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Late Harvest Lager - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Late Harvest Lager
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83
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This traditional Oktoberfest beer is brewed to be enjoyed throughout the fall. Big malt character is balanced by noble hops and a dry finish. Prost!

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 12-27-2008)
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at The Drafting Room in Springhouse, PA.

Poured a medium and cloudy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toastiness, grainy, citrus, and some wet leaves. Tastes of grains, citrus, some toastiness, and caramel. Lighter earthiness too.

Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with ruby red edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Floral, earthy hop aroma with a surprisingly strong malt backbone.  Grassy with subtle pine needle character countered by a strong caramel malt presence as well as some  toffee and biscuit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests.  Still has a very strong malt profile which dominates the flavor.  Really surprising coming from this brewery.  Slightly dank and sticky but the hop flavor is a touch one dimensional and is overpowered by sweet and slightly roasted malt notes.  Grassy and floral with some dry bitterness countered by prominent caramel malt flavor, toast, toffee and biscuit.  The ABV is well masked making it easy to drink but it's a bit bland for my liking.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours amber with a medium off-white head, some lacing.

S: Sweet Munich malt, with a hint of roast.

T: Has that Fest malty tasty with some nuttiness and some roast, a little too much for the style IMO. Some grassy noble hopping in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, fairly smooth, hint of alcohol.

O: Still looking for that really great West Coast Oktoberfest, but I'll keep trying any I can find. C'mon CA. In the end, an enjoyable solid example of the style, nothing more.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass for $5.75. Sampled 11/9/10.

A: Arrives with a half finger of off-white head that disappears quickly leaving only a thin foamy lace behind. Spare scraps of lace cling to the glass but look like they'll be sliding back down soon. The body has a amber-brown appearance and is 60% opaque

S: The nose is pretty safe and boringly lager-like. Low level of grassy, floral hops. Caramelly malts. Somewhat steely. The twist comes once the beer opens up a bit, bringing in aromas of orangey-lemony zest to compliment the light tang.

T: My first sip tasted oddly reminiscent of what the inside of a refrigerator, I'd imagine, would taste like. The rating here started at 1.5 and thankfully improved by two full points as the tanginess begins to pull out the combination of flavors.

M: Medium body with an absolutely perfect level of carbonation, lively and tingling. Finishes crisply.

D: [DRINKABILITY] While the beer is ok, the scores suffer because there is nothing interesting to offer here. Surely Bear Republic can do better than this. Nothing offensive, just nothing special either.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of corylew
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a standard pint glass. Pours hazy dark amber with a small off white head.

Smells malty and sweet. The sweet seems to be a defining characteristic of this beer to me. Lots of malt but almost a sugary nose.

Taste follows suit with a malty flavor, nonexistant hops and a lingering sweet taste.

Mouth feel, despite smelling sweet, is not very heavy. Actually this pint went down pretty fast.

Overall, seems like it would be a good beer for people who aren't into hops. It's malty with no bitterness. It's good but I'm not sure if I would order it again though. It would have to be along with a pretty sad draught list.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange color with a white head into a pint glass. Aroma is of citrus and floral hops and biscuit like malt. Taste features citrusy grapefruit and some sweet malt. Pretty balanced here, and features much more hops than normally associated with the style. The balance reminds me more of an ESB, and a bit on the hoppy side for that. Still a decent beer and an easy drinker on a summer evening.

Photo of peterjk
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Amber with red highlights, a little cloudy, persistent thin tan head.

S: Sweet fruit notes of tangy apricot and ripe banana, lots of earthy and herbal hops notes.

T: Very balanced for Bear Republic. Good malt character up front with flavors of tangy apricot, earthy fig. The hops kick in mid palette with earthy flavors and finish with a crisp bitterness.

M: Rich creamy mouthfeel up front with small bubble carbonation on finish.

D: A balance and flavorful beer, pretty mild and drinkable for Bear Republic. There is too much lingering hops bitterness for my tastes.

Photo of omnigrits
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served to me in a tulip glass I get a very nice deep copper coloured beer with an off-white head which is leaving some nice lace on the glass.

There's some fruit in the nose, malt, obviously, and good whiff of hops.

The taste is good at first but I'm getting a residual metallic flavour which is a little off-putting. Leaving that asied it's a pretty good beer - malty, rich, nice dry finish and with more bitterness than I normally find in this style.

Good mouthfeel, medium-bodied, not too heavy.

There are better Oktoberfests around, but not too many. This one seems rather more hopped and bittered than others I've had although it's listed at only 25 IBUs.

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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at the Draughthouse in Austin.

What an absolutely beautiful beer! Dense, creamy custard foam holds court up top and refuses to budge, lasting throughout the entirety of the drink and coating the glass with thick lacing. Body is crystal clear with a vibrant, copper-orange hue. Spicy, hoppy aroma, with a subtle Oktoberfest base. The hops are citric and floral, with a healthy backing of amber malts and breaded yeast.

I wish the flavor matched the aroma, but unfortunately it falls a bit thin on the palate. Not bad, just not a standout for the style that I've grown accustomed to with Bear Republic. Body shows medium thickness with a smoothness that dries out towards the finish alongside a twang of spicy, rounded bitterness. Overall, a good (if not great) O'Fest. Perfect complement to this cool weather we've been having in Austin.

Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-09 at Bull's Head in Litiz, PA (from notes)

A - Mildly-hazy, dark amber with a 1-finger head and mild lacing.

S - Mild grain and a hint of spice

T - Tastes great with caramel malt, nuttiness, spice, orange citrus and an appropriate amount of fresh hop (leafy) flavor and bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

O - A tasty fest beer. I'll have it again.

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Late Harvest Lager from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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