Octoberfest - Free State Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hwwty4:
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
I was pretty stoked to hear that this was going to be bottled. One of my favorite seasonals from Free State.
Poured as 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This beer pours a caramelized sugar amber with a decent 2 inch head that quickly faded away into just a subtle ring of foam on the inside of the glass. Normally, the perfect pint allows for nice head retention but the nucleation point did nothing for this one. The aroma is nice and malty. Up front notes of toffee and toast followed by just a hint of caramel and roasted grains. The flavor is very similar. Toasted bread and toffee are the dominant flavors. Really the only difference is at the very tail of the flavor profile, just a hint of cocoa powder hits the palate. Perfectly simple. Nothing that bogs down the crispness and cleanness of a good lager. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated, just a hint of dryness at the finish makes you want to take another sip. Overall, I think this is a fantastic Oktoberfest. One that I look forward to much more, now that I can take it home with me, without having to drive to Lawrence and grab a growler.
08-14-2011 21:42:16 | More by hwwty4
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
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
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
Octoberfest from Free State Brewing Co.
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