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Opa Opa Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of StoutyMcStouters
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass:

A/S: Pours a golden coppery color that is very pleasing to the eyes, Keeps a tiny bit of foamy head with lotsa lacing. This brew doesnt have a very strong smell to it, just a little malty, for some reason reminds me of a bakery.

T: This beer is a little lighter on taste compared to many other oktoberfest style beers I have had in the past, a really good blend of bitter and sweet at the same time, the initial punch gives way to an aftertaste that resembles a toasted flatbread.

M/D: Very easy to drink, its deceptively light bodied. Be careful, this one is sneaky, it simply does not feel like a 7% ABV beer to me!

Give it a try its a nice beer for the price.

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Photo of mjrod2142
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been much of an Oktoberfest fan, but I wanted to try this from the growler and see. It has a very nice color and head when poured. The malt flavor was smooth and rich with a decent finish. I respect this beer and how well it's made, but I've learned my palate simply doesn't prefer the taste of this style. I would definitely recommend it to an Oktoberfest enthusiast.

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Photo of bbeerman
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A..Received a growler as a gift at my Oktoberfest party. Pours a nice dark, golden amber color. Very good looking Oktoberfest beer.

S..Smell was a little above average. Not bad, but certainly not as strong as I was hoping for. A hint of sweetness was present.

T..Nice tasting beer for this style. Decent malt presence, though a little light overall I think. Some sweetness in the initial taste, with a sense of bread malts and hops near the end.

M..Light/light-medium bodied beer.

D..Very easy to drink (especially from a mass krug) and smooth. I had no idea it was 7% ABV. This is a very good example of the Oktoberfest style from an American brewer.

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Photo of CavePainter
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dull copper - clean and clear. Minimal head and lacing.

S: Bready malt and slight floral hop aroma.

T: sweet toasted malt. A bit of caramel flavoring - slight sulfur taste. subtle hop bitterness.

Mf: Medium bodied. Smooth with a crisp carbonated finish.

D: Very smooth and quite drinkable.

A solid Oktoberfest. I would have rated it a bit higher save for the slight sulfur taste.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another gem I got to try recently. I had forgotten about this one but found the notes sitting around the other day. Served from a growler and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/03/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich dark amber in color with a good amount of clarity to it. Nice head of white creeping up over the top and a good carbonation profile could be seen coming through the clear liquid. The aroma was rich and malty, lots of earthy tones at play here and an almost light fruit note bouncing around in the middle of rich bready malts. Nice touches of earthy hops in the flavor now as an almost bitter touch to it starts to come through. Rich and very smooth, the feel was very even and well balanced, medium bodied with a definite bite to it. Easily a session beer for me, as the flavor was as solid as you can get.

Overall another solid beer from OPA, one of the better fest beers I had this year. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an Opa Opa growler into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a rich, clear orange amber color with a sticky layer of white carbonation. The lace was nice and head retention was ample.

S: Smells of rich, sweet caramel malt come wafting up along with a bit of grassy, herbal hop leaf in the nose.

T: Tastes like a sweet blend of those caramel malts cut with a bit of honey. The sweet bread flavor is cut with a bit of floral hop bitterness before finishing up with a dose of sweet, sticky malts.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but very drinkable and well carbonated.

D: A nice combination of flavors with a bit of an alcohol kick that's masked really well with the sweet malts. The growler didn't have enough glasses in it to keep us satisfied, which is a good thing for drinkability's sake, but bad for us.

A nice American representation of the style, and I think the growler made the beer here. Great presentation and replication of flavors after every pour. Just a good, satisfying fall brew.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice orangey amebr color with a tall and medium bodied white colored head that laces the class nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts mainly with a bit of a hoppy bitterness and then a sweet honey aroma.
T: Follows the nose very nicely with sweet malts up front then with a hoppy bitterness that follows, and finally a sweet honey taste at the end.
M: Really nice moutheel - light, crisp, freshing, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this growler was done in no time.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty clear body that is a very dark amber to brown color. A little bit of off-white head.

Smell of some sweet malts, that's about it.

The flavor surprised me considering the appearance and smell. Very nice tasting beer. Some good sweet malts and a slight bitter hop flavor. A little bit of fruitiness is noticeable also.

Very crisp and smooth, could handle a little more carbonation in my opinion.

Really drinkable, a very nice brew.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap yesterday at the Sunset Grille, a 16oz pour.

Glass was filled with a clear, medium-to-deep copper colored liquid. Head was thin and white, mostly clinging to the edge of the glass, with a bit of lacing as well. Some carbo here and there rising within. Mild nose overall. A touch of toasty malt wafts into the nostrils, along with hints of hop florality. Body was middle of the road, a decent medium. Some carbo made for a little prickliness, but no probs here.

Flavor is lightly bready, with a decent malty sweetness coating the palate. Hops are in the floral category here, too, and add a tinge of fruitiness to the action. Pretty good, all-in-all. I like OFests being bready and toasty, with only light hopping, and this one almost makes it. Still welcome in my glass!

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of gpcollen1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing orange amber into my Imp Pint yielding a 1 inch head that quickly give way. Aroma is lightly sweet and malty with not much of a hint of the hops in this one. Taste is quick to follow the nose as the taste is nice and light sweet malts with a bit of a citrusy twang. Finishes a bit dry, which is all the hops I find in here.

This is one very nice drinkable Ofest for sure. Good flavor with nothgin too dominant. One of the most drinkable Marzens ever!

Thanks for the try ppoitras.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this season's version yesterday at the brewery. Not sure what the ABV for this year is??

Upon pouring, a thin head which settles quickly to a film with some minor spot lacing. A very attractive light auburn color. Very little aroma, which is surprising for the style. A very interesting taste. The malt dominates but the beer is quite balanced, but without any real hop presence. Mouthfeel is soft and pretty full. This one seems sessionable, I had 2 and could have easily had 1 more.

Overall a solid beer which was my first O'Fest of the season. Another good seasonal offering from Opa.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled by a friend at the brewpub. Thanks for the opportunity, E.

First imperial pint pours with a 1/2" off-white head, over the deep copper brew. Head fades, but leaves plenty of nice lacing in its wake. Aroma is malty, yet well-balanced with hoppiness. Taste is grain husks, followed by complementing hops, and a light citrus tinge. Mouthfeel is nicely soft across the tongue, with nice and easy drinkability, as expected from the style. Another nice one from Dan and the gang.

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