Oktoberfest Brau | Garrison Brewing Company

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Oktoberfest BrauOktoberfest Brau

Brewed by:
Garrison Brewing Company
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Germany’s most popular fall beer, this “Oktoberfest Brau” is brewed in the traditional maerzen style. Pleasant toffee-like flavors, medium body and low hopping make this a seasonal lager worthy of celebration.

16 IBU

Added by Seanstoppable on 09-27-2009

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of bcrocker
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of papat444
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SlovakSniper (ratebeer) for this one. Enjoyed last night and shared with my wife.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle.

Appearance: Lots of head, a clear amber-red body with the same color mildly reflected in the foam.

Smell: Spices, malt, herbs and some caramel. Fresh and sprightly.

Taste: Good caramel malt backbone withe herbs that are not overdone. Flavorful and really good. Liking this a lot.

Mouthfeel: Light yet satisfying with low carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to put back. A seasonal i would come back to for sure.

Overall: A pleasant fall beer that conjures images of fallen leaves, brisk autumn breezes and spices cooking in a pot. I highly recommend this top notch brew.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I expected this beer, for some reason, to be much paler. And yellow. Imagine my surprise when I got a "chestnut red" beer with tons of head. I had to pour this in a couple of stages. The head on this very clear beer is creamy and foamy on top, lowering in a couple of minutes to just a thin layer on top.

The smell is sweet (and also sweet)! Smells of malt, some toffee, and a bit of cream.

The flavour is somewhat creamy. It's almost milky & sweet, like creme brulee with a red beer at the end of each sip. There's a bit of a singed sugar taste. Also, something in the smell and / or taste reminds me of a salsa & cheese omelet. I think it's the creaminess and the sweetness being somewhat tomato-like.

The alcohol is 4.9% abv, but you can feel / taste it a bit in the aftertaste. The feel is smooth and creamy - not watery. It's slightly bitter.

Get me a sausage with a big ol' heap of sauerkraut, some lederhosen & a fancy hat, a tuba, a keg of this stuff, and I'm ready to oom-pa-pa-party!

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a cherry red color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is dark fruit, cherries, toffee and some bready malt. The flavor is bread, peanuts, toffee and some sugary, sweet malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I am somewhat surprised by the low ratings because this is one of the better Oktoberfests that I have tried.

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Photo of DreamDeath
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jimctin
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Long813
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber body with two fingers of white bubbly head. Retention is minimal and leaves no lacing.

S: Nice blend of caramel malts, spice and some breadiness.

T: Well balanced mix of caramel and bread. Some spice, but it's very weak.

M: Medium-light bodied with low carbonation. Texture is very water like and it leaves a bit of a caramel finish.

O: Well done on this beer. It was a little bland at time, but it is very refreshing and an easy drink.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle brought back from Fredricton by a good friend.

A - Copper body with red notes. Lot's of carbonation and a fizzy, snap, crackle, pop, off-white head.

S - Rich malts leading to nice burnt sugar and toffee-like aromas. Dominated by sweet malt aromas. Inviting.

T - Sweetness up front with nice caramel in the body and a really nice rich, smooth and tasty toasted malt finish that lingers nicely.

M - Light body with a good amount of carbonation to keep it moving.

D - Pretty high on this. For the style this seems pretty bang-on. Oktoberfests aren't my favourite but I could down a few of these no problem.

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber, off-white head, some retention, good lacing.

S: Floral with a light spicing; Caramel & bready malt.

T: Bread, caramel, floral & spice with a hint of sulfur. Balanced bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth; hint of residual sweetness (good for the style).

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest Brau has a toasty, nutty, orange-y colour, relative clarity, and a candle-like glow. The bottom of the glass is lined with what looks like quinoa but is, in fact, bubbles, which one by one take turns emancipating themselves from the base only to meet again in the thin white web of the surface. Eventually it goes completely flat.

The aroma showcases sufficient Munich malt to instill thoughts of bread and toasty bread crusts. There's no real caramel or butterscotch flavour present, but it is lightly sugary, enough so as to impart a good deal of sweetness in any case. The big and uncontested presence of maltiness gives it the definitive 'beer' smell.

