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Oktoberfest | Revolution Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic German-style Oktoberfest beer that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty malt flavor. 100% German malts create a supple and flavorful base for this traditional Oktoberfest lager. Our 2015 version is brewed with a hop called Hallertau Gold, grown on only one farm in the whole of Bavaria to deliver a hop profile which is at the same time both classic and unique.

25 IBUs

Added by weatherdog on 09-20-2010

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 436
Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Can into a chalice with a mostly clear deep amber body and a tall frothy cap rising up to three fingers high. Fairly good head retention and the end result is a wide belt and some random islands atop the brew. A few spots of lace remain on the glass.

S- A fairly strong aroma that incorporates strong malts, moderate yeast notes and some Euro hops. Malts provide a medium sweetness, toasted nuts, bread, caramel and biscuit notes while the yeast comes in with pale fruits and fresh yeast bread.

T- Whatever the aroma was missing is gained here as the full Marzen effect is on in this brew with rich malts telling most of the story. Caramel sweetness, doughy bread, toasted nuttiness, cereal and biscuits from the grains rounded out by hints of pear, butter, brown sugar, spicy hops, yeast bread, banana and sweetness.

MF- Creamy and puffy consistency to a body that is rather smooth and certainly silky. Medium level of carbonation leaves a bit to be desired. Finishes slick and somewhat bitter.

A warming and malty brew for the Fall season. Not quite up there with the classics but I am glad I got a 6 pack of this on a whim. Expect malts and sweetness but also a good example of an American brewed Marzen.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, biscuity, doughy, and caramel malts followed by lager yeast, herbal and floral hops.

Taste: Getting that caramel sweetness and toasted malts up front, herbal and Noble hops, lager yeastiness, chewy notes, and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and light bitterness.

Overall: A nice octoberfest. A little sweet, but still tasty.

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Photo of Nimbus_
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a clear tangerine color with very little haze. About a finger of foamy white head.

Smell: Somewhat mild, but pleasant. Good notes of biscuit and fruit. I smell apple, pear, maybe a little grapefruit, and bready malts.

Taste: Immediately I notice flavors of sweet and bready malts. A little bit of caramel too. Finishes with the fruit flavors that I initially expected from the aroma: apple, pear, and grapefruit. This beer is very delicious.

Feel: Very mild carbonation combined with the sweet flavor makes this a pretty crisp, refreshing beer. A little dry on the finish, but still session-able.

Overall: Very impressed with this brew. I can see myself drinking through a few of these in a sitting and not get tired of the taste and enjoying every sip.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can dated 08-19-2016

Pours clear amber orange with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like fresh apple, toasted bread crust, mild caramel, pear, grape, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bread crust, light caramel, some apple, mild pear, grape, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth, crisp and dry with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good rendition of an oktoberfest from one of my favorite Chicago area breweries.
Really nice copper orange color with some slight haze. Really pretty.
The aroma is big nutty sweetness along with some nice earthy happiness.
The taste is big malt sweetness along with earthy hoppiness that lingers pleasantly.
The palate is an earthy hop zest along with a sweet maltiness mingling well.
Overall this is one is the better American oktoberfests that I have had. Nice that this is readily available in this area

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Photo of dmgallag
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very earthy Oktoberfest here. Smell is grassy and dirt smelling. Clean tasting and easy going. Nothing remarkable and I don't know if I would go out of my way for another. Better options out there.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Caramel malt, toast bread and floral hops. Deep and rich earthy flavors. Solid take on the style, but once again, would rather drink Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest.

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

Poured a nice carame color with a beige head. The aromas were of toasted oatmeal with a subtle hop presence. The flavors of this beer really stood out. More hoppy than the traditional styles. Flavors were is rich caramel and sweet malt throughout. Also a subtle buttery flavor near the finish. The hop comes throughout the entire tasting. It has an earthy quality that really complements with the caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is perfect. This Oktoberfest stands as being more hoppy compared to the others. However it doesn't overwhelm the traditional flavors.

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Photo of FBarber
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear crisp amber color. Thin off-white head dissipates rather quickly leaving no lacing or residual head.

Smell has notes of caramel, bread, malts, touch of spice on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with notes of bread, caramel, lots of malts slightly nutty flavor. Really hie full flavor comes through - much more robust than the nose would suggest. Noticeable hops in the back end of the beer with a hint of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Slight sweetness noted, but not overly so.

Feel is light and smooth. Medium carbonation.

Overall a solid american Oktoberfest. A tad too hoppy, but otherwise very good.

Edit: Had this on draft and it was much better than what I had in the can. The hops were quite subdued and the taste was much more bready and malty forward. Nose was still a bit weak, but the flavor on this is really quite good. On draft, this is one of the better American made oktoberfests.

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Photo of drpimento
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, but more of an amber rather than traditional red (personally for this kind of beer, I prefer traditional). Aroma is caramel malt and hints of toast and hops. Flavor's similar to nose, on sweet side, good carbonation. Body's a bit thin. Good enough finish. An ok Okfest.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark orange-amber body, one finger white head, thick white head and thin lacing. Smells of rich toffee and caramel, grassy and floral hops, a bit of pepper, light grainy sweetness. Flavour is standard Marzen; toffee, caramel, crisp biscuit, touch of honey, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, good carbonation but on the lighter side, smooth and slightly slick bready finish. A solid Marzen.

