Okto Braü
Blue Hills Brewery

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
3.18 | pDev: 27.99%
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Also called Okto Brau.
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by el_bobbo:
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el_bobbo from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to taste this right out of a fresh 22oz shortly after bottling (8/25/11)

This is not a typical "Oktoberfest" Marzen you'd expect. In this case, it was a welcome surprise.

The color was a nice clear copper color with an amazingly sweet & spicy aroma. The first sip is the win/lose for this and it won me over. The mouth feel was fantastic (the bottle was near room temp, on the colder side.) Nice smooth finish and an amazingly earthly and malty taste, with subtle sweetness.

While this isn't the typical "Oktoberfest" you'd expect, the lack of overabundant spices make this a perfect fall beer that could almost be session-able.

Aug 30, 2011
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DirtyPenny from Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Cibo Matto in Mansfield Mass, which had a surprisingly good craft beer selection.

A: Orangey brown, or browny orange. Pour had 1-finger of off-white head that fizzed out really fast.

S: Didn't get much on the nose but a leafy, slightly vegetal scent

T: Pretty typical caramel malts that move into an odd, sour, almost pickled flavor. I'm seeing a lot of other reviews that describe this beer as having a fruity or citrus taste, but it was oddly dill-like, in my opinion. Maybe something from lunch interfered? But it seemed like every sip had that same flavor regardless of what I was eating at the time.

M: Light-medium and kinda creamy.

O: Eh. Not bad but there are a lot of better Oktoberfest beers out there.

Oct 29, 2011
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BillDon from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.7%

Dec 24, 2011
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milkbone_underwear from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.7%

Sep 08, 2012
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hockeyfighter19 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +25.8%

Nov 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Nov 07, 2012
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adjunctlager from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Nov 24, 2013
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MAbeerNE1 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.7%

Mar 14, 2013
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Fettpopps from Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -37.1%

Mar 16, 2014
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ElIndio from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.7%

Jan 28, 2014
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 18, 2016
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4.88/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Several years ago Blue Hills Brewery accidentally made a batch of Okto Brau that contained Brettanomyces. They called it a huge mistake a trashed the whole batch. A friend of a friend managed to get a few bottles of this "bad batch" and I still have dreams about this beer. It is honestly the best beer I have ever tasted in my life, containing both the subtle strength of an Octoberfest balanced against a delicate sourness. I beg and plead BHB to please make this again, as I'm confident it will make great profits and leave consumers happy and looking for more. Bring back the mistake!

Jul 24, 2014
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bshaw100 from Massachusetts

1.25/5  rDev -60.7%

Over malted and sweat, not a good fall beer

Sep 18, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed orange amber

SMELL: Sweet-tart, toasted grain, very biscuity, bready, floral, fruity

TASTE: Smooth, slick, medium body, fermentation twang, toasty, biscuity, husky, dust malt, herbal, spicy, yeasty

A ridiculously narrow style (Marzen) when it comes to guidelines, first thing I always look for is if the beer is clean or not. Second is the malt profile and hops are last but not least. unfortunately for Blue Hills this is not clean, the malt profile is way out of whack and the hops are lost. Perhaps they meant to go down this road but it is not the road of a true Marzen.

Oct 11, 2011
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a large bubbled head. It settles into a single layer of minute bubbles. Some spots remain on the glass. The liquid is clear with a deep amber color

Some toastiness to the aroma. I also detect a beef stew aspect to the smell.

Malty with a touch of caramelized sugar. Thin bodied with a low level of carbonation--in a word, watery. Light hop finish.

Sep 30, 2012
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is BHB's 2010 version of their annual Oktoberfest release. Picked up a growler this past week at the brewery. Opened it Sat night 9/18/10, to coincide with the first day of Oktoberfest in Munich. Served in 0.5l dimpled German beer mugs. Dark orange color with reddish highlights. Large white head formed that stayed around for a while. Lots of carbonation. Smell was fresh and had notes of cinnamon and wood. Flavor was very malty. Just like a true Oktoberfest beer, it's really dominated by malt. But I found it to be quite smooth and easy to drink. Mouthfeel had some body to it, and this beer was easily drinkable a few mugs at a time. A pretty solid seasonal offering.

