Goose Oktoberfest | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Copper color, toffee aroma, malty dried apricot flavor, medium body.

Added by Mitchster on 09-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
914
Reviews:
252
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
182
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 914 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of DMyers
4.98/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Overall the Goose Oktoberfest is an excellent beer in my opinion; it's got a nice amber look, smells inviting, has a very crispy taste and if i remember correctly, has a somewhat high carbonation but is smooth at the same time. It's as perfect as a beer gets for me and I always look forward to having it every fall.

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Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochef81
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyclonece09
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours reddish amber with a small white head. Smells of darker roasted grain and slight caramel, much like the style should. Tastes of dark roasted grain and slight candy. Beer is light bodied and very drinkable, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of emwild12
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of beige on top. The aroma is of caramel and bready malt. I'm tasting lots of bready malt with just a gentle hint of grassy hops. It's very smooth, quaffable, and crisp. Perhaps a touch thin.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Goose Oktoberfest pours a darker amber color with no head. Aroma is crisp with a strange rotten food sweetness. Taste is creamy, with hints of dry fruit, and a dry malty finish. Good body and feel. Overall, not the prettiest, but for a sweeter Oktoberfest, its very tasty.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a clear amber color, this beer is crisp and refreshing, even when we are tasting more of the aftertaste than the flavor itself. Flavors include candy sugar toffee with hints of dried apricot, although the hops are a little too bitter and flowery for the style. The carbonation is good with the mouthfeel, but the overall flavors dissipate very quickly, while the bitterness is slowly the last thing out the door. In terms of Octoberfests, I highly recommend the Karl Strauss (especially the 2015+ version!) and Sprechers version over this.

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Photo of antman27
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amberish "copper" golden red with a finger and half of slightly off white foam.

Strong sweet notes of biscuits, caramel, and toasted grains with a slightly noticeable noble hop earthy and spicy aroma.

Sweet malt bill overpowers the earthy and spicy noble hop bill and provides a rather lackluster flavor experience.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, sweet and semi-dry finish.

Overall, not a bad example of the Marzen style, but I'd rather pick up a shining example of the style and this is not that.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with a thin white tan head. Smells steely with walnut and cashew. Rich nutty sweet malts. Toasty, light smoothe and malty all at once. The sweetness is light and plays well with the roast. Autumn leaves and honey make up the midsection with a nice graphite brightness tingles with carbonation. Excellent light and smooth texture with a sharp clean tingly finish is extremely consumable. There's a good amount of flavor while still maintaining that lightness. Goes well with chocolate chip cookies too.

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Photo of Jjmj51
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kaapstadmk
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At first, this beer suffered due to my expectations that it would be like the Sierra Nevada - Mahrs Brau Oktoberfest 2016, however, once I realised my expectations and began to judge it with a fair mindset, I was able to appreciate it better.

Amber coloured with a one-finger head that goes away rather quickly, this beer has, as its label suggests, a dried apricot nose, though I couldn't detect the toffee/caramel notes described. In flavour, it had a slightly toasted malt bitterness, with a small measure of hoppiness to it, also.

Definitely not a sweet, bready beer, but good in its own right.

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Photo of Gray88
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris-1911
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Malacant
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Simple, smooth, and tasty.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark rust orange body, clear, with a minimal whitish head that fades to nothing. No real lacing to bee seen.

S - Caramel, bread, a bit of apple juice, a hint of alcohol warmth.

T - Bread and caramel come forward, tea notes, apple skin and juice in the middle, and a mildly bitter, earthy turn to the close.

M - Pretty light, all told, with only a bit of dryness in the close.

O - Nothing really wrong here. A bit monochromatic, but decent flavors and great integration. I like it, but I'm just not inspired by it.

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Photo of bdiiorio
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColoradoRich
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppier than I prefer my Oktoberfest beers.

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Goose Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 914 ratings.
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