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Dead Ringer Oktoberfest | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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625 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Dead Ringer Oktoberfest lager is inspired by old-style Märzen brews customarily enjoyed during Bavaria’s world-famous beer festival. Thanks to an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle; no lederhosen required.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 07-28-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,993
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
625
pDev:
10.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
158
Trade:
0
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Photo of eddiefl
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tarvismonroe
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Average taste. Moderate alcohol content.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Agriverbear
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmsfish
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerGray27
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of colts9016
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass at 44 degrees. It produced a light tan head that is frothy and bubbly with poor retention. The body of the beer is a medium dark amber color with reddish mahogany hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles rising from the top.

Nose: The beer has a light caramel note, toasted malt, biscuit, floral, earthy, yeasty, and light sweet note.

There is this weird smoky burnt caramel toasted note that is not pleasing to my palate. Earthy, floral, yeasty, touch of sweetness, biscuit, nuttiness, and a touch of toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium light, plus carbonation, a medium astringency, and medium finish.

I am conflicted with this beer. It taste like a hoppy amber not a malty lager.The hops are more pronounced than a typical Oktoberfest style beer. It is a huge malty beer with the unnecessary hop addition. I get this funky weird smoky burnt note in addition to the hop just kills this beer for me. I do not care for this interpretation.

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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Std. Pint serving.

A: Light cola with orange-ish highlights reflect from back-lighting. Light tan head sits for a good length of time, but is sparse on its glass dressing. Really nice deep coloring per style, with a light to moderate rate of carbonation.

S: Aroma of sweetly toasted honey-munich and raisiny crystal malts adds a nice base and warm caramel feel. A bit of fruitiness from the yeast, with a spicy toastiness, and earthy bitterness, soft dry leaves and warm nobel flowers.

T: Spices of cardamon, toffee with a bit of toasted nuttiness all add to the warm marzen like feel. Some caramel bread and cola finish rounds things out.

M: Heavy malt base, spicy warmth, and a warm and toasted malt like feel.

O: A beautiful malt base, toasty, warm caramel and spicy warmth perfect for the autumn like weather. Bready malt depth, and sweet raisiny character of speciality malts provide a deep, lush base, toasty, and spicy, and worthy to raising a pitcher to during any octoberfest celebration. A bit heaviver in nature then german counterparts, it brings a ton of flavor and malt lush. cheers.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stanale
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Dead Ringer"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "DR 23 17208 14:57" (whatever that means)
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label as expected. The body is a clear, deep copper with a ruby sheen and the head that tops it is a creamy off-white. The aroma is limited but lightly sweetish and sugary, and mildly toasty. The flavor follows much stronger with a gently sweet, toasty, and lightly caramelish/brown sugar-like maltiness that's backed by mild leafy and floral hops. A median bitterness balances it and it finishes caramelish but not sweet and lightly spicy and leafy. Medium-bodied and softly crisp. Nicely done.

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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MAbrew88
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KennyDerenbecker
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjones5045
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall sided pilsner glass.

Look is a deep reddish almost ruby with an off white head.

Aroma is sweet molasses malt with a lager tang at the end.

Taste is a lot hoppier than the aroma, but more of a continental European hop than an American tongue ripper. Malt comes through big at the end.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzedup
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skabiski
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of haines710
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty beer and very nice fall Oktoberfest brew in my opinion. Pours a beautiful dark Amber. Taste is rich and full, kind of chewy but not heavy. Easy to drink. I taste a little caramel and maltiness but not strong alcohol. This brewery knows what it's doing. I will have to get more than this one bottle.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.71/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dead Ringer has a fairly thick, ivory head, a mostly clear, deep copper appearance, some bubbles, and minimal glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet, brown bread crust, some cherry, and some syrup. Taste is of those elements, with a noticeable and pleasing hop bitterness, helping to round things out. Nice roasted qualities, here. Mouthfeel is medium, and Dead Ringer finishes crisp and refreshing.
RJT

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Dead Ringer Oktoberfest from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 625 ratings
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