McNeill's Oktoberfest | McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's OktoberfestMcNeill's Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Rich hazy dark amber with a 1” cream colored foam colar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Spicy malt aromas.
T: Slightly sweet malt and kettle sugars dry slightly by the finish with a spicy hop accent.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: A malt driven well made Oktoberfest that will have you craving a brat.

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Photo of ADT
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty good Oktoberfest. It's got a nice, golden brown look with a good nose. It's got some spicy, fruity tones going on, which are pretty nice. I'm getting a little tingle, maybe a bit of over-carbonation, but all-in-all a pretty great beer.

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Photo of johnh7
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at City Swiggers, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of caramel hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts along with some hints of sweetness and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great balance between the malts and hops. It is very good and drinkable compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of jmodus
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on a whim from a completely random store in Vermont near Waterbury.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a clear dark amber with a nice one finger head that fades to leave a light head and nod side lacing.

S - Smell is of nice carmely hops, nice spices, some subtle fruits. Not getting much hops.

T - Nice flavour profile here. Starts with sweet carmel malts upfront that fade to nice typical oktoberfest spices along with a nice slight hoppy finish (mostly just bitter).

M - Very nice mouthfeel here. Good and crisp, fair amount of carbonation makes it nice and tingly on the tongue.

O - Found this oktoberfest quite pleasant. The characteristics could be a little bolder, but this is still a tasty oktoberfest that I bought locally.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit, some hops and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer overall but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was an amber/orange color on the darker end oif the spectrum with one finger of beige-colored head. The retention was so-so and the lacing the same. The aroma was of bread, caramel malt, toffee, crystal malt and a bit of grassy hops. The flavors were good for the style. Leading with a strong malt profile I tasted bread, biscuits, light nuts, some hints of toasted malt, caramel malt and crystal malt and enough hop bitterness at the end to provide a crisp, dry finish. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium/full and the carbonation soft enough to make this one quaffable. Yum!

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours with a fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a medium to slightly faster pace over super hazy orange-red copper rosy colored.

The nose brings some red malts, a light cyrstal malt, Munich malt, slightly toasty, some lighter ripe fruits, a somewhat crisp lager aroma. Fairly light on the nose overall. I also get a hint of grassy hop in there somewhere.

The taste starts with a somewhat crisp lager flavor, lots of red malts, more like American red malts, but a touch of Munich and plenty of crystal malts. A slight syrupy malt flavor, with some toasty malt flavors too. Pretty rich and malty overall. A slight grassy hop flavor with a touch of bitterness, and some juicy ripe fruits, perhaps a hint of peach. I get the slightest faint hint of a wild yeast like flavor, that is so far in the back it's really hard to tell if it's really there or something else bringing that flavor, perhaps the lager yeast. Only time can tell if it does have an infection and this is nice and fresh. Pretty crisp and clean finishing, a slight sticky feel lingering, and some lingering malts, it dries a bit on the finish as well. The grassy herbal bitterness grows as the sips go on, and as it warms and starts to get closer to an ESB the longer I drink it.

The mouth is medium to lighter bodied with decent carbonation, pretty crisp too.

Drinkability is pretty good, a slight sticky quality but dries well and drinks very well, especially with the clean crisp finish it has.

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Photo of strengthdoc
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is no longer retired. The one I purchased at Green Mountain Boys in Rutland, VT this weekend had a sell by date of 2011 and a new label. Poured into the glass to reveal a hazy amber color. There was very little head and lacing. The aroma was mildly sweet with a hint of spice. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. The taste is fairly sweet from the beginning with a mildly sweet apple taste and mild spices. This is a good easy drinking Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a black-label bomber at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT for $4.79. Label notched to indicate Best Before 2011. The label also has notches for 2012, 2013, and 2014, so perhaps they intend to make this an annual brew. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

This cloudy orange-copper brew gives a thick and sticky eggshell-colored head, a few inches in height, with good retention. Smells of light roasted malts and raw grain, a hint of lemony hop and cinnamon, and a mild metallic twang. Feel has a good lagery smoothness with soft carbo, moderately thick. Taste leads with a good bit of mixed citrus and earth hop, then a decent malt backbone with some spicy mulled cinnamon and peppery alcohol. Also present are a little metal and skunk. The head leaves decent lace throughout the session.

This is a decent octoberfest, despite being a little hop-forward for the style and having some off notes (metal and skunk). It's worth picking up if you happen across it.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel and a subtle noble hop.

The taste consisted of a soft caramel graininess that finished with a drying hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced version of the style.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with orange highlights, producing a soda-like rise in carbonationthat settles quikcly to virtually nothing.
Aroma is light caramel and toffee with some herbal and perfumey hop characteristics.
Flavors of biscuit malt with some nuttiness come through along with some caramel. Herbal, grassy hoppiness comes through as the beer warms and releases a little bit of flavor. Solid but not spectacular.
Mouthfeel is relatively smooth but a tad undercarbonated. May have been from transporation and sitting in inventory for a bit but overall kind of bland flavor and feel wise.
Drinkability was above average but something tells me that even a little bit more time in the cellar and this puppy would have been dead.
Thanks to PPoitras for the bottle.

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Photo of scottum
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed hazy brown amber with a tanish headskie. Full and balanced. Malted and hopped. September and October. Certainly quite decent in body and flavor. Very drinkable; not too sweet. Worth a taste test if you come across this brew in your travels.

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Photo of Hagbard
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very hazy, the homemade label says it is unfiltered. The color is light brown and a thin head formed after a nonaggressive pour. The aroma is very pwerful compared to most oktoberfests I've had. It is very malty but doesn't seem sweet. There is a hit of hops at the end. The taste does not disappoint. It starts off with a blast of malt, but like the aroma, never seems very sweet like many oktoberfests. As it sits a bit, a surprisingly strong hop presence asserts itself with a fair amount of bitterness. There is a certain amount of astringency in the aftertaste. This is an extremely tasty oktoberfest with a character all its own. The one knock I have on it is that the carbonation level is low, which affects the mouthfeel. I wish I had purchasecd 2 bottles of this gem.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22ozer from Brattleboro Co-Op, Brattleboro, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over a dark orangey amber brew. Head uneven, similar to a cask ale, kind of light and big-bubbled yet short-lived, fading to a small layer of bubbles, and laces well. Malty, nutty aroma, with slight hops character. Flavor is where the nuttiness really comes out, then steps aside for the caramel malts, and then finally some hops bitterness rears its head. This brew surprised me in that, although having a weak pfft upon opening, there is ample carbonation for the style, with tiny bubbles continuing to rise through the liquid. Mouthfeel good and smooth, about perfect here. Perhaps a little on the grainy, husky feel, but that's really grasping. Drinkability is excellent as well.

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McNeill's Oktoberfest from McNeill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 16 ratings