Oktoberfest | Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.49/5
56 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Nebraska, United States
luckybucketbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
When Bavarian Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese tied the knot in 1810, the couple invited about a hundred thousand of their closest friends to celebrate on Munich's front lawn and the world's largest annual festival was born. Lucky Bucket salutes this fine tradition with an authentic Oktoberfest lager for the fall season. Using only the finest German malt and hops, we've created a beer with a wonderful malty flavor, full body, and crisp finish that would make Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese proud. Prost!

Added by Hullabaloo2 on 10-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,170
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
56
pDev:
18.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Bear1964
4.11/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/light copper color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Touch of yeast fruitiness, but pretty minimal. Taste of big brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Fairly clean on lager flavors; slight yeasty notes present, but pretty minimal. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink. Nice rich malt flavors, with just enough hops to balance. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Classic caramel or iced tea colored body with a light cream colored head receding to a light film. Light lacing, if that.

Aroma: Toasted malts, light caramel, toffee.

Taste: Sweet malts, toasted grains, toffee, spicy hops, tea tang finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp.

Overall: In a sea of marzens, this one probably gets lost yet isn't bad at all, all the classic traits you look for.

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Photo of TonyTwins
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

LOOKS: Poured into a Nonic pint glass. A bout an inch of khaki creamy head. Dark amber or copper with lots of small bubbles rising. Leaves a little lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Good amount of sweet malt. Reminds me of dried lighter fruits and grain. Lots of lightly toasted bread.
TASTE: Very mild flavor. The sweetness in this beer tastes a little artificial. There is a sweet tea like quality. The aroma was nicer than the actual flavor. A bit 2 dimensional. Sweet with a little breadiness to it. A little grassiness from the hops in the taste but absolutely no bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL: Thin, a bit watery, but refreshing. Not a sticky beer, finishes pretty dry. Carbonation is mild on the palate.
OVERALL: An above average beer. Nothing too memorable here, though.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BURPINFROG
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried snifter
Aroma of malt, lasts
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark amber, clear, slight effervescence
Flavor malty and sweet, with a slightly bitter ending; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of RDW
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of holder1422
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Ssippisam
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of 2Cents
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty good American version of the style; not the best beer in the world, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fairly light aroma includes toasted malt, rye bread, raisin; becomes a little nutty and chocolatey after a couple minutes. The head, which is reluctant to form, is off-white; the body is very clear and deep orange-brown in color. The flavor includes lightly toasted malt, chocolate, nuts, considerable spicy and mildly bitter hops, and plenty of tasty malt in the finish. The feel is somewhat light and fairly crisp but with weak carbonation.

A bit thin in body and overall rather straightforward, seems like an ordinary lager with more toasted malt. Very drinkable and not bad at all but overall so-so.

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Photo of mkh895
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ironstag
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.24/5  rDev +21.5%

Thought I'd give this a spin. It's a cold night out, unusual for September. I guess that means fall's approaching, eh?

Serving style : 12 oz stubbie poured into glass for appearance

Appearance (3.25) : Almost a ruby/copper colored body, about 50/50 transparency and opaqueness, with a thin, quickly diminishing sudsy head. Leaves about one ring of lacing around the glass.

Smell (4.25) : Definitely gourd. For sure. I know what those smell like being in South Dakota during harvest season. They nailed the pumpkin smell. It's almost fishy, and pumpkins don't always smell the greatest, so kudos. Very very light nutmeg, perhaps some hazelnut, and muted cinnamon. Green, almost dead grass. I really like how they nailed autumn in the nose. It's not the most extravagant smelling beer, but then again, fall has its "smells".

Taste (4.5) : Yes. Heavy nutmeg and pumpkin flesh. This is a robust beer and quite possibly the best Oktoberfest i've had yet. Some raw pumpkin seed, a little coriander. Again, the muted cinnamon comes at the end. And when I say muted, I say that it's barely there but compliments everything else. Taste of robust gourd and pumpkin left on the finish. This is done right.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Some prickly carbonation but not too distracting. The body is creamy and smooth, and the finish is reminiscent of dry crisp air and fresh pumpkin. I guess the finish is dry and crisp.

Overall (4.24) : I've never had Lucky Bucket, and I wasn't expecting much, but this Oktoberfest blew me away. So many Pumpkin beers have too many spices, too little pumpkin, clashing flavors, artificial injections...etc etc. This is just a good, straight gourd beer. If you like pumpkin in your pumpkin beer, look no further. This one's a good shot.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Sampled this evening on 9/1/14. From the Lucky Bucket Brewing Co. about 15 miles from the house in La Vista, Nebraska. Contains 5.5% alcohol. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pretty dark copper-amber in color with a very thin off-white head that doesn't last long. Some spotty 'ring lacing' was seen when sipped. The aroma is of of German malts with the hint of some caramel malts as well. Pretty much the same for the taste with a hint of burnt brown sugar in there also. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium bodied and perfect carbonation. This is another good Oktoberfest brew. :)

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Photo of Elicoleman
1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of DanGreco
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

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Oktoberfest from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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