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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #383
Ranked #41,052
3.6 | pDev: 11.94%
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States
Notes: Though it is not necessary to drink this beer out of a mug that is larger than your head while dancing to polka music and wearing your lederhosen, you will find this lager's unbridled festivity difficult to resist. This ode to Germany's classic fall lagers is as clean, clear, and quaffable as any that has ever weighed down the table of a German Beer garden. The crisp maltiness of classic Munich malt compounded with the delicious notes of Bavarian hops gives this clean-finishing beer just the right flavor for the end of the summer.
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 198
Photo of MrGreensled
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours nice with a creamy fast rising head. Color and appearance
An okay German Märzen / Oktoberfest when compared side by side with other more traditional examples, though I certainly agree with the can's label, "A not exactly authentic German Märzen-style lager, brewed by very authentic New Mexicans."

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Photo of jkblr
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz undated can poured into a krug at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin film and ring. The aroma is Munich malt. The taste is very bready caramel with a firm (American) hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a metallic finish that is slightly distracting. Overall, good. A better beer than Oktoberfest. I'm not a fan of this much caramel or American hops in my Marzen.

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Photo of mjurney
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber, brilliant. Fast rising bubbles. Thick creamy head. Good head retention. Leaves a pretty good lacing behind.

Sweet pale malts, biscuit, caramel, clean lager yeast, faint spicy hops.

Sweet pale malts is dominant, biscuit, some caramel and toast. Some clean yeast character. Hop bitterness is very mild. Very dry aftertaste that lingers. Medium bodied, dry, medium carbonation, somewhat drinkable.

Not the best Marzen/Oktoberfest, it's fairly good.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear gold color with a large white head.
Bread and sweet malt aroma.
Caramel taste. White bread toast.
Medium-bodied. On the sweet side.
Will buy this again.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is nutty, biscuity, a little grassy. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied mouthful, moderate activity. Overall, initially I wasn't much a fan but began to like it more and more as I worked through my six pack. Perhaps its better with a few weeks of age to it than fresh from the tanks?

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can, this one is a clear, golden amber color. The aroma is bready, malty, and a little nutty. The taste is lightly toasty, with a semi-sweet balance. Caramel and low bitterness. Full in body and very nice.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise and a great Oktoberfest. It hit all the right notes; roasted and toasted malt, caramel, toffee, earthy, somewhat sweet, and a kiss of hops to keep it all in check. And this one is surprisingly drinkable. Especially so for a 6% ABV brew. Just a great all around beer and an outstanding Oktoberfest.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of Fuhrman
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Very nice color and aroma. Light-ish taste, but good flavor. Good head retention and wine-like legs through the whole drink.

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Photo of matcris
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear amber in color, with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin layer, and leaves a fair lacing down the glass. The aroma is of lightly toasted grain, or sunflower seeds, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a mild spiciness. Same with the flavor. The feel is average carbonation, a little sticky on the lips, but dry on the finish, and medium body. Overall, pretty nice brew. And I'll pick up a six pack next time.

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Photo of Chavito1977
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best Oktoberfest beer I've tasted. This one drinks well no matter if we're having a hot or cold October. Very versatile flavor allows it to pair well with many types of food, but especially with green chile from NM.

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Photo of akolb
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: sweet, bready, hints of floral hops.
T: The taste starts of with a biscuit note. Very toasty, light bread, yeast, a faint funkiness. Spicy. An off flavor in the background that some have identified as tomato soup. That doesn't quite seem right, but there's definitely something odd there.
This is a decent, average Oktoberfest but there are plenty of better options.

