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Bobtoberfest | Heater Allen Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States
heaterallen.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
1.015 BG, 5.40%, 22 IBU, 9 SRM

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,923
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
45
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
8
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1
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Ajlvt
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to my buddy* Phil for this one.
Deep copper body, clear and with a nice one finger head that sticks around for a minute then vanishes, leaving a pencil thin ring with sticky, webby lace.
Uff! What a surprise! Grapefruit and rind out of the box. Hints of pine and compost mingle with the toasted malts. This is something different.
Nice toasted malts, delicate caramel, sweet cooked apples and those wonderful PNW hops.
Medium body, medium carbonation. Crisp and dry for the style, highly drinkable.
If you are going to make a marzen regional this is the way to do it. The soft, smooth body from lagering is there with the unmistakable presence of Cascade/Centennial. A pleasant surprise!


*Not at all my buddy.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dear Heater Allen, please put Bobtoberfest in 6, 12, 24, any number of multi packs next year and every year after that!

Bob looks almost perfect. For an amber O'fest that is. Brilliantly clean and clear rust orange color with a hearty two fingered white foam resting proudly on top. It maintains a respectable surface coverage as well as rings of lace.

Lifting the glass, I'm met with a breeze of sweet freshly baked biscuits slathered in orange marmalade. A drizzle of caramel and a side of golden raisins. This truly smells like a meal in a glass.

Bob delivers the goods. Flakey warm biscuits come to mind, and all that raisin/caramel/marmalade influence is well subdued. The focus seems to be on the breadiness with a touch of toasted pumpernickel and just a touch of dry wild flowery hop finish.

Bob has a full body. Like a middle aged man with a couple kids who still knows how to party, but balances some time for personal upkeep. Smooth and easy, comfortable, with some swagger and a little attitude to spice things up, but still a little softy for the important things in life.

Bobtoberfest is a pretty damn good Oktoberfest. I'd be convinced this came from our Deutchland friends from across the pond, and to me, that's a hard thing to pull off. Will definitely be buying more. Prost!

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Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gandres
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the Heater Allen Brewery, McMinville, Oregon poured to tulip glass
Sight: very good, light amber, small foam, very hazy
Smell: very good Malty, not a lot aroma, nothing bad either
Taste: very good ,Low bitterness, sweet compared to other beers, very good
Mouthfeel: very good light mouthfeel, even with the higher alcohol, very good follow through, sweet finish, long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat but not look for

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Photo of rab53
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DallasK
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PZBREW
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber orange with two fat fingers of long lasting white head. Plentiful lacing follows the liquid level as it drops. Smell is bread crust malts with a hint of grassy herbal hops.
Taste is rich malts with a good but not too much bitter herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation.
Overall a really fine O'fest type beer. I have never beer let down by this brewer.
A bit hard to find but worth the pursuit.

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Photo of TWITA
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of constantine_272
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Looks amazing. Dark copper with some light brown hues. Biscuit head with good retention and a crazy amount of carbonation.

S: Chocolate and malt. A little mineral graphite from all the carbonation. Mildly sweet but mostly mellow.

T: Sweet malty flavor up front. Maybe some honey and a light molasses. Some crispy cookie notes with oats and even some ginger snaps. Again a graphite finish, likely from the carbonation, but this time a light hop bittering shines through. Bittering is an interesting mix of dried earthiness and leafy oils almost like a pile of downed leaves in fall from a variety of trees.

F: Refreshing with a nice mild body behind it. Finishes slightly sweet and a light dryness builds.

O: Quite nice. And especially nice considering the style often is underrepresented or associated with over excess by the liter. No, this is probably one of the best oktoberfests I've had in a long time.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought from "Capital Market" in Salem OR $5.29 Pours a dark copper colour with a large cream coloured thick and frothy head. Fine creamy caramel malt aromas..Toffee and Orkney Fudge..malty and good. Smooth easy taste.. caramel malts and a touch of grassy hop but its so smooth., there is a little rauch in the back but it helps balance the maltiness. Good thick yet easily swallowed palate.. Very nice Oktoberfest..i could drink this by the litre

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 8/25/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, biscuit, floral, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, floral, earth, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting floral qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of random846
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Pours a slightly hazy, golden-amber-orange with a foamy, off white head.

Herbal, grassy hops with sweet, malty notes being the focus.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation. Crisp finish.

A well done Marzen, though I would have liked a bit more of a robust malt character, but what do I know, it was still a tasty, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A- Poured a very clear and dark copper color with tons of streaming carbonation, white soapy head that left webbed lacing. Really nice rich color and clarity on this Marzen.

S- Big aroma of rich caramel malt, cereal malt, grainy notes, toffee, and nutty notes. Very aromatic and malt forward.

T- Big rich caramel malt notes, cereal malts, grainy notes, nutty notes, toffee, some light grapelike fruity notes on the finish, and a hint of sweetness reminiscent of vanilla or a cream soda on the finish.

M- Very creamy, smooth, medium to fuller bodied, prickly carbonation, and dry finish. Very easy to drink and no alcohol presence.

O- This is a world class Oktoberfest beer right up there with my longtime favorite of the style from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Very nice malt profile, creamy mouthfeel, and nice sweetness on the finish.

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Bobtoberfest from Heater Allen Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 45 ratings