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Rocktoberfest | Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 09-25-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 12
Reviews by Shaw:
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Portland, Oregon brewpub in late September.

With a deep red color and sporting a very white head and malty aroma, Rocktoberfest has a nice malty taste with just enough hops to keep it nice and balanced.

A good Märzen-style beer. I was pretty impressed with Rock Bottom's brews.

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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not one of the better beers I have had fro RB,pours a amber/brown color with a light head that does leave a little lacing,light aroma of toasted malt and light caramel.Taste is a little watery with light flavors and a sweetness.Not much umph in this one it is highly drinkable but your are missing alot of flavors for the style.

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Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in Cambridge ...

Served as a clear, rich, dark amber with copper hues. Thin white foam whisp lace -- could have been more head to this beer.

Fairly clean to start, then it eventually bursts open with ample malty aromas.

Rich body, smooth, near meaty. Sweet malty character with loads of fruity esters, hints of caramel and notes of over-ripe banana. Crisp, sharp, carbonation and hop citrus bite. Rye flavours pull-thru just above the malty sweetness. Finish is loaded with residual malt sweetness.

A very enjoyable and malty as hell Oktoberfest! At 5.1% abv it's got a bit more omph! than your typical O-fest. Interesting banana character ...

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Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker this year, it draws on a darker brownish hue from last year with a sustaining head. Malty biscuity aroma and flavour ... a bit too husky on the palate. Hops pull off to be a tad more bitterness than I expected and mix with the huskiness. A decent rendition but there are better domestic O-fests out there.

Notes from 9-24-2002:
Great looking head and clarity on a pale amberish colour. Toasty malt flavour and aroma with enough hops to keep things in balance. Clean with a lager-like crispness, touch of grainy husk in the semi-dry finish. I was satisfied, good stab at the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

King of Prussia location, from a growler. This years Rocktoberfest is quite different from last year's version, and I think I like it better. It pours a deep copper body with a short cap of creamy light tan foam that holds well; and although it eventually drops to an average-sized, creamy collar and whispy surface covering, it continues to leave some thin lace about the glass. The nose is nicely malty, delivering the lightly toasty and caramelish character of Vienna malts. The body is firmly malty in the mouth, and its fine carbonation gives it a balancing crispness on the tongue. The flavor follows the aroma with a rich, sweet, caramelish and lightly toasted malt that's infused with some floral and spicy hops. It's malty but well-balanced, and it finishes clean and dry giving it a good level of drinkability. Worth stopping in for - get it before it's gone!

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Photo of Jon
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indianapolis location.

Solid O-fest. Pours a dark, clear copper with a smaller than usual white head that disappears quickly. Smell is of faint fruit and malt. Taste is big on malt with some hoppiness presenting itself, as well. A smooth mouthfeel and high drinkability make this a solid beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light overall aroma with a slightly malty, sweet malt quality that was pleasant and different.
Dark amber appearance of dark orange pushing brown. Clear. Steady 1/2 inch head that is brownish, leaves eventually, but shows lacing.
Dry malt stands out in flavor. Toasty to burnt and lacking caramel. Malty dryness.
Good softness for lager. Fullness from carbonation.
Little too robust for my taste in this style, but worth the try and well made.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An all-around average beer, I felt I was having the Barrel House O-fest all over again. Less than impressive, this beer has none of the real Marzen sweetness that is desired here. Dark amber body, OK lacing and not much of a head. The feel is average and unimpressive and so is the flavor.

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Photo of mschofield
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown, not much head what there is, is a light brown-tinged white.
The smell is just all malt. A full malt taste to it, fairly sweet. Not much complexity in this one - just malt. A full feel to it, no carbonation to speak of, it just sits there.
It's an ok beer, but nothing special, nothing complex or even different going on - just malt

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

A pretty solid offering, especially when I haven't been to this brew pub in a while, and wasn't sure what the quality would be like. Enjoyed this on the BA O-fest pubcrawl, and then on another evening out with David and Jimbo. Light mahogany color when poured, slight head. I thought it has a bit of a roasted coffee aroma. The main taste was all sweet malt to me. Easy to drink, would get again if I find myself at RB when this is on. Pat

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Photo of NickLovesBeer
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rocktoberfest sports a deep red/amberish color with a smooth malty aroma, crisp taste and a little sweetness left over afterwards. A fairly enjoyable beer although I felt that it tasted a little too close to Michelob Amber Bock. All and all an enjoyable beer especially while watching the Sox win their first game of the playoffs.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Poured much darker than Marzens I have had in the past. Some malt in the nose. Smooth malty flavor but it seemed rather unbalanced and weak. They need to work on this one a bit.

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Rocktoberfest from Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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