Smuttynose Octoberfest (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

very good
23 Ratings
Smuttynose Octoberfest (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Octoberfest (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 11-12-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 6oz brown bottle, with a picture of old Vienna(?). "a hearty celebration lager" is their definition of this limited release beer.

Appearance: Rich copper amber in colour, with a creamy, frothy white head that is comprised of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Faint grain aroma, with hop notes.

Taste: Slight caramel maltiness up-front, followed by a dextrin flavour that mingles with a semi-citrus hop bitterness that lingers in the end. Grain flavours are prominent throughout and appear at just the right level, leaving the palate clean.

Notes: It's a shame that this is not a regular 6-pak style for Smutty, during the Fall season, as this is one clean and tasty beer. One of the best American crafted Octoberfests available. 5.2% abv.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit out of season, but I found this for the first time in a store and had to try it. Still tastes great, and seems true to the style. Pours a copper color with a light beige bubbly head that unfortunately sinks pretty quickly. Aroma of sweet malt, a little butterscotch and some biscuity notes. Even flavor consisting of slightly sweet malt, more butterscotch, and a hint of sweet corn. Very smooth mouthfeel. Overall a really good beer, and if the ABV is higher than normal, it's difficult to tell as it doesn't seem to contribute to the flavor.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear copper with a moderate eggshell head. Solid lacing.

Smells nutty with a bit of toffee in the background.

Tastes very spicy and malty upfront. Almost in a pseudo belgian kind of way, then the traditional O-fest nut flavors kick in. Nice and smooth with a very nice hopped finish. Kind of stings ya as you're leaving.

Mouthfeel is quite solid and the flavors carry this beer a long way.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoggy amber-glinting copper with a proud, enduring, cream topping.
Caramelized brown sugar nose, layered on toast.
Begins with a swell of caramelly Munich malts. This instantly reminds me that it has been far too long since an o-fest has crossed these lips. Damned calender.
Lingers with the caramel-kissed sweetness for several moments, and hints of fruits seemed drowned within. Blueberries, primarily and apricots too. Dries out suddenly, with touches of grain poking through, but never harshly. Brown-sugared cinnamon glazed walnuts materialize out of this dryness. Ends assertively hopped, with a sturdy bitterness. But it's not out-of-whack in its floral and more traditional grassy German cone flavorings.
Generally medium bodied, yet with an alluring plushness that is found as the carbonation gradually dies.
This is a beautiful festbier.

Many thanks to yankeeheel for the bomber.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this on friday. Darkish copper colored, with a whispy white head. Full bodied, many different tastes hitting my tongue, much like the colorrs of the leaves. A good beer to have while passing out the candy on Halloween.

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Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium amber, with a large tan head that mostly recedes, leaving small bit of lace. Aroma is a pleasant mix of toasted malt, some caramel malt, and a bit of hops. Flavor carries on the caramel, less toast than the aroma had, and ends with a nice crisp hoppiness that wisks the other flavors away. Medium in body, medium carbonation, very easy drinking.

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this “Big Old Beer” is a lucent burnished copper with a modest head that is semi-creamy in texture; the color a beauteous light tan and the lace a tight clinging sheet to conceal the glass. Ah the crisp and fresh aroma of hops, sweet malt, a maybe a bit of raisins, spicy and nice this nose. Start is sweet with a nice malt profile, top is fair to middling in its feel. Finish is masterfully hopped, the acidity stern and the aftertaste quite dry and the hops stay with you till the end, a fine drinking beer, form a great brewery, my thanks to bierman9 for this sample.

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Photo of Goldhammer
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Gorgeous clear copper color topped by a pale yellowish head of decent size. Head eventually collapses to a ring and a slight film of bubbles on the surface. A nice solid amount of lacing.

Smell: Toffee and caramel malt aromas with some subtle herby and spicy hops reminiscent of some Belgian beers going on. Not used to an o-fest being a sniffer, and that's not a complaint!

Taste: Caramelly malt with some light floral and grassy hop aftertastes. Hints of some autumnal flavors like burning leaves and such. Slight metallic tang on the finish as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. Slightly buttery, but that may have been from dinner (featuring sauteed mushrooms). Still, it's quite crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I'm glad I got around to this in late October. This is a hearty and robust O-fest perfect for that time of year. I quite liked it. Since I'm not gonna make it to Germany anytime soon for the real thing, a more substantial märzen doesn't bother me in the least.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick cream colored head that stuck around for a good five minutes and left a solid amount of lacing as it retreated to form an island of head. The aroma is malty and lightly spiced. This beer is well balanced with lightly sweet malt that is cut by floral hoppy bitterness, and barely noticable spices. The body is right in the middle, and the color is a glowing ruby amber. This is a solid Octoberfest, I could drink it all day.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottum
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty redish amber with a bight off-white head. Malty goodness come in at the end of the gulp and is aided by a hop afterbite. The mouthfeel is quite smooth because of this. It goes down before the real oomph starts. The sweet malt flavor is quite nice and brings a sweet flavor which is almost smokey and fruity, but not quite either. Makes for an interesting beer which is a very drinkable creature.

