Newport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen Lager - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 10-21-2002

This is our most technical brew to make and one of our only lagers. The colder and longer fermentation requires precision and patience. True to the Maarzen style, copious amounts of German Vienna, Carapils, and Munich Malts lend a sweetness people ask for all year! German Tradition and Czech Saaz hops are added post boil to really authenticate this fantastic crowd favorite!

14 IBU
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Photo of illpass78
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass because I hadn't used that glass in a while and I like it.

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange/amber color with a big eggshell head. Looks good in the glass. Substantial lacing on the way down.

Smell: This beer doesn't have a huge, dominant aroma. There's some caramel and malt and a slight earthy/floral note.

Taste: The beer is malty and pretty forward with the caramel-type flavor. Some slight grassiness, as well. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable depth. Not a heavy beer, and doesn't need to be.

Overall: Pretty decent marzen from this RI brewery, whose stuff I'd been eager to try. Not super complex, but a fine autumn afternoon brew. Good beer to come home to after a nice long fall hike. (748 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is plenty to marvel at in this otherwise simple, ordinary looking beer. For one, its honey colour hits the light with a copper sheen and seems to glimmer. Like its highlights, transparency remains intact despite a soft-pressing haziness. Curiously, bubbles and strings of white foam are found bountifully on the glass but almost nowhere on the beer's surface.

The aroma may be subtle on first impression, but it conceals a wealth of aromatics. Notes of toasted walnuts and toffee brittle coverup for a pungently earthy, grassy bitterness. Curiously, it's neither markedly sweet nor bitter. The hops have a spicy but lemony combination like something off a Thai-food menu, yet they have a distinctly continental European profile. This is hoppy enough that I'm starting to think of it as a Kellerbier.

A few sips confirm that the brewer used a) the right variety of malts, and b) the right amount of malt. Only a combination of Vienna, Carapils, and Munich makes for a beer with this brand of rich, chewy, toasted nut flavour. A dry, pungently earthy, but also somewhat spicy bitterness reveals that the proper variety of hops were also used. Given how long that earthiness rings out on the finish, I'd say the right amount too.

Lagers such as these necessitate colder and longer fermentation, meaning precision and patience. Fortunately good things come to those who wait. This lager is clean as a whistle (no yeasty or alcohol esters) and drinks with wholesomeness. The malts are rich and thick enough to warrant chewing; just as every drop of sweet liquid was extracted from the grain, so too I want to extract every last drop from this bottle.

Chewy, caramelized malts and grassy, citrusy hops would make Homecoming King and Queen at just about any beer prom I'd host. This combination (in the shape of Kellerbiers or some variations of Märzens, like this one) is often avoided because it demands a degree of technically difficulty and quality of ingredients that, frankly, many brewers don't possess. Newport Storm, however, obviously does. Fantastic job, guys! (2,079 characters)

Photo of abraxel
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7, courtesy of ShogoKawada. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Not-quite-crystal clear golden amber, with around a finger of head that quickly drops, but it leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass.

S - Nice caramelly malts, maybe a touch of esters or phenols or something that seems like it comes from the yeast. There's also something a little off, but I can't place it. Maybe diacetyl? It is a little buttery. The more I smell the more I notice whatever that slightly unpleasant off-flavor is.

T - Slightly sticky, tasty, caramel malt, barely any hops to speak of. It might be a märzen. That poorly-described "off flavor" that I smelled is also present in the taste just a little, but I still can't tell what it is. It reminds me of some pumpkin ale which I didn't particularly like, but I might be totally making that up.

M - Kinda thin, but nice and smooth. There is carbonation, but it just nibbles playfully.

Overall, it's okay, but not great. Guessing it's an oktoberfest.

