Rocktoberfest | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
rockbottom.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 09-19-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Reneejane
4.88/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This review is off the 2015 rocktoberfest brewed at rock bottom Chicago. This is a perfect example of the style! Crisp with malt richness without inappropriate caramel malt. Noble hop aroma. Nice orange color. One of the best commercial examples!

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Photo of Bobk80
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of BRD14
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of jhm
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of starofindia
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in 16oz pint glass at the 2008 release party. Not sure of the ABV.

Nice one finger head that dissipated quickly, left very little lacing. Dark reddish brown color. Very inviting.

Very malty aroma. I got hints of tobacco but more prevalent was the raisin. Subtle hop spiciness probes through the malt.

Taste was something else, boy was this malty! And refreshingly so... very nice flavor. Nice mix of specialty malts, I even got hints of chocolate??? Considerable toasty maltiness. Would have preferred some more hops to balance the malt, but was delicious nonetheless.

I'm not a good judge of mouthfeel, I guess I would say it was good. This beer could have been full-bodied, but I don't know well enough to confirm.

Very drinkable, I would certainly have another... and another.... A fine fest bier. Nicely done Bryon, Prost!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stopped in after work to try this. The guy at the bar could only eat one of his 2-pretzel appetizer. Free pretzel! Also got to chat with Guy for a minute and he gave me a sample of the newest brew on the nitro-tap, a stout. Munching on a free pretzel, having some brews, chatting about beer, you could say I was in my element.

Appearance - an appealing amber pour out of the tap. Comes out a little too soft for any head build-up, but the barkeep smartly popped the spigot off and on to make a thin cream-colored cap.

Aroma - very soft Munich malts, biscuit and roasted elements are there but barely discernible over the somewhat smoky-smelling happy hour atmosphere.

Taste - good roasted malt presence. Appropriately sweet up front, a bit floral, turning dry with a great hop balance on the swallow. Impressive lingering of the hops, leaving an orangey, almost grapefruity finish. Good stuff. Great entry for the style. Worth a growler.

Mouthfeel - moderate to moderate/light, a good spot for it to be. Rather crisp, a good complement for the rather robust taste.

Drinkability - outstanding fall season sessional.

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Photo of JL_25
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear amber appearance. Thin off-white head leaves ample amounts of lace. Aroma is nice and malty. Bready as well. The taste is quite clean and quite nice. Bready malts, somewhat thick, are up front. Rich texture and taste. Quite smooth. Malt tones are nice and hops prevent this from becoming cloying. Medium-full body. Enjoyable ofest. One of the better ones around.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For an Oktoberfest-style beer, this is rather good. The aroma is rather light, but the taste makes up for it. The presence of caramel hops is strong, the body is almost ideal, the dark caramel color with it's ivory foam is very enticing. Another winner from Rock Bottom.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rock Bottom's seasonal Rocktoberfest is advertised as an authentic German-style Marzen. While it's not a Marzen (lagered over the summer), it is an authentic Oktoberfest beer!

Its foamy off-white head rests lazily, slowly receeding in height over its ruby-orange copper body. It's clear; and brass and gold highlights can be seen along the sides of the glass. Many fine bubbles are visible rising quickly to take their place in que beneath the head. The retention is excellent, and it leaves sheets of clinging lacing about the glass.

The nose is toasty and 'juicy' sweet due to its Vienna malts, with a light touch of floral hops as accent.

The body is solidly medium and it's creamy in the mouth despite its somewhat effervescent appearance.

Bready, gently sweet and mildly caramelish toasted malt dominates the flavor up-front but soon reveals its balancing bitterness and a delicate hop flavor. It finishes dry with a flash of doughy, toasted malt and some residual hop spiciness.

It's quite nice, and the version at the King of Prussia, PA location is exceptionally good this year!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, clear dark amber hue, tight beigish, too brief head.
Big aromatics, herbal and malty, very solid.
Taste resounds with the same, full, rich, caramel-toned maltiness, big flavor, full-bodied, never-ending finish, with lingering toasty toffee tones lapping onto the palate over and over...almost gets slick and syrupy, but not quite.
A pleasant surprise...I'll have to revisit this, before the season slips past us.

