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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the brewpub on 10/11/09. Served in a mug.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin covering of brite-white head. Solid foamy retention, yields some nice looking rich swathes of lace. The aroma leaves a good bit of spicy dryness in the nose. Some heavier bready sweetness rises up underneath, mixing with some citrus to impart a sticky tang in the nose.

Once again, the taste is strong with a peppery bitterness, that REALLY gives this a zippy firmness in the mouth. Sweet bready malt character starts on the outside and then pulls together in the back, helping balance this out some. Make no mistake though, this is VERY drying in the mouth. A bit too much I'm afraid. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp crispness which matches that assertive hop profile. Pretty smooth overall in the mouth.

This was a decent American take on an O-Fest that unfortunately relied a little too much on the Noble hops. This was probably one of thee driest versions of this style that I've every had. While this was distracting, luckily it didn't kill the drinkibility, thanks to a solid easy drinking body and feel. This is definitely worth a look, but I was ready to move onto to something else after it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

Pretty good. Standard märzen. Poured a clear burnt sienna with a small white head that dissipated after not too long. Not too much in the aroma, just smooth toasty malts. Caramel malts in the taste, toasted bread, with a touch of floral hops for balance. Pretty nice. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouresd bronze with 3/4" white head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Slight malt, but not much

T: Nice malt profile up front, then some floral hops. Finishes slightly fruitty with a little floral hop kick at the end

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & carbonation

This wasn't a bad marzen, went down easy, but expected a little more from this. Still better than most of the regular rotation here

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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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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm brown clear body with a thin light tan head that last for a good bit fading to a thick ring of foam. There is a good carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of dry lightly toasted malt comes through with some pale malt aromas increasing as the beer warms. A light biscuit hint is in the background.

T- The taste of dry lightly toasted malt has some darker toasted malt hints and a nice nutty quality with some biscuit malt flavors round out the flavor. There is a light green hop hint at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz that cleans the finish.

D- This beer has some nice complexity in the malt bill but it is still light and not that interesting. It was nice for a glass but I don’t think I could handle several liters of this brew.

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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 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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour a dark, reddish amber. Small head receded to a cap that stuck around the whole time. Left big, manly looking strands of chunkly lacing on the sides.

S - Fairly mild smell. Little bready, with some caramel malts and a slight bit of hops.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells. Nice, sweet malts that taste of caramel but are not overly sweet. Nice little bit of hops at the end. Not mind-blowing, but fairly well balanced.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, a little watery. Good carbonation.

D - Surprisingly solid offering that is east to get down.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Moose90
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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