Non-blind thoughts:
This was definitely recognizable as an oktoberfest, but it's a relatively average one. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Huge thanks to TheManiacalOne for this beer for my RI tick

This beer pours a hazy golden orange and there are about 3 fingers of foam because this had lots of carbonation on it. The smell is slight sour tartness with some breadiness and orange zest. The taste is infected. There is no way this beer should have exploded or tasted this sour. The good thing is that the sour isn't too pungent that I can't finish the beer, the bad part is I hope that it's not supposed to be there. It's extraordinarily tart. Thank God I was sent another RI beer so that this isn't the only thing that I have to judge RI from. To sum it all up: Infection Warning!!!! (672 characters)

Photo of uustal
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter pour than most Oktoberfests. More of a golden yellow with a bit of an orange hue. Big, thick three-finger white head. Good lacing and retention as well. Lemon peel, clove and spice aroma, again not typical for the style. The citrus comes out in the flavor right away. Tart lemon and orange zest flavor to start. Also yeast and peppery spices. A bit of sweet bread and caramel on the finish, but the tartness and spiciness clearly defines this beer. (456 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of TheManiacalOne, thanks again!

Pours A bright hazy orange color with a huge off white head.

Aromas are bready, with some yeasty spice, and a little dustiness.

Taste is sweet up front, with a backdrop of caramel sweetness, and some light bready flavors. There is a slight dusty flavor, and a light spicy yeasty flavor on the finish, as well as some crisp mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, feels a little overly thick at times though.

All in all, a decent Marzen, could use a little less thickness and sweetness to be a really good one in my opinion. (568 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12. oz brown bottle. Pint Glass

A: Pours a light orange yellow with a nice large white head with plenty of carbonation. Leaves surprisingly little lacing.

S: Smells sweet and malty with yeast and hints of yeast. Actually smells like an old barn. Interesting.

T/M: This is really not an Oktoberfest brew in my mind. Very sweet with hints of citric. A lot of taste going on here. Hops are bitter with an almost sour aftertaste.

D: A good brew, I'd have another or two. Still not sure how fresh this bottle is, but I guess it is.

Cheers! (542 characters)

Photo of bjoyce12
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eh, not a bad example of an Octoberfest, but not a great one either. Many others that are vastly superior(Thomas Hooker for one). This Newport Storm issue lacks the flavor and body expected of an Octoberfest. OK nose, nice color, OK taste, but certainly nothing to write home about. (282 characters)

Photo of tzieser
1.95/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

i picked this up since i remembered it got pretty good reviews and it's a local brew. gotta support the locals!

a: pours a very dull, cloudy peach color (similar to the label). not what i'm looking for.

s: smells like....grapes and citrus. what the hell? isn't this supposed to be a "marzen-style lager'?

t: wow....and not a good "wow!", more like a "wow...ugh". this is really a festbier? am i missing something? sweet, but not caramel malty sweet like marzens should be. grape juice sweetness, with hints of orange peel. oh dear god this is awful. i really wanted to enjoy this too. i'm pretty sure this is infected. if not, they really fucked this one up big time.

m&d: unpleasantly slick mouthfeel, with lingering tartness (no marzen should be tart). i might return this six pack. that would be a first for me.


i think i'd even take a michelob marzen over this one. at least that doesn't taste like sparkling cider/grape juice. I loved Newport Storm Kim. That stuff is fantastic. This get the idea. (1,029 characters)

Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Presumably fresh with a "best by" February notched.

This presented a hazy orange with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was minimal.

The smell is rather "yeasty" and funky with a hint of malt sweetness, concord grapes, and alcohol. Not revolting but not especially inviting either.

The taste is quite dry, with an especially dry hop bitter finish and tannins that linger. The smell has a sweetness that the flavor lacks. Some more sweetness on the palette would really help round this one out.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side. The bitterness makes it a bit harsh at the finish as it's a rather "plain" bitterness without much depth - just bitterness without the nice malt that often carries through in many Octoberfest brews.

A few of these certainly wouldn't be the worst thing to drink. But given the choice I'd reach for something else after one. (921 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to gn0sis for dropping this into a recent exchange of two big boxes criss-crossing the country. Nothing quite like an exchange of locals with no idea of what you're getting into!

Pours out a muddled orange. Smell is immediately repugnant. Letting it settle a bit improves on this quality, as it now smells like an adjunct lager. With wheat, grass, bit o' malt.

