Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #224
Ranked #38,170
3.72 | pDev: 11.29%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: The TuberFest is a smooth and malty lager that is counterbalanced with some delicious Pacific NorthWestern Idaho #7 hops, giving it a cedary, herbal zing… Brewed to jumpstart your salubrious slide into late-Summer.
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Tone from Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, alcohol, earthiness, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of piney hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, alcohol, strong earthiness, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of piney hops. Overall, definitely a malt bomb that is dominated by the earthiness.

Jul 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a ruddy dark orange somewhat leaning to hazy brown. Nice transparency. Thin white foamy lacing clings nicely all around the glass. The aroma starts off with some sweet to bitter earthy, herbal, grassy, and piney hops. Oktoberfest levels of pure nutty/caramel/toffee sweetness slides in with enough balance to make sure the drinker knows that this is an Oktoberfest beer. The flavor leans a balanced hoppy to malty sweet. Malty rich nutty and toffee/caramel aftertaste leads into a quick sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable smooth feel to it. Low carbonation. Acceptable semi-stickiness. Overall, this was a pretty good Oktoberfest that I could have again.

Jun 27, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper in color with excellent clarity. There's an inch of creamy beige foam on top that subsides to a fingernail after a few minutes. There's a subtle light malt note on the nose. I'm tasting a very malty beer that finishes very sweet. I can definitely taste that cedarlike note from the hops and it seems a bit out of place. The mouth is very dry, smooth and crisp.

Mar 26, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on 11-13-16 for $2.79. Bottled on 9-14-16; received at TW on 11-7-16.
Rating that follows is solely from an enjoyment perspective as the beer is outside the Marzen style guidelines.

Beer poured amber brown with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is on the sweet side with a hint of floral hops.

Taste is a tad sweet but is balanced nicely by an ample amount of hops. Not getting this is a marzen style.

Feel is smooth as it glides nicely across the palate.

Overall this is a very easy drinking beer that i would definitely have again!

Mar 05, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coppery orange, with a slight haze. Thin, foamy head with streak lacing. Aroma is orange and spice, bread - potato bread perhaps? Herbal and fruit notes as well. The flavor is malty and sweet, with a hint of hops bitterness. Worth trying, but not one I would drink often.

Mar 01, 2017
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was picked up a long time ago, saved one to review, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of zesty maltiness. Pours into my SAPP to a nice amber color with a a beige fine bubble head. On the taste this brew has a nice sweet maltiness of some spiced brown sugar and a flat hoppiness that has a very dull subdued bitterness, then all transitioning to a roasted caramel and peanut brittle aftertaste. More of a brown ale for me, very tasty and sneaky.

Feb 11, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear coppery deep amber/pale brown with a nice stream of effervescence arising from the bottom in the area of the goblet stem producing 3 fingers of beige, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a splotchy, webby coating of sticky lacing. This is an attractive beer. Aroma is malty toast, nuts, caramel & very thin brown sugar balanced with floral, earthy, spicy hops with hints of citrus. The hops really stand out which is out of character for the style but was obviously their goal with this off-center brew. Taste is malty toasted bread, caramel/brown sugar & roasted nuts with a nice complement of floral (black tea), earthy herbal & spice with a hop bitterness in the finish which rolls over into the aftertaste becoming a lingering & tongue coating bitterness. The lager yeast stands out. This brew dries in the finish & is a little acidic on the tongue with the front 2/3rds being sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, wet up front & mouth watering, lightly dry in the finish & aftertaste, slight prickliness becoming faintly drawing in the aftertaste.

Feb 03, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz bottle with no date that I can see. Sampled on February 2, 2017 so my guess is that this is at least 6 months old.

The pour is a decent looking medium amber with a big, lingering light tan head and lacing.

The aroma doesn't present a whole lot, perhaps due to the age of the bottle. I get some slightly sweet caramel malts, a tobacco quality, and grassy hops. But everything is muted.

Medium to full body.

The taste had an off-putting soapy, vegetable oil character - again because it might be 6 months old. But there are slight hints of caramel malts and a mild to moderate resiny bitter finale.

Feb 02, 2017
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

2.87/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"During the Dark Age reign of Sir Loin of Boef, Germanic warlords imported Irish slaves to work their potato plantations. The Irishmen celebrated the harvest with a unique fermented potato beer from which rose the cry "Ach Tuberfest!""

Got a bottle of this at AC's in downtown Charleston. Pours a clear amber color with a solid white head. Aroma is sweet and malty and alcoholic. I am supposing this is a take on an Oktoberfest, but the resemblance lies only in the name.

Flavor is sweet and alcoholic. A little too much for me. Being a hophead, this one missed the mark greatly. Sweet, slightly tangy, slightly hoppy, not my cup of tea.

Jan 19, 2017
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a hoppy Octoberfest with all the bells and whistles of an octoberfest. Golden color but a hint of herbals in it. so this beer is kinda hard to describe other that it is a hoppy Octoberfest

Jan 07, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unusual beer. As a Marzen, it should be malty but this one has a good measure of hoppiness to go along with the caramel malt and sweet potato. Good looking light copper color and a good sized white head. Head retention is better than average and there is thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is similar to the taste, but the hops are most noticeable. Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly light. Maybe not a classic Marzen, but a good fall drink anyway.

Dec 25, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A beautiful medium brown crystal clear with a nice light head on top.

S: Hoppy with a touch of tropical fruit, followed by sweet potato..

T: Weird... Really weird. But good? Tropical fruit and hops up front.. followed by butternut squash, brown sugar, and sweet potato.

M: Medium, but feels a touch thicker, with lowish carbonation, and a long caramel cling.

