Bobtoberfest | Heater Allen Brewing

BobtoberfestBobtoberfest
BA SCORE
3.99/5
40 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#9,625
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
40
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of krl2112
3/5  rDev -24.8%

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 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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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The handsome amber color with a touch of copper. Quite modest head out of the bottle into the big tulip, though there is ample spritziness in the mouth. Light grainy, roasty aroma.

Faintly sweet but with a tangy sensation to balance it. The caramel Märzen taste with a darker, woody flavor. Something like blackberry seeds and grape stems in the finish. Hops do not contribute much detectable flavor other than that.

Overall, quite a nice autumn brew in the German style. This one is a little edgier, though not very bitter. From the 22oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -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 RedDiamond
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bobtoberfest shows refined clarity in deep amber with sustained carbonation that somehow delivers no head or lace. Its light, toasted grain flavor is brushed with honey sweetness and an implied, barely perceptible bittering. It is full in body with engaging and sensuous malt contours that score high in flavor. However, its poor presentation is a distracting deficit, though this is most likely derived from a lack of priming or a tick in the bottling process, rather than any shortcoming in its recipe or pre-bottling execution.

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Photo of Chou
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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

Photo of gandres
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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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Bobtoberfest from Heater Allen Brewing
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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