Hoffmann Oktoberfest | Climax Brewing Company

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Hoffmann OktoberfestHoffmann Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Dantes on 10-12-2003

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Joe Canal's since this is Jersey beer and I figured that I'd give this style another chance. Amazingly enough, this didn't seem anything like the other Marzens that I've had and the more I worked my way through this beer, the more I felt that this was a mix between a Belgian Lambic and a Fruit beer, because of the appearance and aroma. Without a doubt, this is the thickest Octoberfest that I've ever had!

Like so many beers that I've had lately, this had an apricot hue to it but this was a lot hazier than I pictured it being, to the point where there was some sediment in the bottle that I had to get out from the bottom. The aroma really wasn't there but what I did smell was syrup and that was repeated in the taste. The carbonation was low, the mouthfeel wasn't memorable, and there wasn't lacing to be seen either. There was a bit of Belgian sweetness and some biscuit undertone to this beer but the German malts and caramels that are so typical for Octoberfests were completely missing here. The thickness of the syrup was all that lingered in the aftertaste and I was hoping for something different once I worked my way down to the bottom of my pint glass.

Sad to say, that wasn't the case. On its own, this beer is fine and I'd have it again. There was only a slight hint of the booze in the taste and even though this is a notch strong, it's not a deterrent. What bothered me was how misclassified this beer was - I could have had this all year and by no means should this be exclusive to Autumn. For that reason, this was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of simskl
2.07/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up the growler at a local liquor outlet in NJ to go. It was at room temperature so I cooled it until the next evening. It simply smelled off when I opened it with an almost funky yeasty odor. Kind of like a really weak lambic without any flash.
I poured it into a pint glass and the color was a nice deep orange with a creamy smooth head, I started to think it would be OK, the smell also improved upon pouring it was still sweet but not as funky.
The taste was really unimpressive, there was very little carbonation and the beer itself was all sweet malt with no complexity at all, it's not like it was lightly hopped, it's like they didn't add any at all.
It was just too sweet for me, I gave up the rest of my half of the growler to a friend over to watch the ball game and he seemed to like it.... he normally drinks Bud though so I'm not going to use that to boost the ranking here.

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Photo of Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber hue with a small tan head. Aroma of lightly toasted barley, malt, with some grassy grainy and light fruity notes. Taste is light toasted sweet malts, some grain and a slightly funky taste. Palate is a medium body, with ok carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted malt, some grainy notes with some funk and some light nutty ending. Overall an ok oktoberfest.

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Photo of bonkers
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic, deep orange pour with a slight white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet and biscuity. It is a very sweet fest beer, lots of caramel malt, it finishes almost cloying. The flavors evolve as it warms and it is more enjoyabale. The body is medium full, light carbonation. A decent marzen, but the initial sweetness hurts the score.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Going against the grain on this one as well. Paid $18 on this one and worthy of a review as it disappointed. Poured from cask/growler into pint glass. Pours a dark amber color; lacks any german malt/caramel aroma; mouthfeel / body was flat and lacked carbonation. Had trouble finishing the beer with a buddy.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thick white head and lovely carbonation. Nice aroma of grassy hops and caramel malt. Medium, slightly crisp body. Bready (reminds me of their Helles), caramel malts balanced by earthy hops on the pallet. It seems to me that there are too much hops for the style. Long, earthy finish. Interesting brew, although it's deviates from traditional Octoberfest.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little head. Nice copper orange color. Smells breast with some caramel and toffee with slight hop notes. Taste is a bit overly grainy--reminds me a lot of many Great Lakes beers. Mouthfeel is lift to medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is good; nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Nickls
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Clearer brownish coppery orange color; thinner pure white head that held pretty well

S - Earthy and sweetish maltiness; doughy and dark fruits

T - Rich maltiness; earthy hoppiness; bready; nicely balanced and tasty

M - Substantial, medium MF; soft carbonation

D - Easily drinkable, and built for an extended session. Tasty, and balanced

Really nice example of the style, and pretty traditional but good.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L Growler into pint glass

Hazy copper hue with a one finger tan head (first pour) that settles to a thin rim along the glass. Spotty lacing.

Light herbal hop aromas on top of a slightly toasty biscuity malt base.

The sharp and bitter hops start out front, but quickly turn over to some highly toasty malts that linger into the finish. Full bodied.

A decent Oktoberfest Lager, but I may get tired of it over the length of the growler.

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Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had off the tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It has a somewhat cloudy orange color to it, but basically see-through. The head dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lacing.
S- Has an applepie kind of scent to it.
T- I really like this because it mixes European style Oktoberfests and American style Okts. It has a nice bitter taste but also has an applepie tasting spice to it. Very nice.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/6/08. Growler from Shoreline Beverage. Pours a clear amber with no head. Aroma of bread, sweet malt, and light fruits (raisins?). Flavor of bread, caramel malt, light fruits, and stale wheat malt that is typical of Oktoberfests. Faint sweetness. It's a pretty good oktoberfest, although admittedly this isn't really my style.
7/3/8/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a copper color with a short 1/4" head that sports plenty of large bubbles.

Smell: caramel and fruit sweetness are mild but pleasant.

Taste: bready malt profile with caramel, plums, hint of brown sugar, and mild bitterness. There is a touch of earthiness late in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother and a touch of dryness at the finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy beer to quaff, and the growler size bottle makes it easy to have a few in a session.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/28/2008 Poured into a pint glass from a growler

A- Pours a hearty clear orange-copper beneath a full head of off-white froth that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

S- The nose is bready and lightly toasty with a delicate touch of floral hops as well.

T-The flavor is as might be expected based on the aroma, with a luxurious but not overly rich, lightly sweet and bready malts but perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness and gentle smear of floral and grassy hops.

M- It's incredibly smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth with a firm, malty body and delicate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking a nice job of producing an Oktoberfest, could drink this all fall!

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Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler filled yesterday!

I always get excited for the Climax Oktoberfest every year, how could you not for your home town brew. This years offering pours a transparent reddish brown color with a small white head that vanishes quickly leaving thin patches on the surface. Spicy nose with lots of sweet toasted malt presence. While tasting its much the same, sweet, brown sugary malts meeting a spicy hop note, cherry, apple and the slightest alcohol heat. Light bodied, extremely drinkable, another batch well done for Climax!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a light amber color with a slight sudsy white head.

S: Spicy with a nice decent hop fresh floral flavor for this style.

T: Big hop tang, moderate carbonation with slight lager bite in the finish. Sweet munich malt palate is overpowered by the hops for the most part. A good lager but a tad overhopped for an octoberfest but this is the precise thing that makes this beer interesting.

M: moderate carbonation

D: different and still interesting by itself making for a moderately good session drink.

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Hoffmann Oktoberfest from Climax Brewing Company
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