Dead Ringer
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Ranked #231
Ranked #25,265
3.68 | pDev: 9.78%
Nov 30, 2021
Jul 28, 2014
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Notes: 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.
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Rated: 3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
Rated: 3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 18, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Lucular from Maryland

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 3.09 by flyingmick from Texas

Sep 17, 2019
Rated: 4 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 26, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.34 by Toynk from Illinois

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by Trueprinceofgotham from California

Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Rseanchardy from Tennessee

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Either because its months past October or because the beer is bad its terrible. I may give it a worse rating but there are worse beers. Bitter and sour.
Feb 04, 2019
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Rated by RockHop from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Like a Marzen, but without the bready, yeasty, spicy lusciousness that you expect. A good beer, but not a dead ringer.
Feb 01, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by BeenTired from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2019
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Rated by Mclusal from Colombia

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Dec 19, 2018
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Around a medium body with at least average carbonation which dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma wasnt overpowering but mostly roasted malts,bread, and grains
Taste was similar to aroma which overall was a good thing. Not completely what I expected but still an interesting flavorful beer
Dec 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Niko2021 from California

3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A decent entry from Ballast Point. Six pack purchased from Total Wine, CA. Pours dark golden copper, like most marzens. Not a whole lot going on in terms of distinct notes, hints of caramel, malt, and grain. As with most ballast point ales and lagers, this beer is heavily carbonated at first. Ensure you pour this beer a little rougher than you would normally to break up a lot of the carbonation. After that, you will find the beer is a lot smoother and drinkable, revealing a lot more of the subtle malty notes. A must try for Ballast Point followers, may not impress many Oktoberfest fans. In between a Spaten and a Paulaner marzen.
Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by txag96 from Texas

Nov 25, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by scaliasux from Wisconsin

Nov 17, 2018
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Rated by RomeosDelight69 from Texas

3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Brown amber color slight lacing. Smell is bready with chocolate. Taste malty with strong roasted malt and chocolate. Full body.
Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 3.66 by brewtalthrone from Ohio

Oct 28, 2018
Rated: 3.48 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Oct 28, 2018
Rated: 3.76 by kwlightner from Pennsylvania

Oct 27, 2018
Rated: 3.68 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Oct 26, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by chiefz1 from New York

Oct 23, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Oktoberfest season is almost over but this was a solid call. Crisp and clean and precise with big sweet malt flavors and enough yeast and bread note complexity to make it worth your time. Not quite a typical version of the style but kind of different and kind of an interesting take on style.
Oct 21, 2018
Rated: 3.23 by JerryLevinson from Pennsylvania

Oct 19, 2018
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Reviewed by PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Dark mahogany body. It's brewed clear but you can't see through it. One finger off white head dies quickly leaving a ring around the glass.
The aroma is toasted malts with some faint caramel, dark stone fruit and apple.
Toasted grains, dates and apples in the taste. Faint medicinal hops towards the end.
Nice smooth body and a light mouth feel.
Oct 16, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Oct 15, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by The_Beer_Guru from New York

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 3.7 by TheBeerMaster1 from New York

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 3.42 by HermitDan from New Jersey

Oct 10, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Oct 10, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle poured into lager mug at cellar temp

Pours a clearish dark amber brown hue with a slight ruby shine. Think dark maple syrup.
Foamy finger of beige head that's holding up pretty well. Edit: heavy solid lacing up the walls after a third had already been consumed.

Aroma is heavily toasty roasty malts with lots of caramel and toffee. Huge nose of honey. Rich dark bread. Some light spice. Touch of molasses. Sweet and malty.

Palate is medium-roasted malts with honey and spice. Some light toffee notes in there as well. Definitely honey. Honey roasted malt, honey pumpernickel bread. It's sweet and almost stouty. Hops are definitely there, moreso than I think the style calls for, but they're pretty subdued. The word bitter does not come to mind. Someone told me this was heavily hopped, and I'm not getting that at all. Maybe for the style, but it isn't hoppy whatsoever. It's...stouty.

Mouthfeel is medium/full, leaning full. It's sweet and rich. It feels a lot closer to a brown ale, honestly, and that isn't necessarily a complaint. The carbonation is on the lower side of medium. It's a tiny bit slick. This isn't a quick drinking beer. This is one to sit with and think, on a lovely New England autumn day such as this. It goes well with the season. The cold ground adorned with fallen red leaves, the brisk chill in the air, and a mug of sweet rich seasonal spiced beer. Perhaps this would go nicely with a big soft pretzel, or some type of pastry. Pumpkin pie for sure.

Overall, I like this. It's a very unique take on an Oktoberfestbier, and I'm a fan of unique. I do love Ballast Point, and this is a neat offering from them. It's festive and fun. I will gladly enjoy the other 5 of these that I have left.
Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by beermeister2112 from California

3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bought a 1/2 gallon growler from their keg at the Miramar CA brewery 1st day of its seasonal release. Pours a rich deep amber color with a 3/4 in. Head that dissapates quickly with a thin lacing down the clear Oktoberfest pint glass purchased in their gift shop. Light hint of caramel flavor and more hops than normally associated with a maarzen style beer. Medium carbonation good clean light hop finish. Buzz happens quickly with 6% abv but no boozy taste. Good seasonal local pick.
Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by jkrich from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a freshness dated (look on bottom of bottle) 12 oz. bottle: clear, deep reddish-brown hue with a quickly fading, beige head. Without doubt, the darkest Oktoberfest I have tried this season.

Nothing stands out in the aroma, save a hint of American hops.

This is certainly a fuller body festbier and most likely one you would quaff at a celebration, though it is very flavorable. The lager begins with a sharp (for an Oktoberfest) hop profile, but then settles into flavors of toffee, caramel and butterscotch as well as some roasted character. While you might assume this one is cloying, that aforementioned hop profile does keep it somewhat zesty and crisp.

As previously mentioned the body is fuller for the style (perhaps solidly medium in body) with an almost ale like quality in the mouthfeel - rounded and somewhat fruity.

I am very pleased with this offering, even though it is not really true to style - a unique American interpretation.
Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Oct 02, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Sep 30, 2018
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