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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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Poured a light to medium amber colour with one finger of thin, bubbly white head that quickly receded to a small ring around the glass. Translucent.

S - Bready/grainy matl notes with some sweet brown sugar and a very slight hop aroma in the background.

T - Sweet bready malt notes dominate the palate. Some caramel and brown sugar are present as well along with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body, moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber-red. Thick white head. Looks pretty good.
S - Barely there hints of roasted grain, hints of fruit.
T - Moderately dry with strong acidity. hints of coffee and toasted grain. Nondescript hops and moderately bitter finish.
M - Light,crisp mouthfeel
D - Too much acidity up front for my taste. Wouldn't try this one again.

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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 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 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 heebes
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Octoberfest release.
Bottled H2511

Pours a clear dark auburn with ruby highlights, two fingers of tan foamy head. Nose is sweet caramel and toffee malts, yeast, barley, spiciness and bready notes. A bit watery in the mouthfeel and seemingly lager-like. Light to medium bodied, wet on the palate.
Overall, an decent lager variant on the Octoberfest, a bit thin and weak. Good drinkability at 4.9 abv, though I'll probably stick to other Marzens this fall.

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Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear medium-dark amber/copper colour. little bit of off-white head, okay lacing.

took a bit to get anything but the smell was mostly malt, eventually a little sweetness/toffee.

taste was also mostly malt, a nice sweetness but not all that interesting.

overall it was okay, i feel like there could have been more to it.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Garrison have done a nice job on this 500ml bottle, decorating it with light blue and white checks. I popped the cap and shared it with my wife.

Pours a rich copper and immediately kicks up a creamy off-white head, which gradually drops to a collar, and leaves only a few spots of lace. Certainly not the best appearance in show, but there is a nice radiance to the body, which I like. This average to slightly-above-average performance is continued in the nose. At first the aroma is metallic and mineral heavy, but some warmth and a swirl brings out some deep fruit tones, which combine with caramel and bready malts to give a more appropriate märzen feel.

Malts dominate throughout the flavour, and the hops only make the briefest of appearances in a floral finish. A nice amount of bread combines with caramel, biscuit and spice to provide a solid platform. Unfortunately the beer fails to build on that, leaving us with a decent, but unexceptional, oktoberfest. Perhaps it could have redeemed itself by amping up the malt base, but that's not the route Garrison chose to go. The medium-light body could do with a little more heft to fill it out, but the carbonation is about where it should be.

This isn't what I would call a beer lover's oktoberfest, but its still a nice beer, and one that I can appreciate. There's not a lot of complexity going on, and its certainly more suited to the moments when you're not dwelling on the nature of beer. If I had the choice to have it again I think it would make a good session option at the bar, or a nice brewski for the game. Sometimes that's all you want in a beer.

Thanks to BBrianBoogie for sending me the bottle as part of CanCon BIF!

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Photo of Freeballs102010
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Really pretty deep dark red.

S: smells simply sweet

T: surprisingly light, this is my first Oktoberfest beer. This is probably the biggest contrast I've ever experienced in colour and taste.

M: medium to light bodied, goes down very smooth. Bit of bitter aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. Not outstanding but nothing would/will stop me from having another.

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Photo of Hawoh
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has Lager type aroma's with medium body and mouthfeel. It has mostly a malty type sweetness. Low bitterness with no particular hop charactistic being dominant. The beer had very little after taste. Very nice amber colour and low to very-low carbonation levels.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into mug. Bottled-on printed on label.

Pours a mostly clear amber-brown with two fingers of fluffy white head quickly shrinking to a thin haze. No lacing is left behind.

Aroma is mostly sweet toffee with just a bit of fruit and sulfur.

Taste is toffee, slightly toasty with some background hints of citrus and florals to provide some bittering balance. Sulfur is tasted, but not as prominently as in the nose. Sweetness lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is a touch above light, with little but smooth carbonation.

Drinkable for sure, this beer is nice without being exceptional. Good to see a local brewery trying this style.

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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 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 Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, thanks to pubstyle for sharing.

Pours a clear amber/copper, thin white head forms, slowly drops to a thin ring, few lace spots stick to the glass, nice clarity. Smell is alright, malty, minerals/iron, bready malt, biscuit, lightly fruity, some oranges, caramel, pretty clean but uninspiring. Taste is similar, nicely malty, caramel sweetness and some dry biscuit, iron and a touch of mineral, lightly floral, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A decent marzen but unexciting. Thanks Troy!

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with plenty of bubbly white head. Head quickly settles and doesn't really leave lacing.

Faint smell of yeast, but I also managed to pick up a minor malt smell.

Taste starts out with some mild toffee malt flavors. And that is pretty much all there is to it. Some mild carbonation throughout. 'Mild' pretty much sums up the taste and mouthfeel.

Overall, the mildness does make it very drinkable.

This is probably the first Marzen beer I can say that I have tried, so I don't know how good it is in comparison to the style. In general, it isn't bad, but not something I would label as great.

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