Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 07-28-2013

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Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 47
Photo of thgreatrandini
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beef tastes roughly like barf

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler, this interesting take on an Oktoberfest pours a BRIGHT, clear, luminous orange with a tight beaded dissipating head of fine bubbles and spotty lacing. Nose of rich bready malts, light herbal hops, and moderate alcohol. Flavors are a malt bomb up front and to the sides...rich caramel notes collide with heavy sweet bread. A light cherry like quality comes through on the back and on the aftertaste with some herbal hop bitterness rounding out the flavor profile. Wet and chewy mouth feel. Very unique, although it could easily be mistaken for a wee heavy or a scotch ale.

NICE

Cheers

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a tall Schneider-Weisse glass at fridge temps. Bottle was dated 02/2014 for freshness but I think that's a best before date, the neck of the bottle had a label that said 2013.

Appearance: orange honey colored with a nice thick head to start that faded to a thin layer of froth at the top of the beer. Moderate visible carbonation, seems low for the style.

Nose: hops up front with some sweet malty notes in the middle, heavy on the malty, I can smell some residual alcohol notes as well.

Taste: spicy and complex malt profile, really wonderful rounded flavor and no alcohol discernible, lemony and herbal like a cough drop, the cough drop is really weird and tends to overpower the other notes. I like the initial spiciness of the hops but it is overpowered by the maltiness and chewy quality of this beer.

Overall: this is a weird one. I don't know of any other dry hopped German style ales. I like experimentation but the Oktoberfest Marzen style is already perfected and probably should not be messed around with. I still can't get over the cough drop taste! This was a four pack. I'll review it again in a few month.

Second review:
Appearance: Orange, nice head, nice head and carbonation. No change really.

Nose: malt bomb, overpowering Orange marmalade smell

Taste: one sided malt character, low hops aroma and flavor

Overall: go figure that a dry hopped beer doesn't age well. Green light it for fast consumption.

Photo of scaliasux
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Medium amber. Clear. Short off-white head. Persistent.
S - Rich malt. Raisin, dark fruit mainly.
T - Potent. Sweet and very rich medium roasted malt. Prune, raisin, a little caramel.

This seems to go beyond the oktoberfest category. More like an scotch ale or something imperial. Pretty good for Leine's though.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer looks good, but not great. The smell is awesome but not really indicative of this style so I couldn't give it a 5. The taste is something different for a Marzen; it is sweet and citrusy, almost like a holiday lager or ale in my opinion, the extra umph of the hops change the character. The feel is excellent at first, but then left a weird filmy taste in the back of my mouth. Overall the beer is good but there are others that I will seek out this time of the year.

Photo of timontheroad
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber, with about a half inch tan head that disappeared rapidly to a an eighth inch. Little to no lacing. Aroma is heavy sweet malt, with a touch of grassy notes. Taste is very sweet malt with just a touch of some citrus and alcohol on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium to light, with little carbonation. Overall, this is not too bad, but not outstanding either, something I've come to expect from the Big Eddy series.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date January 26, 2015 printed on the bottleneck. My second of the Big Eddy beers from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., acquired a single bottle from the local beer store.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - It pours a coppery burnt sienna orange body, almost similar to an IPA in appearance. About a finger of khaki head that recedes to a ring. Leaves behind some good sticky lacing. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - The aroma is pleasant also - notes of cream, vanilla, oak, wood, alcohol fumes, and some toasty caramel maltiness.

T - Taste follows the nose - notes of cream, vanilla, wood, oak, and alcohol fumes. A sweet caramel / toffee flavor, with some slight medicinal notes.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Sticky & viscous. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a decent expression of the style, especially given the brewery. I am once again surprised and I look forward to trying more beers in this series.

Jacob Leinekugel Brewing Co. Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest -----3.5/5

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently this is a 2013 Bottle?? Tastes great, so I'm reviewing it any how..

Pours an effervescent amber/copper color with 2+ fingers of tan head. No llacing or head retention

S: Faint breadyness & grassiness, metallic notes as well

T: Breadyness, a little bit of caramel & dryness up front, pear notes & jammyness, some leafy hop notes as well. Rich marmalade notes, leafy hops & toffee as this warms. Finishes bready with pears, & caramel plus leafy dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, I'm really enjoying this for what this is, a o'fest beer on steroids, this will serve as my place marker until I can get fresher. Will certainly buy this again!

Photo of wasso67
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Seem to be on an Oktoberfest quest this year so I picked up a four-pack.

Pours a lovely orange/brown color with a decent one finger head.

Aroma is of toasted malt with a hint of citrus hoppiness-quite pleasant.

Taste is quite pleasant with a nice caramel/marshmallow toasted nature and moderate sweetness quickly balanced by a little up front hops. Just enough hops to distract from the malty sweetness and finishes clean. A little light on mouthfeel, but overall a very good representation of the genre.

