Oktoberfest | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by oberon on 09-15-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
153
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of NCSasquatch
4.93/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Onawen12
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

such a classic beer and the second i saw it on tap i had to order up a pint. served with lunch and thoroughly enjoyed today,

pour a really nice amber with a tilt toward an orange shae with a nice little head of white on top and some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. aroma is hoppy with nice notes of caramel malts, earthy grains, hints of wonderful little notes sprinkle in throughout. a nice medium to full feel with a wonderful afterbite that has a good bit of hops that run right into the finish.

really such a solid beer not enough good can be said about it. needs to be enjoyed by everyone.

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Photo of Cindirene
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have to say that this was enjoyed at Cindirene's in Ayden NC not too far from ECU (Go Pirates) - But I digress - Very nice in the glass with amber notes with a nice tight creamy head - Smell is of bready yeast with lots of malty notes - Taste is as promised by the aroma but with subtle hoppy citrussy but dry tones in the background - Full-bodied and yummy - Alcohol pretty well absorbed into the overall experience

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Photo of gabe23
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color with a very small off-white head and no lacing.

S - Malty, grainy, and nutty. A slight hops presence lurks underneath, but sweet malt rules the day.

T - Toasty, roasted nut goodness. Caramel/brown sugar sweetness is present, but not cloying or overpowering. There is just enough crisp German hops at the finish to prime you for the next sip. The finish is clean with a little bit of warmth from the alcohol.

M - Moderate to heavy mouthfeel, with low carbonation. It goes down very smoothly.

D - Very drinkable American interpretation of a marzen, and one that I can easily drink a few pints of.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RWLawman
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of LouDogg114
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of twage04
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better marzens I've tried. Pours a darker orange brown. Spicy hops and a slightly sweet maltiness dominate. A good beer that perfectly rides the line between being an easy drinking oktoberfest and actually having good flavor and depth. A+ would buy again.

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Photo of BradShook
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Backer2004
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Meoondogs in Charlotte, formally Mellow Mushroom in NoDa. Pours a nice deppe amber, somewhat orange with little head but nice carbonation. Lots of malt is noted on this brew, not very hoppy at all. Easy to drink and one of the best Oktorbersfest I've tried before, definitely worth trying out.

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Photo of KidsDoc
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC

Poured a nice deep amber/brown with sticky lacing.

Aroma and tate with rich malts, dark fruit, and a touch of nuttiness. Subtle floral hop balance.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, medium body. Soft, clean finish.

Very good seasonal.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a big, puffy head of light tan that has OK retention and leaves no lace.

Aroma is big and malty, with lots of chewt caramel, toasty grain, faint fruit, and clean Noble hops.

Flavor is even better, an almost over-the-top malt enrtry of sweet caramel and toast fades into notions of brown sugar and roasted nuts. The finish is well hopped with plenty of dry herbal, grass, and citrussy German hops. A touch too sweet for the style, but still great.

Body is well past medium and a bit much for this style. The creamy, slick mouthfeel aids drinkability, but this just has too much body to drink a ton of.

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Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: What a beauty! Arrives at the bar with a rich caramel color and a creamy head that looked like it belonged atop a Guiness; as the beer went down, it virtually sheeted the sides of the glass

Smell: Caramel tones up front, with a grainy, tea like element underneath

Taste: The caramel from the aroma comes through right away, with that grainy, tea-like flavor arriving after the swallow to provide a slightly bitter balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one rich and full Oktoberfest, with a bit of a punch, as well

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewpub with lunch at the BA SC release along side some good BAer's and mikesgroove. Served from tap into a Foothills shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. There was no apparent lacing present throughout. The aroma was comprised of pumpkin, spices, and malt. The flavor was of pumpkin and spices. It was light on the palate with mid-high carbonation. Overall I am not usually a fan of this style of brew, however, this one was quite nice. Very nice refreshing character to it and just doesn't punch you in the face with pumpkin spices which was greatly appreciated. I would definitely try this one again given the opportunity as this is probably one of my favorites from this style.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came home from work and found my wife had bought a bottle of this for me along with a new glass. Hurray! 22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

After an aggressive pour, there is not a smidge of lace on top of this brew. Just a whisper of globs on the glass edge after each sip. Deep copper color. The aroma is pretty basic for this style, nothing unique here. Caramel, toffee, a bit of alcohol on the finish.

I'll take the shortcomings in those areas as long as it comes through in the flavor, where it really counts. A malt-head's dream - big caramel malt flavor, mild fruity flavors, light husk-like dryness in the middle, cracker aftertaste. One thing I really appreciate is that this beer in bottle-form doesn't carry that "house" flavor that is so pervasive in many of Foothills' brews on tap. I think I much prefer this one in the bottle, which is rare for me. A great fall treat, that I will make sure to stock up on each and every autumn [though I'd love to see it in 12oz bottle form, but I'm not picky].

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Photo of greeniedgator
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bellce0
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Oktoberfest from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
3.78 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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