Fat Head's Oktoberfest | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's OktoberfestFat Head's Oktoberfest
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Fat Head's OktoberfestFat Head's Oktoberfest

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by adamette on 11-06-2009

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful crimson amber hue with a big off white khaki tan head forms thick and cloudy in my 1/2 liter Oktoberfest krug. Aroma is nutty with toasted malts, liquid bread in all it's glory. Herbal hop character is actually noticeable adding to the balance and drinkability of this beer style, the guys at Fat Head's don't mess around they know German style brewing and this one is no different from the pils, helles, and hefeweizen. Crisp drinkable flowing flavor profile, this is world class O fest that is meant to be drank in number I got a case for forty bucks and I'm not disappointed, beats out the Great Lakes Oktoberfest beer this year which I typically rate as one of the highest American brewed versions. Even better than these examples are the authentic Ayinger and Paulaner versions both are top notch and this is as close of competition to my two favorite versions I have tried this year.

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4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Oktoberfest is a nice-looking beer, a deep red-brown that's clear but strong. It keeps up a tan head very well, and it never really recedes to lower than one finger. It stays with the beer the whole way down, and drops patchy deposits of lacing while a consistent acitivity keeps it going.
This is one of the better Oktoberfests I've had altogether. It's got an excellent blend of toasty and nutty notes from the malts laying down a strong foundation, and as bready as any other out there. There's a touch of herbal hop and a light bitterness, pretty much an ideal level for the style, even giving a very light leafy/spicy mix.
This is a smooth beer with a nice firm crispness in an equally firm medium body. It's deep and pretty rich, all said.

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3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours copper/amber with a small off white head. This thing is very fizzy, lots of carbonation. Lighter smells than most Oktoberfests I've had lately. That transitions into the taste as well, much much lighter on the palate then most the marzens on the market.

Very easy to drink, light ABV, light bodied. Overall, this is middle of the road as far as the style goes. It doesn't seem to do anything bad but doesn't do anything well either. Cost is on the higher side for the style as well. I dont think I'll revisit this one again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy light orange, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Caramel, toffee, wheat, earthy notes as grass.

T-Caramel, malt, toffee, very malty. Earthy, grass, wheat no bitterness.

M-Light not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-Another average, boring Oktoberfest. Props for having Zicke Zacke Zicke Zacke Hoi Hoi Hoi on the bottles though.

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3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The clear reddish amber beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1" ivory head that slowly but visibly recedes to a thin layer with a ring of lots of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates several small patches and legs of lacing that mostly cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some lightly toasted bready malt with a nutty and floral character but none of them really stand out from the others.

The flavors include some almost caramel like sweetness, toasted bready malt and a strongly herbal character from the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The medium long finish begins as the toasted bready and caramel sweetness begin to recede and allows the herbal, almost resinous bitterness to show more in the back of the palate. That bitterness then fades away into semi-dryness.

This seems a drinkable example of an O-fest beer and one that I'd be willing to have again. But that said I prefer both a little less caramel sweetness and a hop bitterness that is more grassy than just herbal.

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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange; small white head that fades quickly but leaves great retention. The aromas are full of bread, grains, and caramel malts. There's a little bit of cocoa in the nose as well. It smells like your typical marzen, but on the subtle side. The flavors are sharp and very earthy. Lots of grass and it has a solid bitterness to it. Lots of caramel and chocolate is in the mix as well. Slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is nice and very spritzy; very active carbonation and it's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a solid Oktoberfest offering. There are alot of great Oktoberfests that are pumped out of Ohio, and although this can hang, it doesn't quite stack up. It's still solid though. Not bad.

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3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another early Oktoberfest; I think Sam Adams Octoberfest actually came out in July this year. Let this be the first of many.

Bottled 08/13/13 – less than a week before the date of this tasting? Really? Wow. In that case, this is the freshest beer I’ve ever had.

A: Crystal-clear orange body with just a dusting of white fizz for a head. No lacing, no retention, typical for a low-alcohol lager.

S: Typical grainy nose: grain husk and sugar cookie, with a hint of pumpkin. Some scents of clean lager yeast in the background.

T: Wheat toast, grainy cereal, and pie crust up front, with a subtly sweet background of caramel and pumpkin pie filling; again, this beer is all about grains. There’s a substantial hop bite, as well, a grassy dryness with notes of citrus zest. Bready lager taste, like biscuit dough.

M: Light-to-moderate carbonation through a medium body. Mixing a relatively full body with a crisp dryness, this turns out to be quite drinkable.

O: Fat Head’s version of this classic beer is a little hoppier than average, but overall, this is as balanced and drinkable as the style demands. If I can get it for cheap, I might be picking this one again.

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