Lager Town
Half Acre Beer Company

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #46
Ranked #22,711
3.84 | pDev: 9.11%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Notes: An Octoberfest that lives in the malty bosom of Munich's storied tradition. Take a drive through Lager Town.
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can
date stamped 07/20/20
thanks to Ken for giving me a can to try
L: towering beige head holds incredible retention and actually grows taller before it fades; clear caramel colored body
S: caramel, grain, spicy hops, lager yeast
T: caramelized grain, toffee; spicy, herbal hops, slight metallic taste
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly balanced, dry finish with more of that metallic taste lingering
O: enjoyable but not as good as I remember

Oct 16, 2020
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cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

This is a IPL or a hopped up amber lager. And it's a good IPL WAY WAY too hoppy to be a Oktoberfest beer period. I thought i was drinking a low ABV malty IPA at first. But I like it and would drink more. But...........` Overall point/score reduction for being out of style. Odd marketing ploy by half acre here.

Oct 11, 2020
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grawp57 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark orange-brown with a solid, long-lasting tan head. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is just what I expect from an Octoberfest. It hits the tongue sweet and crisp and leaves the mouth feeling refreshed. This is a very good Marzen!

Oct 04, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber pour with a white head and light lacing. Smell I get caramel and toffee malts with toast and earthy hops. Taste is much the same, but hops are touch too spicy and bitter for the style, malts present but not the star they should be, however the toast and herbal notes play great together. Feel is malty, sharp on the finish, smooth, medium-heavy bodied, and generally striking on the palate.

Sep 19, 2020
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L-Impressive clean, burnt orange color

S-Caramel, floral hops

T-I really like the taste of this but it's not a true ofest. More of a slightly hoppy amber lager. Caramel/toffee malt backing but almost as much of the floral, spicy hops. Touch of citrus too.

F-medium bodied. Clean.

O-Good beer but not to style. Scores are per style but adjusted up a little due to the fact I think this is a pretty solid beer overall.

Sep 18, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a narrow collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of spicy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of toasted malts along with a bit of associated sweetness and hints of spicy hops, the latter of which also contributes a light to moderate amount of bittereness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and very clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really nice example of the Oktoberfest beer style. I really liked all of the toasted malt flavors without it being too sweet or heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can

Aug 24, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: An almost orange soda pour is both bright and nearly comical with back-lighting, a bit odd with a faded rusty orange hues and a sparse carbonation factor. No more then a dozen or so micro bubbles exist at any given time. There was no head formation while the coloring was a bit odd and off to me. No glass decoration. When I think of Octoberfest I think huge mugs of Caramel orange coloring with a big bready head.

S: Light toast, hints of damp noble hops of very light moderation. Very reserved, the grains were there but really didn't stand out as well the hops.

T: Toasted orange peel and grains for flavor. Dank noble hops, some sweet toast and green leafy hop leafs. Old musky hop bite fade.

M: Nice thick mouthful, syrupy feel, sticky with a low carbonation texture. Probably the best feature of this drink.

O: Not a bad tasting beer, a big ordinary per style and expectations from this Brewery. A 3.25 seems fitting, a decent beer to kick back to with friends on a lazy night, non-discriminatory, with some mass appeal. Probably a good craft beer intro. The interest factor didn't hold for me long though being a fan of the style and had some waning moments midpoint.

Mar 14, 2020
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: November 3, 2019... OCCASION: processing the latest Browns' debacle in Denver with the last of my 2019 Oktoberfest purchases... GLASSWARE: nondescript pilsner... this looks like Autumn: dark orange brown amber body spiked with lively bubbles that create a thick finger's worth of snow-white head... its arcs are picturesque, full and static... rich caramel, sweet toasted bread malts, hard fruits, grainy oats, and tea leaf... overall, it suggests a sweet, full-bodied lager... its presence is solid, comforting, sweet and somewhat succulent--its finish returns with a malty strength... its 5.7% ABV approximates its drinkability, as its liveliness invites continuous sips for a long fall night... with its awesome Daisy Cutter, I was hoping HA could create a similar buzz with this one... and I am pleasantly surprised here, with a staunch maltiness laying down caramel, warm toasted bread, apple, and thick dough reward the drinker... in a sixteen-ounce can that sports a medieval retrospective, this is outstanding and one I will seek out again next year...