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Photo of KerryCummins1977
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Minneapolis, MN. Served in a stein glass.

Appearance: Color is a deep and clear amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. About two fingers of off white head which fade into a thin layer. Lacing on the glass is moderate.

Smell: Bready and fairly sweet malts up front. Big hints of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. Some grains and earthy hops with a light hint of pepper spices and butterscotch. Very forward with the toasted caramel. Also a little bit grassy with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Like the scent previews, a very malt forward taste with lots of caramel. Toasted malts up front with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grass, buttered toast, and some pepper. Moderate earthy hop presence. Fairly sweet up front but has a dryness that lingers in the aftertaste. A pretty solid Marzen taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth with a pretty drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the Marzen style. A nice caramel foreword beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of edbeered
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thiss pours a ruby reddish brown in color, and while it is not the typical color of an Octoberfest brew, it is a beautful looking beer. There is a small white head which dissipates quickly yet leaves substantial lacing on the glass. The smell is a pleasant fruity malty one and the taste is everything the smell promises, with a nice fruity maltiness and a substantial caramel presence. There is no hop bitterness to speak of. The mouthfeel is rich without being syrupy. This is what I hope a German Octoberfest would taste like. A nice effort.

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Photo of M477
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of shirtless_mike
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mds1101
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark amber/copper color with 1 finger of foamy off-white head, nice retention and ok lacing. Smells of caramel, bread, and grass. Tastes of light lemon, toasted grain, butter, bread, and caramel with an earthy and dry grass finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Sweet but also earthy, a little less smooth than most Oktoberfests, a little more dry and harsh in the finish with less sweet malts in the backbone. Easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystalline orange-amber that held more than a passing resemblance to iced tea. The oatmeal colored crown was small to start and melted to near nothing within minutes. By the time I took my second sip, there was only a partial film on the surface of the beer and almost no lace on the glass.

Even though there wasn't much depth or power in the nose, I could tell this was going to be good beer after the sniff test. It smelled like spiced brown bread with an undercurrent of fruitiness. That was pretty much how it tasted too, although it had more personality on the palate.

Rocktoberfest was impressively caramel malty on the bottom end. However, there was a whole lot else going on as well. Perhaps the best way to get to the nub of this beer, to its true essence, is to describe it as a roggenbier-marzen hybrid. It had the zesty spiciness of the former and the earthy maltiness of the latter. A delicious combination.

Comparisons to pumpernickel bread would probably be a stretch. Comparisons to toasted, fennel seed-flecked rye bread with a light dusting of cinnamon would be more appropriate. There was also an apple fruitiness that was either due to hops, or more likely, to one of this brewpub's yeast strains (a theory that I continue to expound, probably ignorantly).

I sampled both the on-tap and on-cask versions several weeks ago and decided to review this one due to the superior mouthfeel. The cask beer wasn't carbonated enough and was too soft in the mouth. This beer had a zippy, festive feel that dovetailed nicely with the zesty, spicy flavor.

In perusing my reviews, I'm a little surprised to see that I haven't given any Oktoberfests high scores. Rocktoberfest, at least where flavor and drinkability are concerned, is at least the equal of the dozen or so that I've tried, many of them world-renowned. I'm convinced the roggenbier vibe is the key and is what makes this beer the success that it is.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dined in recently at the Arrowhead RB. Had a sample of the Rocktoberfest and thought it was worth a growler.

This brownish brew poured a head that did not last long. This is a very sweet smelling brew. Taste is dominated by the sweet malts with a toffee like dry finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than normal for this style but it awoke the palate quite nicely. Overall drinkability is good. Brewer Jeff Yade did a nice job with making this drinkable for me as this style is not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber color with nice dense head.

Smell - Nose is of grain and malt. Very clean.

Taste - Again very clean and complex with a maple and an almost a spice-pumpkin flavor. Rich but clean particularly in the finish. Malt is present but not dominant. Minerality present as well. Well done. Note: A lot of oktobers are going to be maltier but I believe that the brewer's style is to go lean with most of his beers.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Both are high. Weight was enjoyable along with the balanced flavor between richness, cleaness and minerality.

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Rocktoberfest from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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