Oktoberfest Festbier Lager
Ninkasi Brewing Company

Oktoberfest Festbier LagerOktoberfest Festbier Lager
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #267
Ranked #36,999
3.67 | pDev: 11.72%
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Oktoberfest Festbier LagerOktoberfest Festbier Lager
Notes: Crafted with Oregon-grown hops, this Oktoberfest marries Northwest ingredients with a traditional German style. Celebrating the harvest, this light-bodied beer has a toasty malt bouquet and just a touch of hop bitterness. Prost!
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 120
Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells malty with a caramel and soda cracker scent. Mild grass and hay noble hop scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a fair amount of caramel. Mild bitterness. Mostly this is toasted grain and soda crackers.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug.
The appearance had a golden bronzed yellow to orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head gently sliding off. Mild lace touching the sides of the glass in speckled lace.
The aroma had some earthy sweet yeasty breadiness meshing with some nuts, caramel/toffee malty tones, some floral hops and mild hop spice.
The flavor has a fantastic earthy sweetness melding with the nuts, hop spice, floral hop components and clean caramel/toffee malts. Nice aftertaste of those malts, nuts and floral hops.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Good carbonation and ABV. Super nice finish of nuts, earthy sweetness, floral hops and caramel malts.
Overall, really good to me but seemed a bit different than the norm for the style.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful blonde version of the style. Crystal clear golden color with a light foamy white head that unfortunately doesn't stick around or leave much evidence.

Smells mostly of white bread crusts, with a spicy and floral finish.

Flavor is once again light and bready with a clean honey graham cracker note before a very spicy hop bite.

This is kind of thin bodied and high carbonation, making it seem exceptionally dry. Almost prickly. The sweetness (which is the best part) quickly gives in to it's bitter counterpart.

As an "American Oktoberfest", it's pretty good. For the fans of the traditional, this might not be their jam though. It's a little hop heavy, and to me doesn't quite fit the mold. Still a good beer though. Prost.

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Photo of Lampro
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Fine, delicate head. Lovely aroma (speaking after a long fast from beer). Expecting malty flavors, but this drinks more like a light IPA due to strong hops. Not bad, but not what I was looking for.

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Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handsome golden amber brew with plenty of white foam in the New Belgium snifter. Grainy scent with some floral hoppy aroma. Flavor is warm and bready with a touch of apple and crackers. Spritzy and a little sharp on the tongue.

Light and bright but malty, even a touch of something like pumpkin, and then the tangy finish. This seems a little more bitter and resiny than I'd like in a Märzen, but it goes down easily. Certainly more interesting than a lot of the flabbier Okto-style brews. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Wash.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a a speigelau IPA glass no bottles on date.

A: Small filmy white head that dissolves quickly. Body has great clarity nice gold color.

S: Light soft floral hops and some nice doughy breads doesn't smell crazy sweet like a lot of them.

T: this beer has some nice grainy and doughy breads but then has some floral spicy hops with a huge bitter finish.

M: medium bodied almost biting carbonation. surprisingly bitter finish.

O: This beer isn't too sweet it's too hoppy making it unbalanced in the bitter department otherwise it's fairly pleasant. It's just fairly bitter.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Seattle review dump.

A- Pours from the 12oz bottle to my glass with a basically clear golden yellow body and a frothy head. The white foam ascends to a finger high before dying somewhat quickly to a blanket atop most of the beers surface. Spotty lacing and a bit pale for the style.

S- German base malts shine as the ferment is clean and hops are minimal beyond basal Noble spicy hints. Those pale grains give crackery, bready and a light sweet note but lack the depth and richness many Marzens obtain.

T- As in the aroma the brew is somewhat straightforward boasting a well fermented base brew and pale German grains. Crackers, raw pale Pils barley, grainy bread and a hint of sweetness. Spicy, floral and slight herbal hop hints.

MF- Puffy and rather creamy with an elegant smoothness. Carbonation at a medium level and a light herbal bitterness finishes it off.

Clean lager profile with pale German grains and a hint of Noble hops. Could use some more depth to the malts to be more traditional but all in all a solid brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts with subtle bits of associated sweetness and notes of earthiness. There are also hints of floral hops and faint amounts of spicy hops.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and underlying hops—there’s just enough hop presence to mask all but traces of sweetness from the malts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle -

Pours golden with a thin white head. Some lacing sticks. On the light end of the style's color spectrum.

