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Dark Horse Oktoberfest | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse OktoberfestDark Horse Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Copious amounts of Bonlander Munich Malt give this beer a great malt sweetness and very big body to enjoy with the change in season. This beer is released to coincide with the official Oktoberfest in Munich Germany.

24 IBU

Added by proc on 09-09-2002

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of BenHoppy
1.22/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardyA
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (date is unreadable, but this fall's vintage) poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours a deep dark reddish brown with abundant light brown head. The head settles to a nice 1/8" cap with no lacing. The aroma is nutty with a burnt sugar presence. The taste is dark nutty sweetness that somehow finishes with a nice spicy hop dryness. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, well carbonated, dry and a little grainy. Overall, pretty good. I never know what to expect with a Dark Horse beer. This is fairly traditional, albeit dark. Similar to Spaten, which is high praise from myself.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fitrock2112
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Dark Horse Oktoberfest into a pint glass.
A - Dark amber with a finger of off white head.
S - Carmel, sugar, roasted malts
T - Burnt sugar, carmel, light hops. Light roasted malts.
M- Smooth medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
O - Great Oktoberfest.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one pours a nice dark-ish brown, with a fluffy white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells very, very sweet, almost berry-like, with toffee, and caramel.

This is the classic American-style over-caramelization of this type of beer, as this has a very sweet caramel malt character, and a completely out of place berry fruitiness. It's not dry in the slightest, there's no spicy hop character, it doesn't have that nice balanced malt richness I want from the style. This is quite disappointing.

The body on this is also far too big and beefy, and probably adds to the too-sweet feeling that this has. It's carbonated normally.

This is very disappointing, but unsurprising.

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Photo of JDoHo
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a deep ruby brown color with a two finger, creamy light khaki head. Retention is moderate and there are chunks of hanging lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is very sweet and nutty. Caramel, nuts, toffee, dough, chocolate and roasted malts are all I get. The malt profile reminds me more of a brown ale or a porter honestly.

Taste is similar with the only real difference from the smell being that there is a hit of hop spice on the finish. If it wasn't for that this beer would truly drink as if it were a brown ale. Also it is a bit boozy.

Feel is medium full and sticky. Again not anywhere near what it should be for the style.

Overall this beer is decent, but not to style whatsoever. It is overly sweet, too heavy and sticky.

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Photo of fern22
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chillin
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent marzen, much heavier in body than I am used to and much more assertive. Flavors are good but very robust, such that it looses the drinkability characteristic of the style. Nevertheless nothing particularly wrong with the beer, other than it has a bit of astringency toward the back end of the palate

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1.15/5  rDev -69%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another horrible beer by Dark Horse, gee what a surprise. Look is somewhat intriguing with its marzen caramel creamy appeal yet smell is horrid like my grandparents refrigerator with its stale malt along with some unpleasant aroma. Taste is nowhere close to good just like it smells. It is overly boozy with no real balance. I pick up some malt and stale toffee. Not very drinkable and close to being a drain pour. Why I keep trying Dark Horse? I really don't know. I guess I really want to enjoy their beer but as always I leave disappointed.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dark Horse's Oktoberfest last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I can't believe that I've never had this beer before, but now it's time to finally give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Oktoberfest Stein.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little cheesy looking, but it is also a little eye catching. It poured a brow and red color that took on more of a brown color when held to the light and it had almost two fingers worth of pretty cream light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, but it's a little on the dark side for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a fruity aroma with some noticeable apple cider like aspects with a slight bit of dark fruits. Up next comes some doughy yeast that leads into the malts which impart some nice caramel malt, toasted, caramel, brown bread and bread crust like aromas with some sweet malts showing up right at the end. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's pretty robust for the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it still imparts some apple cider like aspects, but this time it has more of a general fruity aspect to it and it's followed by some doughy yeast. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they seem to show up just as much and towards the end there's just a little bit of an herbal hop flavor. On the finish there's a higher amount of low bitterness with a very malty aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Oktoberfest, but it's a little more robust than most in the style.

M- Smooth, slightly cloying, a little creamy, crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer, it's pretty thick for the style.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a pretty nice example of the style, it was fairly true to style, but just about it each aspect had something that made it bigger and bolder than it normally is for the style. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these in the fall time. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the balance, no single flavor ever got to be too overpowering and it's a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is that it's just a little to robust for the style, it's more of like a Brown Ale than a typical Marzen. I would get this beer again when I'm in the mood for a more robust Oktoberfest and I would recommend it to anyone else looking for the same. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think it would be more true to style if the robustness was turned down a little. It's not a favorite Dark Horse beer and it's not the greatest example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a good tasting beer that's pretty robust for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with ruby auburn hues; creamy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a strong malt presence. Lots of caramel along with some hints of cocoa. Subtle hints of hazelnut. The flavors basically follow the nose. Caramel leads the way along with some toffee and cocoa. Moderate bitterness along with a moderate sweetness. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink, although it's a nice beer to take your time with.

This is an alright Oktoberfest. It's a little rough around the edges for the style, but it's still enjoyable and fun to drink. It's not a traditional example of the style, but it's fitting for the autumn weather.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2017 bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours with a reddish brown body that is dark for style. Likewise or the tan head. Decent lacing.
This is an American style version, not German, with bolder flavor and, I think untraditional malts. Mildly bitter and less drinkable than a traditional marzen.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.61/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reddish caramel color with a buttery popcorn colored head. Nice lace skirted around the sides.

Caramel malts on the nose, with candi sugar, molasses, anise, dry barley.

Some toffee and licorice with some face twisting awkward sweet-bitterness. The spices come into play - cinnamon and ginger primarily - piled on top of this barley-licorice-hop mess. The more it warms and "develops", the worse it tatses.

Feel is parchy while being aptly carbonated. Chalky mess on the finish.

Overall, super not impressed. It just tastes like licorice twisted with dog shit. Not a fan at all.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imperialking
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Dark Horse Oktoberfest from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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