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Schlafly Oktoberfest - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 10-20-2002

Our Oktoberfest is a traditional Bavarian Märzen with a toasty malt aroma and slight caramel taste. This rich, amber lager is balanced by the use of German noble hops, while the lager yeast ferments cold and slow, creating a smooth, crisp beer.

Märzen, or Oktoberfest, has its origins in Bavaria, most likely before the 16th century. For public safety and brewing quality concerns, the Bavarian Brauordnung was decreed in 1539, stating that beer could only be brewed from September 29th (Saint Michael) to April 23rd (Saint George). Over the summer months, beers were stored, or lagered, in caves and stone cellars. The evolution of Oktoberfest came from the last brews of the year, in March (or Märzen), as these beers would be ready to drink for the Bavarian celebration, “Oktoberfest”.

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Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time for this seasonal in our area, happy to give it a try as other Schlafly products have been pretty good.

Clearly marked bottled-on date of 8/14/15.

L -- Lightly hazy amber-orange with a dense, cream-colored head that settles to a thin and persistent cap.

S -- Nice bready malts up front, light DMS, and light mild spiciness.

T -- There's a vague caramel flavor up front, but it folds into a bready, crackery malt character that's quite nice. The finish is more crackery malts and a very light hop spiciness. Aftertaste is more of the same with the light caramel fighting for a repeat performance, but not overwhelming.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to mildly syrupy with a medium body.

O -- This is a well-crafted beer and very tasty, but the syrupy heaviness in the mouthfeel would make it difficult to consume a few in a session. (842 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When this beer hits the glass, you can almost here the polka music. A very deep orange to medium amber in color, the body of this beer gives a preview of the lightly toasted goodness to come. The 2 centimeter, off-white head hangs around a bit and laces pretty well as you gulp down this brew. When you take a whiff of the beer, the lightly toasted malts explode in a bouquet of caramel malts and biscuit-like flavors. The nose displays an underlying touch of brown sugar sweetness as well.

When this beer hits the tongue, the biscuit flavor from the malt is first and foremost. Light toasted malts are big and pretty much the only flavor of the beer aside from the slightest touch of hop balance. The back half of the flavor is a touch more on the burnt side than the toasted side, but still a mild flavor. Lingering flavor is very much a bread-like malt flavor. The best part about this beer is how it feels on the palate. It is light, yet smooth as you drink it and the result is a darker lager that drinks as easy as a pils.

Overall, I love me some fall beers and this one does not disappoint. Schlafly has delicately balanced the darker flavored malts of this beer with a light drinkability that is very well done. (1,221 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean amber, with nice off-white head. Loopy lace.

Aroma: Caramel and biscuit malty, really pretty expected and true to the style. Pleasant.

Taste: More of the caramel/biscuit malts, with a touch of fruitiness in there. A perfectly drinkable and enjoyable Oktoberfest — maybe not to the same quality as a true German rendition, but nonetheless, one I’d not hesitate to enjoy again. (399 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head that doesn't last long

S-Rather malty, some spice, caramel, toffee and some orange.

T-Nice malty caramel. A tad bit of orange. Not much in the way of hops, but for a malty brew it is not offensive.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Much better than I was expecting, especially given I am not too fond of the style. (356 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper color, though it's not the most clear (chill hazed?) Not much off-white colored head, not even a finger's worth. And even that retains poorly. Not a very attractive brew, that's for sure. (2.5)

Aroma: Smells like a marzen. No seriously, it does! There are plenty of caramel malts, balanced by a gentle wave of noble hops. A vague hint of diacetyl actually adds instead of detracting. Not much else stands out, though. (3)

Taste: Tastes like one, too! It starts with a healthy note of caramel, while it finishes slightly hoppy. Much like some marzens (Sam Adams' octoberfest comes instantly to mind), there seems to be a slightly higher amount of diacetyl compared to others. It doesn't seem to be the most balanced example, either - the maltiness is slightly obstructive. (3)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, while retaining the heavier feel of a proper marzen. Carbonation is slightly high, also style appropriate. It goes down fairly easily, though it lacks the effortlessness of the better examples. (3)

Overall: Average beers like these tend to leave me void of words. There really isn't much good or bad to say about it - it's just another marzen in a sea chock full of marzens. Try it or not, I don't really care that much. (3)

2.98/5: Eh, it's okay... (1,316 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a fairly vigorous head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear orange copper. The beer smell is very hoppy for an oktoberfest. The smell has orange hop notes and yeasty, bready malt notes that mix well with the hops. The beer taste is a bit hoppier than I'm used to for oktoberfests. The beer has a bready and malt taste that is topped off by a very orange and tangy hop taste at the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth with carbonation but not usually as thick as the better oktoberfests. Overall, an okay but there are better ones. (558 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Poured a decent 1/2" head which went away fast and left minimal lacing. First aroma is of sweet malt and honey. Color is a cloudy orange-tan. First taste is crisp with a well balanced blend of hops, yeast, malt and a touch of caramel. Flavor overall seems well balanced and maintains its crispness throughout. About half way through, there is a touch of bitterness aftertatste but it is desirable and makes you want to drink more. Overall, a good beer with lots of flavor that still seems to remain light and crisp and most definitely is a beer to drink anytime, any season, anywhere !!!!! (589 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a light amber/caramel color. Small whit head. Not much lacing to speak.

