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Schlafly Oktoberfest - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.67%

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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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”.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 10-20-2002)
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Photo of BuckeyeSlim


3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 09:36:04 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of T100Mark


3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 21:15:45 | More by T100Mark
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:23:48 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:47:27 | More by metter98
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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....

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 00:21:51 | More by Billolick
Photo of KYGunner


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 23:24:45 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 17:17:25 | More by Gmann
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 22:20:31 | More by EBeckett3
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 13:29:36 | More by mikeg67
Photo of taylor714914


3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:40:52 | More by taylor714914
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3.69/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 21:59:26 | More by udubdawg
Photo of brureview


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:52:53 | More by brureview
Photo of tronester


3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 00:40:22 | More by tronester
Photo of cyclonece09


3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 03:50:10 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of kismet


2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 02:17:25 | More by kismet
Photo of barczar


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:45:59 | More by barczar
Photo of barnzy78


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 23:12:55 | More by barnzy78
Photo of TheQuietMan22


2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “Bottled With Love on” date is “08 15 2012.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium copper with an amber tint. One finger of light, eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave a lacing and thin ring around the edge.

Smell: Corn adjunct, sweet caramel, pale malts, toasted malts, sweet fruit (reminiscent of apple), and hair spray. As it warms it exhibits a very strange hop aroma, like skunky tofu. Not necessarily appealing.

Taste: It is something akin to beer soaked bread. Bread, pale malts, light toasted malts, sweet caramel, toffee, stick butter, light floral hops, and a little hair spray.

Drinkability: The hair spray always gets me. Perhaps it is something else, something much more constructive, but I always think of hair spray. Not cool.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:55:47 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of willmc


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer, one of the more enjoyable Oktoberfest for the fall season. Aroma is a nice balance of sweet malt and spice, reminding me of the upcoming fall weather. Taste, sweet spice and everything nice. Love the malty mouth feel, and slight spicy under tones of a crisp fall evening. Very enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:54:32 | More by willmc
Photo of claytri


4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a pleasant orangish amber with a nice white head, that laced throughout the session. The aroma was of sweet malt, with a bit of fruity fragrances on the edges. The taste was straight up sweet malt like you expect from a good marzan, maybe a bit of peach in the undertow. The feel is medium and a bit on the wet side as you'd expect. This is a very well put together beer that you could sit and sip on all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 20:00:24 | More by claytri
Photo of scratch69


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear copper-amber color with two fingers worth of head. The head quickly fades to about a half a finger of foam. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of sweet caramel malt and bread.

Taste- Sweet malt flavor with notes of grain and butter. Just a touch of bitter hops for balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied wit a light amount of carbonation. Crisp and just a tad dry.

Overall- Very drinkable . One of the better oktoberfests that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:50:02 | More by scratch69
Photo of rfbenavi80


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Nonic Pint. Bottled with love on 8-15-12.

A- Pours a very deep gold, maybe a tad orange color with 1 finger of foamy white head that didn't last very long and leaves on lacing on the glass.

S- Bready and toasty. Little bit of earthy herbal hops coming through. Not very aromatic.

T- Follows nose well. Toasty, bready, biscuity, and malty, with a balancing dose of earthy, herbal hoppy notes. Not bad.

M- Feels like a pretty solid medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- A nice seasonal from Schlafly. I really enjoy the fall seasonals, so I look forward to them hitting the shelf. This one did was not over the top good, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 06:01:30 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a hazy orange/copper color. A bubbly off-white head recedes to a thin film then nothing eventually, leaving light rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell profile consists of sweet fruits, malts, and a biscuit note.

The taste has an immediate bright, floral citrus zing to it. This is not your typical marzen. But, not to worry: you'll eventually discover some warmer malts and caramel notes, along with some nice cinnamon-like spices towards the finish. Then there is some faint hops in there as well.

The mouthfeel is bright if not carbonated.

Overall, I really didn't get this beer at first. But then I drank another, and it started to make sense. It make take a while, but it is a complex brew, with many things emerging, and those typical warm malty caramel notes are in there, you just need patience. Interesting take, but probably not preferred to have again for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 14:18:53 | More by JuicesFlowing
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear rusty brass hue with bright white head. Lots of sweet biscuits with tropical fruit chutney. Interesting.

Strange, very strange. Slightly roasted malt, toasted moist biscuit and then tropical fruit chutney sweetness with a floral hop finish. Lingering sweetness. Mangos, papayas, some pineapple. Bizarre and not a traditional oktoberfest in the least but I do like all the flavors and how they interact. Very unique, tastes like toast and exotic jam with a bit of an herbal snap.

Very Americanized but schlafly has managed to combine fruitiness with rustic earthiness which many breweries have been unable to pull off, i really like it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 02:56:56 | More by jtierney89
Photo of argock


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pleasing autumnal gold with 1/2-finger frothy off-white-light beige head with decent retention and scant lacing.

S: Malty graham cracker aroma with herbal hoppiness. Clean but light.

T: The flavor is not tradition for a marzen, with more of an American twist, but it is very refreshing and drinkable. The maltiness is heavy on bready Munich maltiness with a light crystal contribution as well. The hopping is crisp and snapping with herbal, noble, and leafy hops character. Very clean.

M: Excellent light-medium body for the style with restrained carbonation that still serves to provide some scrubbing character and enhances the quenching character. No cloying sweetness but simple clean maltiness with some crisp hopping.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot more than I was expecting. I will be looking to pick up a few more marzens this seasons than in late summers past.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 02:34:33 | More by argock
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Schlafly Oktoberfest from The Schlafly Tap Room
82 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.