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Photo of beernut7
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Big Beer series, pours a deep copper color with and impressive, if quickly dissipating head. A bready sweet aroma hints at Munich malt. The malt aroma does not translate palatably as the first sip brings the impression is of a deeply hoppy lager. A moderate bitterness and floral hoppy spice are the predominant flavors. A bit of sweet malt fights its way through only to be quickly eclipsed by a bold finishing bitterness. Drier in malt character than I prefer in the style with a larger hops factor. Tasty and crisp after a long work day, but not a favorite.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stammtisch.
The beer is a dark cinnamon brown, topped with a lasting almond head. No lace, although the head remains through the entire pint.
Aroma is very malty, with some caramunich caramel aroma. A bit toasty. Very light smokiness. Clean and authentic. Very light graininess, with no hops apparent in the aroma.
Flavor is powerfully malty, with light caramel coming through up front. A vague smoky flavor permeates into the middle. Malt carries through into the finish, where a touch of citric hopping barely comes through. A touch of husky malt in the aftertaste. Big bodied, with mild smooth carbonation. Very tasty and very authentic.

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Photo of AMCPhD
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Stammtisch sampling.
It pours a dark amber color with off white foamy head and small traces of lace. An upfront malty aroma dominates a light, but fresh floral hop. The malt is lightly sweet, but not as syrupy as it appears. A grapefruit bitterness is more noticeable than typical O'Fests. A mild metallic bite can be detected in the back of the throat. An alcohol warming lasts throughout. Could be called a Strong Pale Ale O'Fest.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Before hops overtook my life, I was a big fan of Octoberfest beers. I haven't met one like this ever before, and thanks to Bierman9, I was able to sample this one.

It's a very nice shiny amber color with a great thick, tan head. Aroma is a bready/toasty malt. The flavors are a cascade of complex malt flavors. It starts with sweet caramelly notes followed by dried fruits (cherry and raisin) in the backround. A medium/light body that is smooth as silk, I was going to share with my wife but the brew was disappearing from the stein too quickly. The finish is dry and very toasty. Easily the best of this style I've come across. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Starchild
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I couldn't find this all season and I still see Big-A IPA on the shelves. Anyway, I came across this, the scotch, and imperial all at one time.

Appearance: Grade A. Thick fluffy head. Color a dark ruby brown yet see possible to see through it.

All and all the beer was bitter, clean and fresh. This Oktoberfest was mighty different then other fests all season. This beer was not as sweet and little more robust. This beer stayed closer to lager roots. It was slightly bitter, fresh, with hints on pine ans fruit on a doughy malt backbone. The beer remained smooth, had some spices and encored with some more hops before fading away. Not a traditional German marzen, yet an interesting interpretation of the style. Is this what a New England fest tastes like? I like this fresh American interpretation.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Big Bottle: The beer pours a slightly orangish-amber color. It is crystal clear. There is a decent off-white head, but it dissapates very quickly. There is very little lacing. The taste is malty sweet with a fairly decent hop bite also. Medium bodied. Hint of caramel to the nose. A very good efort!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh....the first Smutty O-Fest of the season!!! Decent copper color, a bit darker than most Fests. Has a rocky, off-white head and real good lace. Nose consisted of a lot of grainy, toasty malt, with a smidge of hops at the end. Good, medium body, and a better-than-medium smoothness. Mmmm. Smutty has a big, toasty malt foundation, with good fest-sweetness. A touch of hops shows up too...actually a bit more than a touch....a good hop presence at the finish, which lingers. Also has a bit of sharpness on the tongue. A very pleasing Fest! Hell yeah!! Prosit!!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Big Beer Series. Bright red with orange highlights body topped by an off-white head which quickly collapses into a thinner version of the Guinness flattop. Nose is mostly malt caramel, with a very slight burnt or smokey quality. In the taste, the malt sweetness starts, but a wave of hops arrives at the end. Not cloying, well balanced. Mouthfeel is full but still clean. A solid example of an American Octoberfest.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Smuttynose Octoberfest (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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