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Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of StoutHunter
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

StoutHunter, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Alodnar
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Alodnar, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of equinox1
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

equinox1, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a deep, rich copper. A one-finger head of eggnog-khaki, very tight foam slowly dissipates, eventually leaving a sheen of fine lace across the surface and a thing ring around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a very saturated deep orange/red and pretty clear. Respectable legs on the sides of the glass from the residual sugars.

S - Nicely toasted malts and luscious caramel tussle with pine and citrus hops, with the acidity of the hops eventually controlling the nose. The nose is on the soft side, but present, and fills up more of the glass as it warms.

T - The malts of the nose start off front-and-center, presenting a delicious base for the pine and herbal bittering hops to present themselves on. Fresh whole-wheat toast. Caramels, brown sugar, and drops of dark honey. Hints of toffee emerge. The finish retains just enough of the hops to avoid being cloying, but it's the melt-in-your-mouth caramels and toffee bits that really remain. No trace of the ABV in the taste at all. What really stands out is how amped-up the malt profile is compared to the typical Marzen and how well-balanced it is against the hops. Nicely done.

M - A bit fizzy to start, it moves smoothly across the tongue. Good body, with well-integrated components. Well-balanced structure. Finish consists of echos that lean toward the sugars without being sweet.

O - This beer is what happens when the party Oktoberfest Marzen gets invited to the clubhouse for cigars and brandy. Uber indeed. Rich, luscious malts provide an excellent foundation for the hops, which balance but remain in their supporting role, as they should for this style. I probably would tweak the hop profile if I were brewing this myself to find a better match for the malts as I found the herbal component a tad rough, but it's a minor quibble. It's a delicious interpretation of the style and one worth keeping around for relaxed, slow drinks around an autumn fire.

BuckeyeSlim, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Guinnsslvr
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Guinnsslvr, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Franziskaner, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

richkrull, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.9%

acurtis, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of jALEson
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jALEson, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -3%

tdm168, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

dertyd, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Betajeff
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Betajeff, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

russpowell, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Kegatron, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Rborre321
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%

Rborre321, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Mike412
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Mike412, Sunday at 05:33 AM
Photo of JacobDMB
3/5  rDev -16.9%

JacobDMB, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear deep orange hue with almost no head. good clarity. lots of rustic earthy hops on the nose. Very hearty hearty grains.

Big mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to break things up. Pretty good taste. A lot milder then expected and not as hoppy as I was hoping but then again it is a marzen.Hearty breads, lots of grain husks, subtle dark fruit but thankfully is very restrained. Some hops make themselves known and attempt to balance but some sweetness lingers. Touch of alcohol heat lingers as well but really not as much as expected. Taste like a fairly good marzen style beer with a deceptive amount of alcohol and a heavy body. Bready, Rustic, Earthy. Not bad at all. Pairs pretty well with pita rounds and red pepper hummus.

jtierney89, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Eaglefan344
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Eaglefan344, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Kunstman, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 27, 2013.

It is an attractive looking beer with its medium amber-copper colored pour leading up to a long lasting cream colored head. Busy carbonation.

The aroma starts out with a modest German roasted malt atmosphere but then an earthy hop sensation kicks in and assumes the leadership post.

Medium body.

The malts almost seem subtle in the flavor because the pungent hop bitterness and boozy character becomes the beer. They did say it was bolder. That's no lie.

puboflyons, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Pookie
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Pookie, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of tourdot
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

tourdot, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

emerge077, Aug 31, 2014
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Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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