The flavour is entangled in a thicket of bready malt and toasted nutty sweetness. It's like someone took the grain and stuck it in the toaster at a low temperature, just enough to lightly caramelize it and bring out nutty crunch. There's even some Noble hop spiciness that might evade less experienced palates. Despite the simplicity, this style offers a breadth of flavour and an easy quietness that only a lager could possess.

The Oktoberfest style is a bit of a curiosity: somehow limitless drinkability unfolds out of a rich, tremendously flavourful beer. This much malt would normally bog the drinker down, but not here: ample carbonation and an overall 'smooth' disposition makes it quite approachable. People who like bolder lagers have met their match.

Once upon a time the Germans thumped down a flag and proclaimed that the official drink of fall would be this smooth but rich malty lager and the rest of the world mapped out the style accordingly, including this Nova Scotian brewery. Garrison Oktoberfest Brau would pass any Germans' litmus test - it's a beer remade exactly in their image.

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. Bottled H2511 (August 25, 2011 I'll assume).

Poured a brown-ish copper, with some offwhite creamy head. Moderate retention with only a little bit of lacing. Nose has some light dark fruits, toffee and a hint of caramel. Modest bready malts (darker breads) and lager yeast. Taste has more of the same, some dark fruits and bread, sweet malts with an interesting floral/fruity character that I can't identify; slightly peculiar but still pleasant. Hints of some lightly toasted/smoked malts. Medium body that's creamy at times, although I can taste a bit of alcohol which isn't too desirable at this ABV, bringing the feel down a half-point. A good beer with some interesting qualities, maintains some good drinkability. I'd like to say I'd buy this more often, but the pricing on this in Ontario is a bit prohibitive.

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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of NightINgale
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. I was happy to find this at an LCBO store in Toronto, because I'm always eager to try beer from Nova Scotia.

A - Really nice colour to the beer; I can describe it as mahogany, deep amber, or ruby-red. The head was very dissapointing, though! At first there was a 2-finger caramel head, but it fizzled away in no time; the sound made me think of soda. Strange.

S - Smellls like a proper marzen: toffee, bread, toasted malts, and a bit of dark fruit.

T - The first sip made me thing of a regular Vienna lager (which is very similar to marzens, anyway). However, the after-taste let me know I'm drinking something more than that. This beer starts out grainy, crisp and slightly sweet and then goes further on, treating you to some nice toffee and fruit notes. As I was drinking it, I began tasting a certain tartness to its fruity qualities. Hints of sour cherry, plum. The sweetness is there, but, perhaps, it is a little modest for a marzen. Some bitterness in the finish.

M - For a 4.9% beer it seems a little heavy, as far as the body goes. Medium-to-full body, perhaps made heavier by the high level of carbonation. It really isn't the session beer it's supposed to be.

O - All in all, it is still a proper marzen and a pretty worthy seasonal brew. I would prefer a little less carbonation (yet more head retention) and, perhaps, just a little more sweetness to it. Still, I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass oct6 2010

A clear deep amber with plenty of bubbles feeding a fast falling off white head that left no lace

S malty dry cereal with some caramel

T lots of burnt brown sugar with some raisin bread and a hint of rum, a little sweet but quite enjoyable

M medium bodied leaning towards full for the color, silky at first then the carbonation whips it up a bit

D for under 5% it has some good flavors and I could drink a few of them without getting board

decent brew that's worth trying, not the best offering from Garrison but something I'd drink again

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Photo of korguy123
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into my 1L Paulaner mug. Bottled Aug 25, 2011

A- Brown / copper pour. Booming four finger soapy eggshell head that recedes to finger width cap after a couple minutes. Lacing is spotty.

S- Sweet bread, peanuts and light yeast. It almost has a cardboard smell to it. But fresh baked bread pushes that aside quickly.

T- Slight metallic taste in the back. Fresh baked bread and a cardboard taste. Not bad just needs getting used to.

M- Thin to medium bodied, refreshing carbonation.

O- Tis the season for marzens and this is something I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light amber colopur, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Musty brown sugar and biscuit notes.

