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 Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 82
Photo of magictacosinus
2.22/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased a six pack for the family in Indiana. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Review is from my notes. After enjoying the hell out of their Head Hunter's IPA, I was excited to try something new from this brewery.

Pours a tanned, amber reddish color with pretty much no head to speak of. What the hell? Doesn't look at all like the eye-candy that märzens tend to be, even as far as an American-brewed one goes. Carbonation lacks liveliness, and there's no lacing for that matter. I doubt one of pokal glasses would have saved this, to be honest. Not too appealing from the get-go.

Contains notes of light toasted cereal notes, caramel, and an astringent graininess that lingers behind at the nostrils. Not too complex, and while simple, lacks the banana and cider-y notes I enjoy in the style. It also contains a musty finish from the malts, or yeast, or something, for that matter. This doesn't smell fresh or crisp at all, in spite of the fact that I believe this was bottled not too long before the time of consumption.

The flavor starts with the same notes of toasted cereal, biscuits, and light caramel, and then finishes in a remarkably vapid manner with no lingering astringency or sweetness from the ingredients at hand. Finishes with the same aforementioned musty aroma similar to that of stale, dried malts. No fruitiness or funky yeasty notes at all, but definitely an aftertaste that feels watered down and thinned with the gradual loss of carbonation. No crispness or juicy flavors linger at all. A rather pathetic excuse for a märzen, to be honest.

I am saddened when American breweries, particular good ones such as this one, fail to deliver a product that is meant to be simple and refreshing, yet also bountiful in flavor in the process. I did not really enjoy drinking this due to its lack of any of the subtle crisp grainy and yeasty fruity notes that I enjoy in these beers, as well as its thinned, watery, under-carbonated body. I honestly expected better, but hey, what can you do? They should continue making bready hop-bombs after all, because they're so damn good at it anyways.

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Photo of screamking
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
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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Photo of BB1313
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of Roby923
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice fall/Oktoberfest special. Doesn't hold up against the other Fat Head offerings. Hints of caramel and light wheat. Could use more hops or malts to create a more memorable flavour.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Studio 35 on 9/22/12

A) Mostly clear caramel brown. Golden amber highlights. 1/3rd inch head drops to a skim. Ok lace.

S) Buttered bread aroma with soft earthy hops and hints of nuttiness. Maybe some caramel in there. Pretty good.

T) Smooth malts and toasty bread. Moderate hops (for an American version of the style), but not over done.

M) Well-proportioned medium feel. Smooth up top with a gritty bottom. Moderate carbonation. Brief finish.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bronze in color. Sudsy head with escaping gas reduced to a soapy film. 3.0

Very mild aroma. Toasted malts, perfumey hops, and an almost apple-y sweetness. Muted, but nice. 3.5

Good ol' burly Marzen beer. A flair for the bitter and rugged, but supported by spare sweet malty notes. Tastes like kilned grain, spicy hops, and finishes a little sweet and cereal-like. 3.5

Feels great. Nice balance of carb and medium body. Not too sweet, but there's a little stick around the mouth. 4.0

A shortcoming for the Fat Head's standard, but still very enjoyable. 3.5

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Photo of rlee1390
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of adamette
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from tap into a clean, clear pint glass. Notes from brewery: Imported German Malts give this Fest Bier a deep copper color which is balanced by imported by German Noble Hops. This beer is smooth and highly drinkable. Prost!

A Pours a satisfying translucent copper with a moderate, fluffy, bubbly head. 3.0

S Moderate roast malt and barley in the front with hops playing a supporting role. Nice, solid Oktoberfest smell. 3.5

T The smell is highly suggestive of the taste. Only the malt carries more of the taste than the smell suggested. 3.5

M Thin to moderate feel, contributing to its high drinkability. It is right on with the style. 3.5

D Very good as the style suggests. 4.5

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a mug. The brew appears a polished clear amber color with a yellowish stained tan cap 2 fingers strong. The holds with a thin film throughout the entire duration. A swirl revives a finger.

The aroma has a hint of fruity alcohol note overtop a mild buttery diacetyl aspect. The malt is minorly toffee-like or caramel based with some hints of vanilla and citrus to fruity hop aspects. Minor carbonic and mineral notes are felt across the back.

The flavor has a bit of nuget character like caramel or toffee with a fresh grainy quality and minor buttery note. Some carbonic aspects push through with a mineral touch and fruity alcohol inclusion. Somewhat bready into the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. It is clean, crisp and easy drinking for the style. This is an Octoberfest that I can get behind and put a couple down. Fat heads sure knows how to bang out the lagers, well done.

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Photo of patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange body with a amber hue. not much of a head.
S - Toasted malts, grain, sweet.
T - Carmel and toffee. toasted malts a bit of citrus and a little sweet.
M - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish to it.
O - Solid, would be worth trying if your into the style.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 8/7/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt and yeast ester notes; and good strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, brown sugar, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of caramel/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is very nice Oktoberfest style! All around well balanced and robust malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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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Photo of Brenden
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Head's Oktoberfest
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Dark copper/brown colored brew with an inch of slightly off-white head. Pours perfectly clear and pretty handsome. A fine looking Oktoberfest.

SMELL: Big time aroma of caramel and even a little toffee. Floral hop and sweet bready notes abound from the beer.

TASTE: In the flavor, toasted malts and caramel are nicely complimented by a resinous, pithy hop character that goes perfect with the solid malt foundation. Seems like the choice was American hops instead of some noble varieties, as there was a nice herbal resinous qualities that provided a good bitterness and overall balance.

FEEL: Medium bodied and well carbonated, with a small hop bite, and lingering malty flavor. Drinks easily and packs a lot of flavor.

OVERALL: Surprised by how truly solid this Oktoberfest is, which can rival many examples of the style. The overall cleanness of flavor is commendable. Another testament to the fine work being done at Fatheads brewery,

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Photo of invertalon
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Fat Head’s 9/9/15...

Look: Beautiful red, copper hue… One finger of head which doesn’t stick around too long, but a gentle swirl brings it back.

Aroma: Bread, rich malts. Some caramel.

Taste: A really nice malt profile, bready. There is little sweetness in there. Light bitterness which is appreciated.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, lively carbonation.

Overall: Very impressive Oktoberfest… May be the best one of the season I have had so far. Happy to see Fat Head’s do some beers that are not overly hopped/bitter for the style.

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3.66 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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