OktoberBeast | Aviator Brewing Company

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Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky medium brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is big on caramel malt, which dominates the nose. Flavor follows, caramel malt, bread, a dash of cocoa and dried fruit. Feel is creamy and medium bodied. Not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldManMetal
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

OktoberBeast pours to a large (pour carefully!) off-white pebbly head that sticks around for a respectable length of time, leaving moderate rafts and ladders of lacing; the beer itself is very hazy, sparkling and dusky deep amber in color. The nose is understated, even for the style: hints of caramel, dry bread, apple and alcohol. On the palate, OktoberBeast introduces itself with bitter apple and hints of caramel; by mid-palate the toasted bread malt foundation is showing and the caramel has darkened and is expressing itself more forcefully, showing an odd bittersweet side of itself. Moderate alcohol notes and hints of spicy hops punctuate the back end of the palate, leading to a finish that is all alcohol and cheap caramel candies, then a flash of sweet, followed by the onset of a funky caramel flavor that lingers for a few minutes with a hint of noble hop spice and bitterness. Mouthfeel is on par with the medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and slightly peppery from the carbonation, which is less present than the effervescence would predict. The way the malt expresses itself in this beer leaves something to be desired: the caramel notes are off-point everywhere but on the nose. (12 oz can, illegible code date)

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Photo of jfstilling
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rudabegga9
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlxxNova
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of goast8127
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Enjoyed a pint at Aviator's Smokehouse along with their awesome BBQ! Delivered a nice copper color with a slight tan head. First scent was reminded me of Ayinger's Oktoberfest beer, slightly sweet-fermented grains. The 7.2% abv is well-hidden until halfway through the pint, then it reveals itself. Aviator continues to impress with all their brews!

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Photo of rabiddawg
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jdrankin
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BRF4322
3.2/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jaswilson2
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of robebo44
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of advanracing62
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

My first O-fest beer of 2014.Poured one and a half cans into a half liter stein with a deep bronze color with a nice fluffy one full finger white head atop.Aromas of caramel malts and mild sweet alcohol that lets you know this is a bit "bigger" than the usual suspect.Flavors of caramel and vanilla stand out most but it doesn't get overly sweet really,a bit of toast in the finish.I admit I liked this more than I thought I would,it's not as sweet as I thought it might be,solid.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours a clear very dark copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some reddish brown + mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts with a light aroma of spicy + earthy hops. Slightly sweet.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of rich caramel malts with light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with just a hint if nuttiness. Finally, there are light flavors of spicy + earthy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a pretty decent Oktoberfest offering from Aviator, slightly heavier in the ABV than I would normally expect for the style but easily drinkable as that alcohol is well hidden from the smell and taste.

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Photo of JohnnyK
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of LaurenGuy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of shehateme
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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OktoberBeast from Aviator Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 67 ratings