could use more of a full flavor, especially more carmal malt IMO.

jmich24, Aug 21, 2011
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Frankenmuth Oktoberfest from Frankenmuth Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.