Schlafly Oktoberfest - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | 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”.

25 IBU
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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Departs the bottle a clear amber hue, with a small offwhite head. Head and lacing fall away after just a few minutes. Aroma is subdued, with bready malt and fruity and spicy hops. Light bodied and well carbonated in the mouth. Taste is well balanced between a bready maltiness and a subtle fruity and spicy hopiness. Slightly metallic, but finishes clean and refreshing. Solid, if unspectacular.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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....

Photo of tfratzke
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange. White creamy head that dissipates rather quick. Good lacing. Smell of citrusy hops, some malt. Taste is malty with quite a bit of bitterness. For me, the bitterness overpowers everything else. Good carbonation. Not my favorite Oktoberfest.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A muddled dark copper and brown pour, almost no head, can't retain what ain't there. Same with the nose. Just ain't there.

Taste, fairly average, malt forward, thin enough bodies. No real appreciable taste, plenty smooth and undercarbonated. Mildly nutty and chalky if you look for it.

Another average offering.

Photo of MOShepp
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber to orange in color with a tiny head that disipates quickly and a slight lacing.

Aromas of bold malt, bisquit, and a slight lemon.

Plenty of malts, bread, caramel and a slight herb/floral taste, maybe tyme and a little lemon. The hops show slightly at the back end, no bitterness, just a little pepper.

Easy to drink, sweet and satisfying.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Dave128
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with a "bottled with love" date of 8-10-11 so this beer is just over 2 months old at time of tasting. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A lighter orange than most other Marzens I have been tasting lately. A rigorous pour yields a 2 finger head that sticks around for a little while but eventually sinks into ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Not much on the nose here. The only thing I can really pick up is faint hops which is not the norm for Oktoberfest beers.

T - Similar to the nose, but there is some complexity here. A sweet malty backbone leads into a refreshing hop presence. Bitterness is mild. I can detect some phenols near the end of the glass and other than that its kinda bland.

M - I kinda think this one is undercarbonated. Light bodied.

O - I'm glad to get some hops from a Marzen for once, but they kinda muddied up the rich malt flavors that I look for in this style.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tired this one at Buffalo Wildwings. I ordered my usual 22 oz SA O-fest, and our usual waitress Marcie (yeah, we go there enough that she knows what we drink) asked me if I wanted Schlafly O-fest instead of SA. She's good.

A - Orange/amber and very slightly hazy with a big two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves tons of white lace on the glass.

S - Pumpkins and spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin pie filling.

T - A caramel malt base provides some solid, but sweet malt flavors, and the hops are balancing but subdued. Again, big time pumpkin flavors and lots of wintery spices.

M - Medium bodied and solid in the mouth with crisp carbonation and an off-dry finish. Nice and rich.

D - Outstandingly drinkable as are all good O-fests. I drank two big ass 22 oz glasses of this wonderful stuff.

Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Schlafly Oktoberfest is a good festive beer! the appearance is a clear amber with decent white foam that laces throughout the drink. The smell includes sweet malt and grain. The taste is a great balance of malt and sweet goodness. Typical marzen beer great for the cooler fall days. Worth a try if you come across.

Photo of RickS95
4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I made a mistake in drinking this. I was looking for a Wild Blue Blueberry Lager, and grabbed this by mistake. I didn't even look at the label when I pulled it out of the fridge. I poured it, didn't look like blueberry. I smelled it, didn't smell like blueberry.

I was confused, so I took a drink, didn't taste like blueberry. My second thought was, "Damn, that's good beer." I continued til the glass was gone, and then looked at the bottle to realize I drank the wrong beer.

I was happy I poured with a nice, quickly evaporating head, and slight lacing. Nice amber color with a hint of seasonal spices. Smooth to drink, with only a hint of bitter in the slightly sweet finish. Can't wait to buy a good a beer as I've had in a while.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a mixed 12 pack from a Hy Vee in Columbia, MO. Poured a tall, off-white head with a toasted caramel malt aroma. The flavor has a little tangy lager kick in the aftertaste that reminds me of Summit's O-fest. The malts are mild at first, but a little orange peel hop, burnt caramel, a pleasantly grainy crust. This beer is more aggressive than your usual Oktoberfest, but you could consider this a tasty American interpretation.

Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bredy malt & grassy hops

T: Follows the nose up front, plus herbal hops. Caramel & a bit of grainyness as this warms Finishes fruitty with some nice caramel flavor

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy, a great stab at the style, will be getting some of this every fall

Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy-brass in hue, clear, I was able to see a beautiful steady stream of animation dancing to the off-white head. At the apex the bubbles united and formed a half-finger of head. While this head is on the small side, it had great staying power; it didn’t subside for along while, I found that impressive. A thin soapy cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was widespread, it looked liked tattered wallpaper. Overall, this is a very agreeable looking beer!

The nose has that typical, and desired, cleanliness to it. The main aroma is biscuity/caramel malt with a kiss of toast at the back. The hops are German in nature, lightly earthy-flowery. The nose is not complicated, the potency is moderate but, overall, the aromas are pretty much everything I would want from an O-fest. I like it.

The palate is decent. The maltiness is not as flavorsome as the nose indicated. I do detect some biscuit and some caramel but the malt is thin, like a big Pils/small Hells. I can live with this; I mean the malt profile is just a different shade of German bier, right? The hops do offer some light spiciness, some flowers, hay, and earth. The palate is very nice; it just lacks the malt depth to be considered great. Still, as is, I like it. I have learned to enjoy the non-Americanized super beefy O-fests. This one seems “more traditional” to me. Sure, it is a bit simple but that is okay, it is good enough for me to drink a liter of!

The lighter side of medium in body; the amount of heft is workable. The carbonation is moderately low but fitting, the bubbles are small and scrubbing enough. The mouthfeel fits this beer well.

When all is said it done… I like this beer. I found it plenty drinkable. I will happily drink the six-pack I purchased in Kansas City, MO. This beer will be one of my last O-fest this year. I am pleased to end on a happy note. I say, try one.

Photo of EBeckett3
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 !!!!!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber hue, some caramel and roasted malts barely noticeable on the nose. Strong caramel malts noted up front, very rich, borderline full bodied. A tinge of spiciness and hops to be noted. Slight sticky and sugary, very well rounded and balanced, excellent brew.

Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a copper caramel color with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, creamy frothy and leaves good lace.

The smell is nice lots of caramel and medium hops.

The taste follows Caramel and a nice fruity hopy finish.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and good carbonation.

The drink ability is good, not great but a fine and mainstream example of the style. Prosit, MK

Photo of hotstuff
2.49/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This beer was way too bitter for my taste.It had a large sized creamy off-white head that contained fine-large sized bubbles that fully diminished.The nose was lightly malty, lightly hoppy and sweet.The flavor was moderately-heavily bitter that left a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied.There was excellent lacing with this beer.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undated single 12 oz. purchased at Friar Tuck, Bloomington IL.

Three fingers of foam quickly settle to a thin head over the clear amber liquid. An irregular ring of lace forms. Muted aroma of nutmeg and bready malt.

Taste is mildly toasted malt, not much spice at all. Not alot of character, some adjunct seems present in the aftertaste. Vague residual bitterness. Bland mouthfeel doesn't inspire one to really quaff the stuff. Starting to think this isn't the 2007 batch, but I could be wrong.

After trying a fresh Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, this one was a little disappointing.

2013: BBD 9/18/2013
Nutty, vague apple esters, coarse barley. Some vague lagery aroma, maybe noble hops. Very vague and average, even when relatively fresh. Just okay. Thanks to Paul for the fresh bottle.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 8/18/2008. $7.49 for a six pack, purchased at Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. It smells like bready and sweet malt, and also a little bit of caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of a bit of an earthy taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with decent carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it wouldn't be a bad choice for a session beer. Overall I think this is a good solid brew, but then pretty much everything I've tried from Schlafly have been good beers. Too bad I can't buy them in Ohio, if they were available here I'd pick up their products more often. Recommended.

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