Oktoberfest | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States
santafebrewing.com

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.

Added by canucklehead on 10-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
177
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
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Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of crobinso
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of Alexmc2
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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 Ispeakforthetrees
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of jordanmckell
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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 StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

almost like a watered down oktoberfest beer. it was thin and unexciting in the mouth. taste was bland and entirely devoid of that big malt character that defines the genre. from their website it sounds like they were going for a lighter version for an "end of summer" feel. if that is the case, then well done, but this won't be coming home with me again, especially with the myriad of excellent oktobers to choose from.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of COR8RFAN
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of therainman
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium or slightly bigger off white head settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear pumpkin copper colored beer.

Light caramel malt aroma with some light spices and even lighter hops notes tagging along.

Light caramel malts, lighter spices and hops tastes coming from this lighter bodied Oktoberfest beer.

A light or rather a very light caramel and spices lingers in a not quite so dry aftertaste.

One of the lighter tasting Oktoberfest beers I've tried this year, maybe a good introduction to the style but not really for the Oktoberfest lovers, would be my option of this beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 JoeAmerican77
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice fitting dark copper colored liquid, one finger of head runs to the hills without a lace in sight... the smell is very weak but is constituted of mild caramel, surreptitious malts and nothing else. A much larger flavor proves itself with a nice malty nod to sourdough pretzels and toasty elements, as well as a hint of fruity lemons. A light medium body conducts itself cool to the accolade of the medium carbonation.

Very simple very pleasant to drink beer.

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Photo of jcole524
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Basoos1
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

RJT

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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