Oktoberfest | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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3.61 w/ 182 ratings

Brewed by:
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.

Added by canucklehead on 10-05-2010

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Photo of toothirsty
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of matthewwarner
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewqueno
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Repoman707
4.56/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

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 +3.6%
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
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of HipCzech
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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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4.52/5  rDev +25.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BeerWizard
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Oktoberfest from Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer rating: 34.1% out of 100 with 182 ratings
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