Oktoberfest | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: German 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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Ratings: 524 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of TargaFlorio
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time having this Oktoberfest from Revolution. Pour is a hazy caramel color with a decent off-white head. Some toasty malt notes on the nose, but nothing significant. Taste is really pleasant, toasted malts with hints of caramel. Also getting some bread and earthy notes. Maybe some hints of light citrus fruits also. Overall, a pretty solid Oktoberfest that I would drink again, even if I did wait until December this year to drink mine.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/9/18 (Chicago): $6.63 16 oz 5.7% ABV draft pour into a Pilsner glass at the Revolution Brewpub on Milwaukee. Dark brown pour, light white head, no carbonation. Light malt and bread aroma. Light malt taste, slight hops bitterness. Nice clean crisp refreshing mouth feel, thin texture. Overall good offering.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh Oktoberfest :) After the hoppy and sour beers of summer, I look forward to this malty style every Fall. The history of this brew was founded on the change of seasons and celebration, so drink this style with friends! Currently drinking the last can of 6-pack filled on 09/27/18.

Revolution’s take on Oktoberfest is approachable and honest. Looks more amber than golden, with a minimal khaki head. Smell is clean with a hint of lemon and pepper. First sip is traditional Munich malt—toasted oats, nuts, and pretzel. Vanilla and oak on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and clean. As the beer warms, more orange and coriander appear. The spiciness of this brew is present, but too subtle for me.

Overall, two thumbs up for Revolution and their Oktoberfest, but felt like all the flavors needed be turned up for this brew to make a statement. Specifically, I wanted a creamier mouthfeel and spicier bite. Will definitely buy again tho.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brewed with Pilsner, Vienna, Carared and Munich. Hopped with Magnum " along with multiple additions of German Saphir and Select hops throughout the boil". Fermented with Bavarian Lager yeast and then "we lower the temperature to 32 °F and store the beer cold for 4 weeks. "
5.7% abv, 25 ibus.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear deep copper, forming a modest white head with average retention and minimal lace. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs. The nose is very clean, no esters or Dms. I'm mostly getting grainy malts in the nose with a hint of biscuit and husk. No hop aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. The taste is again very clean, with lots of biscuity and toasty malts, suggestion of assam tea , and toast. Bitterness is mild to moderate and lightly spicy. No off flavors or aromas.

While quite a bit toastier than traditional Oktoberfests, I really enjoyed this. It has a little different character and I appreciate that and it's well fermented well-made and easy to drink, although I'd like a little dms in it.

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Photo of darktronica
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2018-10-07 in Bolingbrook, IL from a fresh 12oz can

A - Clear copper with a 2-finger tan head and light lace

S - Lightly toasted brown read with orange marmalade. Light noble spice. Mild but pleasant.

T - Sweet and rich, breads malt, light caramel and some some citrus. Earthy spice. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-full body with light-medium carbonation. Smooth and a bit sticky.

O - A tasty brew although kind of far from a traditional Marzen.

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Photo of Diamante
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pour gets a very thick caramel head. It is heavy on bubbles, but it's not frothy which means that it's not very thick. It maintains a clear, dark amber color with a sweet aroma. Its texture is heavily carbonated, but smooth. The taste is sweet, toasty, and slightly hoppy, but not as malty as other Märzen beers. I think that Revolution did a great Oktoberfest beer that is a bit easier to drink. That creates mixed feelings for me. While Revolution tends to create mostly bitter brews that don't appeal to the average beer drinker, I think that this Märzen is a bit too smooth. While delicious and easy to drink, it leaves me with a taste that longs for more character.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely can sense the hop addition, which adds a dry earthy quality to the beer. Beyond that it is a pretty typical but well done octoberfest beer.

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Photo of MattSchnipke91
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring this beer from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass on my porch in this 55 degree weather. Ahhh I just love this time of year. This beer pours out perfectly clear and is the color of dark golden leaves. It forms a dense white crown on the thinner side. The smell is sweet with layers of toasted caramel, corn and even some slight baked apple. The taste brings in those layers well with the addition of a lager like crispness as it leaves. I love this one because of the smoothness and relaxed pronunciation on that lager crispness. It seems to let those sweet layers shine more.

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Photo of McHenry
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeymourDunn
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RollDamnTide
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewTheBrew
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 8/1/18 (11 days ago) poured into a .5L krug at fridge temp 5.7% ABV. The beer pours bright orange amber in color with plenty of khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves almost no lacing. The aroma is bready and yeasty with a fair amount of presence. The taste is nutty, bready malt with a floral hop presence that stays under the radar until the dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied and adequately carbonated. The lagering is clean with zero off flavors or feel. Overall, very good. Very nice beer, but lacks a little malt taste and feel to be top shelf to my taste.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber, with a nice head of off-white suds. No lace, oddly.

Aroma: Caramel malty, with a light touch of hops.

Taste: Malty with caramel and toffee notes, and maybe a touch of brown sugar almost. A definite lemony hoppy tinge, too, on the finish, makes this one a tasty Oktoberfest with a modern American twist. Really liked this one.

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Photo of Grupatre
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcall384
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: November 12, 2017... OCCASION: a four-day weekend culminates with my last Oktoberfest of the year... GLASSWARE: personalized mug, a gift from one of my soccer players... this pours a pumpkin orange amber body with steady, lazy effervescence... head disperses from a thick, two-finger froth to a foamy quarter-finger off-white ring... first sensation is apple, earthy hop, light caramel, some toasty warmth, and some odd yeasty esters that make for a unique, if not odd, expectation... sips are heavy in the throat, sweet and swift through the mouth... a medium-bodied, easy-drinking mug-lifter that encourages the next sip... caramel is more prevalent in the taste than the aroma, while the earthiness comes across as pear, sweet apple, and toasted bread... finishes sweeter as the glass drains... malty, mellow, and worthwhile as a seasonal--my first Revolution is a diplomatic, friendly meeting...

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Oktoberfest from Revolution Brewing
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