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Octoberfest - Free State Brewing Co.

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Octoberfest
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BA SCORE
86
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
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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3/5  rDev -22.3%

skyisland, Sep 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

jewellrunner, Sep 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

udubdawg, Wednesday at 09:28 PM
Photo of MTNboy
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

MTNboy, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of 10Crumra
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

10Crumra, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Fatehunter, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Goliath
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is really good looking. Pours a clear amber/copper color with a one inch off white frothy head on top. Great retention and some frothy sticky lace.

The aroma is weak. Some sweet caramel and bready malt are available eventually as well as a very faint citrusy hop.

the taste is ok. Bready malt, some caramel, and slightly grainy. A very light bitterness as well. It's not bad, but definitely not my favorite Oktoberfest.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Presumeably low alcohol, and decent flavors make for an average drinking experience. However, it is fairly easy to consume.

Goliath, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of UnkleFester
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: pours a vibrant copper/ruby color with about a fingers worth of white head that doesn't stick around for long with not much lacing to speak of.

S: Caramel malt and a light hop presence in the nose.

T: Much like the nose this one opens up with caramel/toffee notes and has a nice floral hop finish.

M: A medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: I really like this one I had it right after I had this years Sam Adams Oktoberfest and I would pick this one every time over it.

UnkleFester, Sep 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

sgttibbs, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Birdlegs, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mayerale, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kguyty, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

poodog, Oct 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Mikevicgates, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

donknotts, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

irongator, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

DB85, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of boneboy
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a clear amber with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

S - Sweet and malty, with a hint of spice.

T - The taste is of sweet malt and grain, with an earthy/spicy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied and creamy.

O - Overall, this is an enjoyable beer for a cool, fall night. The price is right, and I will pick this up again before the winter seasonal comes out.

boneboy, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice burgandy/copper color with a small, foamy, egg shell white head. It left behind soapy sheets of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and bready malt. Some earthy notes, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and toffee. It had a little bitter spice kick.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay Octoberfest beer. It won't blow you away with flavors or aromas but it is solid and very drinkable.

zeff80, Sep 28, 2008
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

marc77, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Tone, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Eaglefan344, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

seth72104, Aug 22, 2012
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Octoberfest from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.