Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Oktoberfest Froggy Style LagerOktoberfest Froggy Style Lager

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of strohme2
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful copper with orange highlights. Small head that fades quickly. Caramel, dark fruits and just a bit of booze on the nose. Sweetness, raisins, orange liqueur in the taste. Some citrus bitterness too. Slick, almost chewy body. Not a typical Oktoberfest type beer.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2017 from 22 oz bottle in pint glass. Drank it about 1 month after purchase, there was no bottled date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark gold color, medium size dark tan head that lasted for a long time. Thin lacing and remnants on the side of the glass from the head.

Smell: Sweet & malty with some caramel aromas. Some nut and hops aroma as well.

Taste: Medium-bodied with nice balance of malt and hops and alcohol. Dominated by caramel, chocolate, and burnt malt flavors, but with a little bitterness and kick from the hops. There are also sweet flavors like honey. Overall an interesting combination, but dominated by the sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but very smooth. Matched 7.3% on the label.

Overall: Nice lager. Easy to drink, but still has some interesting flavors. A good Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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, like toasted whole grain bread, with raisin, and, while not dessert like, leaning pretty sweet of red fruit, toffee, caramel and spiced licorice. Fairly complex really.

Fluid, perfect medium round body, thick carbonation, and a 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 +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of parintele
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +1.6%
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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Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 48 ratings