Nov 04, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 08/19/19

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice clean/clear golden amber color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves a very nice medium size island, and some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is prett nice, malty, bready, toasty, grassy. The taste is pretty nice, malty, bready, nice toasty, grassy, nice sweetness. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. A nice thirst quencher.

Nov 03, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: real nice mahogany/dark copper/cherry wood color with a 1.5 finger froth off-white head. looks very nice

s: sweet bready malts, caramel, earthy grass, a slight citrus. some sweet berries, crackers, and a big hit of fresh dough. a little bit of that crisp lager spice as well

t: sweet caramel, big bready malts, cardboard, and grass upfront. a touch more sweet grains, and the faintest hint of citrus. big bready backbone in here as well, fresh dough. a touch of honey and whole grain bread to close

m: medium mouthfeel with high carbonation

o: a pretty tasty Marzen. definitely on the sweeter maltier side, but it has a touch of bitterness from some citrus notes. nice grainy flavor in here as well

Oct 20, 2019
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper-amber. Rocky, mousse top head with pigmented, peach fuzz color.

S: Lots of raw, unsweetened bread dough. Snyder's extra special dark pretzels, light caramel, and a load of herbal hops.

M: Well carbonated, med-full bodied. Ends heavier and a bit thicker, which allows the residual malt sweetness to build.

T: Dark grained bread. Minimal sweetness--pumpernickel raisin bagel level. Quite doughy with hints of citrus and earth.

Oct 18, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a dark amber orange with a large white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted baked bread, sweet caramel, a light note of hop, and a light nuttiness. Solid aroma.

T: Toasted baked bread, caramel, a touch of toffee, a bit of nuttiness, a light note of hops, a slightly odd bitterness, but still solid.

F: Smooth crisp carbonation and medium body.

O: Solid Oktoberfest but not my favorite.

Oct 15, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bronze color with a nice 2 finger creamy/foamy head. Smell is reminiscent of pretzel dough,very muted smell as are most Marzen style. Taste is sweet malts, fresh dough,very earthy caramel flavor. Feels more viscous than most but bodes well for this beer. Smooth and creamy, mild hop bite. This Oktoberfest is different than most. Very malty and creamy. Still has a clean finish. Overall a nice Oktober fest bier.

Oct 11, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Solid copper hue here, between marzen and fest-bier colors, great head and foamy retention. Delicate lacing.
S - A little roast, grain, and some amber waves of .... wait, just smells like a well malted Lager. ;)
T - This is where the 2019 version shines for me; solid palate impression of everything malt/fresh brown bread I enjoy in a festbier of this style. 5.7% too - great balance
F - Good but not overly carbonated, just a little prickle on the tongue that reminds you this is definitely an American version of a German traditional beer. Solid!
O - well done festbier - get it while you can Chicagolanders!

Sep 28, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark-ish amber-copper color with a nice finger of fluffy head. Malty and sweet on the nose and palate both, with hints of orange and straw on the nose. Not much in the way of lager crispness, except for a touch at the very finish. A little sweeter than I'd like.

Sep 05, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with rich tan head and thick lacing.
N: Malt, bread, caramel, and some honey.
T: Follows the nose, nice malty mix with chewy bread notes, some caramel and honey.
M: Medium feel, chewy, and minor bite.
O: A very enjoyable Octoberfest beer.

Feb 26, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The clear dark amber/copper colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/4” ivory head that recedes very very slowly to become a short cap of foam on the liquid while leaving a web of patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. The cap of foam persists for quite a while before it eventually becomes a thin irregular island of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping creates some scattered patches and legs of lacing, many of which slide back down to the layer of foam.