Regenshauer Oktoberfest - which was brewed in October according to the label? - is sweet as candy. Wow, this is wild. Sweet orange leaps out front, backed up with crazily mixed spices, maybe some herbal stuff, with a back-kick that reeks of hefeweizen & dried up grass. Maybe a hop sprig or two just at the end, but maybe not.

This is an odd combination of flavors. Not bad, not great, but definitely interesting. What more can you ask for? (813 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this one out late night as I was finishing wrapping gifts. Served cold and in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/21/2009.
The pour was nice, copper colored amber with a good clarity to it and lots of carbonation bubbling up towards the surface. A nice head of white caps the top for about a minute or so before receding back and leaving a broken crown of lace across the top. Aroma starts out nicely, interesting mix of grain, light citrus notes coming through now as it warms, but also some off notes. Grapes and musky aromas now coming to the front. This carries over almost exactly into the flavor. It just seems to start out nice, but goes south towards the mid palate. Lots of grain notes, hints of musky touches, light fruit notes and a touch of caramel. Nice carbonation here, though the overall feel comes across a touch light for me, it still manages to do the job.
Overall it was nice, but there was just something off about it that caused me to not enjoy it nearly as much as I would have liked to. (1,034 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Hazy light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light malty nose. Flavor is weak caramel and citrus tartness. $1.58 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Best by Feb no year given, can we assssume 2010?? I bought this in July so year could be 2009. (380 characters)

Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apricot colored with a beige head that rises up two fingers high and sizzles loudly back down to a fine dimpled cap. Streams of bubbles rise up quickly. No lace.

Aroma of bready malt, fruits and cinnamon.

Flavors of biscuit and toasted malt, some grassy notes, florals, and faint phenols. Also some toffee and cinnamon, but also some metallic notes and an acrid flavor that lingers.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick, but somewhat full. A little gassy, lots of carbonation. The glass is half empty and masses of bubbles are still rising up ferociously.

Average drinkability. Not a drainpour, but I was kinda looking forward to the glass being empty. (644 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear amber with about a one finger of off white sudsy head. Head recedes relatively quickly but leaves ample wispy lacing on the glass. Nose is predominantly malts, sweet malts, a bit of spice to it and a hint of breadiness. Taste falls similarly in line with the nose. Sweet caramel malts dominate upfront, filled out by a biscuity taste in the middle, and touch of spices and hops in the finish. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, slightly watery feel to it. Not a bad beer, not a great beer, I wouldn't seek it out, but I also wouldn't pass it up. (575 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Newport Storm Regenschauer Oktoberfest
12 oz brown bottle
Best by February clearly notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light brown with a hazy and cloudy look. Decent head on top that disappears rather quickly.

The nose is clean - some whiffs of malt and light fruit.

Toasted malt punch with a pretty juicy malt mouthfeel. Maybe a touch of caramel sweetness and a hop snap that truly levels the beer off. I get a metallic flavor on some sips, which is kinda strange, but overall A nice interpretation of the style. A very straightforward and easy drinking brew. (593 characters)

Photo of BostonBrewins
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours an orange amber with a white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Smells of sweet toasty malt.

T - Toasty and biscuity with a sharp finish. Some mild hop bitterness with some a touch of citrus flavor.

M - Medium to full bodied, carbonation seems to be a bit much.

D - Not my favorite marzen but I would still recommend it. (335 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle notched Feb. 2010 into a Picozzi's Fat Ass Ale pint glass from Cambridge House.

A: Poured a light, golden orange color with a bit of haziness, yet maintaining clarity. Two-finger head of dense white foam settled out quickly to leave weak, patchy lace.

S: Nose is filled with sweet, malty notes and a little herbal, citrusy hop and grass aroma.

T: Flavor is crisp and sweet at first, with a slightly dry toasted caramel malt flavor quickly matched against a little citrusy sweetness. Slightly metallic herbal hops come into play before washing down a little too sweet and a tad too watery.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied and slightly astringent.