Smell is big on caramel malt. Big sweet caramel smell.

Big caramel malt taste upfront. Nice roasted malt flavor mid-palate. Finishes a little with a nice caramel malt sweetness that lingers. Not too much else going on here.

Mouthfeel is light. Slightly creamy.

Not too much going on here. Good beer, but a little to much toward the sweet caramel flavor. (435 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a 20 oz. shaker glass.

A - Pours a glistening golden copper into the glass. A four-finger head of egg-cream white, dense pillowy foam slowly collapses, leaving patches along the sides of the glass. Eventually, the beer is left with a solid layer of lace across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a vibrant apricot orange and rather cloudy, with a swirl of suspended trub floating in the middle.

S - Rich notes of toasted malts and caramels spill out of the bottle on the pour. In the glass, the nose is fresh whole grain toast with a light fruit marmalade. Notes of richer caramels emerge from the backgound.

T - Toasting is a bit darker on the tongue. Crunchy toasted barley malts are featured, with soft caramels in the background reminiscent of a decently torched creme-brulee. Hints of orangeish sugars sneak out on the tongue after the swallow. There's noticeable floral/herbal hops in the finish that keep all but the sides of the tongue clean.

M - A touch on the fizzy side, with moderate carbonation. Feels a bit dense and chewy in the mouth. Moderately light body with a comfortable structure. Finish tapers off from the quaff and leans a bit drier than to be expected.

O - This is a quite enjoyable Marzen; definitely one that can be sessioned. The slant toward a bit fuller toasting than is typical for the style really keeps the sugars at bay without turning the beer into a hop-forward brew. While there really isn't anything particularly distinctive, it's the balance and toasting that make this the kind of beer that's a comfortable go-to within the style. (1,623 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in the Schlafly Bar, at the airport, in St. Louis.

Appearance - An attractive bronze color. Minimal head. Minimal lace.

Smell - Nonexistent.

Taste - Malt. A touch of Carmel. A touch of spice. Pleasant.

Mouth - Like everything else about this beer, nice/unassuming.

Overall - Nothing to complain about here. This is not a bad tasting beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't taste of much like anything. Your American Adjunct Lager chugging buddies might really enjoy this beer. (487 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange color, with a half of a finger of a white head, speckled with orange highlights, which dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that settled on top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that or I’m stuffed up. I do get a few, faint notes of malt and caramel, but not much else.

Taste: What the beer lacks in aroma, it more than makes up for in flavor. Lots of malt upfront, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, orange citrus, and finished with some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some ok carbonation. Smooth. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Solid offering from Schlafly. Very tasty beer. I’d certainly get it again, next fall. (868 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper-amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good amount of malts but is still rather drinkable. It is a good representation of the style. (627 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, with "Bottled with love dating" on the bottom of the front label. Nice

Looks like an Oktoberfest, smells like an Oktoberfest, tastes like an Oktoberfest.

Medium amber, khaki head of moderate size, leaves a nice looking tiny bubble film and thin collar.

Bready nose, malty sweetness on the palate. Hops dry out the finish.

Hits the mark, smooth and enjoyable, respectable sessioner.

My favorite use for Oktoberfest brews is to marinate chicken and/or brats in em.... (487 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Oktoberfest had an almost root beer like shade of brown with a deep autumn hue. The head was mostly fizz but congealed in the center to give a nice thick appearance.

The aromas are mostly grains with barley at the front and a kilned nuttiness. The scent is nice but subdued.

The flavors are typical of the genre and this goes down easy. Barley, bran and grainy flavors combine with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Tinges of roasted nuts and a biscuity malt all lend to a very good example of the style. (512 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color, looks bready. The white head was short and dense with an occassional big bubble. Settled quickly into a sparse cap.

The aroma is bready with a peppery spice. Slight caramel note with a hint of metal. Aroma leans more on the American marzen style than a German fest bier.

The taste is bready and a bit fruity, kind of an English mild or ESB type of flavor. Don't really pick up much German malts. Some peppery spice from the hops which works well with this beer. Some light caramel sweetness and metallic twang. Its an enjoyable malty lager but doesn't necessarily remind me of a marzen type of beer.

Moderate feel on the palate with aggressive carbonation. Drinks fairly clean and has a nice crisp bite so you can easily put a few of these back. Lightly sweet on the palate with a slight peppery bitterness.

