Oktoberfest | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

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

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Photo of rypkr
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Similar to sam adams American version in that it more resembles a sugary dopplebock than a marzen. NoT terrible though.

Probably would not buy again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes out a pretty amber color with ample clarity and a 1/2" off white head. Aroma had lots of caramel, lesser nuts.

Mild sweetness, light relatively thin body for the degree of caramel to it. Reduced carbonation, lets the woody and nutty aspect sit in the mouthfeel.

Decently made people who like the style should be down. Hops and bitterness held in check.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red-brown with a small, quickly dissipating, light tan head. Nothing remains after 45 seconds.
Smell is great and well balanced. Notes of malt, whiskey, pears, light raisins, green apples and some indistinct wood.
Taste is similar with tastes of malt, light hops, whiskey, pears and some woodiness/earthiness to it.
Body is pretty spot-on medium but feels like more after the swallow. Warming kicks in then , as well. Carbonation is a bit tangy on the tongue but mellows beyond that. A solid offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint amber + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces quickly to a large patch of mottled very thin film covering a little over half of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted + caramel malts with light aroma of light fruit/apricot. There is also a light to moderate aroma of earthy + grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted + caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of initial sweetness and some light apricot flavors. There are light flavors of earthy + grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink because it is not as malty as some of the others in the style. Enjoyable.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured on tap into pint glass. Look was cloudy. At first I liked the strong taste but could not place it. Something burnt, woody, ashy. Mixed with coffee. I liked it about halfway down, then for the last half it was like someone had put out a bunch of cigarettes in the glass before pouring. Maybe they did, though it was a reputable neighborhood restaurant. I ordered something different for the second beer.

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Photo of MorganJ
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: poured from bottle into pint glass (no stein handy). Beautiful amber color like you'd expect from a marzen.
S and T: delicious beer for this style. Lots of instant and uniform flavor of rich carmel and malt, and the hints of toffee and apricot notes (as suggested on the bottle).
O: this is an Octoberfest I buy every year and can count on for quality and taste (and a good value). I love Octoberfest/marzen style and this one is way better than most American microbrews. So glad I live in Chicago where this seasonal is still offered. I don't frown on GI beers since they've been bought out. They still make some great on-the-shelf offerings -- and have some outstanding offerings you can only drink at their brewery.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours minimal head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is mild grains with a little apricot.
The taste is mildly sweet to start, a little caramel, a touch of bitter in the middle and finishes sweet. Nice profile.
The texture is a little sticky.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

got this to fill out a "make your own six pack" at Krogers.
SUPER happy about this:

A pours a nice golden-red. one finger of Khaki head - thick with tight bubbles, nearly no lacing.
clarity is medium at best

S NICE malty foreground, a bit of hops way in the back

T: really like this, comples maltiness, just abit of a bite (trylu not sure if it's ABV or hops)

M: just right....

D: really , Really Great. not a session beer but this one is to be Treasured.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 8/13/15. Pours a clear amber with a rich garnet cast. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Quite good, but light, nose of toffee, biscuit, light caramel, hints of pear and subtle earthy hops.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture that has creamy hints. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The carbonation is almost perfect for the body.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. It's balance is nearly perfect. It starts with light toffee that flows into a caramel sweetness that is just enough to notice but not dominate. The middle brings a slight earthy hop flavor and bitterness. Light pear creeps out as the finish approaches. The finish is fairly clean with a subtle earthy hop flavor lingering.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle (single from SE Publix) while watching Sherlock with the fam. Usually love the Marzens, but this has come kind of chemical taste at the end. Leave it to A/B to fuck up an Oktoberfest offering.

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong caramel malt, sweet malt, strong pale malt, yeast, hint of hop, hint of nut, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong caramel malt, sweet malt, strong pale malt, yeast, hint of hop, hint of nut, and a hint of wheat. Overall, great feel, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Spikester
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red amber with one finger of white head. Retention is average. Some spots of lace.
Smell is bready malts with a hint of herbal hops.
Taste is bready caramel some plum light smoke and mild hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with plenty of carbonation. Finish is mild dry bitterness.
Overall the hop bill saves this one from being overly sweet. Nice O'fest beer worth buying a single for sure. I have one more in the beer fridge and may edit this review after I revisit this beer.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking copper- reddish body with khaki head. Clear and bright. Smell is sweet with light fruit and syrup. Taste is very smooth and balanced. Nothing overpowering. I didn't get any burnt or bitter flavor others had mentioned. Mostly sweet malts, and a hint of flavors I couldn't distinguish. Bottle says "pleasant hints of died apricot and toffee." Yep, that's the flavor. Really like this one. No spice you see with many of this style, but it's so smooth and easy drinking. Light syrup builds up on the feel after a while, but that's it.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have only had a couple of beers under this style, but this one beat out Sam Adams in my opinion. It was drinkable and had a sweet profile to it. Pretty nice for the style.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of dcscientist
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm always up for an Oktoberfest, especially this time of year, so I tried this one. It was pretty decent, but maybe just a bit off. I couldn't tell why, but maybe a bit too hopped or a bit too much spice for my liking. I'd try other beers from Goose Island in the future though, which will hopefully give me a better feel for their products.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't visualize Goose Island as doing many German styles, so seeing an Oktoberfest from them was a surprise. Nonetheless, I wanted to try out. I grabbed a single bottle just a few days ago, yet discovered that the beer was bottled on July 4! Who is buying Oktoberfestbiers in July?!? As October comes near, this bottle has already three months of age on it, before the height of the season has approached. <END RANT>

