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Oktoberfest - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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79
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of lauries444
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

lauries444, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of GMB
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A standard pour of Rahr & Sons' Oktoberfest yields a dark amber body with lovely reddish highlights and a small, fizzy beige head. The 1/2-inch cap falls quickly and disappears without a trace. A few sheets of tiny bubbles move lazily towards the surface. I don't expect a giant head on a Märzen, in which head-making hops are understated, but quality of this foam leads me to make two predictions: 1) want of hops will render the brew too sweet; 2) the mouthfeel won't do justice to the rich flavors that typify the style.

The nose isn't appealing at first: a strange, smoky smell and copper. A few swirls around the glass and repeated sniffs toss up a bit of more-toasted-than-usual toffee.

The taste is more interesting than the nose. The metallic flavors are ever present, but are subdued by some sweet malty flavors. Bittering hops are pronounced. I taste toffee, slightly-more-than-toasted butter cookies, and candied bitter melon. Then there's that nagging smokey flavor... hmm...

The beer is full on the palate, but even at warmer temperatures, foam is wanting.

I liked Rahr & Sons' Oktoberfest more than I thought I would. Still, there are much better versions from both sides of the Atlantic. I won't drink this one next year.

GMB, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

JamLand, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of AmishRockstar
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

AmishRockstar, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +9%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

duff247, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of BJasny
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

BJasny, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Texasfan549, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of JGlitz87
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

JGlitz87, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev +9%

tubeyes, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Jame515, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

dmorgan310, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of OgreSanchez
3/5  rDev -12.8%

OgreSanchez, Jul 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Sazz9, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of cam12
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

cam12, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of LuckyLyle
3/5  rDev -12.8%

LuckyLyle, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of J_Dub
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

J_Dub, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of bmurray10
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of deac83
3.75/5  rDev +9%

deac83, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Ford
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
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
Photo of OCdrummer7271
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

OCdrummer7271, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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,.

KTCamm, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of dgrauwiler
1/5  rDev -70.9%

dgrauwiler, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mactrail, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of ejfreed
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

ejfreed, Oct 31, 2012
Oktoberfest from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.