Oktoberfest Lager
Otter Creek Brewing

Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #28
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #16,876
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
68
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Otter Creek Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
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Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager
Notes: Collaboration with Camba Bavaria

The OCB Crew is stoked to bring you on a transcontinental trip through friendship and fermentation. Created in collaboration with our buds at Camba Bavaria, this Oktoberfest lager is inspired by Germany’s annual seasonal celebration.

Located just outside Munich, Camba Bavaria is the pilot brewing component of brewing plant manufacturer BrauKon, who we first met in 2016 when we added one of their state-of-the-art, 120-barrel systems to our Middlebury digs.

Inspired by the classic style, Oktoberfest features German malts and a healthy dose of traditional German noble hops to build a recipe combining a toasty malt presence with the doughy, earthy aromatics of late-addition hops.

24 IBU
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 68 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BackMarker
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nailed it. Odd, retro label aside, this is one festbier collaboration that delivered. I even had to look up the Camba brewery to see if (hopefully) they imported any other beers to the US. Apparently not. Even so, Otter Creek picked a good one to partner with here. Beautiful deep gold/amber in the glass, nice light foamy head and soft carbonation, with a light biscuity smell. The flavor is at once rich and malty, with a nice (but subtle) hops bitterness and just enough (a hint) of sweetness to balance the whole things nicely. I bought a bunch of singles (different O'fest beers) to try together. This one stood out. I'd buy it again. Just not a fan of the weird label. Looks more like an orange soda from the 1970s. ;)

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Photo of Scrapss
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a straightwalled pint sized glass.

A: very light copper with a head that disappears completely. Light carbo.

S: light earthy herbal hops with a peek of light grassiness. I smell some malt, doughy.

T: well balanced light vienna malt backbone and a very light herbal, grassy noble hop note.

M: Medium body. Turns a little acidic at finish which cleans up the quaff rather unexpectedly. Neither chalky nor bitter on ultimate finish. Malt kinda washes in mid retrohale but is very short lived.

O: the acidity is odd for the style, but it does keep it light and very drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Can)
L: pours orange amber body with small white head with ok retention and lacing
S: sweet vanilla and toffee and caramel notes
T: sweet vanilla and toffee taste; caramel notes in the aftertaste
F: medium bodied and smooth
O: nice drinking beer; pretty good oktoberfest; refreshing

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the out of date can, it pours a lovely clear amber color with a modest inch head that stays awhile. Fresh scent of malt in the nose. Fresh taste of malt in the mouth. I like it!

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Photo of bonns42
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 5 oz taster, then drank from the can.
Look: No head, light orange coloration. No lacing as I drank.
Smell: Very light noble hop bitterness? Some light biscuit is hiding in there too.
Taste: Biscuit malt. Tastes like a wonderful loaf of bread. Perfect.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, coats the tongue in sweetness for a while.
Overall: Really pleasant. Not overly sweet, not overly hoppy like many American interpretations of this style. A very solid Oktoberfest that I would enjoy drinking again.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; little lacing;

s: sweet malt, fallen leaves, a little spice;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: really easy drinking;

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Photo of justintcoons
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
Golden. Good clarity. Short head. Light carbonation.

Nose
Cracker, honey, biscuit, and candy sugar.

Taste
Biscuit, fresh baked bread, honey, and cracker. Light earthy bitterness offset by a candy sugar sweetness. Lightly toasty and nutty.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, oily, and dry with a moderate bitterness.

Overall
Has some fairly deep flavors but I'd prefer less dryness.

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange in color with a hazy appearance to slowly clarifies. Poured with a tall, off-white foam with very good retention. Medium light pilsner and bready malt aromas. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Smooth feel through the middle followed light warmth. Pilsner malt flavors up front with light bready notes. Earthy, herbal hops slowly expand beneath the malt followed by medium light hop bitterness. Light malty and herbal hop flavors from the middle to the end. Finished cleanly with malty and earthy hop flavors. Flavors and aromas are delicate, subtle and well balanced. A very easy drinking lager.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks honey golden with a quickly receding foamy head. Smells of fresh biscuit and hops. Tastes dry,malty,floral,mild honey,caramel. Feels solid and well put together. This is a bit different than any fest beer I have had.In a good way. Will have again.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper pour that speaks to the malty goodness within. Sort burst of foamy head that fades fairly quickly.

Aroma is toasted grains and malts, caramel, honey and more brown bread than white.

Taste is right there with the nose - malty and sweet. Heavier on the caramel and honey than the bready malts. This, to me, is the differentiator when compared to similar styles from other breweries.

