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Schlafly Oktoberfest - The Schlafly Tap Room

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


Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Bottled with love on 09 07 2011.

A great copper brown glowing body with some simple slow rising carbonation is presented. Head is styrofoam and off white picking up some caramel light brown from the body. This looks just great an appetizing. The body on this just looks like it glows. Not much lacing, but some clumpiness.

Nose is kind of muted with slight toasted malts. A little bit of brown bread crust. It's very nice if a little tiny.

Oh wow, what a dense malt body this is. Sweet bready malts and chewy baked bread goodness. Dive in with a small hint of brown sugar but not that sweet. Palate is thick but not syrupy but leaves a rich coating all around. Slight hint of wet body but not so much, this is just about right.

Overall, a great Oktoberfest win and beer full of flavor. These guys to me are a real under the radar simple basic and good brewery. Very underrated, they make some solid stuff and this one is no exception. Goes down like nothing.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:04:33 | More by smakawhat
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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.

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Schlafly Oktoberfest from The Schlafly Tap Room
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