Old World Oktoberfest | Water Street Brewery

26 Ratings

Brewed by:
Water Street Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 12-29-2004

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8 oz tap pour into an American Tumbler at Water Street Brewery

A - Totally clear light copper-amber with minimal head that quickly left a thin ring. No lacing at all.

S - Sweet, light aroma of tasted malts with a hint of caramel and a strong nose of raisin and grape skin. No hops. Doesn't smell like an oktoberfest really. Much too fruity.

T - Toasty amber-caramel malts with a strong hint at the raisin and grape in the aroma. A dark fruitiness. Too strong for the style. Lose the overly fruitiness and then we'll be getting somewhere. Also, it has a light hop finish but not powerful enough.

M - Crisp and light bodied with a carbonation bite to the end. Light sweet fruitiness and a dry finish. Best part so far...

D - Why is this oktoberfest so fruity? Not good. It's really not bad overall as a beer, but as an oktoberfest it fails.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly clear gold with an orange tinge, medium body, medium carbonation, rich malt, some slight caramel to toffee, not much hops, drinkable but not special – clean, smooth and crisp.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- The body was a clear tan to brown with a smooth tan head and a gentle carbonation

S- Very light maltyness that was lightly roasted

T- The flavor was a pretty dry maltyness some hints of toasted malt but very faint. Hiding in the background is a slight hop bitterness but no other hop flavors.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel and no alcohol warmth.

D- This beer was served pretty cold and it didn't have the complexity of malt that this style needs.

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Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another mug pour at Historic Turner Hall in Milwaukee.

A - Poured a clear, rich mahogany color with a small, khaki-colored head. The retention was okay and it left some sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of biscuity/bready malts. There was a touch of fruit and some grassiness, too.

T - This is a fairly sweet, malty oktoberfest. Hop profile is minimal just a mild grassy/piney bite.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

D - Along with the Pale Ale, this is the best beer I've had from Water Street. Solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this in a plastic cup at summerfest. this was not what i was expecting for an oktoberfest, and also strange that it was being served in early july. anyways, this was quite dark for the style-it was a hazy, dark ruby brown with an off white head. some dark malts in the nose, couldn't discern much else given the environment. taste was balanced more towards the roasty/astringent end rather than the sweet, crisp malt profile i would expect for the style. medium-bodied. not bad, but not their best option at a sweaty summer festival in milwaukee.

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Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of pathead
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DbbC
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elevatedgreens
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Chris-1911
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lawl3ss
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ZAP
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks OK...brown with amber highlights...Nose is sweet toffee..musty...some strong arm pit BO odor...body is medium...perhaps a little lighter....nice sweet flavor..toffee....light caramel...little bitterness....not extremely thick but not a lightweight either...has just a hint of mustiness on the taste lending some cheaper qualities to it...apparently they use about 6 different malts in this so it is probably well made but just has a slight off-taste to it...

All things considered this would rate as a slightly above average O-fest...Nice maltiness....nothing terribly wrong with it besides the arm pit BO odor...doesn't seem to be dumbed down at all....$5 a growler is a nice price...I'd probably pick up another when in town but not worth going out of the way for...Much better than their pale ale I also sampled and will review later...

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kmpitz2
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer came a light golden color with a ring of foam around the top of the beer. Not quite dark enough in my book. The nose was very strong caramel sweetness, enough to cover up the lager character in the beer. Nice. The flavor was mellow, with a really good caramel and a slight hop on the finish. Very nice. The feel was thick and slightly creamy and velvety smooth. All around good beer. One of my favorties from this brewery.

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

A: Deep, clear ruddy gold-to-brown color. Poured a half finger off-white head with fair retnetion. Broken lacing. Lightly decanted continually.

S: Bready malt and wet grains.

T: Bready and biscuity malts with a little toast in the background. Bittered sufficiently for a nice clean finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Fairly well balanced malt and bittering hop.

D: I enjoyed it, well actually two, but the residual sweetness hinted of unfermented sugars yet it didn't have the malt complexity or alcohol bite in other of its ilk.

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Photo of jroberts8811
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice white foamy head with a dark red with orangery hue. Smells awesome. Lots of Carmel smell mixing with malts. I hope it tastes as good as it smells. It does Carmel malty goodness with a thin mouthfeel. The watery finish hurts it.

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Photo of tim007007
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerLover99
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: light brown, hint of amber, no head and lacing absent

S: light sweet malt, hint of roasted

T: mild sweet malt with muted roasted bread-like overall, dash of earthiness.

M- light/medium body, ok carbonation/seemed almost a little flat, dry finish

D: This was not a very good Oktoberfest. Seemed a little watered down and needed some more carbonation. When visiting this brewery, a newbie may enjoy this brew, but the seasoned Oktoberfest/beer geek will be disappointed. My wife loves Oktoberfest beers, she is not really a beer drinker; she agreed this was a bit weak.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JeffSK
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Old World Oktoberfest from Water Street Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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