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Octoberfest - Free State Brewing Co.

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Octoberfest
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BA SCORE
86
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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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4.56/5  rDev +18.4%

Timr_1, Sep 30, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JuicesFlowing, Sep 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Chuck_25, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

JSchock7, Sep 09, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewpub. Pours a clear copper color with a nice white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, with a strong caramel presence. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet malt and hops. A solid offering in the Oktoberfest style. No wonder this is considered by many to be the best of the style in the country.

Dansting, Oct 18, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into an Irish pint glass.

The appearence is a copper-orange hue - very clear. The aroma is a light bread, a little butter, and a slight earthy/grassy hop smell. The flavor is excellent. It starts out with a slightly sweet biscuit flavor with some roasted malt and butter/nut flavors coming out as it warms, it finishes with just the right amount of hop bitterness to give this beer a near perfect balance and a crisp clean finish. The mouth feel is medium light, maybe a little lighter than some.

Overall this a great octoberfest, I've sampled a few varieties the last 2 weeks (SA, Spaten, Saranac) and this is my favorite so far. I think I'll be making quite a few stops at Free State in the coming weeks.

SafeAtFirst, Sep 23, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hwwty4, Aug 14, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive bronze color; smells light, but a bit sweet; taste has a lot of toasted grain flavor mixed with a honey sweet biscuityness; bitterness is low; mouthfeel is full (I would like it a little thinner to up the drinkability); overall this lager packs a bunch of flavor in a balanced and drinkable beer, making it very approachable

JEdmund, Sep 07, 2009
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corbs, Mar 19, 2012
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dubmax, Aug 29, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery.

Pours a deep caramel red, with a medium head that doesn't leave a huge amount of lacing. Not bad though. The color is really great. Very clear, but dark.

This is a great smelling beer. Delicious caramel malts, light noble hops, faint biscuit, some sugar.

This is an amazing Octoberfest. Might be the best tasting Octoberfest I've ever had. It has the same taste profile any other Octoberfest has, but it has a much more intense taste. I'm not sure I can put it into words, other than Free State expertly lagered this beer. It's very crisp, very clean, yet very sweet with a bitterness from the noble hops that perfectly counterbalances the sweet biscuity malt.

Despite being around 6% alcohol, and despite being a darker lager - it's perfectly sessionable. A very easy, very delicious beer you can pound with ease.

acelin, Dec 17, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

russpowell, Aug 16, 2012
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

dradair, Sep 07, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been a big fan of Free State for a few years, and I'm very glad to see they are starting to bottle some of their seasonal brews. For this tasting I poured the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: An amber appearance, not much of a head on this beer and after a few seconds it was reduced to a ring.

Smell: There is a spicy smell with a hint of orange and cinnamon

Taste: Simple, but good, not as spicy or sweet as a lot of Oktoberfests' but nice and malty with a roasted flavor towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, very well balanced

Overall: I'm a big fan of Oktoberfests and Free State's is definately worth a try. Simple, malty, and not too busy It'd be great for a fall afternoon cookout.

DRtacoburger, Aug 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Octoberfest from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.