Newport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen Lager - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by genaro:
Photo of genaro
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Octoberfest was an amber/gold color with a good creamy head. There was some streaky lace. There was a nice floral aroma with traces of caramel. It had a nutty taste with caramel overtones. The malty taste was well-balanced with flavoring hops. The finish was nutty and dry with some sweetness. A good effort. Another local Octoberfest to look forward to as autumn approaches.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sponberg
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date code 4.223 on a shiny new label. Bright amber with a white head that settles to a fine layer of foam that just won't quit. Whiffs of corn and faint alcohol over a background of caramel apple and mild hop spiciness.

I dunno - this one just didn't do it for me. Starts out nice enough, with fruity malts and some hop spiciness, but then, just like when Wakefield is pitching, along comes a big old can of buttered corn right over the plate which quickly disappears. This mars the rest of the apple, toasted caramel and spicy noble hop flavors going on. The finish is slightly alcoholic/phenolic (a bit of tongue numbing going on), but mostly fruity maltiness with an undelying hop bitterness, finally with green apple in the back of the sip. Medium bodied and rather quaffable.

Maybe it lost something in the translation when Buzzards Bay started contract brewing it? Last time I tried it was two years ago and I recall a more impressive brew back then. Would love to try this in growler or on tap from the brewery to see if there is a difference.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color. Nice 1/2 inch head that retains fairly well for a bit.

Smell - sweet grains, toffee, caramel, mild spiciness

Taste - Sweet maltiness with caramel notes right off the bat but then it goes into a sort of funky flavor. Almost skunky. Mild hop spice. Im not digging how this beer finishes at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, not too carbonated and not flat either...

Drinkability - There are lots of better Oktoberfest options out there in my honest opinion. I could take down plenty of these if it wasnt for the finishing qualities of the brew. Maybe I got a bad bottle. I hope so. Ill try again.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this marzen...there is a whole bunch of flavor in here.
Pours a clear golden orange with a half finger white head that melts to merely a ring of white lacing.
Aromas are bready and just a little horsey.
Flavor is full and rewarding. Sweet amber malts, light fruits like aprocotes, peaches and oranges, finally lemon or orange peel bitter hops. A little alcohol comes through in the taste as well but it is not offensive.
Aftertaste is almost clean...just a little of the sweetness lingering.
Very very flavorful marzen.

Photo of UncleFrank
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rusty amber beer fills the glass with a great looking head that lasts with each sip.
The aroma is bready and malty with base grains like Munich. Definitely has that lager aroma. Clean
The taste is nice with a slick mouth feel and medium body making pints of this easily quaffable. The caramel is not overbearing, but does add to the malt profile. A touch of graininess helps to balance it out. The hops are mild and just enough to balance, but definitely of the German spice variety.
The finish is clean with a lingering hop spice followed by malt toastiness and a buttery slickness on the cheeks.
This is my favorite of the "Big 3" versions of the style this year. Enjoy, or since it is an Okt-Fest, Prost!

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light tan head sits atop a brownish copper colored beer.
Aroma of toasty caramel malt and earthy hops.

Taste controlled by a sweet, biscuity caramel malt flavor. Earthy hops attempt to balance. Fruity flavor present as well.

Mouthfeel just a tad thin and watery especially towards the finish.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid oktoberfest offering.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for providing the sample!

Photo of edchicma
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber..very little head. Very light malty aroma...very light fruity undertone. Sweet and malty on the front with a hop bitterness that is light, but remains in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit oily..not overly pleasant. Drinkability slightly above average as taste offsets the oiliness slightly.

Photo of bonbini26
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Track 84, warwick, RI 11-17-08

This version of the their oktoberfest was brewed with Thomas Tew Ruins Soaked Oak Chips

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color. Nice 1/2 inch head that retains fairly well for a bit.

Smell - sweet grains, toffee, caramel, mild spiciness

Taste - Sweet maltiness with caramel notes at 1st, finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, not too carbonated and not flat either...

Drinkability - Pretty easy drinking Oktoberfest, not a bad one, but ive had better, i was expecting a little more the Oak Chips, but it was a letdown

Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of tzieser
1.95/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. A nice dark amber with a slight head. Aroma smelled slightly oaty or other grains. Taste was pleasant, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very small hint of citris in the back. Flavored of malty slighty roasted grains. Very easy to palate and drink. Not an earthshattering flavor, but very good going down. Felt good in the mouth, coated nicely.

Photo of auxiliary
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - Clear light copper color. Small pond fromed and stuck around. Few strands of lace but at all actually.

smell - Spices, hops, caramel.

taste - malt, caramel tate, but ends with a bitterness sourness taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium bodied

drinkability - Not a bad beer, but not the type of Octobergest I am use to. I didn't like the almost sourness taste. I see others have reported the same.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample arrived here thanks to Brewfan.

Pours a clear orange tinged gold beer with a nice white head.

Smell is very malty with lots of toasted malt and grain scents. Good bready yeast scents and citrus hop scent just barely detectable.

Taste is sweet and malty as expected with a good herbal hop flavor in the finish. Lots of toasted malt flavor and a faint acid edge in the finish. Bitterness builds as you drink this one. Nice Oktoberfest beer that escapes the common flaw of being too sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is very good. I could see buying this if it is ever sold in California. A tasty not too sweet Oktoberfest.

Photo of illpass78
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of abraxel
3.46/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a thin foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of caramelized malt & a little fruit. There’s also that Newport Storm hops signature, but it isn’t too strong as the style isn’t very conducive to that.

T: The taste starts out sweet, with some caramel & dark fruit, but quickly goes hoppy with some bitterness, which is a little uncharacteristic of the style and actually makes the beer taste a lot like the this brewer’s Hurricane Amber Ale.

M: Crisp and kind of smooth, but a little watery for the style, medium carbonation, medium body, and a clean finish.

D: Not as tasty as I expected, not too filing, easy to drink, but I would probably look for something else if I had a choice.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Connecticut River Brewefest.

This one was amber, with a low head. This seemed to be a theme of their beers... not a lot of head even when on tap.

The aroma was slightly fruity... somewhat pleasant.

The taste was fruity, not quite apples, and sweet malt. Pretty damn good, and darn drinkable, expecially on a warm summer's day.

Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color and nearly clear (slight chill haze). Modest head, spotty lace.

Crystal malt aroma on initial sniff. Low hop as would be expected. The flavor mirrors this, but with an added dose of soured cream. Pretty close to what I've had from German imports. Thicker body.

Overall, this is a accurate Oktoberfest beer. It is lightly sweet, full mouthed and a lingering sourness in the swallow.

Photo of flexabull
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of JayQue
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Didn't like this one. Had it on tap at Billy Good's in Newport RI. Very little head or aroma. Color ok. Taste was bland, watery. Mouthfeel was extremely thin and flat. I was tempted to leave most of it on the table, not really something I would want for a session. I would recommend avoiding this one!!

Photo of ecoboy
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rocky off-white head atop reddish-amber hued oktoberfest style.

Smell of apple tart: touch of sweet, touch of sour.

What did I expect? Not this.

Oddly hollow middle, the mouthfeel watery. Mild carbonation, no aggressive characteristics to understate the issue. Touch of warm bready and sweet malt on first sip. Finish wet and indistinct. Balance is as it should be, but no subtleties. Disappointing session beer.

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