Sep 20, 2010
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit followed by a lot of breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose first.

Nov 22, 2011
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper color with a decent beige head that slowly dissipates to nothing. Smells of caramel and hints of chocolate, malty and bready with an earthy edge from the hops. Taste is bready and slightly fruity. Earthy hops cut through the malty sweetness even a little too much. Slight chocolate and caramel seem a bit out of place. Medium body with a crisp carbonation and an almost tart mouthfeel. Decent enough brew, but nothing at all like the real deal's from Germany. That aromatic malt and melanoid are sadly lacking in this example.

Oct 03, 2011
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SSJeep from Massachusetts

3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A - Orangy/brown in color and a bit hazy. Over an inch of head, a bit off white. No lacing. Head disappeared quickly.

S - A bit bready, sweet, a bit of malt and grains.

T - A bit of caramel malts, toasty and a bit of yeast.

M - Medium body, a bit over carbonated, smooth, chewy/creamy

D - Very drinkable, abv not to high. Average over all beer.

Nov 05, 2011
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cbeer88 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed directly from 22oz bomber, but I also had a couple of glasses from a growler just a few days ago.

Poured into 20oz imperial nonic glass.

Appearance: Hard pour down center fills glass with about a finger of thin white head. Gorgeous amber to light orange color. Pretty and nice thin lacing as the beer goes down. The head is a little lacking but otherwise this beer looks great.

Smell: Malty, bread, with a twinge of hops. There are some other sweet-ish stuff going on too, but I'm having trouble putting my finger on it. Quite nice.

Taste: Awesome. Oktoberfests are great because they're all over the place, yet somehow manage to all have a similar "Oktoberfest" flavor to them. This is another one that hits the flavor mark, but doesn't taste like any other Marzens. Malts, earth, nut, buttery, maple, sweet. All blended into a nice crisp lager.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbed, nice and smooth body. Nothing to complain about here.

Drinkability: Unlimited. It goes down easy, it's delicious, the ABV isn't too high, it's delicious, it's a nice unique flavor, and it's delicious.

Overall: I love this beer, and it's the best thing from Blue Hills. They're awesome with the malt (Okto, Dunkel), so I don't know why they focus so much on the hops with most of their lineup. Great beer, and for $3 a bomber at the brewery it's a bargain. For reference, there are no notable significant differences between the bottle version and the growler.

Sep 09, 2011
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.06/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This is the brewery I was so excited about when they opened since they were only a few miles from where I grew up. Then I tried their beers and all of them were mediocre and not very good. I stopped trying them for a while because of that, hoping that someday they were get better as they only seemed to be in the brewing business for the sake of it and not for the beer. So it's been a while and finally decided to try one from them and hope it got better, and what better than to try a fresh Oktoberfest in fall.

No head starts to form on initial pour so I get more aggressive, and it still only gets a small bubbly head covering that's mostly from the air being stirred into the pour than actual carbonation head, disappears quickly like it's ashamed of the beer underneath, a bad sign. no real lacing either, as light bubbles stream up from the etch at the bottom of the SAM PP glass at least but not as much as should be there, and a hazy amber slight honey orange beer, too hazy for the style.

Nose continues the slide into sad pants-ness, it smells like a homebrewer's first attempt at a lager, not a commercial brewery, and this is what makes me sad about this brewery. A definite yeasty aroma, like the yeast is still fermenting in this, then into a mild sour note, sour mash kinda aroma maybe an unhappy yeast or bad water, or even worse infection; strangely some of the sour notes remind me of Allagash sours. As I go deeper I start to get a bit of a reddish malt character, a crystal or Munich malt but hard to really label it and hard to really get much of it, and just a touch of a toasty bready malt note. I'm almost afraid to sip this.