T - Leafy hops notes amidst a sugary caramel and a solid bitter finish with a bold biscuit malt lingering.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty marzen and a solid take on the style. Nothing spectacular but certainly worth a try. If I had to drink this a litre at a time, it certainly wouldnt be a problem.

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Photo of FishGetter
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in Canada on a trip to visit the wives family. Great amber color with exceptional clarity. Small head fades quickly.
Classic marzen nose with big maltyness coming up front, backed by some noble hop aromas.
Base malts come right up front, dominate deep grain flavor. Some sweetness and toasted malt try to make a pressance, but not much. Some hop flavor are detected. Finishes with more pale grain flavors.
Nice medium body. Nothing over the top, true to style. Some dryness and grain flavors linger too long.
At first , not that impressive of an offering. Grain flavor warmed up to my palate and appreciated more. Not the best Garrison offering, but interested in other from them.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grains, hops, cereal, straw

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some grains. There is also a bit of an earthiness and some straw/hay flavour and a light amount of hop bitterness. It ends with a malty caramel sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's not the most exciting style of beer, but they did a good job with it and it fits the season nicely and it tasted really fresh. The price might be a bit high for what you get, but I'm happy I gave it a try.

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Photo of peensteen
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, sticky, good amount of lace left behind. Smell is swet and biscuity, malty, floral earthy qualities, lemon and lime, toffee and baked bread. Taste is biscuity and malty, caramel and toffee come through, lightly bitter, dry and earthy, lemon notes in the aftertaste. Med-high prickly carbonation, lightly creamy, medium body, nice feel. Not bad stuff, fairly drinkable and quite flavourful, not the best oktoberfest beer I have had but it does the trick.

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Photo of SebD
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit, bready/grainy malts, caramel and grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has bready/grainy malts along with some sweet caramel/toffee, grassy hops and slight dark fruit. There's almost a sourness to this beer.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a somewhat light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. Probably not something I'll try again.

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3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - burnt amber in colour with beautiful cap of white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell - very biscuity with a mild spicy hop character and a dry minerality.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied and aggressively carbonated. A little bit on the thin side. Flavours of biscuit, mineral, very light caramel, mineral water, and a trace of bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of berley31
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Average-sized, off-white head that diminished to a thin film after a couple of minutes. Not really any lacing from this beer. Body is a dark amber color, and slightly hazy.

S: Not a bad aroma - average amount of malt with some hints of caramel. Not as powerful-smelling as I would have expected from an Oktoberfest.

T: Flavor is moderately sweet, with the caramel-maltiness coming through quite well. Not a lot of punch to it, but still quite nice. Short-lasting overall.

M: Medium-bodied and slick, with average carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Extremely easy to drink, but I prefer an Oktoberfest to have a little more character. Still, a very decent entry.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful copper colour with a finger of bubbly white head that quickly recedes to an outer ring. Can't see much in terms of lacing.

S: Earthy grains, faint orchard fruit aroma of apples, nutty qualities, and a lingering sourness. Have to dig fairly hard to find the aromas in here but they are pleasant albeit a little light.

T: Sweet caramel-like malt is at the forefront, with a bitter taste that follows and continues through to the finish. Slight sourness is evident but I find it rather refreshing. Orchard fruit qualities are subdued but I'm still able to detect a bit of apple.

M: Medium body with a low-med carbonation. Slightly viscous with a steady bitter mouthfeel.

D: Tasty offering from Garrison. Not my favourite style but I could see myself drinking this again sometime in the future.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last day of Oktoberfest in Kitchener - couldn't have found a more fitting brew to close off the festival. That, and I'll drink anything from Garrison.

Poured into a dimpled mug. Deep copper-caramel brew, sturdy half inch of head, survives as a thick crescent of foam. Some lacy bits.

Nose is malty, a bit of caramel, a bit of grain.

Typical marzen flavor - lots of malty sweetness, some caramel and brown sugar, and a bit of acidic grape flavor that I've also encountered in a few other Garrison brews.

Thin bodied, zippy carbonation.

Not a bad marzen, nothing particularly special (though it's a style that's yet to really wow me, so I can't really sure I know what I'm looking for). Solid festering brew - always good to see Garrison on LCBO shelves!

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Oktoberfest Brau from Garrison Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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