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 Fergyx825
1.91/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: a dark amber color exactly what most Marzens are supposed to look like. There was not much head on the pour, but there is some residual left now on the edges and on the surface of the beer. This is pretty standard for Oktoberfests.

Smell: This beer smells much different than most oktoberfests. Its almost like a fruity darker malty smell to it. I can't really place it. I most certainly do not smell any hops to it. Interesting yet i don't approve of this. Totally throwing me off guard.

Taste: This tastes exactly as it smells. Its filled with flavor, it almost overwhelms me. Its very dry tasting. The bottle says "Uber-Oktoberfest," so from what i understand they were concentrating on the intensifying the malty taste of this beer, which they clearly accomplished, but i think this is so flavorpacked that it isn't very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and good thickness to this beer. They nailed that.

Overall: I understand what they were trying to accomplish here, but this should never be released to the public. Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest and UberOktoberfest have been the worse beers i've rated thus far. (1,134 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"A bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier dry-hopped for added complexity." Brewed in the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest lager. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft as part of the Big Eddy Series, released fall 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp head of a light caramel tan complexion over a copper and burgundy body of high clarity, light to no visible carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Caramel and bread grains with a strong astringency, fairly clean and simple otherwise. Little to no hop characteristics. Potency is mild. 2.5

(Taste) A hair smoother and more pleasant than the aroma suggests, although this beer is still overly harsh and grainy. Sweet caramel grain syrups forward with a fairly smooth texture, soft lager acidity and stunted grainy back end. No hop character, notable solvent and ethanol impact, just not all that great. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, moderately syrupy, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly grainy and sweet over acidity and hop bitterness. Alcohol presence is medium and this beer suffers from the alcohol impact without much body to account for the balance. 3

(Overall) In general, this beer suffers from a harsh exposed graininess and a limited malt and hop range profile otherwise. Drinkable, but not very pleasant. The Oktoberfest beer is not a very common candidate to "imperialize", and the simplicity of the lager style in itself suggests that there isn't much that can be done with the ingredients aside from increasing the body and turning up the alcohol, a practice which nullifies the drinkability of the Oktoberfest entirely. I hope this was a one-off project, as it was one of the lesser impressive Big Eddy outings as of late. 2.75

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Big Eddy Uber-Oktoberfest
2.73/5.00 (2,079 characters)

Photo of Strix
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks nice, a bright clear orange with a decent head that sticks around.

In the nose: malt, butter, and floral hops.

Flavor is all over the place. Huuuuge malt presence, but then it goes through buttery and piney phases before settling down around orange-flavored wet cardboard. At times, more cloying than I thought possible. Improves a bit as it warms. If they were looking to magnify the Oktoberfest flavors, maybe they even succeeded, but the result is not what I would call refreshing, it's more like drinking a doppelbock poured into an IPA and boiled as if you were making maple syrup.

Mouthfeel quite syrupy, which does not help.

A malt-bomb for sure, but basically the definition of cloying. Inventive, but I'm left to conclude that this is why people don't make Imperial Oktoberfests. I need to find some Staghorn to wash this taste out of my mouth. (863 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: JAN2014 on the bottle neck.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber body, noted clarity, with a small-sized, very fleeting, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-scented, sugary amber maltiness, fruity notes hinting at strawberry, jagged alcohol, and peppery spice.

Taste: Upfront, it's sugary, honeyish, and a tad syrupy. Glazed, cooked ripe fruits. Herbal, spicy hops with some imparted bitterness, but it's not enough to really cut through the initial sweetness. Pop of alcohol on the back half warming everything from the lips on down. Quite sweet on the fruityish, heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Yes, it is everything you want in an Oktoberfest, but then haphazardly cranked up until you don't want it anymore. (818 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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. (511 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale and Briess Bonlander® Munich Malt. Hopped with Hood and Spalt Select. 8.5% ABV, 35 IBU's. Dry hopped.

Pours out to a medium amber with orange accents, forming a soapy off white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The aroma is big and malty with notes of figs and dates, carob, apple cider and fruity hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium dense body and slightly syrupy. The taste opens with some green hops, is followed by some rough alcohols in the middle, then a big malt body, malt syrup in the finish, and a earthy, leathery aftertaste. The hops impart an odd sourness that doesn't fit with this beer. Mineral finish.

Hrmm. Not really digging this one. One is plenty. It's quite rough with hop sourness and the rough alcohols. For $2.99/bottle, it's definitely a pass on this one. (898 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Transparent amber, copper color. Weak, soda-like head with poor retention and not a trace of lace.

Sweet aroma of caramel and nuts.

Caramel malt flavor with hints coconut. Touch of herbal hop character is kind of at odds with the malt and doesn't seem to blend too well. Rough, somewhat dry aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied with a sticky, syrupy feel. Coarse texture and dry finish with lingering stickiness. Low carbonation for the style.

In a word, weak. (461 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, reddish/brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hop oils, floral hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. The strong hop aroma and flavor make it hard to classify as a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight pale malt, citrus hops, and pine. Overall, decent appearance, decent beer with strong hop profile, but more like an AIPA, than a Marzen. (523 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

Because we demanded another imperial O-Fest. Well, I assume someone did... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-auburn topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises sourdough, toffee, very mild grass, and a pinch of what seems like clove or brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with the sourdough really filling up a lot of space, leaving the grass and toffee to scrounge for what they can. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly slick feel, and a drying finish. Overall, a decent enough imperial O-Fest, but that sourdough character doesn't endear the bottle to me all that much. (661 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.23/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,453 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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. (969 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very sweet, and concentrated maltiness to this with a surprisingly evident floral hop aroma and flavor....sticky sweet texture...syruppy....bready malt notes...

Worth trying but too overwhelmingly sticky sweet despite the evident floral hops....needed something different to cut into this concentrated malt..

I love the Big Eddy's usually but won't be going back for this one....not bad just not a home run... (411 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle serve in a DFH IPA glass

A - Brilliant pecan brown body with an active off-white head. No lacing and lackluster head make this a single color beer.

S - Big malts, some general hops on the edges, sweet and clean aroma.

T - Caramel malts, bready, sweet, toffee, it has a peppery overtone that creates a nice bite against the string malt base. Fall spices, all spice and nutmeg come to mind. Notions of sweet pumpkin, but that could be a placebo effect. Super sweet with some welcoming alcohol swimming in on the finish.

M - Low to medium carbonation, syrupy body, medium with some minor lift from the carbonation. Could use a touch more carbonation.

This is a malt bomb. There's almost enough hop edge to combat it. The syrupy elixir provides memories of fall, spicy treats and an overall warmness. You have to know what you're getting into with this beer. It's uber sweet with hints of roundness toward the finish. (931 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,232 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but not one of Big Eddy's best. Poured at a good temperature with a thick, creamy, smallish, cream colored head that soon settled to a patterned light cover and some lace. Color is an amber copper with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is heavy malt with a little solvent and funk, barest hint of roast. Flavor is mainly sweet, smidgen of carbonic tang that really help to balance along with some bitter, and again barest hint of roast (might have been more but for the heavy malt bill). Body is kind of heavy and full, carbonation - good. Finish is like flavor, long and more sweet than bitter. (601 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (267 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)

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 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 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)

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Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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