The smell is very mild - some faint grain and a hint of light toast. Clean.

The taste is of sweet pale grain. Mild toast and leafy/floral hop bitterness in the finish. Hops stand out a bit more than usual for the style, but it remains malt-forward.

On the lighter side, but not watery or fizzy.

A lighter, hoppier, interpretation of the style. It is clean and crisp in a lager way. A decent brew overall.

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Photo of stevoj
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Kind if a thick pour, appropriate, medium golden with small bubbly head. Faint malty aroma, taste follows with a straight forward malt bill, brought to a close by light hop bitterness. Malts dominate, as they should , and viscous body is on target too. Damn close to the original. 2016 version Is labelled as 5.5%.

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Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early January for $2.29. Rec'd at TW on 10-23-15.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head.

Nose is slightly graining with hints of Euro hops.

Taste is very well balanced. Toasted grains meld nicely with the Euro hops to form a refreshing tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall this is a nice Fest brew. I know this one is older but it is still quite nice!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect amber with a slight orange blush to it in the right light. Clear and has a creamy head that dwindles amiably. Nose is malty and rich with malt. A touch nutty and a light hop spice. taste is breaddy clean and a nice touch from hop bitter to finish . The more I drank this one the more I liekd it. Seemd to have just a bit of sweetness in the finish. Toasty and very well done. Mouthfeel was perfection. Bubble enough, dry enough and lots of flavor.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light copper/orange in color. Fine bubbled head settles shortly. Dots of lacing.

S: Lot of Pilsner malt on the nose. Whiffs of light runny caramel and some toasted grain too. Hay. Some grassy and oily hops with slight hints of earth and pine.

T: Grainy and toasty up front with familiar Pilsner malt flavors, a wrap of toasty grain, and hay. Hops edge in with an oily and earthy character. Lightly herbal, grassy, some resin , pine and bark. Alcohol comes out a bit at the back end. Earthy hop finish.

M: Medium bodied. Firm and malty. Prickling carbonation cuts through and lifts. A nice quaffable body.

O: An unabashedly Americanized festbier. The malt base is pretty much spot-on, but the American hops do eventually steal the show and leave a lingering impression of pine and earthy hop flavor. Alcohols are a mild distraction too. Not a bad beer, just a different take. Personally I enjoy more authentic festbiers, but this is a well-made lager nonetheless.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Olivers in Albany, enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a mug.

The color is a golden amber honey shade with a good clarity level and white head with fine bead. The smell is very nice with a doughy yeast adding to the subtle sweet nutty malt with subtle floral hop aroma. The feel is mild up front with creamy texture and light sweetness with nutty mix with medium carbonation and mostly dry finish with semi-bitter linger.

The taste is great with good malt foundation and mild toasted taste with a light hop flavor at first with nice balance of yeast and gentle malt sweetness with slight peppery quality in the finish with slight dried fruit from the yeast in the back. This is a very good Fest -drinkable and a nice example of the style with pleasant balance of hops and malt with nice clean yeast that adds breadiness with very drinkable qualities I would drink this year round except the brewery is not distributed in my area and I am pretty sure it is seasonal

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Photo of kpoole25
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, 5.9%. Light amber orange color, clear, good carbonation, head fades quickly. Smell is subdued, a little bright citrus and a little grain. Not a big malt flavor, but malt is there, not very complex. Some hop bitterness. Very dry, not heavy, seems like I could drink this in volume, at a fest perhaps! Decent beer, well made, no off notes, I think they hit what they were going for in terms of drinkability, but it doesn't stand out to me as a standalone beer that I'd specifically seek out and choose.

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look- A pretty, kind of golden copper. I didn't get much head on this pour.

Smell- Smells like an oktoberfest. It's a really light aroma, though.

Taste- Solid. A nice malty backbone with a little bitterness at the end. Not much nuance, though I expect that with lagers.

Feel- Maybe a little over-carbonated? IT's a little too bubbly.

Overall, a decent enough beer. I have been working on a six pack of it the last few days to make sure I'm not being too hard on it. It's fine, but there is no wow factor. Pair that with the fact oktoberfests are not one of my favorite styles, and you get the lower ratings.

