Oktoberfest Lager - Olde Hickory Brewery

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83
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58 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: veech on 09-23-2006

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 18
Photo of humuloner22
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Its an O'fest. Not a lot to say here. Its a little less cloyingly sweet than others are. But its still a style I just don't care for. Nevertheless, in my pursuit of trying most if not all of OHB beers, this one is above average to me, but its not great. But its a marzen and I just don't dig that style of beer. This will be the last year I waste money on that style, along with pumpkin beers. Skip fall beers go right on into winter!

Color: Dark Amber, nice amount of head.

Smell: Sweet malts, not much else.

Taste: Sweet, but a bit of something in there to cut out the total cloyingly sweet nature of this beer style.

Overall: Its fine, if you like this style of beer try it. If you don't, pass.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color (very similar to one of the colors you see in the fall foliage) with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized finger thick cap in the center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of toasted bready malts with toffee and caramel sweetness. There is a light presence of floral hops and just a touch of light fruits (grape).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of toasted bready malts with some light notes of toffee + caramel sweetness. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of floral hops with a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly syrupy with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really nice example of the style from an American brewery and you really can't beat it for the price ($3.00 for a 22 oz. bottle). The alcohol is reasonably well hidden in this beer and it is quite enjoyable. Definitely would recommend picking this one up if you see it.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial nonic pint glass

A: Bright copper orange with moderate clarity, head is very light and loose, does not last very long

S: Has a light grassy hop smell, malt is somewhat subdued, light toffee background that improves as it warms

T: Pretty plain, again hops dominate but aren't "strong", earthy and grassy, pretty good German hop flavor, I'd like a bit more malt for the style but pretty good

M: Got this right, slightly dry, light enough to drink, heavy enough to not feel light

O: A good beer especially for the price!

Photo of Axnjxn
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at beer study in chapel hill

dark copper with a tad reddish hue. appropriate head. smell is crisp and malty. you can tell this will be refreshing. the taste is big on malts, bready, yeasty. I'm a big fan of this style and this is very true. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall a surprisingly excellent oktoberfest beer. thoroughly recommended.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up when visiting family in NC about a month ago...notched as best by january 2013...bottoms up! enjoyed from a duck rabbit snifter.

a - brew poured a watery transparent amberish with a thin head that was gone almost as quick as the beer was poured. hardly a ring of bubbles was left on the surface of the beer.

s - smells nice. big grape. some nutmeg and crystalized malts. big sweetness.

t - much like the nose, but a bit of booziness on the backend. grapes and nuts. all malts. lots of grain. fairly bready and crisp. toasted.

m - a bit boozy, but other than that, fairly classic.

o - overall a nice take on the style. on the sweet side of things, but good. not my favorite marzen, but solid.

Photo of tastybeer
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-amber, white-like medium sized head, and straggly/spotty lace.

A: Has that pleasant deep malty aroma that this type of beer should have. Smells sweet and caramelly.

T: Tasty. Sweet with an autumn-like darkness. Hops are hidden in the background under malty cover.

M: That thick chewy maltiness that doesn't always come with this style (and should) is at the forefront.

O: A good representation of this style. Maybe a tad sweeter than usual, but not in a negative way.

Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear deep orange color with a small off-white head on top. Clean, sweet toasted malt aroma...fresh grain, floral notes, and some toffee. Flavor is sweet through the middle - probably a bit too sweet. Rich toasted malt, caramel, subtle spicy/earthy hops. Clean and medium bodied. I liked where this was going, but the sweetness kills the drinkability.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The locals say this is a fantastic Oktoberfest.

Initial pour produced a nice amber body with a slightly small head. It has since faded (only a matter of seconds) into a small ring of white head. hm.

The smell is grainy and sweet. Almost exactly like Great Lakes: super grainy and earth (more than GLBC). Almost smells crisp (which is what I dont want). Definitely some good caramel malts in there, but just doesnt smell sweet enough.

It tastes like a goddamn world class oktoberfest. Super grainy and earthy up front. The caramel sweetness really only comes in to cut the graininess out and make it clean and drinkable. Its not as sweet as the world class Marzens, but its just one minute step below those.

Its a fantastic Oktoberfest, and might be one of the better NC beers Ive had that doesnt come from a barrel of some kind. Olde Hickory, you met expectations once again.

Photo of kbutler1
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear, light copper color with a slight light tan head. Very sweet aroma that reminds me oddly enough of candi corn and marshmellow. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet upfront with notes of fruit, caramel, and the aforementioned candi corn. From there it draws out with a slight bitter metallic ending. Drinks fairly easy. Some brown sugar notes as well. Decent but not stellar.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brassy glow, ample lacing.

SMELL: Toasted bread, baked apple, herbal hop, fresh hay, clean.

TASTE: Clean, crisp, malty, toasted grain, bread crust, dry, grassy, herbal, spicy hop, hint of yeast.

