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Hoptoberfest | Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, no nothing. All I can tell you is that my label is blue and does not look like the beer pictured, but is most assuredly a Milwaukee Brewing Co. Hoptober Fest Lager. Unless this bottle is lying, but it also says copyright 2012 on the label so I'm guessing this is just a newer batch than the beer pictured. It says it has a 6.0% abv also.

A - Pours a very nice burnt orange color with a nice two finger head. I can already tell that this might be a little better than the awful Milwaukee Brewing Co. Hop Happy IPA that I drank last night.

S - I'm smelling a bit of malts, and that is about it. No spices present. Maybe just a little bit of honey in there.

T - Malty taste for sure, with light carbonation, and some wheat.

M - Mouth is nothing special. Very dry feel afterwards. I feel like the malts are lingering around a little bit, and I can still maybe taste some honey in there.

Overall, not terribly impressed. Although, out of the selection of "craft" beers that Milwaukee Brewing Co. is doing, this is the best one I've had so far.

Milwaukee Brewing Co. Hoptober Fest ---2.5/5

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug

A- Pours a deep must orange amber with a bubbly slightly off white head. Only has a small amount of light penetration.

S- Smell is rich and caramelly. Although there was a bit of an earthy sweet hop aroma when opening the bottle it dissipated as soon as the beer was poured into the mug. A nice complex malty scent with a nice breadiness.

T- The taste is very bready with a sweet caramel malt coating to it. Strong taste of bread and crackers with a tiny bit of underlying hop sweetness as well. Ends in a mostly sweet yet just slightly bitter finish with more of a very slight earthy aroma to it.

M- Has a clean and crisp feel to it with a slightly medium body and low to medium carbonation.

O- A very basic marzen. In fact I would go as far as to say it was a bit bland even. Not much really going on with this beer that is very noteworthy. The breadiness gives it a very "blah" feel, although it still is drinkable. I feel ridiculous for giving it an all around 3 but to be completely honest that is
literally where I would rate each of the categories. None of them are special enough to garner anything higher yet they also aren't really bad enough to be anything lower. This beer is worth passing up unless you really like milwaukee brewery or marzens. Perhaps it is because this bottle may be somewhat old? I picked it up in a mixed 6 pack.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep copper with about a 1/2' white head subsiding to a fine white lacing

S-Bready malty and a slight hint of ethanol. Faint floral hop aroma

T-Assertively bitter, probably a bit too bitter for strict style guidelines. Some malt sweetness, but the hops tend to overwhelm the malt flavors. Tastes like a Oktoberfest crossed with a pale ale.

M-Prickly carbonation, a little bit rough around the edges from the assertive bitterness.

O-An Oktoberfest for hop heads? Although I love hops this combo doesn't quite do it for me, was really expecting the malt to shine more for this beer, or there to at least be more hop aroma. Decent beer but should be more balanced.

Website lists it as 40 IBUs and about 1.060 og so this is definitely overly bitter for an Oktoberfest of its gravity

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a liter stein at a beer garden. Great orange copper color with white foam, just like an Oktoberfest style beer should look. Smells of malt with a strong note of hops. This is the first place it diverges from an standard Oktoberfest. The hops continue through, stronger than you'd expect. Somewhat supported by the malty backbone but bitter through the finish. More in line with a pale ale. It has the refreshing crisp feel of a lager and is easy to drink. Overall, its a hoppy lager, it verges on being an IPL, not a straight attempt to copy an Oktoberfest.

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3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

HOPTOBERFEST...hmmm...instantly I recoil. I'm not a fan of Octoberfest STYLE - way too close to BELGIAN ALES which too often bear sour mash notes and wildly unhinged fruit esters. This version definitely holds to the elements of that style. Clean pale gold appearance, musky pilsner aroma that does not predict the sour note edges in the flavor gamut. The hop character was admittedly higher for this style but not by much, and noticable ONLY in the flavor (not the aroma). My Belgian Ale friends will love this - but it is low and outside of my preferences for Ales promising a HopHead experience.

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3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear golden amber. Two fingers of cream hued head. Sticky lace and solid retention.

S: Spiced caramel malt, earthy hops and even a hint of coffee. Very nice aroma for a marzen.

T: The flavors are a bit thin. Light spices and pale malt. Slightly metallic finish.

M: Medium to light body. Light bubbly carbonation.

D: Overall the nose was solid the flavors were average. A decent marzen.

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Hoptoberfest from Milwaukee Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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