Oktoberfest | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 52 | Ratings: 176
Photo of Chavito1977
5/5  rDev +39.7%
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 -2.2%
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 -0.3%
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%
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 +3.6%
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 +0.8%
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 +2%
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 +20.9%
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 -0.3%
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 -20.9%
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 -12.6%
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 +11.7%
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 +11.5%
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 +9.8%

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 +4.5%
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 HipCzech
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass.

Appearance: Clear light amber; billowing, bubbly off white head; minimal lacing.

Smell: Soft, sweetly malty and bready aroma.

Taste: Straightforward, malty body: caramel and grainy, slightly sweet and yeasty bread. Little hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with soft carbonation.

Overall: Clean, basic Märzen.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, simple label design - procured at a King Soopers in Denver last week.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with four flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some well-spaced runic script lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of crisp, crackery, and sort of biscuity caramel malt, a muddled oily nuttiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy, and lightly biscuity pale and caramel malt, an astringent and almost stale nuttiness, weedy, leafy, and slightly floral hops, and the suggestion of an uptick in alcohol presence.

The carbonation is active in a sort of baiting frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, a small lilting creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes off-dry, the bready, and still laudably biscuity caramel malt starting to trample over the lingering noble hops.

A decent enough rendering of the seasonal style, one of the few that I have yet come across in this (easily transportable) packaging format. Malty, understatedly hoppy, and a little sassy - good stuff!

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

This one's just slightly above average for me, sadly. I like a lot of SF's stuff, and they got a few things right here, but the major thing that threw it was what I can best describe as a slight metallic-corn flavor, which to me tasted too similar to an adjunct lager. Color and aroma all seemed promising, and was expecting some Paulaner-esque taste, but man, that corn element was just wrong for this. I let my wife try it, who also likes SF's stuff, and she said "This just tastes like a crappy beer." I didn't think it was quite a "crappy beer," but definitely not one of the better Oktoberfests. Not a fan. Get rid of whatever the heck is giving it that flavor and you've got a good Oktoberfest on your hands. Wouldn't turn one down but wouldn't buy it again (even though the cans are awesome).

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Santa Fe Octoberfest has a thick, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, lots of bubble streams, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sour-dough bread crust, grain husk, and even soap (but, that can’t be right). Taste is of fairly sweet, sough-dough bread crust, a mild hop presence, syrup, and nut shell. Mouthfeel is medium, and Santa Fe Octoberfest finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a can-shaped glass.

Good lacing, bright copper-colored brew with pristine clarity.

Biscuity aroma with light touches of floral hops. Caramel notes creep in.

Light caramel initially, then biscuity and crackery, and then floral hop notes work their way in. Caramelly flavors linger with a nib of bitterness.

A bit burlier than desirable and thick with caramel, but still a bit bitter and drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive rich amber color with a modest head in the big chalice. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue but there's not much to look at in the glass. Has that gummy, grainy aromatic nose.

Warm and malty with a fairly substantial mouthfeel. Seems like the classic Marzen, though a little tired. Some resiny tang with just the slightest bitterness at the finish. Just a light caramel taste and slight lemony note. Hints of cardboard and honey with some lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

This must be from last fall, but it's still plenty drinkable, though not one of my favorites. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into stein.

A - Semi-clear light bronze with a finger of off white head, which rapidly recedes.

S - Sweet and light smelling, with a hint of caramel bread and biscuit.

T - A somewhat light taste. Sweet and bready with caramel and the slightest hint of corn. It almost has a metallic finish to it.

M - Thin body with moderate-to-high carbonation. It's definitely crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink as well.

O - Not one of my favorite Oktoberfests, but it would be great as a football or campfire beer. It's crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking, with no real bold flavors.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a standard off-white head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is honeyed grains and lagery yeast. Not a whole lot going on in the nose...smells like it is somewhere in between a marzen and a festbier.

Malts have a nice 'fresh-crushed' flavor to them and stay light...touch of toast and honey, not unlike eating some Golden Grahams. It is not as dark and richly malted as most American Oktoberfests, this one goes for more balance as a slight grassy bitterness creeps up after a few gulps. It is a highly drinkable offering and I am really digging it. I could drink a ton of these, it is very clean and refreshing. I can see multiple repeat purchases in my future.

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Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light copper body with a thin but foamy and sticky white head. Sweet, malty nose with a touch of nuts and caramel. Dark malt flavors; toffee. Medium body; smooth, clean finish.

A respectable, tasty, malt-forward beer. Hits the style profile. Nothing new or groundbreaking here, just a good, delicious Fall season beer...

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Photo of phishsihq
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a light amber color, with a small, off-white head that provides little lace. Classic marzen aromas of
caramel and a touch of spicy, noble hops create everything you need in the nose. Bready and caramel malt flavors dominate on the pallet, with a touch of hop bitterness on the back end. Medium in both body and carbonation, Santa Fe has created a well-rounded, style-specific Oktoberfest!


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