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: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by prototypic on 11-10-2012

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a mostly clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, the brew smells like toasted malt, caramel, grassy hops and some herbs. Luckily the taste has more kick to it. It tastes like toasted and grainy malt, caramel, grassy hops, nuts, and some herbalness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I think it's a good enough Oktoberfest beer, definitely worth a try. $7.99 a bottle.

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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 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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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 WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half liter krug, beautiful jet stream carbonation flowing, big deep crimson amber body filtered thus far with a big khaki light tan head. Aroma has big cereal grains, big bready caramelized malt sugars dark fruit notes, this is a higher alcohol version of Oktoberfest hints of mild plum and other over ripened fruits going on. Flavor equates to big malty layered complex malts that I can't get enough of, hidden alcohol...jacked up fruity notes not usually found in a lager beer but this one is froggy style at 7.3% abv definitely cranked up a few notches from your average fall seasonal beer. Mouthfeel is still easy to drink amazingly with all of the malts and extra alcohol I still want to gulp this beer be careful with the drinkability of this German inspired big American classic. Overall I'm happy with this malty offering from a typical big stout, IPA, porter brewmaster like Fred Karm...I can't wait to try the Karminator.

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Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 prototypic
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest is a lighter copper color. It’s definitely clear. A little light behind it gives it a bit of an orange look. It’s a nice color. There really isn’t much to discuss in the head department. A few white bubbles gathered on the surface for a second, but disappeared very quickly. It wasn’t around long enough to materialize. Lacing was non-existent. Eh. All in all, just okay.

The nose is a little weak. A bump in strength would definitely help. It’s malty and earthy up front. The malt base smells like a mix of toasted and caramel malts. They seem to be present in equal proportions. It’s earthy and grainy throughout. There seems to be a light, grassy hop presence. Definitely smells like noble hops to me. Alcohol is a little more noticeable than you might anticipate given the style. Doesn’t smell overly strong though. Not bad.

The flavor is easily a step up. Caramel and toasted malts combine to create a really nice base. It’s tasty and very much in line with the style. It’s a little sweet, but isn’t sugary. It does have a very nice grainy, earthy, and grassy flavor that’s consistent with the style. There are definitely some grassy, noble hop notes, but they’re subtle and complementary. Blends nicely with the malt base. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through too strong. For the style, it’s definitely on the heavier side of the spectrum. Nothing intimidating though. Finishes a little sweet, earthy, and grassy. Good stuff.

Oktoberfest has a light-medium body. Carbonation is very light and soft. It’s definitely smooth and easy drinking. It feels a bit bigger and heftier than most Oktoberfests, but this bomber’s still going down with ease.

Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager is a pretty solid release from Hoppin’ Frog. It’s nowhere near their best stuff, but it is pretty good. It could be their first Lager. I’m not positive about that. It’s definitely worth checking out in any event.

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Photo of DavidGross
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 pathman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The body is a pure amber caramel color. A tan colored head recedes quickly to a fine wisp, little or no lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with malt richness, slightly spicy, and a faint cherry fruitiness is also there.

The taste mimics the aroma only with a delicious malt body and a dry rye type of flavor the sits under the spiciness and touch of cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry, slightly creamy.

Overall, another exceptional brew from Hoppin' Frog. I love this one.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Mikeszab
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of StretchZep
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, 2012 bottling. Pours fairly clear orange copper color with a 1 finger foamy off white head with good retention; that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, apricot, caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, and light grass. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid balance of malt and yeast fruitiness. Taste of pear, apple, toast, apricot, caramel, brown bread, light nuttiness, brown sugar, and light herbal. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, brown sugar, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice malt balance, robustness, and complexity; with a nice fruity/malty balance; and minimal cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest style. Nice balance and robustness of malty flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Oktoberfest Froggy Style Lager from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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