Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Oktoberfest Froggy Style LagerOktoberfest Froggy Style Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by prototypic on 11-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Complex spiced, bready, malt, deep roasted malt and hint of fruit, with a gingerbread nose.
Dark amber orange color, semi clear with cream colored foamy head and lace. Medium/Full body. Solid version of the traditional style. 20 IBUs

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear burnt amber with a quick to die khaki head.

Smell is sweet and reminiscent of Karminator, but a bit weak. I get toasted malt and a wisp of strawberry.

Taste is lightly toasty malt again, raisin, and while not dessert like, pretty sweet.

Fluid body, semi-dry finish, definitely not what I expected, but a filling beer to be sure.

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Photo of imperialking
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager - Hoppin' Frog Brewery. Poured from the bomber bottle into a seidel, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with web-like lacing, and a clear deep amber body.

I smell a generous helping a full-bodied grains and malts with a touch of hops.

I taste a very nice balance of the components described above, along with a bit of caramel brought forth from the malt-work (is this a real term?). The grains are a bit grassier and earthier, but its okay with me.

The moutfeel of this beer is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll choose to rate Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager - Hoppin' Frog Brewery with a 4.5. This is a very underrated Northeastern Ohio marzen. So do yourself a favor this season and give it a try.

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Photo of StretchZep
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of parintele
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is bread-like/German malts and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is malts, fruit/berries, mild/medium sweetness and a smooth finish.

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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoppin' Frog's Oktoberfest ("Froggy Style") Lager fits the bill for harvest celebrations; its auburn-amber colour and soft golden highlights are reminiscent of autumnal foliage and the dwindling sun. As for head, things *sounded* promising at first - a sea of bubbles crackled like bacon hitting a hot pan, but sizzled out before building anything of substance.

Like most German lagers this one really earns its money on the palate and, while it likely won't floor you with its aroma, it certainly smells like something I could drink by the Maß. It has a simple but rich maltiness that hints at toasted grain husks and nuts, and contains just a trace of maple fudge-like sweetness. It's polka music to my ears... err, nose.

The difference between a "Froggy Style" Oktoberfest and the traditional Bavarian one is easy to quantify: about a percent and a half alcohol. At 7.3%, this practically qualifies for the weight class above the one Märzens typically clock in at. Not all the additional strength is hidden; alcohol esters are sensed where normally they are not. Drinkability, however, suffers little.

Qualitative differences also separate this American rendition from its European precursors. The recipe uses more than just pale malt, as the deep amber complexion attests. As result, there's more nutty, toffee-like sweetness in place of that simple Helles Lager breadiness. This makes it a little more interesting and a little less mindless - good or bad, depending on your motive.

Hoppin' Frog offers much the same level of continuity and quality with their beers as many of the iconic German brewers. Granted, their Oktoberfest is a little different from theirs (read: stronger, nuttier) but it offers the similar poise between social drinkability and substantial flavour. Overall, it's a fine candidate for all your 'Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Hoi Hoi Hoi' needs.

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Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Brewstradamus
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of hoosier222002
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Zormac
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of smccann
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TasteTester
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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