Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Ranked #38
Ranked #16,666
3.89 | pDev: 7.71%
Monday at 05:51 AM
Aug 21, 2019
Very Good
Notes: Formerly Mothership Series #9: Oktoberfest.

Blink and you’ll think you’re in Bavaria. We went all in on tradition with our Oktoberfest, using imported German malts and hops with a beautiful lager yeast for the finish. Pours a gorgeous copper hue with a rich, malty and slightly sweet backbone. Our version is akin to the beer poured in the early days of Oktoberfest and, yes, it adheres to the Reinheitsgebot. Prost!

IBUs: 20
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Rated: 3.75 by Iamaskier from Idaho

Monday at 05:51 AM
Rated: 4.35 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Sunday at 11:16 PM
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Reviewed by RJLarse from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Twelve pack of cans, poured into a pint glass. Clear copper color with a thin white head. Sweet and caramel aroma and flavor. A fair enough Marzen, perhaps a little watery.
Sunday at 09:27 PM
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Reviewed by Beer_Economicus from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The best way for me to describe this beer is "fine". It's not bad, it's not offensive, it's reasonably enjoyable, it's not lacking in any category particularly. It's fine;. It's just not a standout. For what it is, from a brewery as large as it is that doesn't make lagers, it's pretty good from that perspective.

It's not hoppy (yay, considering it is a marzen). It's not as full bodied as you would expect from a traditional german marzen. If I was given this, I'd drink it happily.
Sunday at 05:50 AM
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Rated by beaulabauve from Louisiana

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
The best American marzen i have had to this point. Amazing.
Sunday at 01:53 AM
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Got on tap at Brick and Porter in a 20 oz glass.
Appears the color of iced tea with a light manilla head.
The aroma was faint for me (chemically damaged nose) but mildly sweet malts did present themselves.
The flavors were biscuits and a slight sweetness that was reminiscent of caramel but not as sweet. Munich hops round out the taste.
The feel was ideal for the style, the 20 oz went down with no issues at all.
OA, not the best Märzen style I’ve had, but I could easily drink a couple liters of it if that was what was available.
Friday at 08:18 PM
Rated: 3.95 by FredTetusky1952 from Michigan

Sep 22, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Canned on 7/21/22; consumed on 9/20/22

Pours a clear, orange-copper body topped with a finger and a half of fluffy, off-white foam; mediocre head retention leaves a paper-thin layer of cap, a large, frothy collar, and a modest array of splotchy, webby lacing strewn along the walls of the glass.

Aromas show sweet caramel malts laden with honey-soaked toast and bits of more toffeed malt as corn flakes soften the otherwise taut edges of minerality prevalent throughout.

Taste of caramel and taut minerality feed into more passive honeyed dough as shreds of corn flakes past the mid-palate leave a stuff sweetness while simultaneously unable to shake the metallic tinge lingering through the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a medium-light body and moderate carbonation, dispersing a clean, fluffy prickle to a crisp mid-palate drying quickly with minimal grit through a swift finish.

Detailed sweetness belies a largely clean presentation, leaving a readily apparent lack of cohesion in a rough fusion of disparate elements and choppy lager threads; the lazily saccharine base instinct of the American Oktoberfest is prominent in this particular take on the style.
Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by datstankadank from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Competitive price point on the 12 pack, considering it was shelved next to various variations ; most of which i have tried, the best in the style imo being Von Trapp. Pours a lighter than your average marzen copper color, little head retention or head. about average. light on the lacing. taste seems to style, nothing to jump for joy about. picked up because of the better price point for a 12 pack of cans, would purchase again. pretty mediocre and perhaps even lower in quality when compared to yuengling. I'd pick another up thoiugh, as its definitely a good beer.
Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 7/1/22; drank 9/17/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through golden appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice off-white head; a frothy, tree-rung lace.

Sweet corn, mild caramel & acorn notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Sweet corn & caramel up front; acorn, mild booze heat & a hint of marshmallow notes on the finish.

A lot going on here; overall, a flavorful, interesting Marzen. I'd have another!
Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 4 by mrcraft from California

Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can. White head with a little lace. Clear dark golden color.

Biscuit, honey, toffee. A bit of sweetness. Grassy hops. Little bitterness in the finish.

Easy drinking. First sips were light in flavor, then it got better.
Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 3.52 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Sep 15, 2022
Rated: 4 by Overtonjd from New Jersey

Sep 14, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by cabsandking from Ohio

Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 09, 2022
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this from a can.
A: pours dark amber body with a thick white head with excellent retention and lacing.
S: sweet, caramel toffee malt with sweet vanilla notes.
T: sweet, caramel toffee notes with a dry, cereal finish.
M: medium bodied and smooth.
O: nice feel and taste; pretty filling beer.
Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by thefairyvixen

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Founders really hit it out of the park with this one. The smell, the taste, the feel, are all on point. Such a smooth and very drinkable beer. Just the right amount of sweetness too. Reminds me of a lot of the Marzen style beers that I've had at Oktoberfest and with a 17.99 price tag at the store, It's definitely worth the purchase. I would rate this a five out of five but I'm like Dave Portnoy. I don't want to give perfect scores lol.
Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois

Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by Zylod from West Virginia

Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Found this one today at the local beer store and they let me get a single to try before deciding. Poured a golden color with a small white head. The taste was "Magnifico". A really good tasting German-type of Oktoberfest beer.
Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by GoGata from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I was pumped to see an Oktoberfest beer available at the grocery store as it’s only August (2022). Checked beeradvocate for scores and decided to give it a go. Got a 12 pack of the cans.