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Photo of Redrover
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a strange, the beer is a pumpkin orange with only the slightest bit of chill haze.

Malts on the nose add a grainy slightly zesty smell.

The beer leads with slightly sweet, cracker like malts. The hops add a spicy compliment. For some reason when I got this beer, I assumed it would be an over hopped O-Fest. Glad to see I was wrong.

The mouth is sturdy and spot on.

All-in-all a nice stab at a style that is underappreciated and often bastardized.

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Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light orange copper color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I get some light sweet malt, along with some light dry citrus. On the palate though, this beer really shines. There is considerable baked apple, cherry, and sweet malt, with a fairly dry, slightly bitter/cistrusy finish. The beer is a bit sweeter than I like to see, but other than that, it's hard to argue with the quality of this beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is excellent.

One of the better domestic Oktoberfest beers I can recall having in some time.

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Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold amber with one finger of slightly off white head. Smell is toasted bread.
Taste is pretty hop forward at first with the malt following quickly. I would say it is actually well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. A bit slick light oiliness on the tongue.
Finish is lightly bitter dry. Overall an easy drinker and more complex than most O'Fest beers so far this season. Would I buy it again? Maybe but I am already kind of tired of this style.

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Photo of hreb
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours quite pale and with high clarity. No head to speak of. Mild aroma that suggests pilsner to me, more so than German Oktoberfest / Märzen / Altbier. Flavor however has a classic toasted lager flavor -- grainy and flavorful, without being too strong. I think this is a good execution of the German style, though a little deceiving in appearances. Finishes a little bit sweet, and the mouthfeel is more syrupy and less crisp than I'd like. Still, this is a solid Oktoberfest I'm happy to be drinking this season.

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Photo of tzieser
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a schooner-style glass (my stein is dirty)

L:pours medium amber in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing. definitely a bit on the paler side compared to some of the amber marzens out there.

S: grassy hop aroma with a bit of baked bread. smells close to an authentic german pilsner, which is nice.

T: sweet, cracker-like malt flavor with a stronger than expected hop bite. very dry, crisp and finishes clean. noble hops are working well here and while it isn't a hop bomb by any means it is certainly a bit hoppier than the traditional style. very well balanced.

F: crispy mouthfeel with a very dry finish. outstanding for the style.

O: A very good lager. Not nearly as authentic as it's German cousins, however it is still an outstanding beer on it's own merit. Ninkasi should be proud.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. No date info

Pours an light orange-gold see through body with a white head that didn't last. Some visible of lacing

Smell is mainly an earthy malt. The overall aroma is not very prominent, But it does smell like a Marzen...

Taste starts with that earthy malt that folds into a slightly bitter aftertaste. Again, right in line with the marzen style

Feel is a little thin.

Overall; While this wasn't a bad representation of an Oktoberfest beer. It was kind of an american-ized version. It was good, but nothing really jumped out and grabbed me.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

I bough a six-pack of Ninkasi Oktoberfest in a grocery store. Poured in to a pub glass.

Pours a shiny copper color, clear with a thin white head. Just a few bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is faint, but floral and perfume-like.

Taste is mildly sweet, with an earthy wet leaves and vegetable flavor, with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little flat.

Overall a decent fall seasonal. Not the best Oktoberfest I've had. I could go for a little more body and a richer flavor, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. was a short finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: a little bit fruity right up front with a light toastiness and rather a lot of sweetness. Kind of sweet for my taste, but not bad.

Taste: lightly sweet and fruity with some pear quality to it. Toastiness follows, and it's a very autumnal effect. Pretty satisfying!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a good carbonation and a nice creaminess.

Overall: quite quaffable indeed. I could hang with a sixer of this on an October evening like today.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bought from Winco superstore in S.Salem OR $3.79 Darker golden/light amber colour to the body of the beer, good sized creamy and thick eggshell white head. Dark bread like malt aromas, a touch of grassy hop..just a slight touch. Simple yet nice. Very smooth balanced taste with the malts winning but there is a spicy hop presence in the end. Very pleasing mouth feel to this one..fairly glides over the tongue! Really nice beer but as a earlier reviewer says..a cross between a pilsner and a marzen.

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Oktoberfest Festbier Lager from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 120 ratings