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Goose Oktoberfest | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose OktoberfestGoose Oktoberfest

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

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

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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 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 smcolw
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Twice poured head. Little lace. The color is deep, dark amber. Clear.

Very mild aroma. Toasted malt and slightly sweet.

Malty overall with little else tastewise. Very good body with moderate carbonation. Short aftertaste with little new flavors. Overall, a decent, but unremarkable, Märzen.

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Photo of plumberman63
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice caramel color, pours a nice light tan head, holds well. aroma malty sweet, flavor follows aroma. no bitter after taste. Definitely would drink again. Got a six pack will update when all gone.

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

pours a clear, dark, copper with a medium head that poofs. nose; bread, cashew, & light fruit. taste; sweet bready malt, toffee, light apricot, caramel, & light mellowed hops. sweet & nutty aftertaste. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. simple & sweet.

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Photo of grawp57
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper color with a full, creamy beige head. Get the pleasant toffee aroma, but not the advertised apricot. The taste is the defining characteristic: a little sweet and crisp, but definitely a full malty mouthful. Tried a lot of Ocktoberfests recently ( King of Prussia Beer Fest and Mix-a-Six at the local bottle shop) and this is very good, still, after the sixth bottle. A smooth, drinkable beer that satisfies the palate and meets expectations. Not as good as Brooklyn or Great Lakes, but overall a very good Oktoberfest offering.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber, head is light tan and presents 1/2 inch thick and dissipates to a ring and some lacing.

Smell is big toasted malt, not too sweet but a nice moderate toast and nuttiness, touch of light fruitiness.

Taste is more balanced than the aroma, nice toasted malt, touch of nutty/toffee, lighter fruity flavors; hops are moderate and maybe on the bitter side for an oktoberfest but it plays well with the flavors.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and moderately carbonated, pleasant and complementary.

Overall a malt brew that is line with oktoberfest styles with a lean towards bitter crispness.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.44/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mild hops and barley aroma.
Light copper color, zero head.
Caramelly flavor, touch of unpleasant after taste.
Needs some more bubbles.
Not terrible, but a disappointment.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I realize beer goes by taste, that is the deciding factor.

You can show all your "lacing" and such, but those are bells and whistles, not the deciding factor - TASTE.

Octoberfest beers, if you look around this site, appear to be voted on by a number of factors, the least, as it appears to me, to be THE TASTE!! Some state their Octoberfest "beer" has "hints of apple and peach" and that "makes" it a good Octoberfest in that person's mind.

NO, IT DOESNT. Again, I understand each person's taste is THEIR TASTE - not mine.

But, Octoberfest, by its definition - MUST HAVE MALTINESS as that is how it is brewed.

If you wants peaches, apples, floral notes - blah, blah, blah, blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, go to a knitting class and drink their tea and eat their cookies and sit there and talk about how good it is that all of you can sit there and drink tea and eat cookies and talk for hours about drinking tea and eating cookies........................ yaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

Do you want a good Octoberfest beer? Then try a good Octoberfest beer. This Goose Island is a decent beer. It has a LOT of hops influencing its taste. Some will call that "refreshing" or "crisp" or whatever. It is hops, pure and simple.

Hops should NOT RULE an Octoberfest beer. You wants hops to rule? Go get an American craftie beer that screams about its "peaches and florals" and suck on that. Octoberfest is about maltiness.

Try a Weihenstephaner or a Hacker-Pschoor or a Paulaner - to name just 3 GREAT German OCTOBERFEST beers - and you will be pleasantly enjoying them. Weihenstephaner understands hops and malt are to get along. They have been doing that wonderfully for about 1,000 years. Thank you very much W!!! HS and Paulaner are great as well.

This Goose Island is good to drink, but it is not what I consider an Octoberfest. It is a good beer, yes. But it is not an "octoberfest" beer as it is more hops than malt. Drink and enjoy it and buy some more. But, if you want OCTOBERFEST beer, see the German beer names mentioned previously.

Thanks Goose, nice beer. I enjoyed it.

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

Amber and transparent with khaki head. Smells of bread/biscuit with a bit of fruit. Tastes of bread, malt, caramel, apricot, and toffee. Finish a little flat. Could be crisper. Hops are faint in the pallatte in the aftertaste. A good Oktoberfest but not great.

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Photo of POOGMAN
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great Americanized oktoberfest. Awesome balance of malt and lager. Genuinely one of my favorite state side oktober crafts. Toffee is super present, but doesn't offer too much sweetness. Bold in flavor with a nice ABV punch. Delicious.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice reddish brown colored beer with a light tan head. The aroma is caramel and malt with undertones of stone fruit. The taste is sweet with caramel and stone fruit and a grassy hop flavor and bitterness at the end. Not a bad Oktoberfest marzen but I would think a little less bitterness would balance it more.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep copper color with a beige head that is about two finger widths thick.

The label on the bottle does not lie. There are notes of apricot and toffee in the aroma.

The taste is about what you would expect after smelling this beer. The apricot is fruity and sweet up front, and then the toffee is pretty deep and intense in the middle. The beer finishes with a dry malty flavor.

The mouthfeel is excellent on this beer. It was smooth and a bit creamy.

I like Oktoberfests that are either true to the style or a unique spin on the style that actually works. The latter are few and far between, but Goose Island nailed this one. This is a beer that is interesting and tasty. An Oktoberfest worth going out and getting.

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Photo of PDGreenB
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Has a good dark taste to it, nose is strong. The toffee is immediately present. Smells of apricot and wheat. Mouth feel is full, but lingers quite a bit.

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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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