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

Added by RedDiamond on 10-12-2008

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Ranking:
#10,601
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
43
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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8
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1
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by slaintemhor:
Photo of slaintemhor
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this in September of 2009. The colour was a translucent gold with a very thick, off-white head. The aroma was nicely balanced between malt and hops. On the palate it had a very light mouthfeel with some slightly roasted malt a bit of honey and a rather dry finish.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PatrickCT
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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 seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Celebrating the life of Bob Allen - brother, teacher, brewer & friend."

A-ha! Been waiting for a U.S. Oktoberfest to come along that doesn't think it has to look like an English brown ale...because as I understand it, true O'fests from the fatherland are actually this color, a well-filtered orange-leaning gold. Head is bountiful and fluffy, a little rocky, creamy, with an amazing display of bubble activity in the liquid.

Spot-on aroma too...honey, sulfur, wheat bread. Flowery, somewhere between sweet and spicy. I'm already seeing mug-hoisting Helgas, accordions, and lederhosen.

Flavor is as the aroma hints, balancing the mineral/sulfur-y vibe with grainy breadiness and very light honey-like sweetness. A little butter and even more grassy/flowery twists coming through and into the finish. And is that carrot cake in there? Yes it is! A bit dry, though. I've had fuller, rounder O'fests; the flavor is enjoyable while it lasts, just dies out a little too soon.

Good textural balance between buttery slickness and zingy carbonation, with the carbonation coming out just ahead.

A fine Oktoberfest indeed. True to style and another fine example of this lager-only brewery's capabilities. Lagers aren't easy to brew, but Heater Allen seems to nail it every time. And if it weren't for msubulldog25, I wouldn't know a damn thing about Oregon's best-kept secret. Thanks 'dog!

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

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pretty, orange-amber color topped by a decent amount of creamy white head that leaves some pretty lacing on the glass. A little light for an Oktoberfest, but not bad.
Aroma is slightly sweet bready malt, with a mild, citrusy hop profile. Palate is malty up front with a sweet, bready, caramelly body. Notes of light fruity hops come through mid-palate, but the finish is all solid, bready caramel malt.
Well-carbonated body is nice and light, a little airy for the style but proper for the flavors involved here. Thoroughly enjoyable, another great offering from Heater-Allen.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of DallasK
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spikester
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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 digita7693
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TWITA
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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 random846
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of vkv822
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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 EdwardAbbey
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of coastiefish
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a tulip

A: Beautiful soft cloudy burnt orange, minimal soft head, inviting

S: fruity (acetaldehyde) touch sulfur, green. A very soft nose. Mineral.

T: Grassy, mineral

M: very soft, gassy, soapy

D: Personally, this one is a bit too gassy to enjoy much of. The soapy and gassy combination is a bit over powering.
Heater Allen does great brews, I just dont think this particular one stands out. Could be possible if aged a bit, could be better?

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

Picked up a bomber at my local MofC a month or so back.

Poured into my Surly Darkness snifter, the beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty much prototypical marzen, showcasing a nice array of sweet malt flavor. In this case that consists of some vanilla, cherry, light baked apple and a hint of burnt toast. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, except I get a lot more of the slightly bitter, burnt toast flavor on the finish. It tends to dry out the sweet malt flavor very nicely, and seemed to lighten up the mouthfeel. Otherwise, mouthfeel was medium bodied, with moderately long, slightly bitter, burnt toat finish. Drinkabilty was very good, and while I could tell the alcohol was not very high, I'm surprised to see the 5.40% abv. In any event, this beer delivers a considerable amount of flavor for a beer with such a low abv.

While I still don't think this compares with the great marzens from Germany (Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner in particular), it was still one of the better domestic marzens I've had in some time. Very nice...

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bobtoberfest from Heater Allen Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 43 ratings