O: This is one odd brew, but I really enjoy it. Interesting depth of flavor, and very intriguing.

Dec 24, 2016
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kaseydad from California

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour. Caramel and brown sugar aroma. The taste has a nice dose of hops to go along with the caramel and herbal taste. Long aftertaste.

Overall this was interesting and a good pumpkin pie accompaniment for this guy.

Dec 15, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear copper red-orange with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like apricots, floral tea, dried fruit, orange citrus, grapefruit, cedar, malty caramel, sweet toffee, molasses, brown sugar, some toasted malt, with earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Tastes like malty caramel, sweet toffee, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bready roasted malt, cedar, grapefruit, orange marmalade, dried fruit, floral tea, apricots, with earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice hoppy fall lager.

Dec 12, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from The Lazy Dog
Deep copper color with a huge bubbly beige head that persists forever. Orange and burnt caramel on the nose mostly. Smells like a 90's IPA kind of. Sweet kind of syrupy with a deep sticky caramel and orange citrus hops. Doesn't really work for me.

Dec 03, 2016
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A deep, clear amber color ans sea foamy head that sticks around a while.

Caramel sweet malty aroma, subtle dark fruits, herbal/spice earthiness.

A rather spicey and earthy hop flavor is very interesting over a lightly sweet, mild maple malt taste. Very spicy bite, then a long, bitter earthy tone with the classic sweet but light Octoberfest-style malt. Such a unique balance of flavor's, it's hard to quantify the sum of all of the parts. The lager yeast adds more funky, earthy notes along with the hops which makes it enjoyable and rather puzzling.

The feel has a dry earthy effect with the hops and yeast but the malt makes it fuller, but very easy to gulp even at 7.5% abv.

Dec 03, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and copper red in color with a sandstone, quarter-finger width head that dissipates quickly, leaving a mostly barren surface and a razor thin ring of suds along the edge of the glass. No lacing to be found.

Smell - Caramel, light pepper, fruity esters, a hint of grass and some citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel base that's accented by some apple-ish fruity esters, peppery spice, lemongrass, orange and a hint of wood that creeps in toward the tail end. Aftertaste lingers with malty sweetness and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full in body with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky texture. Sits a bit heavy for the style, but drinks easy enough, with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - A bit of a different brew for Lagunitas, though they certainly managed to put their signature stamp on the style. It's good, but a bit sweet, and I'm not sure I'd be able to put down more than a bottle at a time before it got to me.

Nov 24, 2016
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Have had several of these but neglected to review until now.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an english nonick pint.

a: Clear copper with an inch and a half thick white head which receded to thick rough surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Butterscotch malt.

t: Moderately follows the nose with a medium hop bite. Slightly sweet finish. Spicyness emerges fairly soon.

m; Medium and almost oily smooth, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A very flavorful brew easily identifiable as a Lagunitas product due to that unique slightly vinegary/caramel malt combo balanced by pretty strong hop bite. The first one I had I liked so much that I searched and located another sixpack or two to parcel out in my regular rotation until hopefully it is rereleased next year.

Nov 18, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours a clear amber, yellowish white head is pillowy and retains well.

Smells of biscuit, caramel, cereal, and a hint of dry hop.

Tastes of caramel and biscuit malt over a piney hop finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Reasonably good marzen style with the twist of a noticeable hop presence. Unique and worth trying.

Nov 11, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 9/21/2016. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, melon, orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nutty/toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, melon, orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nutty/toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, papaya, mango, melon, orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a great hoppy Oktoberfest style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Feels really juicy on the hops, with a nicely balanced Munich malt backbone; never feels too bitter or sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 11, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color. Somewhat clear in appearance. Earthy, sweet malt flavors. Smokey? Maybe some sweet potato or squash, vegetal. medium bodied. Some bitterness. Lower sweet. It was really weird.

Nov 08, 2016
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scottfrie from California

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a dark woody caramel brown with a couple fingers of dense dark tan head that slowly faded into a fuzzy collar. Sticky sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Fresh floral hoppy notes hit first followed by scents that remind me of winter squash and sweet potato. There is punch of woody and peppery spice throughout.
T: Bready and sweet malt profile with notes of cedar and peppery spice. The hops are spicy, earthy, and herbal with a slightly floral aftertaste. The finish is like fresh cut wood mixed with squash, and the aftertaste has a solid leafy bitter punch. The squash flavor is hard to get out of my mind once I smelled it. Hops are tangy at times and uniquely flavored.
M: Full body, thick and chewy mouthfeel, soft, ample, but fluffy carbonation made of what feels like tiny velvety bubbles.
O: An interesting and unique take on the style. Malt profile wasn’t my favorite, but this was an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

Nov 05, 2016
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brassy red with a decent head (rhyme not intended) Aroma is on the sweet side with mainly banana notes with a bit of raisin thrown in for good measure. Overall the taste is toasty, hoppy, bready malty with more on the malt side than the hops side for sure. The finish is a slightly hoppy bright caramel. Not an overly heavy beer (despite it's 7.5% ABV) - something like a red ale and a Belgium double had a baby. It's a nice seasonal offering - if you love Lagunitas it's a must try beer.

Nov 04, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a copper color with some brown tossed in. With a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is pine and malt. The taste is very close to the nose.

Nov 04, 2016
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - cool bottle
S - big pine, cedar, woody, grapefruit peel
T - big cedar, pine, grassiness, little bit of breadiness, citrus peel, hop resin
M - light to medium, alc covered, aftertaste is cedar, pine
O - its definitely a different take on the style, and better in my opinion. I like a fresh crisp octoberfest but this definitely blows it out of the water. Great beer to enjoy in the fall!

Nov 04, 2016
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