Arbor Brewing Oktoberfest | Arbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2002

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of DOCRW
2.13/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of chris1919
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ssarkozi1
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of midlifec
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of brewpubmellon
4/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Telix
2.32/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the fourth beer I've had at ABC, and they continue to be absolutely unimpressive.

A: A weak brown-orange with mild haze and no head whatsoever.

S: It had the characteristic smell of ABC beers I am noticing, which is a slight weak malty sweetness.

T: Probably the worst Marzen/Oktoberfest I've had, ever, which is saying something. It wasn't an appallingly bad beer, it was just clearly below average. It tasted nearly identical to the cask IPA I had the week before and even a similar flavor profile to the HXL ESB, which is just bizzare. Imagine extremely weak malt sweetness with absolutely no depth of hop character. I'm contemplating lowering my rating below 2.0 just out of my rising anger, but I don't need to be ludicrous here.

M: Thin, with no good carbonation giving it any body.

D: If you can get past the taste, it's totally drinkable. You certainly won't get overwhelmed with flavor.

To be avoided, truly.

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Photo of claminat420
2.13/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

i had this brew at a pub in ypsilanti. arbor brewing actualy calls it "hoptoberfest" and let me tell ya it's no hops at all. i drank it yesterday and took some notes.

A- poured a light golden with a thin lacing head. noticed the bubbles running up which were kickin the whole time drinkin it.

S- with something with hop in the name i wouldv'e expected to smell them but nope. just malts.

T- prolly one of the most watery microbrews i've ever had. nothing there at all. a budlight has more flavor.

M- light bodied. very carbonated.

D- i can say it simply that it's a carbonated water with just a dab of a malt pressence.

Overall- this beer is terrible if you're looking for something that a microbrew should have. completely watery and just hits you with the carbonation.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent Oktoberfest, somewhere toward the middle of the road however.

Served in a standard pint medoum gold/amber in color with a thin light head. Nose is a bit weak, a tad bready and slightly malty. Taste is quite nice, very bready overall, a decent malt background and bitterness profile, but remaining fairly light, in fact a tad weak. Mouthfeel is quite light. This is a fairly sessionable beer but not overly impressive.


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Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apply marshmallow aromatics carry into the flavors. The color is cloudy orange/brown. It is balanced toward the rich, malty side of the Maerzen spectrum; any hops influence is kept strictly in the background. The texture is creamy yet tannic. The finish displays chalky nectarine and tangerine fruit. This was my favorite of the four I drank here because it was the most bland.

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Photo of nomad
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured fresh on the first day of its autumnal release, this Oktoberfest is a lightly browned medium-copper. Its sudsy head was shortlived but did throw some lace before leaving. Surprisingly hazy, especially for such a long-lagered and typically sparkling brew.

Smell is very weak, mainly nutty scents from the malts that were sluggish to come forward. Taste is ordinary, with a bare notice of mediocre fruitiness, flat nutty flavor, and hops lacking a determinate character or crispness. Messy finish, but in general the problem was missing a sturdy malt body. Mouthfeel was moderate and good enough.

Its tough not to compare, but a homebrewed Oktoberfest by a buddy of mine blew Arbor's version out of the water.

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Photo of marburg
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a glass of this the other day at lunch. While I'm not disappointed that I tried it, it's far from the ideal Octobrfest. An almost silky-looking brown-orange color with very little head. Extraordinarily malty with a heavily sweet kind of candied vegetable flavor going on. My objection to this beer comes in its lack of balance. It's not a traditional Marzen brew, and it lacks any real hop presence. It's just too sweet. If your ideal meal consists of a dish of pre-dinner M&Ms, a nice sweet salad with raspberry pecan dressing, some candied yams, a sweet potato soufflée, and a few carmel apples, you'd likely love this brew.

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Arbor Brewing Oktoberfest from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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