Definitely a standout Oktoberfest. Well above average.

Photo of kkleu357
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the lodge. Slight grain aroma. Deeper amber color. Big Sweet gain malty taste. Much better than the regular October fest.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

my least favorite beer i think from my little fall beer smattering last night. its overly alcoholic, this kind of strength doesnt belong in the style, and the addition of all the extra sugar to get it there is even more inappropriate in this style. this beer is orange and clear and largely flat, with a nose of sweet malt and dextrose. there is a caramel element, even butterscotch candy, and there is a fair degree of hop bitterness here too. the whole thing seems overly exposed on the alcohol front though, and with the leftover sugar its like a girly drink of some kind, not a beer. i gave this the benefit of the doubt when i bought it, but that was maybe a mistake. this is pretty bad overall, a poor attempt to be clever and different. these beers are traditional for a reason. skip this one for sure unless you want a booze bomb dipped in corn sugar.

Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a solid offering from leinies. It looks fantastic with a vibrant autumn hued copper color. Flavor profile is typical oktoberfest, but hoppier. Caramel and biscuit with a nice spicy and earthy hop profile. Has an orange citrus flavor as well. A touch of toasted malts.

Clean and crisp. Larger bodied. Very easy to drink for the abv.

Photo of Glanzman
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Fairly tasty. Well carbonated. Nothing overpowering. I don't think I would pay for them but would definitely drink one if offered for free.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours into a chalice with a deep copper color, and a big thicket of beige khaki head which forms fine even lacing…so far a pretty great looking uber O fest here. Typically in the past with Big Eddy releases from Leinenkugel they seem to be overcarbonated or too thin for the style with a lot of booze.

Aroma has sugar layered toasted malts, creamy vegetal texture something very fruity and pleasant right off the bat a hint of mild citrus the label does say “A bolder tastier take on an Oktoberfestbier dry hopped for added complexity”.

Flavor is upfront sweet, honey malts toasted malts, slight nutty character…but really too much of an all-encompassing sweetness feels like it coats the palate completely.

Mouthfeel harder to enjoy as the sweetness just seems to build, usually a crisp easy drinking style…the uber O fest beats your palate up a bit booze isn’t as ridden as I’ve seen in their other big beer releases, but it’s the unrelenting sweetness.

Overall I’m not disappointed that I tried this one, but it shows that a nice Vienna style lager/Oktoberfest style lager is so much more drinkable than something like this.

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Deep tawny russet color, backlit with smoldering sunset orange hues. Plenty of foam that eventually fades to a skim with minimal sparse lacing. Bright clarity. 4

Smells a little boozy, more like a blond doppelbock or something. Caramelized sugars, sugar cookies, stewed fruit. 3.5

Tastes boozy as well, cotton candy, apple, bitter aftertaste. Fairly smooth considering, but the taste is a little jarring. Slight astringency present, fairly full bodied. Overall it's sort of the antithesis of a drinkable, subtle style. Still it's not bad, but nothing really unique about it either. 3.25/3.5/3.5

Photo of LANDRY
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

A great beer in the already great Big Eddy collection, a big beer with out and overwhelming big beer sting. Crisp and refreshing even, fresh pumpkin pie in a glass, sweeter than you'd expect. Pours a beautiful burnt orange color like fall leaves with no head even on a heavy pour, lightly carbed. Very floral nose a warning shot from brewers as Oktoberfest begins Winter Is Coming, stock up on some of these and you may survive.

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -16.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

appearance
Amber with a 1/2 finger of of-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Toasted bread, caramel, and molasses. Subtle sour apple notes.

Taste
Toasted bread, caramelized table sugar, and pear. Hints of cidery apple with earthly, floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp, oily, and sticky.

Overall
The maltiness isn't as deep or complex as anticipated. The strange sour apple notes really throw this off.

Photo of TooGood
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Pours a dark amber orange with about 1/2 inch head, moderate lacing on glass. Smell is slightly sweet with a hint of pumpkin vegetalness. The taste is delightful and hard to describe, I just know I like it. I get some sweetness, a little spice, and slightly dry finish. It is as smooth as silk going down with just the right amount of presence on the palate. Overall this is one of my favorite Oktoberfests and I will seek it out every fall from here on out.

Photo of TheCondor
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Shared with Small Paul, the liquor store connection. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours a nice, transparent copper color with about a one and a half finger head that leaves mediocre lacing. Head retention is about a quarter of the way into the brew.

Smell - Malts, fruitiness, a little spices, and a bit of alcohol. Nothing too impressive.

Taste - High on sweetness. Caramel, sweet malts, and a certain bready sensation are ever present on the palate. There is a little bit of alcohol present as well. Many of flavors are more subdued, nothing is particularly overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean and rich, quite smooth. One of the better aspects of the beer. Medium carbonation

Overall - This is a decent beer overall. I would not buy it again, probably won't drink it again. But it is worth a try if offered to you. Decent example of the style, just not super impressed, nothing here will blow your hair back.