Taste, wait for it... just continues the terribleness from the aroma. This is not only like a homebrewers first beer, but a terrible one ripe with off flavors and nothing like the style. I don't even want to continue tasting or reviewing this, it should be stricken from the record of ever existing. Let's start with the OK portion, a bit of a Munich toasty reddish malt, bit of a crystal malt character comes through but barely. that's about it, then into the terrible... well where to start, again there is a slight sour flavor, like a mild infection or just terrible treatment of the yeast, if this was truely lagered the yeast was way to hot or somehow very unhappy, here are some sulfury notes too. A bit of a mineral salty character like the water was too hard or chlorine in it or something bad. There is no real lager character at all except a mild soft feel. The yeast is also bringing a yeasty flavor, bready doughy yeast like I'm chewing on fermenting bread, soured fermenting bread. Did they use baker's yeast in this POS or something?! Oh and bitterness? Yes there is a hint of bitterness, but it seems to come more from tannic acids left from bad grains or something, but doesn't seem to come from hops as there is no real detectable hop presence. Finish is a bit slimy even, sticky on the mouth, not crisp or clean by any means, even my saliva is unhappy it seems. More soured malts lingering, and a little metallic twinge, just bad.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, at least a little softness, but also slimy sticky on the finish, and to really show how much they wanted to shit on this beer, it has very little carbonation.

Overall, I.... I don't even know what to say. Why would you make a beer like this and put it out on the market?! How this brewery still in business is beyond me. I'm sorry guys, I don't mean to be mean but your beers are terrible. If you read this please take it as criticism and try to improve... wait, there's no way you would be reading this because if you did you would have started improving your beers by now. You obviously don't give a rat's ass about your beer or you'd have started doing something about it by now.

Sep 29, 2013
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Duhast500 from Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a dimpled glass.

The color is a hazy golden/amber with a finger foamy white head that dissipated a bit quickly and some thin lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty malty at first. Some maple flavor that is coming out first with a slight oat flavor.There is also a slight noble hop presence as well.

The taste has a sweet malty flavor that is a little sugar and a little maple in flavor. It also has a nice buttery bread flavor that is really smooth also had a bit of nutty flavor as well.

The feel of this beer has a medium body and sits well in your mouth as it goes down. A smooth feeling beer, this has a nice silky feel and is a better version of the previous version of Oktoberfest beer by Blue Hills Brewery. A great fall beer.

Nov 08, 2010
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DrinkingDrake from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thick foamy head. Head vanishes pretty fast and leaves a thin amount of lacing. Large malt nose. Sweet caramel and roasted grains. Smells like fresh grain steeping in the mash. Rich creamy body. A lot of the that caramel, fresh grain/bready malt. Buttery smooth finish that is refreshing and light drinking for such a large malt body. Great Oktoberfest drinking beer.

Sep 25, 2011
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.04/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bright amber to deep pumpkin color. Translucent. Head is quick to skim into a pangea-like mass that floats in the glass center. Dainty little lace specks.

A very familiar yet hard to discern aroma...vegetal and off putting like when the dishwasher needs to be run...but with a sweeter orange zinger tea. Ah yes, teryaki. I dare you do sniff this beer and not think it smells exactly like teryaki. Good for chicken, bad for beer.

Vienna and munich come across as a toasty tangerine and apricot jelly sweetness. Much too sweet and fruity IMO.

It may make a good marinade?

Oct 08, 2011
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

2.04/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a tulip.

Appears dark copper with almost no head. What little head forms disappears quickly. No lacing. The picture on the bottle is of a cartoon mug OVERFLOWING with huge frothy, foamy goodness….the complete opposite of what this beer does. Dissapointing.

Aroma gives off caramel, bread, and fruitiness.

Caramel comes through most on the tongue. But then it gets weird. Suprisingly there’s a very noticeable note of citrus (lemon, apricot), but it's not from the hops. And then, I notice a note of chocolate creaminess which throws me. Hops aren’t noticeable.

The carbonation is terrible. Flat, lifeless, albeit creamy.

I don’t quite get some of the praise this one gets. It’s all over the place, and lackluster. It drinks like a low ABV session brew though it's 5.8%. It’s not a traditional marzen. If BHB is trying to take a creative interpretation on the style, fine, but it doesn’t work for me at all.

I can't think of one marzen I like less than this.

Oct 04, 2011
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