Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style LagerOktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 9
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light for an Octoberfests but it's a Dortmunder not a Marzen. Decent though. Crisper more like a pils.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

unconventional take on oktoberfest beer here, this isnt a marzen. its in the dortmunder style, and i like it a whole lot more than others ive had (great lakes flavorless brew comes to mind). this is crystal clear, i mean totally transparently barley yellow golden, with mellow bubbles rising up into a half inch of snow white head. airy and light. the nose is slightly sweet german malt, but its too light and delicate to be sugary, and the lager yeast is there with a biscuit doughy character, dry too. the flavor is just like the nose, with an almost cream ale middle to it, before the lager yeast gets established. i have never had a beer like this, its so light but not bland in the least, and while im not sure about its applicability in the fall, octoberfest is in september anyway, and thats still mostly summer, so rock on ninkasi for making an in season seasonal (increasingly uncommon). supremely refreshing beer, something id like to share with my molson drinking father, this is a conversion or gateway beer for sure. mass appeal, mass deliciousness. ill buy this if it comes around this season.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A Dortmund-style lager from the Prismatic lager series. Poured into a Fullers pint. The foam is actually rather lively. Pale golden color. A faint skunk and funk aroma. Extremely light body.

I have to say that this tastes European, and I don't mean that in a complimentary way. It has that odd skunky sort of hop flavor that seems to evaporate into a flat malty stew. After some sipping it does improve and seems more like a Pilsener that has lost its way. There is a pleasant aftertaste of resiny hops with a perfumey hop hint. A little sweetness threads through the pale maltiness. Rather thin and sharp.

I try new Ninkasi beers with a sense of expectation, but for some reason or another I am usually hoping for something more interesting. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another generous gift from my brother out in Oregon.

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Ninkasi's Oktoberfest is a very pale yellow color with good clarity and thin white head.

Aroma is sweet and malty, mild with a pilsner quality to it. Very little in the way of hops.

Flavor is also mild but well balanced. Pale malts and slightly spicy hops contribute to a subtle lager yeast backbone.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. Balanced and easy drinking.

Overall a good Oktoberfest and another solid brew from Ninkasi.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Clear golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Grassy, lightly spicey hops well balanced with grainy, slightly sweet, bready pilsner malts.

Medium body, fizzy, foamy carbonation.

Well done for the style. Subtle, delicate hop and malt complexities that can be missed if one doesn't take the time to appreciate them.

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Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 38 ratings