Solid Oktoberfest brew. Nothing that stands out in this increasingly crowded field (hooray for us!) but it's not going to disappoint.

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Photo of dainsleif
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A relatively solid marzen. Interesting that it is a collaboration. I actually purchased this as a mistake; I meant to purchase a different marzen but grabbed this instead and didn't realize until I reached my car. I have had better in this style, but this entry was not poor by any stretch.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, golden amber. Looks much more like a German marzen than an American o-fest. Fizzy, filtered, with a nice and retentive head.

Smells yeasty and bready with round, toasted malt. True to the style, and the yeast is more German-feeling than American.

Tastes, again, very German. More like an amped-up Municher than the intensely bready and nutty American versions of the style (which I prefer, however illiterately). As far as American-brewed attempts at German-style marzens go, however, this is very excellently done. No esters, no off nodes, smooth and tasty throughout. This is a hard style to pull off and Otter Creek has done an impressive job.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/10/18

Pours a clear copper with an orange tint and topped with a finger of off-white head; moderate head retention, a good effervescence to the body, and plenty of speckled lacing.

Aroma is big on lightly toasted malts with a nice balance of yeast and honey notes throughout; I’m also getting notes of bread crusts, toasted oak, and the slightest wisp of cherry skins near the finish; a big bouquet, fairly straightforward but nicely detailed.

Taste is more roasted malts with a smooth, honeyed earthiness evening out the finish; there’s also an earthy, somewhat herbal quality sneaking in as well, which adds further depth, as well as a slight hint of toasted almonds and a delicate hoppy kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel is incredibly light-bodied, and as such is also really crisp and easy-drinking throughout; just enough carbonation to prevent things from totally thinning out, which does eventually occur somewhat on the finish; no matter, though, as this is still very enjoyable.

The bursting flavors in this one are very well-rounded, and the beer itself is only partially held back by a body that doesn’t feel as full as I’d prefer; still, as a sessionable and easily enjoyed Oktoberfest, I’d gladly drink a few of these again.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very glad to see this one in stores again for a second year! This is a collab between Vermonters Otter Creek and a rather small brewing venture based out of Seebruck, Germany called Camba Bavaria. Last year's version was very, very good and easily stood up to some of my favorite Oktoberfest biers regardless of provenance. Let's see if they can hold on to that clout this year!

Pours a medium amber color with a thin and wispy head of bone-white foam that seems to settle down to about a half-finger in my stein-style glass. Excellent lacing here and nice clarity to go with the beautiful orange-like hue. I like that this is kind of in the darker realm of festbiers without fully working into the Märzen side of things. It's just on the cusp but also has a slightly lower ABV to boot. Slow moving streams of carbonation work their way up to the surface rather steadily with each small pour I give this one to top off the beer, since I initially poured one-and-a-half cans into this oversized glass. Great looking stuff!

The nose is very bready and lightly herbal, with some sweet, toffee-like notes combining with florals, earthiness and a slight spice just as deep graininess kicks in and routes everything back to the perfect center-point. This just smells excellent. It combines the intense maltiness of a good festbier with some warming elements and solid hop treatment that reminds me of baking spice and a dash of herbs. It's a bit on the sweeter side than most medium-strength festbiers, but I think the balancing hop notes really make it work.

Flavor profile is nutty (almost like a light hazelnut flavor honestly) and chewy with strong bready malts coalescing into a solidly hoppy transitional mid. It's not bitingly bitter or anything, nor is it green or overly lupulin-forward... there's just a nice balancing note that provides some pep, reminding me of the aforementioned spice and floral notes. Super well-balanced and clean drinking with a slightly doughy malt finish and a lingering caramel-bready flavor after the wash of Noble hops carries through.

Feel is moderate but leans to the heavier bodied side of things for its weight class (clocks in at 5.5%). I think I actually want to ding them a little bit on this, but not too much. It's very clean and well-structured with ample carbonation, but drinking two cans of this at once is tougher than with a lot of traditional German Oktoberfests, especially considering the relatively high hoppiness going on here compared to other versions of the style(s) at play here. Still, a great beer and one I will certainly keep on hand throughout the Fall season. More awesome trans-continental collaborative Oktoberfests, please! SN and OC can't be forever the only two breweries doing this!

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear copper color with a tight white head. Good retention. A white cap remains. Some streaky lacing, but it tends to dissipate and not last.

S: Very grassy hops, some green pepper, a bit of toast, somewhat skunky.

T: Toast, slight caramel, vague nuttiness. Big grassy hops. Green pepper and a touch of lemon. Slightly skunky.

F: Well-carbonated, but rather thin and watery. Slightly sweet, but very crisp and crushable.

