Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Ranked #37
Ranked #15,932
3.9 | pDev: 7.44%
Tuesday at 11:56 PM
Aug 21, 2019
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 by izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear orange. Thick foam. Light aroma. Caramel malt body. Sweeter than expected. Slight bitter finish. Goes down smooth. Pretty average.
Nov 24, 2023
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Rated by dr_lager from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed this beer on a crisp November evening. Malty, a bit grainy, light hoppy bitterness, and overall a satisfying easy to drink beverage.
Nov 21, 2023
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
been ages since ive had anything new from founders and i was borderline shocked to see this on tap in boise, a nice surprise. never had or seen this one, a simple but effective take on the style, good color depth to me in low light but very light in body as these go, not too sweet either, so it has real high drinkability for a malt driven beer, tastes relatively fresh and very well made to me. approaching copper in color with some mellow shine and a good inch of almost pure white head on it, frothy and lasting, prickly carbonation the whole way. aroma and flavor on this are about the same, a bit too cold and tight when first poured, but it opens up fast into earthy german malt, baked bread heartiness to it, and an old world lager yeast present most of the drink, this is real light on the hops, light in body too, almost too thin feeling for the depth of flavor this presents with, but the spastic carbonation keeps it feeling beery and gives it some textural interest that it needs. i get hints of almond, roast, and even oak to this, quite dynamic really, quality ingredients coming together well here, this is satisfying and light. not the most exotic founders beer to be sure, but i really enjoyed it and it has a bit more grain nuance than a lot of these do. good stuff.
Nov 10, 2023
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a small white head. Smells of bright fruit, some caramelized grain. Tastes of fresh fruit and caramelized grain, very bright and refreshing. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Nov 04, 2023
Rated: 4 by avisong from Virginia

Oct 19, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

Oct 13, 2023
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Reviewed by sccrneo from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear amber beer with a slight head and very effervescent. Very light, mild smell. Light caramel flavor with a tangy, Pilsner-esque aftertaste. A smooth, light feeling . Overall, an extremely drinkable Oktoberfest, one of the better ones I’ve had
Oct 05, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12oz can from Brewers Haven. Dark, clear golden pour, thin off-white foamy head. Malty aroma, toffee. Taste is malty, mild sweetness with a tangy back end, light bitterness.
Oct 03, 2023
Rated: 3.78 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Sep 30, 2023
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Founders Oktoberfest has a thick, egg-shell, spongy head, and a clear, amber appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is of honeyed malt and white bread crust. The flavor is of rich, brown bread crust, bitterness, some sweetness, and grass. Founders Oktoberfest has a medium body and a dry finish.

Sep 28, 2023
Rated: 3.85 by animal69 from Louisiana

Sep 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Brian_J from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz can (canned 6/21/23, so reasonably fresh at 3mo old).

A - Nice coppor color, not much foam
S - toasty biscuit, malty of course, herbal notes
T - like it smells, the roasty character comes through, pleasant malt sweetness (not too much)
M - medium-full mouthfeel, really satisfying
O - one of my favorite Marzens so far on my 2023 Marzen tasting tour, up there with Paulaner
Sep 25, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Sep 24, 2023
Rated: 3.93 by TimDixon1964 from Maryland

Sep 19, 2023
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Reviewed by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Not a fan of this one. Looked great in my Sam Adams Oktoberfest mug, but went downhill from there. Aroma foretold the sweetness that was to come. Also some earthiness and slight alcohol comes through. Flavor wise, it's too sweet for my liking, but did have a little roasty earthiness to it and a slight bitterness on the end. Not enough to save it though. Alcohol poked out as it warmed. Glad I only bought a single.
Sep 18, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
draft pour into standard shaker pint glass. light brown; nearly see-through and not much foam. malty and bread-like on the nose with a light hop presence. taste follows but i like it better than the nose. medium-full mouthfeel with a crisp finish. this is like oktoberfest lite, or at least it’s very easy drinking for 6%.
Sep 13, 2023
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear copper color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has bready and malt hints
Taste has bready and malt flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent Marzen
Sep 12, 2023
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Sep 09, 2023
Rated: 3.74 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Sep 03, 2023
Oktoberfest from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 293 ratings