D: At 5.3% ABV, this is certainly a sessionable lager and not a terrible choice if you're faced with a haggard O-fest selection or Carling's Black Label as your options. That said, it was a little too sweet, watery and aluminum tasting to make it for me. Worth a try, though. Nice try, Coastal Extreme, you guys still rock! (1,009 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color.. small head to it, small amount of lacing. Aroma I get a bit of a citrus type of smell.. reminds me of an IPA. Medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Again, but a big citrus taste in there, kind of weird for the style. Finishes with a pretty decent alcohol kick, kind of surprising especially for the low ABV. Seems a bit out of balance.. way too much sweetness and not enough of a malt backbone. Props for it trying to be a 'different' type of Oktoberfest, but way too sweet for my liking. (518 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Best before February notched on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a quarter inch, thin, off-white head that quickly dispersed into a thin skim; copious tiny bubbles present in solution. Nose was malty sweet, caramel and a hint of cinnamon or all-spice. Taste consistent with nose; however, also getting a little citrus in the mix. Flavor profile is a little subdued for the style, but consistent. Mouthfeel is fairly light-bodied with a level amount of background carbonation. Easy drinking marzen - not a lot of complexity of flavor (I'd go to Kim to find that), but complexity is a trade-off for drinkability. Nice marzen. (680 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty light with a quickly diminishing head. Smell and taste are not much, hops and moderate malt, although to me at least, I find the flavor profile to not be what I'm looking for. I loved the Kim, their Imp. Marzen... this one is OK but nothing remarkable. (265 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

@ Atwoods 9/6

Arrived a golden orange color with no head or bubbles. If you stand back and squint it looks like a dead koi in a glass.

Smells like orange marmalade with ginger. Taste is pretty vacant up front but has a toasted malt and ginger sucker punch in back. This beer gets old quick. (292 characters)

Photo of gfreed
2.35/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe it was the fact that the restaurant served this beer in a taste-killing frosted mug. Or maybe it was the fact that the mug was filled to the brim and that there was no head. In any case, this was a very boring beer. B-O-R-I-N-G. Pale orange color and flat aroma with a touch of cooked peas. Quite bubbly but it felt physically abrasive, like my mouth was being sanded with 120 paper. Lots of peas in the taste along with a bit of orange. Ick. Overall, to be avoided. (472 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: medium head, low carbonation, golden amber--almost the color of an apricot

Smell: some malt, some hops, very floral

Taste: bready, very exotic floral, sweet honey

Mouthfeel: light and sweet, with slightly sour finish

Drinkability: A lot better than I thought it would be based off of the smell. I am not sure if I love it as an octoberfest which I normally think of as having more bitterness and sharpness, but a wonderflly floral and exotic beer...One that I would associate more with late summer than early fall. (530 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chill hazy apricot with lemon colored trim. Variously sized bubbles rise at various speeds into the underside of a two finger crown of orangish beige, while finely etched squiggles of lace begin to appear on the sides of the glass.

The nose is typical of the style, with perhaps a little less toasted earthiness. The malt bill includes pale, Munich, Vienna and Cara-Pils. Although there isn't anything wrong with the aroma, it doesn't deserve effusive praise. Mildly pleasant gets it about right.

Those same words apply to the flavor as well. In Regenschauer Oktoberfest, Coastal Extreme has given us a fairly straightforward lager that is anything but extreme. That doesn't mean it's bad beer. In fact, it's pretty solid if you're a marzen maven.

Toasted bready, roasted peanut-like malt lays down an acceptably solid bottom end, while Saaz, Magnum, Tradition and Goldings hops provide a balancing amount of bitterness and flavor on the top end. The IBU count of 16.5 seems at least twice that. Then again, there isn't a huge amount of malt present.

The body/mouthfeel is right where it needs to be. The fact that it firms up and fills out with warming means that it gets a well-deserved score bump in the end. What was slightly too prickly carbonation at first is now right on the money.

CEBC Regenschauer (German for rain storm) Oktoberfest is a pretty good version no matter your style proclivities. It makes no major, or even minor, missteps and does quite a bit right. Under the cap: 'Beer. Beer would be good here.' Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the extra. (1,575 characters)

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Newport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen Lager from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
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