A good malty lager but doesn't really hit the style. I like it better than some of the "amber lager" marzens that many American breweries make, though. Good beer for watching football. (1,023 characters)

Photo of EBeckett3
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- coppery, thin white head, weak laces
S-sweet, thin malt
T-medium bodied, malt, sweet, slight hops
M-thinner than I expected, balanced but surprisingly light in finish & feel
O- good offering of marzen style, but not among the best.

Served in 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ (293 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with long lasting, foamy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of Noble hops and nutty, caramel malt. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is sour, salty, caramel and herbal hops. Finish is long and salty. It seams to me they were trying to brew Gose but put in too much caramel malt. (312 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a one finger head. Looks a coppery color and smells of dried sweet fruits, bread malted sugar, and a hint of hops.

Taste is what you'd expect from an Octoberfest. Malty, bready, biscuit covered in honey, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, perfect for the style.

Overall a solid representative from Schlafly. (341 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Digging the aroma. There's some toasty aspects, definitely smells of some munich and Vienna malts. I wouldn't call the aroma rich or powerful but it is malt-forward and improves as it warms. No diacetyl or esters noted, some alcohol as it warms. Hints of sweet but mostly clean malt with faint mineral background. There's a bit of out-of-place hop aroma here, but it doesn't detract.

dull orange/gold color, not vibrant but quite clear, topped by very light tan head with excellent retention. Good looking beer.

some issues here in the flavor. When cold the most glaring is the balance, which is surprisingly towards hops. As it warms the malt comes out somewhat but hop flavor is surprisingly high. Would like to see a little more toasty malt and not so much one-sided sugary sweetness. At least there's no overt caramel. Alcohol flavor is noticeable but fairly well integrated, not at all "hot" perception of bitterness is increased slightly by the alcohol, and is moderate. The bitterness does appear to help balance the sweetness. When the beer is REALLY warm the balance is where it should be, and normally I'd expect it to be sweet and dominated by malt at this temp. Even when warm it is clean, no esters or off characters.

body is on the light side of medium, while carb is on the high side of medium. Low warming is OK, no astringency or significant flaws. would like to see a slightly cleaner, drier finish/aftertaste to improve drinkability even more.

In terms of what I want to drink in an o-fest, this is right on the money. But in terms of what the style emphasizes, the balance is off to my palate. I think it's a very good beer. I think it's just a "good" Oktoberfest. Great drinkability. (1,709 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle date- 8.15.13.

The beer poured a dark copper color in a stein, with a 4 finger head.

The head resolved itself to 2 fingers.

The aroma is quite good. Malty and fruit.

A tasty Oktoberfest: fruit and malt. Very crisp, and slightly bitter finish.

A good beer for the approaching Fall season. (306 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear amber/orange with a rich dense off-white head. Aromas of soaked grain, and a hint of cinnamon. Taste begins with an herbal, citrusy flavor, followed by some rich bread flavors, finishing with a pine forest flavor. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a very good Marzen that I would get again. (305 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a orange, slightly cloudy, with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some decent lacing. Smells of oranges, lots of oranges, maybe a little wheat. Tastes of malt with a little hop bite, but pretty bland. Beer is carbonated great for its light body and is quite drinkable. Overall, a slightly above average beer. (388 characters)

Photo of kismet
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing special, nothing terrible here. The aroma was a bit off to me...cant exactly put it in words. appearance was nice darker bronze, head was adequate. Taste was rather malty sweet with a mid level bitterness on end of swallow. i dont know if it tasted rather metallic or hairspray-like, but there was this odd flavor at the end of each drink...it started out sweet but ended with this tinny taste. i should have had it with burgers, brats, or wings rather than by itself. (476 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden amber color with a solid dance 1 inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is a bit hoppier than expected, with subtle pine and citrus ushering in a caramel malt backbone. Floral hops are also subtle, but detectable.

Flavor is far different, with sweet caramel malt dominating. There's a slightly tinny, borderline citrus hop character. Finish is slightly bitter and bready. Floral and herbal hops become evident throughout as it warms.

Body is on the heavy side, with somewhat light carbonation. It's slightly creamy.

Overall, lacking in malt complexity and a bit too bitter for the style. Drinkable, but not memorable. No real flaws. (694 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Black Thorn Pub & Pizza - St. Louis, MO

Pours copper in color with a fluffy off-white head, chunky, sticky lacing as the head slowly dissipates into a thin foam. Aromas are malty, bready, caramel, toasted grain, herbal noble hops, metallic, lager yeast. Tastes are nutty, grainy, bready - rye perhaps, herbaly hop, earthy, caramel, hint of tobacco at the back of the palate. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation, nice spicy finish while finishing semi-dry. Overall, good offering of the style, glad I got to try it in St. Louis. (547 characters)

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