Okto Braü | Blue Hills Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also called Okto Brau.

Added by morebeergood on 09-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Brettanomaestro
4.88/5  rDev +54.9%
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!

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Photo of Duhast500
4.38/5  rDev +39%
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.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.35/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

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Photo of elbobbo
4.32/5  rDev +37.1%
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.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.25/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blue Hills is hit or miss for me. But, for the second year they deliver a very, very solid contender for my coveted BOO (Best of Octoberfest) award.

Good copper color with red hilites sits under slim foam (Hey - Union Brewhouse pour).

There is almost a honey under slight toast up frond ending in a well balanced finish ruled by hops, but gently.

Good drinkability. In fact, I think the 4th would be better than the 1st.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.23/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okto Brau opens with a rich and malty nose, resplendent with aromas of fresh-baked yeasty baguettes, wet wheat fields, and sticky brown sugars, all tinged at the edges with apricot, orange, and hints of white grape.

On the tongue, the immediate flavors are sugary grains, the beer opening with a smattering of brown sugars atop cereal-and-biscuit flavors. Deeper into the mouthful a darker grain base comes through, adding earthy hints of spent grains and whole wheat bread crust, as well as shades of toasted pecan. Light fruit esters bring welcome touches of orange, apricot, and berry. The hops add a tingle of grapefruit and bitterness, and perhaps a shade of rosewater. The aftertaste is a quickly-fading continuation of the grain flavors. Mouthfeel is a silky medium, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is an excellent Marzenbier, being both delicious and refreshing, and heavy with memories of Fall. Sam Adams may have the world's best-selling Octoberfest beer, but they could take a flavor lesson or two from their Boston-area Blue Hills Brewery competitor.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.22/5  rDev +34%
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.

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Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +27%

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4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of BanrionMAB
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.37/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a reluctant and meager 1/16" white head. Smells mildly of malt, not too complex. Color is like pale tea. Taste is extremely mild but has interesting hints of cocoa butter and something I can't quite put my finger on. In the Octoberfest tradition this weak mild beer would be easy to drink a whole lot of. My real complaints were a) it's so mild, and b) it's almost totally flat, which granted might be a problem with just my sample, but then again it's the right time of year and I live near the city where they brewed this, so I'm not letting them off the hook for it.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of rebelthrower
3.01/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of ZacharyJ
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ElIndio
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.84/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a relatively clear, burnt orange color. Thin, sudsy head only manages to form a light outer ring around the edge.

S-Sweet and bread. Has mostly Marzen elements here but there is definitely an unattractive element to the aroma. Its almost tangy in the nose; not like a hoppy/ citrus tangy but more like a sourdough tanginess.

T-Flavor is a miss. It is nearing sickly sweet and that acrid portion found in the nose also appears. In its bones it's a Marzen but its covered in all sorts of blemishes. Caramel and bread and stewed beets?

M-Light side of medium bodied. A bit sugary and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-Not a fan of this or most any of Blue Hills' brews.

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Okto Braü from Blue Hills Brewery
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 35 ratings