Bobtoberfest | Heater Allen Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of PZBREW
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.6/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of chezztone
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah mon. This is what an Oktoberfest probably tastes like when you're in Munich as the first fresh beer is running out of the tap and you stick your mouth under it to lap it up. Yum. Heater Allen does a great job in general, and they are German-style anyway, so this is a natural for them. And they do not disappoint.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Spikester
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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 random846
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of envinoveri
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from New Seasons in Orenco. They just got a whole bunch of Heater Allen beers in.

A mildly hazy copper amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and decent lacing, this looks about right for the style. The nose is very, very good. Doughy, rustic, grainy and snappy with a fresh, herbal hop character that's *perfect* for the style, this is well-rounded and nicely balanced. The husky malt notes pair very well with the grassy hop character in a way that's unique to the style. Bready and mildly caramel with toast and honey, this smells great.

The palate opens with a blend of dark honey sweetness, grainy huskiness (or is is husky graininess?) and firm bittering hops. Medium-low hop flavor is also present, green, grassy, a little minty and herbaceous. The mid-palate is a study in bready and doughy flavors, with a combination that brings to mind honey wheat bread with honey drizzled on top. Medium-light in body with a nice, melanoidin malt feel that lends a soft heftness to the palate (I know the description there is a contradiction, but I can't do better). Carbonation is moderate, keeping this creamy on the palate. Drying on the finish with a blend of toasted bread, honey and hop bitterness with minimal resin, this is a treat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle picked up back in early October...it's not getting any fresher hanging around in the cellar, so on an overcast mid-November Saturday it pours to a pint glass. New label for the 2009 release.

A: Lovely glowing auburn pour, almost perfect in its early clarity (though later pours showed more hanging haze). Tiny streaming carbonation finds every etched notch in the glass; larger bubbles fill the center. Not a tall head, but a lasting one - 1/2 finger of whitish froth at most, a sudsy ring and scant film later. Excellent lace, a covering sheen of sparkling netting.

S: Gentle malt sweetness (vaguely floral), a spiced bread with mineral roast stinging in the nose. Very dusty and dry, caramel an afterthought.

T: Wow - a heavy maltiness, loaded with spiced cake, pumpernickel. Sweet fruit: oranges, berries and mild grape. Building grassy hops, more earthy and thick, green.

M: Crispness is sharp, body is medium but seems to expand. Feel grows and coats, holds tightly on the cheeks, a drying spice and mounting medicinal hoppiness. Saliva builds, almost 'juicy'.

D: Quite the quaffable O'fest...flavorful and balanced. A memorable version that compares well with the best I've tried (including the Germans). Very well done; one I'll be looking forward to next fall!

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Photo of DallasK
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 digita7693
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Braz
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +1.8%

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of constantine_272
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by ottovon and poured into a mini English pint.

Apple juice-amber, perfectly clear. A thin, silky layer of bubbles deposits some Dalmatian-spot lace.

In the nose: roasted corn, toasted bread, some dough yeast and floral hops, pretty much in that order.

The flavor leads with spicy floral hops, toasted bitter bread, and just a hint of caramel. Clean and straightforward.

Mild, fizzy carb in a medium-light body. Crisp, dry finish. Mild bitterness.

The brewer says this is as close to the stuff you'll get in Munich as you can get in America, which I wouldn't doubt. Good complexity, great balance.

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Photo of Chou
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Bobtoberfest from Heater Allen Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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