Oktoberfest | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
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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Ratings: 507 |  Reviews: 80
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

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can. Amber body. Smells of bread and some caramel malt. Slightly fruity. Corn? Tastes pretty fruity. Bready malt. Kinda has a corn taste as well. Fruity yeast back end. Slick mouthfeel. Medium light. I expected better from Revolution.

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

Revolution Brewing "Oktoberfest"
12 fl. oz. can, "FILLED: 08-04-2017 13:44:19" and sampled on 11-06-2017
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured for me a finger-thick head of pillowy off-white that's steadily dwindling above a hazy deep amber body with golden highlights. In the time it took me to decide on what I'd call the color and type it out the head has dropped to just a collar. The aroma suggests toasty, grainy malt but I'm not finding any hops, which is OK. Maybe there are some and they'll appear once it warms a bit. The flavor is sweeter than the aroma suggested it would be with a very nicely grainy and just lightly toasty and caramelish malt. Thanks for that! Too many brewers overdo it with the toast and caramel from caramel/crystal or Vienna malts but this one is perfect. I'm not sure if they're even using imported malts but it works. Within the malt I'm finding some minor floral and spicy hops that help to round it in the finish. It's sweetish up front but dries a bit in the finish due to the hops and a median bitterness. I think they've got the balance right. In the mouth it's malty, medium bodied with a dextrinous side, and gently crisp then smooth with a moderate, fine bubbled carbonation - if you're looking for repeated drinkability they've got that down too, you don't want it too gassy. Of course then your head retention and lacing suffer. Overall quite nice.

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Photo of Determined419
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Caveworm
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oktoberfest | Revolution Brewing. Poured from the can into a pint glass, the head's two fingers thick, with spotty lacing, and a deep amber body.

Smells sweet to where I'm wondering if adjunct grains were used :/

Ya, the taste is nearly AAL-like in my opinion. Kind of a letdown.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Only a 3 for Oktoberfest | Revolution Brewing.

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

I picked up a can of Revolution's Oktoberfest last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. It's a little past Oktoberfest and I was a little late at finding this beer, but regardless lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into an Oktoberfest Stein.

A- The can looks good, it has a nice design and it's eye catching. It poured a nice golden amber color which took on more of a golden color when held to the light and it had almost two fingers worth of off white and tan creamy head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a yeast and doughy aroma being the first to show up and it also imparts a little bit of apple cider like aroma. Up next comes some herbal hops.green hops, and light generic hops aroma and a little fruity aromas, Towards the end comes the malts which impart some caramel malt, lightly toasted malt, sweet malt, bread crust and light doughy aromas. This beer has a nice aroma, but the yeast is a little too strong.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but stronger and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it shows up more than it did in the aroma while imparting all the same aspects. Up next comes the hops which also impart all the same aspects with the herbal hops sticking out the most. Towards the end comes the malts which impart all the same aspects with the caramel malts seeming to stick out the most and the sweet malts show up just a little more than they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a slightly lower amount of medium bitterness with a herbal hop, yeasty and slightly malty aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but I think the yeast is just too strong with this one.

M- A little smooth, crisp, not too clean, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is decent, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and it was just a little bit above average for the style,e it seemed to be going in the right direction, but those yeast flavors got out of hand and they ended up holding this beer back. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, to me those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and drinkability, they need a good amount of work. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all This beer was just ok and I can't say that it was that memorable, it was pretty close to being just another average Marzen. It's one of my least favorite beers from Revolution and it's pretty close to being an average example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a good amount of work.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Copper in color with transparent body and two fingers of white head

S - Generic lager smell with some toasted notes

T - Surprisingly complex with apples, oranges, tobacco, smoke, hay, and wet grass

F - Light with good carbonation. Easy to drink

O - Complex for the style with good diversity of flavors.

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

From tasting notes 10/12/17, had on-tap at the Louie Bar, Holiday Inn in Skokie, Illinois

Appearance - Served up in a pint, clear and brilliant gold in color with a mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing, just a few broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Aroma is equally as grainy as it is sweet with caramel. Hops are vague; traces of grass and earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots of grain upfront, offset by caramel sweetness. Hops are almost an aftertought, but add just enough non-descript bitterness to add a bit of balance. Finish finds more balance with the grain and caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick upfront before turning dry with a bit of grit in the finish.

Overall - No doubt this is a well-made okto, but at the end of the day it simply isn't doing much for me.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davisrin
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a bar with my lunch- the first time I paid attention to details on a draft beer. I did not see the pour, but the glass delivered to the table had a small head over a lovely golden brown brew. The smell wasn't powerful (but then, it's hard to smell the beer when there's lots of good food at the table), but it was good. I really liked the taste, there was a sharp note of spice right at first, that mellowed quickly. It felt lighter on my tongue than other Octoberfest beers I've had. Overall it was a very good accompaniment to my beer-battered fish sandwich and fries.

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Photo of Hrodebert
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichieSledz
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Love to drink it.

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Photo of MacStinson
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ultrasrs
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tourdot
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Eric_T_07
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest brewed by Revolution Brewing, with an ABV of 5.70% This Oktoberfest pours out a nice deep golden amber color with a small white head. There is also some nice spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is rich with grains , malts and Carmel sweetness. You do pick up on some mild hop bitterness in the smell of this Oktoberfest. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with a bitter sweet grains , malts, and hops. This is a nice bold Oktoberfest brew. The body of this brew is a solid medium. There is a lot going on in this Oktoberfest. This brew goes nice with the season. There is nothing overpowering about Oktoberfest brewed Revolution Brewing, it has a super nice balance to it. This is what an Oktoberfest should be, nice color, great flavors, and good drinking. The mouth feel Oktoberfest is Bold, Rich, Smooth, Clean, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this Oktoberfest a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to.Revolution Brewing, did a real nice job with this Oktoberfest brew.

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Oktoberfest from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 507 ratings