Dead Ringer | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German 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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#29,755
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
670
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RomeosDelight69
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M4CDO
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kwlightner
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chiefz1
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bankboy66
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of JerryLevinson
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PatrickCT
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Pacioli1445
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HermitDan
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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

Photo of jera1350
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: crisp finish with spiced semi sweet roasted malts, dark bread. Malty earthy sweet nose. Reddish copper color, mostly clear, tan head and delicate lace. Medium full body. Malt forward and very drinkable. 26 IBUs

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Das Biergarten. Deep amber with a nice off white head. Smells of bready toasted malt, caramel malts, and nutty malts with a faint earthy hop presence. Tastes of caramel malt that turns toasty before getting sweet. Mild bitterness in the back end. Bittered enough to make it easy drinking. Very good.

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Dead Ringer from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 670 ratings