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Octoberfest - Free State Brewing Co.

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Octoberfest
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87
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a smooth, malty lager fashioned after the famous Octoberfest beers in Munich. Each year around this time, the Germans celebrate the anniversary of the marriage, in 1810, of the Crown Prince of Bavaria. Huge crowds pile into Munich to imbibe the pride of the cities breweries by the stein full.

Free State's Octoberfest is made from Pilsen malt, caramunich malt, lots of Munich malt, caramel pils malt and aromatic malt. These combine to provide a light amber beer with a smooth, clean malt character that comes through clearly. The hops are Perle for bittering and Hersbrucker for a mild aroma.
(O.G. - 13.5P/1054. Hops - 20 IBUs)

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 10-13-2002)
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Reviews by Fatehunter:
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

Into a pint glass. Half finger of head on top of a copper body.
Smell is wet grain and a little earthy.
Taste has good malt sweetness, but not too much. Mild bitterness. Bready and malty overall.
Crisp, but still smooth texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A good beer. If you find one, drink it.

12-16-2012 02:58:07 | More by Fatehunter
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

09-15-2013 23:28:01 | More by sgttibbs
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GMUPatriot_inKansas

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +7%

BBD of 2nd week of December...

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Toasty, grainy, some perfumy hops

T: Toasty malt, grassyness, a touch of grainyness up front. Some pear fruityness as this warms, a touch of biscuitty malt. Finishes crisp, dry, fruitty & refreshing

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

This is a well put together Marzen, easily one of the better ones I've had in a few years

08-16-2012 01:20:58 | More by russpowell
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Chuck_25

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-01-2012 04:17:38 | More by Chuck_25
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jaydoc

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

08-20-2013 00:14:30 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Faroveryonder

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

08-20-2014 02:21:16 | More by Faroveryonder
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TIMMA87698

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-26-2012 02:09:49 | More by TIMMA87698
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Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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corbs

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-19-2012 00:13:50 | More by corbs
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MTNboy

Germany

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearance: Sort of a bronze amber colored body. The head might have been a half inch or so. The lace was very spread out.

Smell: A very floral aroma for a Marzen. It did have some biscuit tones though.

Taste: A bit corny at first with some grass and grain tones followed by some floral hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin with some carbonation bite.

Overall: It is a good beer but an alright Marzen.

01-26-2012 05:44:54 | More by MTNboy
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-18-2012 19:33:45 | More by Birdlegs
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swaghawk

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-30-2013 23:25:18 | More by swaghawk
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marc77

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

Pellucid dark bronze, covered by a lanky, but well retained cream white head. Sparse lace remains. The aroma is comprised of soft biscuit and nutty melanoidins. Subtle herbal hop undertone. Clean and tame aromawise. Gentle bready sweetness upfront leads into buttery, slightly sharper, toffeeish Caramunich and mild hop bitterness combination. Agreeably mellow, sweet (non diacetyl) butter tinge. Grassy, tracely minty, Hersbrucker hop flavor. Soft on the palate, but pleasantly dextrinous and lightly viscous in mouthfeel. Finishes clean, with quickly fleeting hints of brittle. Very well rounded and highly drinkable. A bit shy in malt depth, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. A well executed "lighter" example of the style.

10-18-2003 21:47:42 | More by marc77
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mayerale

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

10-13-2013 20:40:39 | More by mayerale
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seth72104

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-22-2012 05:12:23 | More by seth72104
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KansasBeerLover

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-26-2012 02:17:04 | More by KansasBeerLover
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.54/5  rDev +17%

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear deep mahogany copper color. A cream colored foamy head recedes to a chunky film as light lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is rich. Sweet caramel all the way, with a hint of cinnamon and spices.

The taste is exceptional. Deep, rich melted caramel and malts encompass most of the profile, while a faint cinnamon spice coats the finish. Very clean, warm, and delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly dry.

Overall, this is always good. Great combination of spices and sweet malts.

09-17-2011 16:07:58 | More by JuicesFlowing
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kguyty

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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JSchock7

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baldiegooner

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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Slightly cloudy appearance, I was impressed with the overall taste and balance. Typical marzen sweetness at first, followed by grapefruit and citrus notes soon after. Lacing round the glass, with thin head throughout. Not much bitterness, but a good lingering taste that is what you want from an octoberfest. Enjoyed with a pizza.

11-16-2011 00:55:20 | More by baldiegooner
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Tone

Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint caramel malt. Fits the style of a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight yeast, slight hop, slight sweet malt, and slight caramel malt. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Octoberfest from Free State Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.