Dead Ringer | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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:
#32,691
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
636
pDev:
10.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Chilmer
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured 12 oz bottle into a half liter Stein. Nice darker brown, amber beer. Lovely taste of the sweet Carmel malty taste I expect and love from an an American Octoberfest. This one isn't light tasting and full of flavor. A decent version of this style. Would drink more

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheRock7755
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this off the single shelf at my local Meijer. It poured a hazy amber with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of bread. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CJNAPS
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of beerthulhu
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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Photo of Stu_Ayers
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

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Dead Ringer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 636 ratings