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Okto Braü | Blue Hills Brewery

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Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: 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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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 20
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4/5  rDev +27%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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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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2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +27%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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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1.3/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I could go into all the details but this beer has the classic signs of an infected batch and it appears others have had the same impression. Hopefully this is an anomaly and not a sign of things to come from Blue Hills, as it speaks very poorly of their quality control to let this on the market. I've made similar tasting batches in my homebrewery and they ended up down the drain, just as this one did.

I could see some potential behind the lactic twang in the way of malt profile, but it's really tough to see exactly what they were going for.

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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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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 Jason
2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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2.04/5  rDev -35.2%
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?

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2.04/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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