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Photo of taters21
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful blood red with lively carbonation and a dissipating head.
Smells like vanilla coke, caramel, malt, banana, and stories untold.
Taste is phenomenal, with toffee, caramel, bready malt, then followed by a grassy hop, lovely.
Mouthfeel is moderately thick, creamy, with perfect carbonation.
Overall, this is a stellar Oktoberfest beer, and I will search it out again and again, blew me away.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As I tasted again and wrote this review, I also increased my earlier rating slightly in Look (it really is an exceptional copper/amber), Taste (the malt is much more pronounced) and Overall (as it is a better American rendition of the style that I first thought.)

Re-tasted 10/16/16, but on tap: rating confirmed. This time pizza was involved and it went well.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a finger’s worth of cream colored foam the recedes in short order. Mild aroma smells of golden delicious apples, caramel, and noble hops.

The taste is much fuller than the aroma would suggest, with plenty of caramel, bread, and zesty hops. Apple skin comes through mostly on the back end. Habituation reveals a sharper, slightly aspirin-like bitterness that can be something of a distraction. Further warming even reveals traces of alcohol and wet paper. Medium-light body and prickly carbonation produce a crisp, fairly aggressive mouthfeel.

Off flavors notwithstanding, Revolution does an admirable job of delivering an Oktoberfest that is both traditional and full-flavored. It wouldn’t be my go-to, but it’s certainly solid.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This can was a year old, so I am hoping to review it again next season. Overall, pretty typical yet solid example of the Oktoberfest/Marzen style. I have never had a typical beer from Revolution, so I was a little surprised. It could be from being so old.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very auburn in color. Almost brown actually. Nice off-white cream colored head retention. At least nice for this style.

Aroma is malty and clean, with possibly some sweet fruity characters lying somewhere underneath.

Very good tasting oktoberfest. Caramel malts lead the flavor profile of a beer that is large and complex for its style. There are some fruity notes here and there, an herbal taste from the hops, and an overall sweetness interlaced throughout the flavors.

Wonderful crisp mouthfeel on a medium-bodied beer. This is the best oktoberfest I've had this year, and very likely the best I've ever had.

A supremely underrated beer of its style. Thanks Revolution!

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 8/10/16 into a willybecher

L - clear amber with a small off-white head
S - mild but pleasant aroma of biscuit, caramel, bread with roasty malt notes
T - sweet, nutty, caramel and toasted malt, with a touch of floral hops to balance it out
F - smooth, sweetness gives way to a bit of dryness on the finish
O - lucky to have this as a local option every year, consistently available and under-hyped

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to August for bringing this canned offering back from Chicago for me. I enjoyed this from the can in a willybecker chilled.

The color is slightly dark amber with good clarity and thick white head with fine bead and good retention in general. I like the way this smells definitely has a munich type toasted malt aroma which works great with the yeast which augments the spice in the hops. Mouthfeel is very good perhaps a little spicy but the malt quality is very nice without too much sweetness and a gentle toasted quality with nice carbonation and mostly dry finish.

This is a very good Festbier, a nice lager in the German style. I enjoyed the malt profile which is bready without an abundance of sweetness the toasted flavor is balanced by a spiced hop profiled which adds to the complexity with a refreshing dry finish. Overall I recommend this to those who like Marzens it is a good take on the style.

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Photo of diablo14
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For a marzen, this beer lacks enough malt depth for my liking for me to consider it one of their better beers.

However, there's a nice enough brew here to make it sessionable and worth revisiting on occasion.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a beautifully clear dark-honey amber, and forms a massively fluffy slightly off-white head that leaves lacing on the glass just by diminishing.

Smell: Glazed doughnut with pepper sprinkled atop,

Taste: Thick bread, sweet caramel, slight hints of toffee, white and black pepper, vague suggestions of earth and wood oils. A bit of a floral tinge at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium, and sharp.

Overall: I enjoyed this marzen. I would drink it again.

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

Copper color, good clarity, couple fingers of head with modest retention. Aroma is grain / malt - toasted and buttered bread, nuttiness of toasted seeds / grains. Some generic spice. A bit sweeter taste than expected. Solid but for Chicago I'd take the Metropolitan version.

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Photo of matjack85
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz can $1.67. I did not find any freshness date so I'm hoping I got one of the early cans from this year and not one of last year's holdovers.

The beer poured a clear, shiny copper penny color and made a big 3-finger off-white head that lasted a little over a minute. For as big as the head was it didn't leave much lacing.

Great smell of sweet caramel and other malts.

It starts off with a sweet caramel and bready malt flavor, but then an unexpected dose of harsh spice and mild bitterness kick in. The spice, hops, and malts then all blend together and stay together through to the end where it ends with a mild bitter finish.

Somewhere between light to medium in body with moderate carbonation.

I've never tasted an oktoberfest like this. It's good and it's different, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to @Kevinpitts for this one. (Earned me some points with the wife)
Pour bring a frothy, lively head three fingers high capping a beautiful clear copper Marzen.
Smell has hints of bready malt, slightly sweet.
Mmmm. Taste is of a rich grain bread with a hint of nuttiness. It's a tad sweeter than I expect for the style, but quite good.
Finishes with a nice, slightly slick and sweet nutty flavor.
Overall I found this to be quite refreshing. And like I said, when I get a good Oktoberfest it always helps on the homefront.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slight head on the pour which ends up dissipating. Surprisingly minimal in carbonation, which allows some of the flavor to come out in a smoother body. So not a bad thing, in essence. Has a heavy bready, lager yeast feel here with a slight toffee note in there. A good beer for when the weather turns to Fall.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 9/3/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Bready with toasted grain and just a hint of spice. A touch light
T: Sweet, but in a tasty way. Sweet bread. Toasted grain. Unremarkable but goes down easy
M: Medium-bodied, fairly sweet
O: Solid though lacking complexity. A pure/tasty example of the style

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