Pour was slightly lighter than what i usually see with Oktoberfest style beers. Looks/feels like a blonde ale but copper color. Taste is fantastic. Clean with a great balance of malt and light caramel.

Cheers to fall beer!
Aug 26, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by BarrelAgedG from California

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 3.49 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a nice amber with a cream colored head.

Whole grain bread, candied malt, lemon herb hop, and sour wood in the nose.

Taste follows nose, full bodied and complex. A solid beer.
Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Did they alter this?? I had it last year and it was good, but this 2022 version is crazy good! In fact, it’s great! Listen, we all know a marzen/Oktoberfest lager can only be so much. What makes great lagers great is how well they do the simplicity. Are they staying true to the original style? Are we getting the traditional aromas and flavors? Does it feel the way a lager should? Is it smooth with the right carbonation? etc… etc… A great lager has you wanting to take another big sip.. It doesn’t have you bored… thinking to yourself, “should have I went with another offering?” This is arguably the best American made marzen I’ve had outside the one from the American lager masters in Cleveland! This has Founders written all over it and it’s freaking delicious! Idk, but this is different than past offerings. Beautifully festive artwork on the can and packaging.. looks like a German marzen.. smells and tastes like a German version.. drinks and feels like one. A+ From Founders Oktoberfest in 2022! Exciting even.
Aug 18, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the 123 oz can in a snifter. This solid fest pours a nice dark
amber with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin
wafting layer, and displays some nice light lacing. Nose of caramel malt,
bread crust, honey, and light floral hops. Flavors follow but surpass with a
fine presentation of bread malts, light biscuit, honey, caramel, and lightly spicy
and floral hop notes. Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth, light subtly
effervescent carbonation, and a smooth moderately sweet finish.


Mar 05, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Jan 21, 2022
Rated: 3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Deep golden brew with huge yellow-white head. Is this a fest or a marzen? The taste will tell. Nose is extremely muted; eventually I detect notes of yeast & sweet malt. Carbonation is slight. The body is surprisingly full for a beer of 6% ABV. There's some complexity to the malt flavors. It is a marzen.
Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a golden/copper color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention

S- smells of toasted bread crust, caramel, forrest floor, honey and some spicy floral hops

T- toasted biscuit and caramel malty notes up front, followed by notes of bread crust and sweet honey. The finish gives some spicy German hops, along with more toasted malt. Lingers of Bread crust and caramel

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp, slightly creamy finish

O- full flavored and highly drinkable, very good
Dec 10, 2021
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2022 Update: Very mild aromas. Flavors are malty, but once again muted. I'm not sure what happened to this one. I used to think it was great, but now two years in a row I'm starting to second guess this one...

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear, orange color with a soft off white head. SRM of 12-13. (4.25)

Aroma: Mild aromas of toasted bread, sweet caramel, honey. A little spice. A strong alcoholic and phenolic permanent marker aroma on the finish. (3.50)

Flavor: Also mild flavors of sweet German bread glazed with baked caramel, light cinnamon, syrup & rye. Bready and caramel fullness. Mildly sweet, but also well-toasted malt with some moderately hefty spice. Adequately toasted. Mildly spiced though and not overly so. Smooth. (4.00)

Feel: Medium mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation to finish fairly clean, but mildly sweet. Finishes into a full body. (4.25)

Compared to Great Lakes Oktoberfest 9/20/20: Pours a similar color. More caramel aromas/flavor. Less red apple, cherry, and pear. Slightly more bready, honey and less tart. More authentic and less roasty. Winner: Great Lakes
10/31/20: Pours an identical color. More honey/caramel malt aroma/flavor. Less flower, fruit, and cherry spice.
10/8/21: Slightly darker. Stronger phenolic and caramel flavors. Less citrus and hops. Sweeter and more phenolic.

Compared to Lake Time Oktoberfest 11/10/21: Pours a lighter color. Milder aromas. Less floral and brown toast. More smooth and sweet caramel malt with a heavier body. Larger and sweeter.

to Odell Oktoberfest 11/18/21: Pours slightly darker, but similar. More toasted malt, crumbs, and toasted bread on the aroma. Less syrup, sweet bread, and toffee. More spice. Winner: Founders

Overall: Malty and smooth with honey and caramel. A decent amount of spice. Sweet bread, caramel, and malty flavors, but the spice is muted. Malty, but not overly roasted like you might expect from some. Still, shas that phenolic and alcoholic flavor cloying sweetness. That said, it's pretty good, but not what I remember from previous years. (Final Rating: 3.73)
Nov 19, 2021
Oktoberfest from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 254 ratings