Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #173
Ranked #28,625
3.77 | pDev: 7.69%
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 22
Reviews by deebo:
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3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice looking amber color...aroma promises some nice toasty maltiness. Also a bit of herbal hoppiness.

The taste is different to say the least...I'm met with somewhat of a subtle sourness...the toasted malts are there too...body seems plenty big and rich...

Can't say I'm a huge fan of this but it has some nice characteristics. Not sure what brought out the sourness on the taste. It is not real heavy but it is there...the more you drink the more it blends into more of a bitterness than a sourness.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit, 10-26-09:

Revisited this again this year and it's better than my ratings so I'm upping them. Previous ratings were 4,4.5,4,4,4.

Deep clear crimson body. Perfect clarity. Thin beige head. Moderate amounts of lace left behind. Nice malty aroma. This one deserves a lot of whiffs before tasting. On the buds, I notice a nice foundation of toasty malts. Nice malt richness with caramel notes also coming through. A decent amount of hoppiness is noted as well. It's not overboard, but definitely more hoppy than most ofests. Adds a nice little counterpoint, but this beer is malt focused. Mouthfeel is even-keeled. Medium-full body with an appropriate amount of CO2. This is an easy drinking tasty beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and copper-colored. Cream toned froth atop, slims down with quickness.

Semi-sweet, malty nose, grainy, herbal, vegetal. Slightly spicy, mild, and pleasant.

Taste: crisp, smooth, and malty-sweet. Rich malty flavor is big at first, then rolls back, but never quite quits.

Medium-bodied, richly flavored, but never too much, and not the least bit not enough. Here's a beer you can drink. And that's saying something.

First Oktoberfest from Town Hall. Not sure why it took almost eleven years. Was it worth the wait? Just about maybe...

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Town Hall Oktoberfest arrives a clear copper color. The hea is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of caramel and bready mat, but is rather soft. The taste is similar tto the aroma, but more pronounced. The balance between the caramel and bready notes is quite nice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied witha velvety texture, and appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better Oktoberfests I've tasted in quite along time.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of younger35
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice early Saturday afternoon with Town Hall and football. Awesome. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours s Golden orange with a very respectable off-white head that is fluffy as can be. A fantastic collar and weak cap remain as well with an assload of thick chunky lacing.
Smell- So crisp and clean and unassuming. It's not all that toasty as it's just malty and clean. Maybe a bit of yeast but otherwise just a nice normal Oktoberfest smell. Warm or cold this brew is lightly scented.
Taste- Nothing like the nose as the beer is smooth and dry but full of big Oktoberfest 'flavors'. Rich and malty, the toasted malts are abundant and flavorful. Perhaps not the smoothest Oktoberfest ever but the malty goodness is great.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a somewhat smooth creamy feel.
Drinkability- First off I'm not a huge lager fan of any kind. Second I like Oktoberfest for approx 2 weeks before I've had enough. This one missed both categories but I still enjoyed. Despite the weak nose the taste was fairly pronounced for an Oktoberfest but maybe that was a nice change of pace. Nothing too crazy special but enjoyable (damn am I spoiled or what...).

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Photo of gatornation
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber copper color with a beige fluffy head..smell is malts and some spices,,taste is malts wit a roasted toffee taste throw in some spice and bread and a vienna lager taste in the back of my mouth..mouth feel is a bit thin but it is smooth and creamy with the malts..not a great marzen but good enough to drink and it was tasty enough

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a layer of white head. Some decent lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Malty, some caramel, some biscuit. Has some earthy hops with a hint of citrus.

Taste: A lot more malty. Bready and biscuity malts. A little bit of grassy hops. Not too much of the citrus I got in the nose shows here. Just malty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Good feel to it. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, it is pretty good. Nothing out of the ordinary. I like the mouthfeel. It has some nice flavors as well. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it was a bit too dark... had a share of marzen and it didn't have that smooth golden amber but moreso looked like a clean amber american IPA with much less head. smell was not the malt i was looking for. sour apple taste, not rotten woody apple. not done right. its own for sure and not terrible but not very traditional. although i must say it went well with the brewpubs coneys. just brought out the sour even more.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with some an orange glow. Really nice, fluffy white head on top. better than some O-fests I have seen. Good carbonation.

S: The aromas are lighter in this beer. I get plenty of toffee and caramel maltiness. Maybe some faint herbal hops too.

T: Very nice malt flavors. Rich caramel and melanoidins. Nearing a bock in its maltiness. Maybe just a hint of some dark fruits like plum. The hops provide reasonable bitterness without overpowering the malts.

M: Light-medium bodied. A little more silky than some O-fests. Moderately carbonated. Finishes with a slight sticky sweetness.

D: Overall a good Oktoberfest. Maltier than some. The only thing I didn't like is the sweet, sticky feeling it left in the back of my throat. It brought the drinkability down slightly. Otherwise this is 1L stein worthy.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mistofminn
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, this is a dark amber color with a large light tan head with decent retention. Leaves some nice sheets of lacing.

The nose is very toasty. Strong toasted and roasted malts, with a nice herbal and earthy hoppiness.

The taste is pretty much what you would expect, but the toasty malts are more pronounced. There is also a strange sweet tangy sourness going on...possibly from rye malt? Not really sure but it struck me as odd and almost out of place.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with an appropriate carbonation. Much stronger bitterness lingering minutes after swallowing.

Drinkability is good, I had no problem finishing this with my nachos.

Overall, slightly off kilter for the style, and not Town Hall's best, but a good interpretation of a style that is widely available at this time of the year.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler bought from the brewpub. Poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of bready malts with a nice hop scent in the background. Sweet toasted malts with good hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, cracker, yeast, grain, and even a slight roast chocolate hint. Hints of apple and citrus orange. Some good hints of earthy and herbal hops that add some spice. One of the more hoppy smelling Marzens. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a caramel malt forward taste with a nice bitter finish from the hops. Starts with some moderately sweet toasted malts with a big taste of caramel, biscuit, toffee, yeast, grains, butterscotch, and cracker. Mild notes of roast and fruit including apple and orange. Good balancing bitterness and spice comes from a good presence of hops. Hops are herbal and earthy. A very clean and solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat juicy feel. Very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol is hidden well considering it is fairly high for the style.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Marzen. Has the bready caramel taste you expect from the style along with a nice background of hops.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of elliott1184
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taybeh
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 22 ratings