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Photo of Premo88
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into tight nonic
(11/22/16 best by date printed on bottom of can)

L: bronze-gold ... just a shade lighter than copper though there's lots of amber in this gold; minimal head, less than 1/4-inch of offwhite foam; keeps a thin but consistently noticeable collar of white/offwhite foam

S: sweet and earthy ... malt pushes up some good sweetness through the dirt-hop foundation; grain; creamed corn

T: earthy just to the point of medicinal with a lot of toasted malt sweetness ... grain ... can taste like creamed corn at times, and gets much sweeter as it warms

F: fantastic ... light, crisp, easy to handle but not watery

O: a solid Oktoberfest and good enough that I'll try some more beers from Santa Fe; the creamed corn flavor in beer generally puts me off but here it seems to be mixing nicely with the earthy hop flavor and toasted malt flavors

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Photo of stevoj
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very lagerish, not entirely unpleasant, but not memorable either. More cereal grain, than sweet malt. Slight malt finish. Could use a little bit more malt to increase the heft.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Clean copper amber color with white head that fades quickly. Mild malty aroma. Solid Octoberfest taste with buttery malt sweetness and touch of hops. Like the flavor because it's not too sweet, just right for the style. Medium mouthfeel, nice clean dry finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours copper color with a frothy white head that recedes moderately and leaves a quarter inch of lacing. Subtle aroma of roasted grain and floral hops. Smooth taste of roasted grain and yeast with subtle caramel notes before a slightly spiced, floral hop finish. Medium body and medium-light carbonation with a nice, crisp finish. Very quaffable and easy to drink.
It's a deceptively subtle Oktoberfest. The taste hits the notes you expect, but it feels delicate. It's unusually quaffable for the style and pretty easy to drink a couple of.

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Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $1.99. No freshness date.

Beer poured a honey brown with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is faint of toasted grains.

Taste is pretty true to the style, toasted bready malt balanced nicely with some euro hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of refreshing and smooth.

Overall a nice beer that represents the style well.

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Photo of cbe1961
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Who knew I liked Oktoberfest brews? This is the one that got me started. I've liked other Santa Fe brews, but I confess I grabbed this one because of the can.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. What a can. Looks great. Very bold. Checkers to the face. Pours a light, clear brown. Aroma is sweet amd more basic than some Marzens. It alsmost smells like an ale instead of its normal denomination. Flavor is of sweet caramel, faint bread and the like. Not the most complex of the style. Lighter bodied. Reasonably drinkable. Pretty basic. Training wheels. I wish it tasted as good as the can looked.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Slightly hazy copper color with a white head that recedes way too fast. Only a collar and slight wisp remain. No lacing.

Aroma: Bready malts with a slightly sour hop component -- smells like tomato soup.

Taste: Spicy hops dominate and overtake any sweet malts. It's a very spicy brew and the tomato soup thing is in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, carbonated.

Overall: I'm afraid this was a huge disappointment. It was sharp, sour ... did't even taste like a marzen really.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Much lighter in color than most 'fests - it's just a shade darker than a full-bodied pilsner, hinting more toward gold than the traditional deeper orange and toasty brown.

Very little on the nose other than a light toastiness in the malt.

Thin, grainy (not really enough to be bready though), a bit of astringency, somewhat yeasty.

Crisp, salty and clean in the mouth.

Drinkable, but not near my favorite Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head that lasts and ties to lace. Aroma is toasty, malty with slight grassy hop note. Flavor is explosive munich malt, pale malts and subtle balancing bitterness. Long, malty finish. Light on the MF, the flavors melt in your mouth. Overall very good.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Oktoberfest from Santa Fe here, replete with a wonderful blast of fresh lager yeast in the nose, clean and refreshing. Palate is not so much bready, or even crackery, as just sort of "malty" -- a touch sweet, but not overbearing. There's just a hair of hop bitterness in the finish to keep this from being too wet. Definitely not as dried out as some other Ofests, though. Overall, really quite drinkable and a solid stab at the style.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, slight pale malt, yeast, and a hint of banana. Fits the style of an Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, yeast, and slight hops. Overall, a simple and pure representation of the style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper brown in color with a half inch of off white head. Light Brussels lacing. Sourdough bread is exactly how I would did robe the aroma. The flavor closely mimics the aroma with the sourdough bread flavor with a hint of saltiness. The mouth is lightly carbonated and with a salty crispness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and some floral notes. Sweet caramel and toffee with a mild bitterness.

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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 198 ratings