The aromas are rich and full of bready malt, some caramel or toffee and just a light touch of earthiness from the hops. There’s also just a bit of floral character here.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the rich bready malt front and center. The caramel/toffee and malt sweetness is backed up by some earthiness, a bit of floral character and just a bit of bitterness.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with just a touch of crispness from the persistent moderate carbonation. The longish finish begins as the malt sweetness and breadiness begin to fade allowing the earthy hops and their light bitterness to show more strongly before they too begin to recede to a dry ending that is slightly bitter but more earthy than bitter.

Overall this seems to be a good workmanlike beer that I’ve enjoyed trying. The richness of the malt shines through and is backed up by some light earthy hops and their bitterness. That all said I’ll probably not be buying this one again since the finish seems to me to be more earthy than bitter and I’d prefer a lightly bitter ending with a bit less earthy character.

Oct 07, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, willi becher glass. Darker copper body, slightly cloudy, one finger thick offwhite head, good retention. Smell is biscuit, a bit of honey, grainy toast, a slight bit of toffee. Flavour is a toasted biscuit, sweet toffee, a bit of honey, slight boozy heat. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, good carbonation. A bit bitter and boozier than expected. It's not as light-bodied and flavourful as it ought to be. Solid nonetheless, a good beer.

Sep 29, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can "Comment for tacos 08/21/18"
Poured into a dimpled Krug shows a dull orangish-copper body supporting a thick bubbled 1in cream colored head leaving erratic lacing.

Aroma is sweet caramel and biscuit malt and a peach-like fruitiness and a hint of floral hops.

Flavors match, with more emphasis on fruit and floral, and quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a clean almost crisp, lighter-leaning medium, with a clean finish.

Overall a very enjoyable version of my favorite style.

Sep 29, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08.21.18 can, poured into a Half Acre "Occult" tulip glass.

The beer pours a nice dark amber color, hues of burgundy and garnet, nice opacity with a bone colored head, about two fingers tall that has moderate retention but yields nice swatches of soapy lace. The aroma is pleasant, deep amber malts, light caramel sweetness, a touch of nuttiness, lightly bitter and earthy hops that offer a touch of orange peel as well. The flavors are great, smooth and rich amber grain, nice malted barley flavor that isn't too sweet, earthy hops offer some nice noble flavors and a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is good, coating, heavier medium body, lively and with a crisp finish.

Verdict: A nice Märzen from Half Acre. Smooth, rich, malty with a gentle hop backbone. A bit simple but the balance is good, a nice fall beer for sure. Paired well with brats on the grill.

Sep 09, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice little hop bite for an Oktoberfest. Nice nose with hints of pine and citrus. Could of been helped by a little maltier of a backbone. Very crisp dry finish.

Nov 04, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a high sided pilsner glass.

Look is a hazy orange brown with an off white head.

Aroma is malty with the a lager twinge at the end.

Taste is a lot dryer than I expected, but I like the change from overly sweet Octoberfest.

Oct 15, 2017
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Amber. Excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation. 1 finger of loose head.

Soap, brown sugar, pine, caramel, grapefruit zest, lemon zest, and biscuit.

Grapefruit zest, lemon zest, pine, and perfume. Brown sugar with slight caramel and biscuit. Retains a soapy linger.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and off-dry with a medium bitterness.

Overly hoppy as I expected from Half Acre. Not outrageously so, but enough to make it a bad example of an Oktoberfest. Still a half decent beer though.

Oct 12, 2017
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a short crramy, off-white foam with good retention. Medium bready malt and toasted crust aromas with light grainy malt and herbal hop notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creamy feel toward the finish. Bready and grainy malt flavors up front quickly followed by medium herbal bitter hoppiness. Hop bitterness lingers from the middle through the end. Finished with a light crispness and heavy, lingering bitterness. Hop bitterness was a high for a marzen and overwhelmed the malty qualities. Feel was a little thin. Lingering bitterness at the finish hurt the drinkability.

Oct 08, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of maple syrup with a loose, off-white head. Nose expresses sour mash and caramel malts. Taste follow nose - it comes off a bit bland. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild carbonation. Overall, a solid example of the style; however, after having had the oak-aged version in the taproom (4.25), I was really let down by this one.

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