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/2014. Pours light hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toast, raisin, brown sugar, pear, apple, light grape, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance of malt and yeast ester notes; but they are very muted. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, pear, apple, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with some lightly cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is moderately well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid imperial oktoberfest. Decent balance/complexity and big robustness of flavors; and pretty smooth to sip on. A fairly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Pegasus
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal-clear golden orange body, surmounted by a modest, dense and persistent off-white head. Patchy Belgian-like lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is very slight.

Aroma: Strong pepper notes dominate the aroma. Sweet alcohol and light fruit aromas are also notable.

Taste: Opens with strong sweet alcohol, and faint toasted malt, as the taste progresses, the alcohol flavors dominate, although there are sweet light fruit flavors as well. Very little toasted malt is present, notable considering this is a signature of the style. Finishes with lingering sweet alcohol and restrained toasted malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Interesting and idiosyncratic take on the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of sweemzander
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear cider-like orange amber color. Some solid off-white froth. Solid retention.

(S)- Quite malty. Hints of a bready rye-like spice meets plenty of caramel, honey, and faint hints of orange citrus.

(T)- Very nutty and bread-like. Almost roasted, but more like a rye spice in there. Big sweetness with caramel malts all over. Subtle orange citrus.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. This definitely fits the style, but an example on steroids. Bigger sweetness, bigger grains, bigger hops.

(O)- Definitely one of the more robust takes on the style I have tried thus far. Definitely enjoyable, but not one I would put a few away in one sitting; it gets very sweet for me.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Leinenkugel's Uber-Oktoberfest from their Big Eddy Series a couple weeks ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I've tried all the beers in this series and I thought the Big Eddy series has been pretty solid so far and a Imperial Oktoberfest sounds pretty interesting, so lets see how it goes. Best before February 10th 2014. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a clean and classy look and it's the pretty much the same label that all the beers in the series have, it looks ok, but it's not too eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy slightly darker amber color that took on more of ruby color when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. The was a decent looking beer, I thought the color was pretty nice, but the head and lacing were a little disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness that has a candied sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by a good amount of dark fruits with no single fruit sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malt, caramel malt and bready aromas with a noticeable sweet alcohol aroma. Towards the end there's a light herbal hop aroma. This beer had nice aroma, but it was a little on the sweet and boozy side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a lighter candied sugar like flavor followed by a good amount of malts up front that impart a sweet malt, caramel malt and bready flavor. Up next comes a pretty light amount of sweet alcohol followed by a nice dark fruit flavor with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a light herbal hop flavor that imparts a higher amount of lighter bitterness with a sweet, caramel malt and dark fruit like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer that seemed to be more balanced than the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, dry, clean, a little rich, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer, but it wasn't a great example of a Oktoberfest, but as an Imperial Oktoberfest like they claim it is it's not bad, I don't think I would guess this was an Oktoberfest if I tried it blind, but since I know what it is I can pick out some of those bready and caramel malt flavors that I usually get in the style along with those typical herbal hops, it's just that all those aspects are much stronger, as you would expect from an imperial version of the style. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little rich, not to filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, at 8.5% it would start to catch up on me, but I could see myself drinking a couple of these without getting bored with it. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance in the taste, I got a little worried that this beer would be too sweet and boozy from what I got from the aroma, but the taste turned out to be more balanced than the aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they weren't bad, but they could use a little work. I would buy a couple bottle of this next year maybe even a four pack, it might be age-able, but it's fairly smooth now so I don't know if age would improve it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes stronger malty beers, but this isn't something that you chug down at an Oktoberfest. All in all I was happy with this beer, Like it said I got a little worried when I got to the aroma, but once I got to the taste I was pretty satisfied and it turned out to be more drinkable than I expected. This Big Eddy series is pretty solid and this beer is no exception, keep up the good work guys, the Big Eddy Series is my favorite thing you guys do.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich brown color. Brilliant clarity. A minimal to non existent wisp of foam lays on top. The aroma is punishing with dark malt and nuttiness. The flavor is intensely malty and I get some serious nuttiness. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth considering the strength.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest has a thin, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, brilliant orange-copper appearance, and a little bit of thin lacing left behind. The aroma is rather bold- rich, bready malt, brown bread crust, a bit of orange, some sweetness, and a pungent note. Taste is of rich, sweet, bready, barley malt, sweetness, mandarin orange pulp, brown bread crust, slight nut, and a fairly pronounced straight-forward hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, with some carbonation prickle, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest finishes decently crisp, easy-drinking, and remarkably smooth. Overall, this is delicious, and I strongly advise trying it.

RJT

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Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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