From first sip this beer is on the right track but further through this bomber I realized how honed in on the style it actually is. Simply, Olde Hickory nailed it to style.

Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper gold with 1-finger cream head. No retention and zero lace.

Biscuit and caramel malt combine for a nice October mix. Light notes of herbal hops.

Taste brings out more of the caramel malt, a light lemon zest, and a crisp finish. Just a touch of herbal hops in the end.

Body is a bit thick and slightly syrupy, but pretty much right for the style and taste.

Overall, well done. Nice, sweet marzen.

Photo of prototypic
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many, many thanks to kkipple for the bottle!

Oktoberfest Lager pours a light copper color. It’s crystal and looks almost orange with backlighting. A slightly off-white head rises to nearly a finger in height before falling quickly. Lacing was light and very spotty. It’s not bad. Not exactly eye-grabbing either.

The nose is easily above average. It’s all kinds of malty. Smells like a mix of caramel and toasted malts. They smell equally strong. It smells somewhat earthy and grainy. There’s definitely a mix of grassy and earthy hops in the mix. Noble it is. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I’m not getting much at all in that department. Smells pretty good.

The flavor is above average. It definitely has a prominent caramel and toasted malt base. It’s sweet, but not overly so. There are a few grainy and earthy notes lingering throughout. The complement the malts pretty well. Noble hops are definitely in the house, but they’re more subdued than expected. I suspect the wealth of malt buries them a bit. Alcohol is not very noticeable. Finishes malty and sweet with a touch of grassy hops.

Oktob erfest Lager has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. It has a pretty nice feel. A bit more full than you’d ordinarily expect in the style. I like it. Goes down pretty easy, too. A bomber is no trouble at all.

Personally, I think Olde Hickory did a pretty good job with Oktoberfest Lager. Sure, it’s not among the elite in the style, but it’s a solid release nonetheless. It could be improved a little with a tad less malt, allowing the hops to shine through more. Pretty good stuff though. Definitely worth checking out. Thanks again, Dan!

Photo of n2185
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper with two fingers of white head that vanishes almost completely with no lacing.

S: Some orange citrus notes along with lots of caramel and Munich malt aromas. There are some slight bubblegum aromas as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of caramel and Munich malt flavors with a touch of citrus. The finish is of sweet breads. There are some bubblegum notes here as well.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer could use a bit more carbonation to balance the sweetness.

O: Not a bad beer, but it needs more carbonation and a bit more of a hop presence to balance the malty sweetness.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to MrVonzipper for the opportunity to look at this beers AWESOME label

Look: Deep orange/copper color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Very muted notes of caramel and toffee

Taste: Caramel malt brown sugar and toffee not alot going on here

Mouthfeel: Silky smoooth low carbonation and a medium body

Overall: The best part of this beer besides the label is the mouthfeel and thats not what I'm looking for in a beer

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-ruby color with a foamy light tan head with low retention and lacing.

Nose is very subtle and mild. Typical euro pale malt. Faint caramel and sourness.

Flavor is a little more bold than the nose. No major characteristics to really speak of that would really set this apart from others of the style. Slightly woody. Good balance.

Light bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Overall a nice beer but nothing amazing. A good American version of the style with very high drinkability.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the earliest I have drank an Oktoberfest beer,I feel a bit strange.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a brilliant bronze with a large fluffy crown that stuck like glue to the glass as it never completely settled.Toasty grain with sweet dough and caramel aromas,pretty much spot on for the style.Toasty and grainy on the palate with mild caramel sweetness,a tinge of anise comes into play in a lingering finish.Damn this is a real nice O-fest beer,what a way to start the season off,honestly in my mind there are not many better out there than this.

Photo of Onenote81
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Mac's - Steele Creek in Charlotte on 9/21/10. Reviewed from notes.

Really excited to see this beer in the lineup. I'm a sucker for O'fests and this was one I've been wanting to try. Came out a crystal clear rusty copper. With a finger-width beige head on top. Minor lacing left behind. The nose was sweet with toffee, caramel, and fresh flowers.

Moderate body. Well-carbonated for the style. Good flavors on this one. Sweet caramel, mild hops, light alcohol. Slight burn on the backend, but not too much. This is about the alcohol limit I like on this style. Prefer it in the 5-5.5% range. Still, I really liked this beer. I could have this any time in the fall. Recommend.

Photo of veech
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although OHB beers are found at my favorite haunts around Knoxville this is the first time I've seen their Octoberfest. I'm a big fan of the style and I was pleased with the OHB version. The beer pours a copper amber color with a thin head and some resilient lacing. The smell is of malt and honey with mild hints of spice. The taste is very balanced with neither the malt nor the hops dominating the taste, very mild. Mouthfeel is standard for the style. Drinkability is very high as with most Marzens. A very sessionable beer. Prost to OHB.

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Oktoberfest Lager from Olde Hickory Brewery
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