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Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 243
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 31.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 42 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus fruit, and peppery hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, earth, and peppery hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a unique peppery hop presence all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.


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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A toasty and sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Toasted barley malt with a scent of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Sweet hints of sugar. Fruit hints of apple and slight dark fruit. Very light on the hops. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and toasty malt driven taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Toasted malt with sweet and bready notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar. Fruit notes of apple along with some subtle dark fruit. Light notes of earthy hops in the background. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A solid imperial take on a Marzen. On the sweeter side but avoids becoming boozy.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -15.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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