Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.79/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
08-11-2013 21:32:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.2/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
08-27-2013 16:59:58 | More by TMoney2591
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
02-06-2014 00:03:26 | More by superspak
3.19/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
10-26-2013 13:12:11 | More by Tone
3.69/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-28-2013 02:25:28 | More by GarthDanielson
4.29/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
07-28-2013 18:07:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.31/5 rDev -7.5%
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...
09-06-2013 05:58:34 | More by ZAP
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
10-05-2013 18:19:45 | More by barnzy78
3.59/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
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.
09-27-2013 22:09:55 | More by puboflyons
3.46/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
09-22-2013 02:35:37 | More by drpimento
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
01-05-2014 20:50:06 | More by sweemzander
3.01/5 rDev -15.9%
$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.
10-11-2013 23:23:42 | More by Mitchster
3.25/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
01-20-2014 02:21:54 | More by Pegasus
3.68/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
11-26-2013 04:46:07 | More by StoutHunter
Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.