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OktoberBeast | Aviator Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
aviatorbrew.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by atsprings on 10-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,363
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
67
pDev:
11.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With a bold maple and caramel taste, the flavor of fall is alive and well in Aviator's beast of a fest beer.

Its caramel character is evident right from the pour- copper and dark honey color sets the tone. Its mild haze gives the beer a slight Amber Ale type of appearance. Darker than the average Oktoberfest, the beer builds a hearty off-white head that dissolves during the second half of the session and retains fairly as well.

Medium-strong aromas celebrate the malt character of Munich and caramel. Its sweeter upstart is pleasantly starchy, toasty, and nutty- coming to the nose like bread crust and maple. With the slightest of hop spice, an almost tea-like character wraps up the aromas.

Even sweeter to taste, all that caramel and savory maple flavor is nutty, lightly butter and brown sugar to remind the palate of french toast. Its nutty flavor becomes the bridge that brings the sweetness to close. Cashews at first turn to walnut-type bitterness late to link up with the herbal tea tones for a semi-crisp yet still savory finish.

Mid-full in body, the beer is certainly heftier than the typical fest bier. Its high residual sweetness is creamy until the carbonation subsides. After which, the sweetness lingers long into finish for a semi-dry closure and firm alcohol warmth.

The beer's overall hefty character allows it to resemble an American Amber Ale as much as it does an Oktoberfest. It lacks the refined elegance of true German Oktoberfest biers but it celebrates something heartier and sweeter. It could definitely stand up to a apple pie or fruit cobbler.

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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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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 tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a half inch of foamy head. Good retention. Caramel and toasted malt notes in the nose with just a hint of a faint yeast smell. Strong malt character on this one; very toasty, a little nutty, a little roasty, a hint of caramel. There are some hops here that show up late; nice citrusy, floral notes. Very low carbonation and a little thin.

Overall not a bad beer. Aviator's still one of my favorite local breweries.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Poured on-tap at the Tap House and served in a shaker pint, the beer is an orange-caramel coloring with a filmy, white, clingy head. Nose of roast, nut, caramel, sweet potato, and hints of chocolate and cinnamon. Flavors are roast and rich, with nut and caramel throughout, on a slightly bready backbone. Smooth bodied and light, with a sweet and roast aftertaste. Slick, smooth finish. Decent beer.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have had this both in growler and bomber - reviewed by the bottle

a: served in a cylinder glass, the beast has an amber maple syrup color, floating a dense coating of off-white carbonation that retains well

s: grainy/bready munich malts on the nose with a nice dose of sweet caramel brown sugar, delicate roasts give a toasted note, nutty, leafy and autumnal, the label describes this as a hopped up o'fest - maybe slightly more than usual, but it's not a standout feature, grassy noble hops, some herbals, a nicely rich oktoberfest aroma

m: carbonation moderate, smooth, light-medium body

t: munich grains bring a bready, nutty grain flavor, sweet caramel, lots of leafy and earthy flavor, grassy hops with a moderate bitter balance to the finish

o: very nice oktoberfest - lots of malt utilized to provide a rich, full character, good hop presence, well rounded - true to style but with some nifty riffs on the typical

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, Fall officially left a few days ago, but it's a rainy and fairly mild day that could easily pass for October in Portland... here's a 22 oz. surprise from my bud, Metalmonk. Poured to a pint glass alongside carnitas tacos from our favorite neighborhood taqueria.

Wicked label: a demonic figure pulling a flaming skull from a molten cauldron. This ain't your mother's Oktoberfest... I like, but am a little puzzled by, the 'QR Code' square that would allow one to scan and let them know how I feel about the beer. I'm not THAT into technology <yet>, though I'll glad post a review here.

A: Ahhh, the shades of bygone autumn... a lovely orange-sienna that hints at redness. Gorgeous color. A few wriggling bubbles in a nearly clear pour, still really pretty - though a bit sleepy. Head is creamy and luscious finger-depth, a bright shade of light khaki; it stays for a minute or so before receding to a clingy ring and a mottled film. Sporadic lace, streaking lace and spotty bits.

S: A nutty and mildly metallic scent, sweet and slightly fruited only in retrospect. Dry grasses and a more definite caramel after a few minutes of warming.

T: Right away there's a spicy, brassy huskiness. It's hoppiness toes the line with enough bitterness to balance a potentially dessert-sweet mouthful of toffee and fruity pastries. There's roasted nuts and some cocoa and dashes of earthy spice muddled with grassy, slightly pithy hops. On the 'imperial' side in both realms, but the result is a mightily flavored (i.e. 'tasty') Oktoberfest.

M: Bolder, thicker mouthfeel than your standard O-fest, thanks to a whopping 7.2% ABV. You don't detect the alcohol by its heat so much, but you assume it's there because of the chewier weight in the mouth. So smooth. I really like this a lot; well balanced maltiness/bitterness and a not-so-sticky finish. Very nice.

O: My first from Aviator and Jeff picked me out a winner. Sure, it's a couple days past Christmas and I'm drinking an Oktoberfest, but freshness doesn't seem to be an issue here whatsoever. Too strong to session, like a 'proper' version of the style - but that's probably not the point. Sticks with the style, but pushes the boundaries commendably. Enjoyable, one I'd be glad to have again.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently brewed in the depths of hell by a gasmask-wearing demon, if the very cool label is anything to go by.

Pour is true to style, a burnt reddish copper, very autumnal, with a slightly dirty white head, but the head doesn't last very long, even with an aggressive pour.

Not getting very much from the smell at all, definitely has the aroma of those Oktoberfest-ish malts, kind of damp, slightly herbal, not even that far away from wet leaves. But a bit subdued. Expected more hops, since the label boasts "higher hopping rate than most oktoberfest beers."

Okay, actually drink this thing and there are the hops. Most definitely. They don't overpower, and they don't mutate the style too much. It's still very much an Oktoberfest at its foundation. Malts are up front and just slightly herbal and spicy enough to be the foremost tastes you get, but the hops, more citrusy than piney, play their role and give this beer a playful, bright sort of character. Barely-tart fruits wind up in the finish, and the feel of Oktober Beast is light and springy, maybe just slightly more crisp than authentic German examples.

I like this beer. It puts a twist on the style but doesn't pervert it (but then I like perverse examples too, like Avery's Kaiser). My first Aviator beer, and hey, so far, so Very Good.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Busy Bee served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with a decent khaki head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a mild blend of sweet malts and slight hops. The taste is almost like a pilsner, nice hop balance to the sweet malt presence. The beer is medium bodied with slight warming alcohol. I must say, an interesting variation of the style, one I'd certainly have again.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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