OktoberFiesta | Freetail Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by elNopalero on 10-12-2011

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 22
Reviews by elNopalero:
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden color with some foam. Much hoppier than I’d expect for a festbier, without the maltiness I look for. It’s weirdly sweet, with some prominent sour/tartness on the finish that throws the whole beer off balance for my tastes. Not the ‘dessert’ beer I was hoping for. That doesn’t make it a bad beer, just not what I had in mind. If this was listed as a pale ale or an experimental amber ale I definitely wouldn’t have felt disappointed. It just doesn’t work for me.


So I’m stumped. It’s not a traditionally brewed Marzen, which would explain my reaction to it. I’m honestly not sure what to classify it as, but this clears up some of my confusion.

From Freetail’s (http://www.freetailbrewing.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=78&Itemid=124) description:

OktoberFiesta is based on an award-winning recipe from area homebrewer Steve Stambaugh – a traditional German-style Märzen brewed to celebrate the marriage of Crown Price Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen back in 1810—now known as Oktoberfest. You should know by now that nothing gets through our brewhouse without a Freetail twist and OktoberFiesta is no exception. Instead of using bottom-fermenting yeast and lagering all summer, OktoberFiesta uses a specially cultivated Belgian abbey yeast strain to give it a unique house character.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cisteve
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of supie12
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice burnt orange color with light blonde and copper hues, bubbles are everywhere and the head is thick, and billowy and creates a creamy lacing around the glass.
Mild malts and mild roasted hops, summer grass smells, and a light earthy aroma too.
Sweet at first and ends with a nice hoppy kick in its aftertaste. The spices come out after its warmed up to room temperature.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and filled with carbonation.
Overall: Very good tasting beer overall, nice spices and well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of blastoderm55
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greenspointexas
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sabre311
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Posting review here even tho this beer is listed as retired (update info reported). Well it's un-retired now and being sold in cans in san antonio.area (the 2011 label should probably be removed and just call it oktoberfiesta)

It's a typical octoberfest in most ways. I find it a bit drier than what the typical version might be, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. It's pretty octoberfest-y. It's pretty darn drinkable, thirst quenching, light, and has a fairly malty base, with a balancing but (properly) indistinct hop crispness.

Freetail's selling of their beer in cans locally totally kicks ass. SA's got a number of great beers made either in town or reasonably close by. Freetail's move to selling cans retail is a huge plus to an already good situation.

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Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Kruja5
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of AlexFields
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of rspauldi
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jamescain
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Traditional clear copper-amber color with a thin off white head that leaves a ring around the center.

Aroma: Caramel, toffee and spicy yeasty notes that are not typically found in a Marzen, but that would make since with the Belgian yeast strain.

Taste: Caramel with fruity and bready notes and hints of spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a clean dry finish.

Overall: It was good and I like the added complexity that the yeast adds, normally I feel this style are some what boring.

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Photo of Jas45678
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

OktoberFiesta from Freetail Brewing Company
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