Goose Island Beer Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #456
Ranked #41,675
3.47 | pDev: 10.37%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 30 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of yuriyt
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass from bottle. Pours a deep copper. Aroma of roasted grain, bit of toast. Decent caramel malt notes with little hop character. Finishes dry, medium-light body. A decent example.

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Photo of Peach63
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber with 1/4 inch cream colored head. Light lacing.

Aroma of spices, mostly cloves. Also A touch of cinnamon.

Taste is malty, spicy, wheaty, roasted malts. Light bitterness.

Medium bodied, semi dry finish. Light carbonation.

An average Oktoberfest. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of izraelc
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear amber. Smells malty. This one is different. Starts malty and finishes with a mild refreshing hop flavor. Slightly bitter. Not like most Oktoberfests I've had.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest brewed by Goose Island Beer Co., with an ABV of 6.40% This German Marzen / Oktoberfest pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice copper color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew. It sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is roasted goodness. Lots of roasted grains and malts mixed with sweetness. You also pick up some nice mirror hops in the smell as well. So far Oktoberfest is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You pick up a nice amount of roasted goodness in this brew. This brew has the look, smell an taste of most Oktoberfest brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. The sweetness is a nice touch to this brew. The body is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.40% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Oktoberfest a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to.
Goose Island Beer Co., Did a super nice job with this Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mine is listed as 5.7% 23 IBU. Completely see through and darker golden maybe copper color with a decent off white head. Malty sweet caramel nose. There is something metallic in the slightly bitter bready aftertaste. Easy to drink and slightly sweet. Decent carbonation and almost a creamy feel. This ain’t bad.

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Photo of kevanb
2.64/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, best before Feb 15, 2020, poured into a 16 oz tumbler glass.

The beer pours a lighter amber copper color, orange hues with a thin off white head that has poor retention and yields a few spots of soapy lacing. The aroma is underwhelming soft grain, a bit of noble hop, lightly toasted, something almost soapy lingers. The flavors are fine, soft and meek amber grains, a bit of richness and some brown sugar but it comes off a bit watery, just a light dose of piney noble hop. The mouthfeel is weak, a lighter and softer body, lively carbonation that struggles to coat the mouth and finishes tamely.

Verdict: A disappointing Märzen from Goose Island. It's weak flavor wise and body wise, lacks any true balance or intrigue and just comes across as a boring and unappealing beer.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap: Caramel in color with a good sized head and good lacing. Not much on the nose, malt and grain. Malty and slightly sweet with caramel hints. Smooth and good mouth feel.

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Photo of BikeChef
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've enjoyed some of Goose Island's past Oktoberfest versions, but this just had way too heavy a caramel note-- a very off-putting maltiness that became cloying after the beer warmed up a bit.

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Photo of officerbill
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: clear amber with a tan head that quickly dissolves into a lace
S: faint malt & caramel aroma
T: overly sweet. Malt, caramel, brown sugar, and bananas (?)
F: mild carbonation. Sticky bitter-sweet molasses coating on the tongue with an odd aftertaste
O: not a particularly good oktoberfest, frankly I expected better. Too sweet and molasses flavors.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Poured into a tall pint glass. Color is clear and glowing amber, finger and a half worth of bubbly white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel upfront, with toasted grains. Getting some brown sugar, toasted malts, and butterscotch.

Taste: Much like the aroma, although there are some roasted nuts as well that creates that central European impression.

Feel: Medium-bodied.

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Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2018 Goose Oktoberfest. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear caramel golden color with 1.5 fingers of fizzy white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Toasted grains and caramel.

T/F: Just like it smells... toasted cereal grains... brown sugar and caramel. Semi-sweet up front... nutty/earthy and with modest hop bitterness towards the finish. Light and well carbonated.

O: A pretty average/drinkable Oktoberfest. Nothing special but not bad either.

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Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 30 ratings