Oktoberfest Lager
Blowing Rock Brewing Co.

Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager
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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #538
ABV:
not listed
Score:
79
Ranked #46,316
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 19.35%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
49
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Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
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Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager
Notes: Our Blowing Rock Oktoberfest is the ideal Märzen-style, Bavarian lager. It pours with brilliant, golden copper color and the malty aroma evokes notes of breaded caramel. A traditional hop profile delivers a malt-forward, smooth finish to this well-balanced seasonal brew.
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wiseguywood from Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Dec 16, 2013
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mostly clear burnt amber with a massively tall but airy khaki foam.

Taste is a little sharp, metallic and hoppy even. Grassy corn and grape overlay some mild toasted brown malt via a slick medium-light body that finishes dry.

Oct 16, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Blowing Rock line of beers contract brewed out of PA have been a bit lackluster but I thought this was pretty good.Poured a rich full bronze with a large two finger slight off white head,mainly caramel and light vanilla in the nose,with a hint of anise and bread dough showing thru as well.Flavors lean towards the sweeter end of the spectrum for the style,vanilla/caramel base with that anise flavor showing thru as well,there is a slight peppery zing of hop in the finish.The mouthfeel seemed a little watery but overrall not a bad fest lager although there are better out there to be sure.

Sep 05, 2009
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Gmann from New York

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a short wispy off-white head.

The aroma is a touch of caramel and toast to go along with a hint of munich malt. There are some light tea like scents as well as a hint of lemon.

The taste is sweet with caramel notes. There is a bit of a tea like flavor as well as some lemon. Pretty standard for an amber base. I pick up some doughiness from what could be munich malt. It gives the beer the oktoberfest flavor. Some light grassy flavors from the use of noble hops. There is a bit of an odd berry like sweetness that I can't really put my finger on.

The feel is light and crisp, exactly how an oktoberfest should be. Pleasantly sweet with just a hint of grassy bitterness. Easy drinking.

An enjoyable marzen. It strays closer to the amber side of the style but does appear to use some German ingrediants.

Oct 30, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, sweet aroma has tones of molasses, caramel and malt with a hint of cloves. It pours a nice clear dark amber with a fairly thick and fluffy ivory head that leaves barely any lacing. Malty flavor has subtle fruity, caramel and molasses notes and just a touch of spice. Smooth texture has average body and typical fizziness, leaving a bit of a malty, spicy, fruity finish. Not the best, but certainly worthy of at least a try.

Dec 30, 2011
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass. A thin white head falls quickly with no lacing. Color is clear amber with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma of bread dough and floral hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a damp finish. Flavor of toasted malt, raisin, figs, citrus hops. Overall: good, but a little thin and watery.

Dec 28, 2018
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nocheinsbitte from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this from a 12-oz bottle, first time having this bier.

A: Pour a nice caramel, amber color that is typical of this style. Heavy carbonation throughout the glass, yields a decent sized, but lighter foam head that dissipates in about 90 seconds and leaves no lacing.
S: Moderately sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel, and butterscotch. Very inviting.
T: No surprises here, initial taste is very full and butterscotchy (sp?) but goes away quickly. No bitter aftertaste.
M: As stated, full at first then dissipates quickly.
D: Easy to drink, easy to have a few of these without a problem.

Overall, this is a decent fest bier. It isn't in the top tier yet, but a good attempt for such a small brewery. Kudos to Boone Brewery.
Do yourself a favor and have a few of these. Prosit!

Sep 09, 2009
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark golden copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate medium golden yellow + bronze colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of slightly mottled thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted + bready + cereal grain + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel + grainy sweetness. Light aromas of earthy hops and lager yeast.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of toasted + bready + cereal grain + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel + grainy sweetness as well as light amount of light fruit (apple + pear). That is followed by light flavors of lager yeast. Finally there is a light flavor of earthy hops which fade away relatively quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a relatively clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pretty decent balance between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness from the hops while still having a malt dominant flavor. Kind of a basic Oktoberfest but still enjoyable.

Nov 13, 2018
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nmann08 from Virginia

3/5  rDev -10.7%

Nov 15, 2011
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 14, 2014
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

2/5  rDev -40.5%

Nov 16, 2011
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm always excited to see a new beer come out of NC, and even more excited when that beer is an Oktoberfest.

Poured into my pint glass a clear dark amber/orange with a thick beige head on top. Retention is weak, but it leave some lacing. Smells earthy and a little dull. Not a whole lot going on there.

The mouth is creamy, but with just enough carbonation to give a little zip. Well done. I wasn't expecting much in the flavor, as the rest of their offerings are pretty average, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Nice caramel kick at the onset, full bready mouth throughout, and finishes slightly bitter sweet. This is balanced and plenty drinkable. I could have a few more of these for sure. This may be one my go-to's for the fall. Recommend.

