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Oktoberfest | Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
53
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
40.06%
 
 
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 53
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%

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 Yotus
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just released in the Omaha market this past week in bottle form.

Appearance is spot-on for an O-Fest, deep burnt-orange to light copper.

The label says they used German malts, and it shows. Wonderful, bready malt elegance that typifies the style in both aroma and taste. Hops are here strictly for balance, and are also noble in origin.

The taste is all malt, with a slight burnt candy finish from what I suspect is CaraMunich malt. Very pleasant to drink, and a cut above their regular offerings.

At 5.5% ABV, you can have a liter or two. In fact, if I were at a Fest, I just might stay with this one the whole night. Good job, guys.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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 Ozzylizard
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
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 The_Mad_Capper
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Hullabaloo2
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Toasty malt, but not caramel. Very clean aroma.

Appearance - Nice orange color. Completely clear. Off white head that dissipated to only a ring around the edge of the glass.

Taste - Brief malt sweetness. Somewhat toasty, but again, no caramel. Little to no hop flavor or bitterness. Balanced toward malt but still dry. Very clean.

Mouth Feel - Medium body. Creamy. Clean and dry finish. Good carbonation.

Overall Impression - Good beer with a somewhat complex malt character. Very clean beer. A solid Oktoberfest. Definitely drinkable, but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of MtnBiker
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last guy probably got a bad bottle. So take it for what it worth. This was a decent, not solid, but decent brew. . All I can say is this beer is not outstanding, but I wouldn't turn down drinking 2 or 3 of them wth a buddy if he had a six pack. Not bad but not good. Definitely one to try if you got it.

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Photo of MACrist
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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 dbossman
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark, reddish amber hue with a huge bubbly, foamy head; lacing is not there and this is a pretty murky looking lager

S: Grainy and somewhat herbaly and sour; musty and metallic; something smells a bit strange here; and there is way too much malt for an Oktoberfest--at least it smells that way

T: Yep, it's really malty and grainy; something medicinal on the finish; some burnt malts, toffee as well in the finish that make it somewhat pleasant

F: Pretty thin--even for a lager

O: A pretty average Oktoberfest; not bad and refreshing but subdued, simple, and too malty

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Photo of ZAP
1.93/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Deep burnt orange color..minimal head..

S-Not much....smells sour and infected...

T-Odd...tart almost... not what I expected....some toasted caramel...not my idea of an ofest flavor...definitely tart on the finish

M-Medium bodied...a bit sourish on the finish..

O-Not impressed....seems slightly infected...not drain pour but by far the worst ofest I have had this year. Maybe the non infected batches are better but unfortunately this one is not very good and I am very disappointed to have purchased a six-pack that is off like this...very rarely does this happen with all the micros I have had....can't find any bottle dating...I'm assuming it is this years version and not one that has been sitting in a warehouse for a year but who knows...then again it doesn't taste "old or stale" ...more infected...slightly but enough to wreck it..

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Oktoberfest from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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