Oktoberfest | Sun King Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
23 IBU

A traditional German lager crafted with choice german malts and Noble hops.

Added by howardf on 09-14-2009

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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by bigmanmac:
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Photo of acknight
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Bingja18
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachpaschal
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the pint can a clean, clear amber, with substantial head. Thick 2-finger lace. Lovely!

Nose is malty grains, even earthy. Nice.

Flavor is malty and sweet up front, with a slowly-developing citrus hops accent toward the finish. Totally solid, but I still prefer their Osiris Pale Ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ColtsPig
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of heliosphann
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler picked up at the Brewery. Served in a Pint glass.

A: Very small amount of patchy foam fades quickly. A nice looking golden amber that's crystal clear. Lacing is decent.

S: Malts are upfront with some sweetness. Some slight bread and graininess. Also a little spice.

T: Caramel malts and toasted grains. Make that a lot of malts, but with very little hops. Sweetness comes in on the finish along with some more grains and some yeast.

M: Medium bodied that feels pretty robust. Carbonation is a little low, but rolls on the tongue nicely.

D: At 5.5%, this could be easily sessioned if you desired. I had no problem drinking a pint, but really didn't yearn to drink another.

Not one of Sun Kings best offerings, but still pretty true to the style. The malt profile completely dominated the Noble hops. Perhaps with an addition of more hops, this beer could really stand out.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light rusty colored clear body with white head.

Smells toasty with a hint of grass and walnut.

Taste is toasted grain and a nice slight bitterness from noble hops. There's a slight nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Great carbonation level.

A solid Oktoberfest.

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4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This sessionable Oktoberfest brew pours a
bright and clear orange tinged amber with a nice head of white foam that
dissipates to a thick ring, thin light pool, and shows spotty lacing. Nose of
caramel malts and subtle herbal hops---very subtle with malt being predominant.
Flavors exceed the nose by presentation with caramel malt and subtle light stone fruits
abounding in very light breaded malts balanced by a very light herbal hop note that
is well balanced and quaff-able. Very nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light
carbonation, and a lightly sweet caramel forward finish that is balanced nicely with hops.
Overall, a solid little brew that is worthy of a good session.


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Photo of bkonk10
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of tourdot
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can, 13259 is stamped on the bottom of the can. Not sure if that's the best by or the canned on Julian Date (September 15, 2013). Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like toasted and caramel malt, nuts, and some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bready/grainy malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, smooth and easy to drink. I liked this brew, but at $13.49 a 4-pack, it's better to buy a single of this brew if you want to try it.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks just as it should sitting in the glass deep murky amber with a off white head that stands at about an inch. The head quickly fades leaving no ice and just a skim on the edges. Nose is of sweet malt and dirty leaves with just enough of that German style malt strain to give it that nice soft feel of funk. This one is very sweet right off the bat with first sip. The sweetness mellows out and yields to a rustic body that is pillowy in feel. A bit of dryness and appropriate amount of stinky feel. Overall a very nice representation of the style and one of the better American versions I have found.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can! Hazy copper color, with a white head. Head disappears rather quickly, leaving a few spots.

Toasty caramel malt leads the nose. Earthy hops, with just a faint fruity note.

A nice malt character here. Some sweetness, but mainly a nice toasty, bread-like malt. Pretty clean. Earthy hops provide some good balance.

Light to medium body, with a nice, lively carbonation. Pretty nice, but the price was a bit steep for the 4 pack for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Caramel malt, bread and butter, toast some slight earthy notes.

T-Sweet and malty, caramel, earthy some pine, good balance and some slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation and crisp.

O-Easily the best Oktoberfest beer I've had.

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Photo of TerryB
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Oktoberfest from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 138 ratings