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Red Baron Octoberfest - Bristol Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beergoot on 10-07-2012

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Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 4
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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

From a 355 ml bottle (label notch says bottled in fourth week of August 2014) into a tulip.

A-The head builds slowly to a creamy, nearly white finger of foam. The head fades to a cap after a minute and leaves some fine lacing on the glass. The beer is brassy, dark amber and mostly clear. Not much visible carbonation.

S-The aroma opens with malted barley grain and stays malty throughout. The beer is somewhat earthy instead of sweet, however. I sniff some cocoa powder, hints of dry grass, and dusty barley grain.

T-The taste is similar with earthy, malted barley grain being the dominant flavor. There is a bit of molasses sweetness, but this beer is still dry and earthy for the style. The finish has just a hint of hoppy, dried grass bitterness.

M-The feel is robust with lower levels of carbonation.

O-This is not a bad fall/marzen style, but not my favorite. It lacks the tinge of sweetness that I enjoy in a marzen and the earthy flavor is just a bit dull for my preference. That being said, the beer has a good, hearty body that feels right at home on a crisp fall evening.

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3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

as far as true to style goes, this one is right on, a Vienna lager all the way. clear medium amber on the pour, temporary white head. a nose of lager yeast and sweeter malts, with a toasty element and a decent hop balancing act. its not all the way there though, as the malts run a little thin, the hops don't really amount to much in the flavor, and the finish is a little metallic. however, this is another Bristol beer that's affordable and pretty drinkable as they go. its well carbonated, and appreciably medium bodied. I like what I have in my glass here, and I wish people would give these guys a little more credit. a serviceable seasonal here.

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4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a nice bright copper-orange with a thick cream colored head that slowly recedes. Nice sticky lacing coats the glass.

The beer smells malty, buttery, with toffee notes.

The beer starts with your typical sweet caramel experience from the malts. But then a sweet peach/apricot body comes to fruition. After that, a drier, hop finish solidifies this beer as a nicely layer, well-balanced Oktoberfest. A really diverse beer, this one.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this beer. Sure, it’s not a liquid caramel explosion, but it’s got a lot to dissect in the taste profile, a good fruity sweetness, and a very clean finish making this one easy to session. Delicious.

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3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-gold body; thick, sudsy white head; lots of carbonation. Earthy scent, kind of grassy; bright malt. Crisp, dry body; light feel; soft. Light malt flavor; light cracker; nice bitterness with a subtle, lingering malt sweetness at the finish.

An enjoyable lager. I wouldn't judge it to be a classic Oktoberfest-style beer -- too light and crisp overall (whereas I think of a Märzen being a bit more malty, darker, and sweet). Still worth checking out and knocking back a few when a light lager is called for...

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Red Baron Octoberfest from Bristol Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.