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Kuhnhenn Oktoberfest | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2003

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 20
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a deep copper color. A thin yellowish head with a little bit of lacing. The smell of autumn is very prominent on the nose. It's got a generous amount of flavor too. The flavors of caramel, autumn spices and malts really come together well in this beer. The overall feeling on this beer is pretty nice in my opinion. I found it to be a good enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One off brewed for 2009 Winter Solstice. Grapefruit colour, decent mouthfeel. Some fruit. Smooth. I am reviewing this here under their octoberfest, but it seems to have been tinkerd and Americanized. I liked it very much. Easy and drinkable, and easy to get lost among the higher abv's.

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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Kuhnhenn Brew Pub.

Serving sized: On tap.

Poured a medium amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of breadiness, toffee, and some nuttiness. Tastes of bread, toffee, nuts, and caramel.

Notes from and tasted on: 01/02/2009.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Kuhnhenn Brewing.

Pours a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt and wheat aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable beer.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the brewery last night. I can't believe they still have the stuff, I sadly await the end of this year's batch.

Pours a rusty copper color. The appearance is deep and muddy. There isn't much head to speak of, lacing is somewhat evident.

Smells sweet and fruity. It has that trademark Kuhnhenn's smell which I believe comes from being very fresh.

This beer tastes wonderfull. A strong somewhat sweet malty flavor flows over the pallate. It is balanced nicely by some hops, but overall the malt dominates. This beer simply tastes like fall.

It feels substantial without being too thick. It's a nice medium-bodied beer that lets you know it has something to it. It goes down smooth and easy.

This is one of my favorite beers and I'm sad that it is a fall offering. I wouldn't mind drinking this one all year round. Delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel colour with a thin, but long-lasting, white head. Sweet, caramel malt aroma with an orange, citrusy character. Sweet, malty flavour with a light bitterness. Fruity, with orange and banana peel evident. Finished grainy and fruity. Moderately high carbonation, good attenuation, off-dry. This is a highly drinkable, tasty beer, but it's much more like an ale than a lager. I really don't consider this "within style", but it certainly doesn't detract from the enjoyment.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Today is the day of days, Michigan vs. Michigan State, it rolls around every year and every year I look forward to it. Something about going to the market and seeing everyone taking their sides, wearing their colors. It's (usually) a friendly sort of rivarly, flashing fake dirty looks at each other, that sort of thing. It's not like a Ohio State game, see... we actually hate that team, and that's no bollocks. So I roll into the Kuhnhenn pub just before kick-off and with a quick look around the room deduce the numbers are fairly even, this should be interesting. Coincidently the game fell on the same day as Kuhnhenn's Oktoberfest celebration, so among the relative sea of colors of maize, blue, pukey green and white (Hm, who's side am I on?) was the eldest Kuhnhenn walking around the place in his lederhosen, bright red feather in cap and that smirk he's always wearing. They were serving smoked sausage and various other German-esque fare that day as well. A look at the on tap board caused a smile to split across my face, "Oktoberfest" hm, yes... I know what I'll be drinking.

Okay let's summarize: Michigan football, good food and Kuhnhenn beer, does life get ANY better than this? Well, sure... I guess if I was surrounded by beautiful blonde Bavarian women things could improve, but this ain't no macro commercial. It's probably for the best, the beer is a helluva lot better, right?

I probably imbibed 6 pints of this brew on that very nice saturday afternoon as Michigan edged out the competition and was better for it, this is one fine brew. Before I start my proper review, a quick joke:

Q: What do Michigan and Michigan State students have in common?
A: They both got into State.


Alright, so this wonderful liquid pours a deep and clear amber in color, shimmering jewel tones swirling about. A very thin head with a bit of retention made an appearance in all six pints. A decent level of carbonation was noticable. Nose was quite fruity, sweet and malty, a Kuhnhenn trademark and that's fine with me. Taste is quite surprising, this is the most ale-tasting lager I've ever had, if not for the appearance I'd swear it was an ale. Notes of toffee and caramel, quite full and fruity. Quite malty but not over-the-top, easily sessionable. Very well balanced with good body and depth. Simply delicious!


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Photo of marburg
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So, so good. Proving that they're not just about big ales, fancy cars, pimps, and hoes, Kuhnhenn's has created a great, balanced lager that's remarkably drinkable.

Sweet, malty aroma. Hints of table sugar. As it warms, there's a distinct brown sugar and carrot cake sweetness that emerges. Great stuff, especially for a style known for its somewhat simple aromatics. It manages to be both special and traditional simultaneously.

Smooth, malty flavor -- a bit sweet and sugary rather than grainy or cracker-like. Brown sugar leads into a mild German hop finish. Great balance and easy drinking. A spot-on winner.

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Kuhnhenn Oktoberfest from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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