O: An okay-ish Oktoberfest. A bit disappointing, to be honest. Not offensive, but thin and weak, and more in line with a skunky Euro pale lager than a rich malty Marzen or honey-sweet Festbier. Normally I like Otter Creek, but this one is mediocre.

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Photo of mnrider
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Fizy white half finger of head. Clear amber in color. Little retention with no
real visible lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Cool to the nose. The aroma is nice and inviting, especially
On a warmer September day.

T/M: A little carbonation tingle. Sweeet. Malty but not crazy. Some light hops
Balance out the beer the best it can. The aftertaste is pretty clean, with maybe
a hint of dryness.

O: This Oktoberfest lager is very easy to drink and pretty simple in the taste.
Traditional ingredients with a traditional taste. Definitely worth a try.

Cheers!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am running through some odds & sods tonight in advance of tomorrow's New Beer Sunday & this is simply the next in the ongoing series. Prosit!

From the bottle: " We've collaborated with our German buds, Camra Bavaria, to brew a traditional German Festival Lager with an OCB twist: late-additions of Noble hops which add doughy aromatics that accentuate a toasty malt profile."

This seemed like a really great collab, so I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with moderate retention that left great lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grainy, slightly sweet maltiness along with a slight grassiness. I like it when these Oktoberfests/Marzens are not outright malt bombs. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was more grassy/hay-like than sweet, but I still got a mild caramel malty sweetness from it. It was a very easy-drinking beer, disappearing as I was vaguely aware until it was all. Finish was in that twilight zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. I would happily drink this more often.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Some malt sweetness and bready notes but not too much aside from that. A little herbal hoppiness in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the sweetness and breadiness of the malt and goes into a light spicy and herbal hoppiness that provides a nice backdrop for the malt. Finishes with lingering bready notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice and easy-drinking oktoberfest. Nothing too special (hard to do anything really out of the box with the style) but it is very well balanced and solid overall

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light fizzy head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing, semi hazy orange color

NOse lots of sweet toasted grainy malts, a bit biscuity almost, toasted straw like lager malts, soft fruity lager underneath, aromatic malts, fruity lager, not much else.

Taste brings more toasted grains, straw like lager malts, very malty forward but mild toasted malts, mild soft lagering again, a bit fruity but not much, no minerality, with some mild grassy hops on the back end, even a bit juicy soft lager and malt thing, dry crisp finish with more grassy hops lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft lagering, decetn carb

Overall pretty nice for an American brewed marzen, of course with help from the German brewery, but nice malt profile, not too sweet, light grassy hop, nice soft lagering, def one I could pound through many of in an Oktoberfest event.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - amber golden body with white head

Smell - caramel, toasted nuts, rye

Taste - toasted malts, slight caramel, toasted nuts, biscuit

Mouthfeel - crisp upfront, slightly sweet in the middle, medium bodied, medium plus carbonation

Overall - decent attempt at an Amber Marzen. Worth a shot.

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a nice clear light orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like slightly sweet melanoidin malt, biscuity malt, slightly spicy hops, and lager yeast.

This is a surprisingly fierce banger for the style. It's a got a spot on malt profile, with slight sweetness, rich biscuity malt, and a dry doughy malt flavor. There's a very subtle but pleasant spicy hop flavor.

There's a very high level of drinkability here, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a really pleasant surprise. It's honestly one of the best American-style Oktoberfests I've had.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/copper in color with a small but firm head. The head takes a good long while to fully break and there is some nice lacing. Nose is predominantly malts, bready and doughy, with some nice herbs present. Taste is malt forward, with biscuity and bready malts, some caramel there too, and then you get the hops coming in...not too overpowering, letting the malts dominate. The feel is medium with medium light carbonation.

Not a style I usually seek out, but I did enjoy this one.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Hazy copper look with no carbonation. Two-finger, near-white head with fair lacing.
S - Slight malt and bready notes.
T - Mild hops and semi-dry after taste.
F - Smooth. A lighter-sided body deel. Nice.
O - An easy drinking Marzen. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting, probably the best of these style brews ive had this year, so far out of sierra nevada, harpoon, sam adams, long trail... it comes with sweet and biscuit malt flavors, some mild grassy hops to provide balance. super easy drinking and refreshing, well done!

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Photo of nick_perry
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange appearance with a thin head. It seems to have aromas of grass. Malty, biscuit notes, but some hints of lemon or some other citrus. Interesting, yet enjoyable surprise given the style, I would expect something like that more in a springs seasonal.

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Oktoberfest Lager from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 68 ratings