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

Fat Head's OktoberfestFat Head's Oktoberfest
BA SCORE
3.62/5
86 Ratings
Fat Head's OktoberfestFat Head's Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
fatheadscleveland.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by adamette on 11-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,929
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
86
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Photo of magictacosinus
2.22/5  rDev -38.7%
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of screamking
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of somalley26
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BB1313
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -5.5%
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 WillWrkForBeer
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Fat Head's Oktoberfest from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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