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Oktoberfest - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TexIndy on 08-16-2007)
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5/5  rDev +46.2%

tdwalla, Nov 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +46.2%

Amistoso, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of DarkAngel
4.88/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oktoberfest's are my absolute favorite brews, this time of year is better than Christmas for me. And this years batch of Oktoberfest is the best Rahr has done. I still prefer Hoffbrau's Oktoberfest (If I am completely honest) but I still love this batch. Great taste, great feel, and all around good brew. A must have for the beer lover.

DarkAngel, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of cam12
4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

cam12, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of jmbranum
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty decent Oktoberfest beer that improves as it warms up.

Quite attractive dark amber color with a short-ish tan head.

Very nice and malty, fresh and rich. Quite satisfying. Very well-balanced. It reminds me a dark german bread.

Very smooth mouth feel. The aroma was a bit weak. It just needed a little more of something to me.

Definitely do not drink this beer cold. It is much, much better at something approaching cellar temperature. Much more complex than it appeared on first sip.

Also I should note that this beer is not a good value. It is quite tasty but for the price, I would go with Paulaner Oktoberfest instead. $9+ a sixer is way too much.

jmbranum, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just out in stores, this beer pours out a lovely reddish-amber color with a small initial head that unfortunately fades a bit too quickly, leaving not the slightest hint of foam on top. The aroma, though, is nearly perfect for an oktoberfest! Too many American versions tend to sweet caramel and nothing else. This version is nicely toasty, with crusty bread-like melanoidins; it's got a complex and interesting malt profile. Deliciously tasty too, with all the emphasis on the malt. Nutty malt with a lightly toasted aspect, sweet but not cloying, with a clean finish. No hop flavor to speak of, but that's not a loss for the style. The body seems a bit flat and watery, the only disappointing aspect of the beer.

An solid interpretation of the style. Well done!

allengarvin, Sep 28, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

OCdrummer7271, Dec 07, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +22.8%

HappyDays, Sep 29, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +21.6%

Bimmers, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Ford
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a regular pint glass

This is a really good Oktoberfest beer.

A bit less bitter than the Shiner and Karbach styles I've recently had. About the same smoothness as the Saint Arnold.

Really good carbonation.. just right. Great taste. I'd buy a six pack of this over many others.

Ford, Dec 30, 2012
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4.12/5  rDev +20.5%

Nicktamu, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17%

jheezee, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17%

buzzed, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, deep amber in color, with a large, persistent, off-white head, thin, broken lace.

Aroma: Earthy notes, and toasted malt, with a slight herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens with strong toasted malts, mild caramel and toffee, lots of bread and nut malt, solid malty notes throughout the taste. Finishes with a wave to toasted bread flavors.

Mouth feel: Pleasant and full body, no carbonation sting.

Drinkability/notes: A very solid example, quite representative of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +17%

kew, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of AdrianAltine
4/5  rDev +17%

Its a nice clean taste to the beer that doesn't linger like a heavier beer would very little after taste at all very smooth. beautiful dark amber color. I would buy again

AdrianAltine, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +17%

DragLine6, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

army01, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17%

Havion383, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17%

KZE80, Oct 03, 2012
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3.96/5  rDev +15.8%

Lowell_g, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Oktoberfest beer of the season. I like the new Rahr label design. A little hokey, but in a classic Norman Rockwell sorta way.

The Rahr Oktoberfest is one of the prettiest beers I've seen in a while. Beautiful hues of oranges and reds remind me of autumnal leaves changing color (not here in south Texas, mind you, but in places where leaves actually change colors). Nice thick head with some lace. The nose is dense and malty, as a good festbier should be. The yeast aroma kinda reminds me of Shiner Bock, but in a good way. Earthy and sweet. Taste follows suit, delivering plum flavors with muted apple and pear. Malty sweetness but dry enough to cut through anything that lingers too long. Mouthfeel has a medium body feel to it; firm but not austere.

A fine effort by the folks at Rahr and Sons. Maybe not the best example of the style I've ever had, but a pretty good beer nonetheless. I wouldn't reject the idea of revisiting this beer in the future either.

Atlas1, Sep 24, 2011
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Oktoberfest from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.