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Oktober-Fiesta - Dale Bros. Brewery

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Oktober-Fiesta
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8 Ratings
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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 21.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Dale Bros. Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 11-02-2008)
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Photo of beerpadawan
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date: 9/27/12

The style is "new world" Octoberfest, darker in response to alkaline water. (I'm guessing they are referencing beers like Negra Modelo on the label).

I'm not sure, then, how to compare it to an actual Octoberfest, but they are not kidding that it is a good deal darker than those. It is clear but very deep ruby/brown; little light passes through when not tilted. They also use neither the term "ale" nor "lager" in their promotional materials. I would assume it is a lager, but there's quite a bit of fruit on the nose--not as neutral in that regard as I would expect from this style.

In addition to some fruitiness, I got hints of bubblegum, deeply toasted malt, sugar, and caramel/toffee like notes.

There is very light bitterness in the middle which gives way to a residual sweetness that brings back the fruit from the nose. A faint, floral spiciness can be detected in the background. There are toasted malts that are fitting for the style and some caramel malt flavors that evoke an amber or brown ale. Carbonation is a little low, emphasizing the sweetness with softness.

beerpadawan, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Metal and bread on the aroma with a little bit of yeast. Maybe some earthy notes to it as well. Sweet malt, cardboard, a bit of sugar, and some yeast. There is also a little bit of metal on the finish. Just meh at best.

womencantsail, Jul 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

BankerNes, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.08/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks like Bobby found a bottle from 2008 and which he found and tasted 2009. This one is October 2009 dated; purchased August 2010 and tasted September 2010.

Pours a clear thin copper red with a thin off white head that quickly fades to nothing and even a swirl won't bring it back.

Lightly assertive and lightly sweet apricot/peach nose; simple but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, without character and watery.

Beer is devoid of flavor but for a hint of faint burnt toast; no finish to speak of. No body, no character and really no flavors that one can meaningfully describe. This is on really all simple pleasant nose with a hint of toast.

A very light hint of sweet toast finish. Nothing special; no reason to drink.

GRG1313, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up at whole foods in la, seemed a bit random. never heard of these guys but the beer ended up being quite pleasant.
Pours an amber red, with a very noticable malty nose. I didn't get the fruity notes that it pointed to on the bottle, mostly malts.
Flavor was dominated by malts with a sweet undertone. This is a very drinkable beer, not sure of the ABV, but if I would assume around 5-6%, I would recommend.

chickencoop, Nov 17, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says: Oktober-Fiesta New World Beer. It says thats its an Oktoberfest beer but brewed more like a mexican lager. It must be brand new too, it says bottled October 24, 2008.

Pours dark red, a little bit of brown showing. Very clear and no sediment. Not a lot of head, little lacing, but some bubbles coming up. Looks like a sessionable americanized Oktoberfest beer.

Aroma is very light and lager-like. Also, has a decent amount of crystal malts showing. Not quite a German beer but I guess it doesn't claim to be authentic German.

Flavor is malty and mildly sweet. A touch of hops to balance the sweetness. Smooth, light, enjoyable with food.

Ample CO2, light body, enjoyable but not quite German and not quite Mexican. A real interesting hybrid I suppose.

This is my 1450th beer sampled (recorded) since summer of 2005.

t0rin0, Nov 02, 2008
Oktober-Fiesta from Dale Bros. Brewery
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.