So, here's 12 ounces, and hopefully I can cool off with it. On to the beer:

This vibrant copper colored liquid with yellow hues is a pretty color. An inch of soapy head leaves fair retention on top. Its soft aroma offers notes of fruity and toasty aromas, a little different from what was written on the label.

Well Goose Island really hit the target here! This Oktberfestbier is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. As a bonus, its flavor repertoire is attractive. Those fruity, nutty, toasty, and caramel notes that I taste are uplifting and make me forget about my earlier rant. Carried in a medium body, this beer is easy to drink, delicious, and one that I would be proud to sport in my maß.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours bright clear amber, thick fizzy head fades fast. Sweet malty candy like aroma. Has a nice sweet malty taste to start with a clean mineral quality. Some grassy hops balance the sweetness fairly well. The finish however left a lingering aftertaste that I'm not crazy about, sorta like a burnt toffee, chemical like, not terrible but just odd. Mouthfeel is medium, buttery. Overall not bad, a little different tasting marzen.

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

Bready, toasted malts, hint of a Belgian yeast strain. Reserved sweetness. Real good drinkability. It's ok, but lacks a bit of depth. Could drink a lot of this though.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stein? You mean one I can't see through? I'll say hmm.. Let's go for a good German mug and call it even… ok DONE!

Big aggressive pour makes a fistful as expected but also a real nice light tan head makeup. Good retention on this guy, some soapy bubbles but also a frothy to foamy makeup… nearly creamy too. Body color is a good crystal clear deep polished copper, thick reds and lots of whispy carbonation. Great looking marzen.

Toffee like aromas and classic clover flavors hit the nose nicely. Sharp and spicy with a good balanced sweetness, fine hints of maple sugar and mixing toffee like caramels as well. Excellent sugar aroma that isn't overly large either, giving hints of vanilla and syrup so slightly.

Palate strikes a great balance in malt thickness, flavors, and diversity. Thick malt body with not overly syrupy tendencies. Sticky body feel and stuck yeast and caramel thickness. Big yeasty finish on this which manages some controlled sticky qualities but could be off putting to others. Sweet caramel notes fill the mid palate, and a little bit of spicy clove at play as well.

An interesting marzen with a big yeast punch which certainly makes it interesting.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass,“bottled on” date 7-4-15.

Appearance: pours a clear, dark copper color with less than one finger tan head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, very little lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: caramel, bread, toffee, not overpowering.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and toffee, bread and finishes with a mild hop profile, the 6.4% ABV is imperceptible.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a tasty example of the style, solid but not spectacular, a little higher ABV for the style but you can't really tell, you don't want to drink too many at once but, I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys the style and would buy this again no problem.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Interesting: Pours a copper colored light orange; Pretty decent glass appeal. To me at least, I sensed the faintest apparition of a doppelbock, buried very deeply / subtly in the background. Again, not enough to confuse what I was drinking, but with just enough "doppelghost" present to somehow lend some "authenticity / credibility" to the pour. This was more drinkable from my perspective, when contrasting to some other mainstream offerings by say SA or Yuengling.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 13th 2015.Damn near perfect weather to sit outside and drink O-fest beers.....Pour one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a rich deep bronze with a large slight off white crown that settles very slowly.Lightly sweet pizza dough and some toasted grain,even a hint of mineral wich is very German-like.Toasted bread with some caramel and anise wich I pick up in some of the better of the style and spicy hops although not big show up in the finish.Much better than I anticipated,I think a great not overly sweet O-fest lager.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice clear umber color that has a nice off-white head that settled at reasonable pace leaving a faint hint of lacing down the glass.

The smell is decent malt with a peppery hop tome and some hint of plums and pine.

The taste is a nice and crisp hoppy marzen style that is a mix of the classic German style with the classic Americanized way over pumping up the horsepower.

The balance is a little hop leaning but still a good drinkable beer.

The mouthfeel is just right for a marzen style.

Overall very satisfying and drinkable beer.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle to a red wine, big bowl glass.
Looks dark copper/amber.
Smells malty and "floral". ? On what floral. Not bad.
Taste somewhat malty and yeasty? My senses are not the best in the world.
Just a scosh thin. Very drinkable, but could be "thicker/heavier on the tongue.
Not near SN Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Prasm
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium expressive on the nose showing caramel and malt scents. In the mouth it's medium density and dominated by malt with hoppy undertones. An okay effort but pretty much middle of the road for my taste.

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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
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