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Oktoberfest - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TexIndy on 08-16-2007)
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-03-2012 23:13:04 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Texasfan549


3/5  rDev -11.2%

09-27-2013 22:42:10 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of Rifugium


2.93/5  rDev -13.3%

First had: ? (I believe on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA)

Poured a clear bronze color with a short-lived white head. Pretty basic aroma and taste, with mild, toasty malts going on and not too much else. Not terrible, but pretty bland and uninteresting. Medium mouthfeel, can seem a little watery at times, but still somewhat drinkable if you're not feeling too adventurous.

06-01-2011 14:55:38 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Mora2000


2.78/5  rDev -17.8%

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is actually fairly nice, with some caramel and toffee notes. The flavor is not too great. There is nothing wrong with it, it is just very bland. I get some toffee and bready malt, but that is about it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I had heard the beers from Rahr's were better after they renovated their brewery, but this is the same, bland beer that they have always brewed.

10-11-2010 00:00:05 | More by Mora2000
Photo of mactrail


3.68/5  rDev +8.9%

If you said this was a pumpkin beer I'd believe you, it's that sweet and malty.

Clear and reddish orange in the glass. Quite a carrot-top color. Head and retention are nothing to brag about, and the carbonation is just average. Almost an oily mouthfeel. Rather tangy with some green apple flavor. The maltiness is quite distinctive with some burnt caramel. A touch of earthy hops I"m not so crazy about.

A stronger, more flavorful, and pretty weird sort of Oktoberfest, but quite drinkable. From the 12 oz bottle bought at H and H Beverage in Abilene.

11-12-2012 02:25:45 | More by mactrail
Photo of BillRoth


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-28-2013 22:23:42 | More by BillRoth
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

11-28-2011 03:39:13 | More by brandoman63
Photo of dmorgan310


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

09-08-2013 23:58:12 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of champ103


2.78/5  rDev -17.8%

A: Pours a clear copper red color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt, some sweet caramel/toffee aromas. Nothing else.
T: Again, sweet malty flavors that are pretty generic. Caramel, maybe toffee depending on how you decipher if. Nothing else. Fairly bland and neutral.
M/D: A light to medium body. Fairly smooth. Not hard to drink, just nothing I really care to have a lot of.

Overall just bland, neutral, and inoffensive. Nothing I would recommend, but nothing to offensive either. Pretty much the definition of average.

11-16-2010 02:01:46 | More by champ103
Photo of Reagan1984


3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured with a foamy tan head that had large bubbles and faded fairly quickly. The beer had excellent clarity and was a deep amber with some orange highlights. No lacing to be found. Some visible carbonation.

Aroma was all malt, some sweetness and a bit like crusty bread. Almost that spice cinnamon note that I detect at times.

Flavor is fine. Not too deep. Some roasted malt, followed by a bread like or cracker flavor. Not much sweetness. A bit dry. At moments I got a metallic flavor. Faded towards the end. Not very complex.

Mouth feel was kind of light and the carbonation was a bit bright. Drinkable, but not very exciting.

12-23-2008 00:26:52 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of cdwil


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

09-29-2012 02:37:50 | More by cdwil
Photo of gtermi


3.13/5  rDev -7.4%

A: The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick tan head.

S: The beer has some coffee, malt and some

T: The taste wasnt as strong as I was hoping. It has some sweet maltyness and some caramel, but not really much else.

M: The beer mouthfeel isnt anything special. I drink it and just feel like I am missing out on something.

O: This a decent average Oktoberfest beer, but nothing to go out of the way to get.

11-19-2011 07:35:55 | More by gtermi
Photo of allengarvin


4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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!

09-28-2007 03:21:06 | More by allengarvin
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-07-2011 03:54:16 | More by jheezee
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-01-2013 01:50:23 | More by duff247
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

06-08-2014 21:36:25 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of Pegasus


4/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

10-02-2011 14:27:56 | More by Pegasus
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-07-2013 14:45:30 | More by JamLand
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New York

1.38/5  rDev -59.2%

A - Its a sad thing when the best part of a beer its appearance, poured a dark copper color with an off white head that fades in the blink of an eye.

S - I can't completely bash its smell as it does smell theres some malt scents but not what I look for in a Marzen

T - I don't taste anything that would make me say this bottle is infected but I'm not tasting anything good here either

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - Unless you like dirty mop water stay the hell away from this one the rest of this pint is bound for the drain avoid this beer

11-11-2009 22:04:43 | More by armock
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very brilliant amber color, which shines in the light. Little foam. Very sweet malty nose, and loads of esthers. Quite buttery malty taste, and a lot of caramel in the mix. Sweet finish, with just a nutty hint of hop at the end. Very good,.

12-02-2012 22:34:56 | More by KTCamm
Photo of JDV


1.53/5  rDev -54.7%

Rich maroon pour with a slight bit of cloudiness and a beige head. More importantly though, it smelled and tasted spoiled but it was bought almost immediately after being released... Musty, thick tart malt smell. Very sour, lemony, spoiled taste. Not good. bland and almost rotten tasting. I literally couldn't take a 4th sip for the rating even, and cringed as I brought it to my mouth. I'd say it was an old bottle, but I know it was fresh within a few days of being released...

03-01-2008 22:10:58 | More by JDV
Photo of HardTarget


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%

Served at the Ginger Man in Ft. Worth

Aroma: Mild malt edge, some yeast notes (hard in a bar)

Appearance: Good clarity, dark amber glass with a tan head falls to a thin collar but lasts without lacing.

Flavor: Malty, toasted, close to balanced with malt winning the day and keeping any real hop flavor down. Slight purple grape in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightish body, a touch thin

Overall Impression: Easy drinking, great malt character, head retention and body could use a tweak. Good beer, liked it!

10-01-2007 22:16:24 | More by HardTarget
Photo of CrellMoset


2.08/5  rDev -38.5%

Bottle courtesy of ChoqlitStout - thanks!! Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a really dark (for the style) with a fast-fading slightly off-white head. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

Aroma: Initially, pretty harsh and foul, but it mellows out after a while. Still, sort of tart, milky, off, with funky fruity notes, like lemon, and some pale, faint, roasted grains. Husky.

Taste: Similar to the nose, but way more tart - lemon, funky sour notes, roasted grains, husky. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, overly carbonated, uneven, a little thin.

Drinkability: Not a fan of this one. The bottle may have been bad, but it was, both stylistically and generally, not a pleasant beer to consume. Gotta work on the malt profile, as well as the quality control here. Not recommended.

10-22-2008 04:51:46 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Jame515


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

09-24-2013 19:55:46 | More by Jame515
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

01-19-2012 01:58:48 | More by BeerHunter76
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Oktoberfest from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.