Oktoberfest | Coop Ale Works

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Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong German malt background and a slight note of bittering hops from Central Bavaria give this easy drinking lager its signature character. This is a true Marzen, brewed in the spring and conditioned for months to build a smooth and refreshing Oktoberfest that upholds the German tradition of well-crafted lagers as well as COOP’s signature style and independence.

23 IBU

Added by Redrover on 10-01-2009

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Photo of D1noB
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Light on the spices, a bready, malty, thick, grainy mess

Taste Rating in Words: It's the crazy relative in the corner. Sure they are entertaining, if it comes to that, but you'd be more comfortable if they just didn't show up.

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Photo of Flying-ABV
2.62/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is best within about 30 seconds of the pour. Very thin head which dissipates quickly to nothing. Almost no nose at all. Looks nice though - pretty copper color.
The real problem is simply the taste. To me its almost on the border of being rancid. I've purchased this two years going now, and both 6 packs were alike. Its just not a great beer, not a good example of an Martzen and not good with anything. Very flat feel. It is drinkable, but I don't think I will repeat.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CTbrew32
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Copper in color and pours a tan one inch tall head.

aroma- Sweet nutty caramel malts and a hint of herbal/spiced hops.

Taste- Chewy caramel upfront transitioning to a nutty/toasted malt in the finish.

feel- A little under-carbonated, medium bodied, chewy malts, and pretty clean in the finish.

Overall- Solid Oktoberfest from Coop, but its just average for the style. A little under carbonated and the flavor doesn't quite pop as it should. There's almost a watery aspect to this beer that shows up at times that cuts the flavor short. Overall, it good, but not worth getting again.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

Slightly hazy copper/amber colored brew with 1 finger of white head that recedes to a ring around the edges of the glass.

The aroma is toasty and bready Munich-type malts with a touch of hop spice.

The taste is subtle spicy noble-type hops and lightly sweet caramel malt on top of a solid toasty Munich/Vienna malt base.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, it sits a little heavy in the mouth. Well-balanced and easy to drink like this style should be. A solid offering from Coop.


I revisited this beer again in 2010 and found it to be on the sweet side, even for the style. Still pleasant, but either a drier finish or more hop bitterness would have made it better in my opinion. The caramel character seemed more pronounced at the expense of the warm toastiness I prefer in this style. It got a little tiresome and cloying after a half a pint.

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Photo of Amp
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopswagger
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy liquid carmel colored body. Cream colored head that recedes to a film. No lacing.

Aroma: Bready malts, sweet caramel, faint metallic notes.

Taste: Malt-forward with caramel sweetness and some breadiness, subtle spicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Not bad at all, but probably not worth the nearly $12 price tag for a 4 pack. I bought a single can for nearly $5. Not worth it.

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Photo of monk2021
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Tap Werks Ale House. I was glad to see them carrying this local product. It was served in a standard pint glass.

The beer is a hazy orange with an off-white head.

It had a fresh aroma of grains and a bit of spice.

It is very smooth with low carbonation. It has a taste of malts, caramel and light hopping. Sweet but not unbalanced. It was a tad of mineral taste late.

I thought this was an easy drinker and it went very well with my food.

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Photo of BigGold
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had this Oktoberfest poured from 12-oz. can, purchased in Norman, Okla., into faceted mug. Nice color, COOP's Oktoberfest lager is also fairly true to style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, amber color with some reddish highlights. It smelled floral and grassy. Lots of sweet malty notes, too. It was very spicy and had a nice sweet caramel malt flavor. It was soft and smooth with a dry finish.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one finger, moderately receding head that leaves two inches of lacing. Nose of roasted malt, caramel, and subtle herb-iness. Taste follows the nose with roasted malt, nuttiness, and a delicate note of spicy hops on the finish. Medium-low carbonation and medium body that is very smooth.
This is a nice Märzen. Nice roasty and toasty smooth body that doesn't neglect the traditional german hops. Much better on tap than canned. Another solid beer from COOP.

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Photo of Decker
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephens101
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear amber, sweet and slightly nutty brew that flirts with cloying but never really goes there so all is good in Oktoberfest land!

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear darker golden color with off-white head. Malt, bread, hay, cereal, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more malty goodness.

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Photo of dbarny76
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Dinglehacker
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured can into snifter. Lively head that fades. Rich thick Märzen color.

Smells of malt and apricots or other such dried fruit. Faint spice.

Malty taste with spice balance. Very bready type of Märzen flavor. Bitter elements remind of some American brown ales.

Mouth is smooth and thick. Carbonation isn't too much.

Coop's seasonal exception to their ale-centric brewing is actually a very good Oktoberbest. Beautiful color too. Okies really got this one right.

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Oktoberfest from Coop Ale Works
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