Dead Ringer Oktoberfest | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dead Ringer OktoberfestDead Ringer Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 560
Photo of cporet94
4.79/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark golden with a good head. Very malt forward in taste and nose with light caramel hints. Carbonation was light and very little lacing. Overall a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9/30/16...pours deep reddish amber with fast foam that settles out. Full on malty nose, caramel hints. Sweet malty flavor, smooth mellow slightly creamy. Light carbonation. Truly an all malt. And very clean.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $1.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured reddish brown with a decent off white head.

Nose was of light toasted malts, appropriate for the style.

Taste was toasted caramel malts with enough hopping to balance the sweet malts out nicely.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and somewhat crisp and smooth.

Overall not a bad rendition of the fest style of beer. Not totally like the German versions but passable.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a nonic....this pours a reddish copper with a big puffy off-white head, and modest lacing. Nose is a whole lot of sweet toffee maltiness, a little heavy breadiness, and a compelling hint of herbal flowery hops. The taste follows the nose pretty much perfectly, advancing in a few waves, ending with a little earthiness balanced out by a lively mouthful. This is a little heavier and a little sweeter than is ideal for a marzen (to me), but it is quite well made, and quite flavorful.

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Photo of JayQue
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color into a pint glass with a medium sized off-white head and very minimal lacing. Head retention is about average. Rich malty aroma with some mild floral hops. Taste is more of the same. Rich malty flavor up front with a lesser amount of hops bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat rich malty presence cut by a little floral hoppy bitterness. A better than average take on the Marzen style.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear brown body with orange highlights, thin off white head, no real lacing.

S - Big bready malt, caramel, tea, some pear and apple notes.

T - Bright malt, caramel and honey, some sweet tea in the middle, and a long lingering sweet note.

M - A bit sticky, just a touch of drying in the close.

O - Pretty solid rendition of the style, with big malts.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown with hints of orange. White/khaki head that goes to film shortly. Aroma- grassy hop. Almost a cherry/chocolate malty nose. Almost a barrel aged Scottish ale type of vibe. I'm getting a lot of that same stuff in the taste. Slightly nutty and toasted. Caramel. Mouthfeel medium carbonated. Overall, this is a bit of a reach for the style. However, it is quite good.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 8/8/2016. Pours crystal clear dark reddish copper/light brown color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light toffee, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light toffee, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light toffee, floral, grass, pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A bit hoppy for the style, but not overdone; and has a plenty of rich malt flavors to balance it out. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber/reddish color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Nice Bavarian hop aroma with some caramel and dark fruits. Maybe a hint of licorice. Nice caramel malty taste with a good Bavarian hoppy flavor at the end. Again, get some dried fruits and a little toffee at the end. A little watered down at the end, though. Still good. More light to medium bodied with a very slight astringency to it.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours dark red copper amber with a frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like sweet syrupy molasses, brown sugar, dark caramel, toffee, toasted brown bread, apple, dark fruits, plum, raisin, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet syrupy molasses, brown sugar, dark caramel, toasted brown bread, apple, dark fruits, plum, raisin, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a sweet and malty Oktoberfest.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a four finger dark cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear deep amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty nose, flavor is malty, hints of caramel. Light bitter finish. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Nunya
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From bottle into proper glassware. Not one of my favorite Marzen but I normally like Ballast Point beers so had to give it a try. A little too sweet and too light on mouthfeel. I could certainly tell it's a Marzen from the smell but something is a little off. Not terrible but there are better choices out there.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours an amber copper color with a small amount of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is malty with some spices, bread crusts, caramel, and apple. The taste is cinnamon, bread crusts, toffee, spices, caramel, and apple. Almost tastes like apple cider sprinkled with cinnamon. Light mouthfeel. There are better Marzen choices out there. One and done for me with this one.

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Photo of EMH73
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a poorly retained one inch head that left little lacing. Smell is bready with a little spice, sweet malts and just a hint of hops. Tastes of sweet and roasted malts, bread, caramel and finishes with a very slightly bitter hop presence. Light bodied, light to moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep red amber - aroma is bready, sweet a touch of spice and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium body, moderate carbonation. Taste is less sweet and malty than a traditional German Märzen / Oktoberfest beer. A big coco and hops is present on the finish - nothing offensive, acutally a decent beer but probably a bit off on the style

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Photo of AngusOg
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kind of an odd flavor that kind of reminds me of cider, also finishes with a bit of an unpleasant bitterness. It's ok, but definitely not one of my favorite Octoberfests.

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Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, mahogany color. 3/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong pale malt, hint of wheat, yeast, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, wheat, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, decent brew; good appearance, feel, and blend.

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Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Crystal-clear dark copper color with a frothy off-white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Staggering bready and toasty aroma - more than any other Marzen that I have had - almost overdone. The taste was as expected, with brown bread, lots of melanoiden, and toasty malt. A mild subtle, fruity bitterness at the end. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of dee4maine
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting marzen. It is much boozier and feels almost like a wee heavy/scotch ale and marzen combo. Quite spicy on the palate too. A delicious brew in its own right but hard to call it a classic Oktoberfest.

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Photo of jmd1978
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Dark Amber color with disapating head. Nose sweet malts, caramel, but bready. Taste caramel, malt, slight cracker on the back end. Clean finish. Pretty much your run of the mill Oktoberfest. Nothing fancy about it. Almost all taste the same but we still enjoy them. No surprises here.

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Photo of Irishjohn77
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - amber reddish. a little bit of head that disappears quickly
Smell - sweet and malty. hint of apple juice aroma.
Taste - malty. slight taste of wet cardboard. bitterness at the end.
Feel - crisp and even a little fizzy.
Overall - I don't love this, but it's alright. a bit bland

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear amber color with a small, fading head. The aroma is all about malt...lightly toasty, bread-like, malt. Crackers and maybe a hint of caramel as well. Malt carries over into the taste as well, with nice bitterness and a solid finish. Medium-full in body and satisfying. Nice Oktoberfest!

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Photo of Furlinator
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Slater's 50/50 Rancho Cucamonga on 09/15/16. Pours translucent rust copper. Initial hop bitterness fades into faint Autumn spice and bland pumpkin flavor. Medium texture. Meh.

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Photo of GStone899
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nutty, sweet, bitter and smooth all in one. This is a beer with an identity crisis. Pours the color of a maple leaf (red and brown) with moderate lacing. Smell is very sweet. Taste starts off with a dry malt flavor, goes down bitter and finishes sweet. I've had Oktoberfests before but this one is different from all the rest. Decent beer. I'll drink the 6 pack but don't know if I'd buy it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Dead Ringer pours a beautiful orange-fall color with ruby highlights. Head is 1 finger and diminishes to a thin mossy ring. 70% opaque.

Aromas of malt, caramel, toffee, and spicy floral notes. Some coriander, thyme, and anise as well.

Flavor comes off a bit abrasive; very aggressive in a cloying, yet still piney-bitter way. Malts are very sweet, but only on the back end. It's that bitterness that accompanies the finish that really makes things collide. A truckload of hot spice and burnt with herbs. It's like eating dried parsley and following it with cinnamon water.

Feel is heavily carbonated, wet, and slightly sticky. There's this weird feeling like wax sticking to your teeth. Blech.

Overall, wow, what a loser. I won't be having this any time soon, or probably ever again.

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Dead Ringer Oktoberfest from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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