Dead Ringer Oktoberfest | 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
Ratings:
563
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
137
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Cotton_27
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MidwestBA
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JPadilla
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LJWalker
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squidretired
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 cliff1066
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 10Crumra
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mds1101
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Kamahl16
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 TurboBrew
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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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 kmanjohnson
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Dead Ringer Oktoberfest from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 563 ratings.
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