Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 218
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 6.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.66/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is hands-down one of the best beers ever made. It even rivals the kaiser in the realm of "imperial" oktoberfests. It delivers all the biscuity goodness of an Oktoberfest, but really in your face. That orange glow it's got is just so inviting, too. It's got an overall sweet backbone to it, that does well to accompany the bite of strong alcohol. It has a very bold malt flavour to it. If I didn't know better, I'd think there's some rye in it. I don't know what that would be doing in this beer, though. Perhaps I'm just being reminded of another favourite of mine, Lwinenkugel's ryewine. There are definitely similarities. There's some flavour that's common to both. I don't know if it's from the same yeast or the same grains being used, but there is definitely some shared character. And whatever it is, it's great. Both are amazing brews. I will definitely buy this again next year. (891 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.59/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Joseph Huber glass mug.

A) Golden copper, brownish orange center like fall leaves, light shining through brings beautiful orange color. Two finger head that is copper in color not pure white.

S) Malt, bread, warm pretzel, no hops at all

T) Baked bread, taste the Munich malt right away. Little syrup in the taste too, but not too much. It's an malt bomb for sure.

M) Thick, concentrated and very smooth

O) It's a great malt beer, not a traditional Oktoberfest, very very good tasting beer. It's like a concentrated beer, meaning they brewed regular Oktoberfest doubled the recipe then boiled the crap out of it to thicken the brew. 8.5% and it will knock u down for sure. Should be rated higher. (717 characters)

Photo of TooGood
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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. (463 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Eddy tulip.
8.5 % ABV, 35 IBUs

A - This fall Big Eddy series beer pours a crystal clear burnt auburn color that's capped by an ivory pile of foam which leaves little whisps of lace on the tulip.

S - Loaded with a dryhopped aroma, Über-Oktoberfest has an inviting European hop presence of fall; crisp and earthy with notes of spice and a slightly musty, marajuana-like scent that overlays it's rich maltiness. Munich bready qualities and notes of toasted Vienna malts have undertones of honey sweetness but remain totally smooth.

T - Malt complexity continues into the flavor with Munich breadiness and toasted wheat flavors but hops still win out with their earthy flavors. Interesting is this sense of faint allspice which, it seems, the hops impart, melding with the earthy profile before finishing with a warm touch of alcohol.

M - Despite elevated alcohol, Über-Oktoberfest remains incredibly smooth and round on the tongue teetering between sweet, bready malt and the dry, moderately bitter hops, lingering with mild alcohol warmth, perfect for those colder fall days.

O - Über this Big Eddy sure is; it's just a like a good Oktoberfest amped up for a broader spectrum of rich and deep flavors. The core style remains as this beer is smooth and crisp, utilizing German malts and European hops to achieve the same type of flavor profile, just in an über package. (1,406 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber coming off a slight hazy with medium bubbles through out. Head is straight white and thin, I poured this one pretty hard and rose to at best 1/8 of an inch.

Smell: light hops and almost a grape scent to go with it. Light, desirable...not bad.

Taste: Well and beyond smooth hops, has a woody not to it with a slight touch of sweetness that almost feels a bit like butterscotch. Undoubtedly complex.

Mouth: Medium bodied and sticky, absolutely outstanding.

Overall: I do not know why people are knocking I. This brew and in my head I thought it should automatically be rated in the 90's where it should be. I hope you take the time and enjoy...this one is a sleeper. Salud! (728 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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 (690 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (1,993 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.01/5  rDev +13%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of wasso67
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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. (568 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +11%
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 (614 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (690 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big Eddy Uber Oktoberfest

16oz tapper at the Wisconsin State Fair. Served chilled...

A) Dark amber brew with about a half finger of dirty head. Faded pretty quickly to a wispy dusting.

S) The initial whiff was fairly sweet and toasty. Earthy hops are present in the aroma as well.

T) I was slightly surprised at how much hops was present in the flavor. I picked up a bit on the nose, but this had some punch. Some of the usual amber lager flavors come through as well. Had an aftertaste that I would describe as kind of a buttery citrus. I wouldn't have guessed the ABV is 8.5%.

M) A nice medium body, with pretty mellow carbonation. A little more hop bite than I expected out of an Oktoberfest from a mouthfeel standpoint, but it was still smooth and easy to knock back.

O) I can see what makes this Über... I'd say for the most part I enjoyed this take on my favorite fall style. The folks at the Leinenkugel Brewing Company definitely up their game for the Big Eddy series, so this is worth a try if you are hunting down some new Oktoberfest beers this fall. (1,070 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep copper with a frothy khaki head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving no lacing.

Sweet, melanoidin-laden caramel malt, lightly toasted and rich, with hints of toffee and floral malt form the aroma, along with boozy fruity esters.

Flavor reveals more fruity ester character initially, with a sweet, caramel, bready malt backbone, finishing a touch dry and slightly bitter. Herbal, tea-like hops round out the profile.

Body is full, with moderate carbonation and substantial alcohol heat.

The alcohol really inhibits the experience in this one. Great aroma, but the esters don't allow the melanoidin character to shine in the flavor. (659 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, crystal clear, caramel coloring with a thin, sparse, clingy, off-white surface coating of head. Aromas of nut sweetness, berry tart and sweet, toasted grains, roasted character, and hints of booze. Subtle nose overall. Flavors are very rich and tangy sweet, with a solid bolt of caramel and booze on the forward tongue and throughout each drink. Rich, roasty, and heavy, with a solid malt profile that goes a touch unbalanced. This is a heavy hitter, with an increased ABV providing a warming sensation across a robust, mid-bodied mouthfeel. The aftertaste is booze and tangy sweetness, with a slick, slightly cloying finish. This one's a heavy sipper, but the whole time I felt like I was looking for a bit more balance. (785 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear, amber color with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is very inviting with lots of spice and malt. This is probably one of the boldest and heaviest Oktoberfest beers I’ve had. It’s sweeter because of the extra alcohol at 8.5% somewhat more hops than I would expect too. Not exactly what I’m looking for an Oktoberfest style beer but it’s still interesting. (382 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (3,963 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (1,050 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - amber colored body topped with a creamy ivory head that holds great retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass
S - different than traditional especially with the added dry hopped floral, grassy, earthy, spicy smell. Plenty of caramel, toffee, and grain in the nose as well. Nice aroma but it doesn't really smell like a märzen
T - very sweet and malty with toasted grain, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, booze, spice, grass, earth, fruity
M - huge, full body with ample carbonation, clean finish, alcohol prickles the tongue
O - good idea with making a huge märzen, but a bit overkill as I feel it is drawn too far from its style to be called a märzen. It's cloyingly sweet at times, although some nice complexity does come through. Not crazy over it, but it's decent for something outside if the box. (819 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 (596 characters)

Photo of LANDRY
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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. (432 characters)

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Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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