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Octoberfest - Free State Brewing Co.

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Octoberfest
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87
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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acelin

Kansas

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

12-17-2012 16:31:26 | More by acelin
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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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Chuck_25

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-26-2012 03:29:32 | More by Kahlerbock
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Cyberhoptic


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-20-2012 21:57:49 | More by Cyberhoptic
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TIMMA87698

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-24-2012 14:18:32 | More by poodog
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-29-2012 02:09:47 | More by donknotts
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-21-2012 16:39:03 | More by Whiskeydeez
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -16%

09-18-2012 11:01:30 | More by jewellrunner
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UnkleFester

Kansas

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

09-18-2012 01:57:54 | More by UnkleFester
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skyisland

Missouri

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-14-2012 02:04:46 | More by skyisland
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JSchock7

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-09-2012 05:18:37 | More by JSchock7
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dubmax

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-29-2012 00:20:42 | More by dubmax
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seth72104

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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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DB85


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-26-2012 09:53:24 | More by DB85
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corbs

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-26-2012 02:17:04 | More by KansasBeerLover
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-31-2012 04:27:51 | More by TastyIsBeer
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MTNboy

Germany

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

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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Grebdioz

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-27-2011 11:08:05 | More by Grebdioz
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jrenn

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-14-2011 18:59:34 | More by jrenn
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jhawkjedi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-24-2011 15:51:14 | More by jhawkjedi
Octoberfest from Free State Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.