Oktoberfest | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in March and cold lagered for its namesake German festival, this brew boasts a malty backbone with flavors of toasted bread and caramel, creating an even balance of hop bitterness.

Added by AtLagerHeads on 10-02-2003

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 9
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Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got the growler fresh and opened it immediately, and a friend got me one on tap at the brewpub, and I found no difference when I opened the grower between having had it on tap earlier. My review's going to be exactly the same as my earlier review.

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Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeremyBaumhower
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BB1313
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing dark copper, but has clarity; fluffy off-white head that slowly fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of grains. Lots of caramel in the mix as well. Fresh bread and malts. The flavors are very nice. Lots of caramel with hints of toffee. Hints of cherry as well. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Smooth stuff.

This is a very nice Oktoberfest. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really like it. Another well done Oktoberfest coming from Ohio.

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Photo of Raime
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled in fall 2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. This was a touch hoppy for the style, but everything else was spot on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Amberluvsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber brew with a nice white head and great lacing, this O-fest starts less malty than many and stays that way to the finish. The nose gives hops and these come through with nice bittering in the taste. a decent body with a strong finish and nice snap at the end. Probably one of the better I've had this year and it is one of Maumee's better efforts.

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Photo of shiznit7
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RupertRonco
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of KonigObHops
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very dark copper with an off-white head that poured about two finger-widths thick into a pint glass.

Very interesting aroma... A little hint of that toasted caramel that you would expect from a Maren, but that is overpowered by a much sweeter aroma. Perhaps honey, or almost banana.

The initial taste is sweet. In the middle the beer has a hint of the toasted caramel taste that you would expect from an Oktoberfest, but it is accompanied by a strong smoked taste similar to a dopple bock. The beer finishes with a smokey sweetness.

The mouthfeel is rich and the carbonation is very balanced.

Overall, this was a lot more than I expected from a beer made in Toledo, OH. It is a rather complex take on the Oktoberfest style.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass

Reviewed from notes

A : cooper with a quickly vanish head

S : faint roasted malt

T : strong malt and light caramel tones

M : smooth with a quick clean finish

D : i felt this had a really good drink-ability

A good, locally brewed Oktoberfest, glad i tried it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of shanegatter
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Interesting taste, best way for me to describe it is a fuller bud light ( I know yuck) but this was a decent beer. I poured redish and was transparent in a clear glass

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Photo of tat2dhllblly
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Smashley_lynn
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark copper in color, with a moderate head of airy foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Nutty, toasted malt, light bodied and easy drinking. An "ok" oktoberfest.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub: This beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a nil off-white head. Thin, spotty lacing. The aroma is malty with a fair amount of hops as well. Medium body with more bitter hops than are usually found in the style, however the malt base is still there. The finish is soft and sweet without much lingering malt. Just average.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Oktoberfest from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 27 ratings