Sep 10, 2009
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Brilliantly clear amber body with an off white head.

S - Nice toasted malts, caramelized brown sugar, nutty yeast.

T - Sweet toasted malt, hints of spice and grassy hops on the sides of the tongue, caramel coats the mouth with notes of berry fruit and nuts.

M - Low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, semi-dry finish.

Full flavored malts makes this a pretty tasty beer. It could have been a bit crisper but does not lack in the flavor department.

Oct 29, 2011
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BellsFan from Michigan

3/5  rDev -10.7%

Nov 17, 2011
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info on the bottle.

Thanks to Onenote81 for this great trade!

A - The beer pours clear with a one-finger off-white head that hovers briefly over the caramel amber body before receding to a creamy ring with spots of lacing.

S - The aroma makes this beer promising with a toasty Munich malt nose. A caramel sweetness is present too and shares the spotlight gracefully with a dry and grassy hop finish. A good smelling Oktoberfest!

T - The flavor mirrors the nose which is great! One of the better Okto's this season, it's heavily malty with toasty flavored Munich malts and a caramel-ish sweetness that isn't cloying. The hops that appear on the nose are less present in the flavor but balance decently. Instead of being too hoppy or dry on the finish the Blowing Rock hints at them as they give a kiss of dryness and crisp the finish well. Flavorful and delicious!

M - This lager is smooth and creamy with a perfect level of carbonation that sneaks by unnoticed but still allows for a crisp finish, not an overly malty sweetness. A dry touch accompanies the end with a very light bitterness. Very well balanced.

D - Very good drinkability on this beer. A better version of a style I think is becoming too watered down as of late. Sticking to a hearty medium-bodied malty, tasty brew, Blowing Rock has really made something good here.

Oct 19, 2009
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HoppyBastard1 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.7%

May 20, 2014
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kgrober from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of an Autumn tasting.

Poured into a pint glass. Has a nice copper/oragnge appearance with subtle head that disappears quickly.

Nose was light with hints of spice, maybe cinnamon.

Nice balance of carbonation for a lighter beer with good drinkability. Alchohol was minimal with spice lingering in the finish.

Oct 14, 2010
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Soneji75 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much like the big box retailers, the beer industry has caught on that they must release their seasonal beers at least 2 seasons before the actual season for that beer. Pumpkin / Fall / Oktoberfest beers have been 0n the shelves since late July around here (Thank you Boston Beer Co. for that one). As a personal rule... continue reading https://agrainoftruthblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/blowing-rock-brewing-co-oktoberfest-lager/

Nov 21, 2016
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tchenery from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a pint and the head disappeared immediately. The color is there though, it shines a nice bright deep red.

The smell is there too. It has nice malt aromas that are ever so faint. No aroma hop presence at all and a bit of toast coming through.

It has a nice rich malt flavor that is slightly sweet but good. This is definitely a session beer. It has the toasty taste as well, a bit of marshmallow, and hardly any bitterness at all.

Not bad for an Oktoberfest.

Oct 05, 2010
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jaswilson2 from South Carolina

3/5  rDev -10.7%

Oct 10, 2014
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a moderate amber with a quarter of an inch of dense, off white head that has great retention. The nose is sweet caramel and lager yeast. The taste is caramel, apples, yeast, but there is something musty and bitter that I'm not fond of. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, but very crisp and a little over carbonated.

Jan 29, 2012
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dharmabum1102 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Sep 17, 2013
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured the 12 oz. beer into a pint-shaped glass. This yielded an orange-brown beer about the color of a nice pumpkin pie. It did not, however, produce any kind of head that lasted.

The beer smelled and tasted of malt, which is fine and typical of the style, but it is not really what I like in a beer. The beer does produce a full malt flavor for a lager.

Unfortunately, to my palate, it also had a slight metallic taste that I found a bit unpleasant.

In sum, this was a gift brew and I may give the other bottles away to friends who shun my preferred well-hopped ales.

Nov 01, 2011
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rogerdclark from Indiana

3/5  rDev -10.7%

Feb 11, 2012
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium reddish amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a spiral of sheer wispy surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Toasty malt that's pretty sweet-smelling. Bready, grainy.

T- Somewhat sweet at first with more toasty malt character leading to a dry finish. Very easy to drink as it's so clean and quite refreshing.

M- Semi-crisp and clean with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I'm not a fan of Oktoberfests as they can be too sweet but this one has a nice dryness to complement the biscuity sweetness of the malt. Definitely one of the better of the style that I've had.

Nov 05, 2015
Oktoberfest Lager from Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 49 ratings