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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #84
Ranked #30,559
3.79 | pDev: 9.76%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
filled 07-22-2020
L: crystal clear copper body; foamy beige head
S: muted: grain & earthy hops
T: sweet caramel & toffee, brown sugar, spicy hops
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, bittersweet & dry finish
O: flavorful bier, even though it is fairly balanced, its initial sweetness makes it hard to drink more than one

Oct 16, 2020
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Grounder from Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful amber color, pleasant aroma of malt/grain, excellent mouthfeel ... and too bitter compared to German marzens. I am not surprised, but disappointed. I guess it's par for the course for an American craft brewer, and only reinforces my intention to stick to imports.

Sep 26, 2020
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KS_Augsburg from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 2020 edition of this beer is a diffucult one to judge: if we judge it by the accepted standards of the category (Oktoberfest Märzen), it must be considered a failure. Too hoppy the nose when you first lift the glass - it throws you off, because you expect something a lot more soft, malty, sweet, maybe floral. What you get is an almost IPA light type of aroma profile. Revolution is known for some excellent IPAs and hoppy beers in general. For this one, I have to say: it’s not my taste and it does really meet expectations. I’m not even sure this was a bottom fermenting yeast? In any event: a nice beer, but for me it’s not an Oktoberfest Märzen.

Sep 21, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

canned 7/24/19
Pours a medium foamy fizzy bubbly head with med to lower retention, light lacing, mostly clear slight hazy medium tan-orange color with a slight amber hue

Nose quite a bit of grainy-sweet malt, not doughy but a little cereal grain and husky-straw like, light lager malts and a touch of pilsner, no DMS, no sweet caramel or any bogus grains, touch of fruity esters on the back end, and some noble grassy floral fruity hops

Taste grainy-sweet malts out front, fair amount of grainy malts, cereal grain, little bready but not doughy, cracker, biscuit, husky-straw again, plenty of lager malts and a little German pilsner but again no corn DMS, and no real sweet caramel malts, although a touch of a toasty grain, hops kick in quite a bit, light bitterness initially then ramping to a medium bitterness in the middle and spicy crisp hop bite on teh finish, hops are quite grassy earthy and spicy, especially spicy late, not as noble anymore as they seem overly aggressive for noble hops, little sulfate-like crisp bitterness on the finish

Mouth is med bod, medium-higher carb that gets a little distracting

overall not bad, malts are pretty nice overall, much more true to style than most American beers, the hops on the nose were nice but got overly aggressive on flavor and bitterness on the taste, but enjoyable otherwise

Nov 07, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having lived in Chicagoland for a few years now, mark this one in the "how on earth have I not had this beer before?" category. Typical bright caramel clear body with a dark white head. Smell focuses on the toasted malts and grains, with a touch of caramel and hops to boot. Taste is much the same, good depth to the toasted elements, but the finish is a little thin in texture and flavor. Body is toasty, light, bready, and malty. Glad I finally had it!

Oct 18, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, dated 09.09.19, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass.

The beer pours a nice medium amber color, nice clarity with a bone colored head that rises about three fingers high with moderate retention and yields just a spot or two of lacing. The aroma is nice, hearty amber malt, caramel and brown sugar with a soft nuttiness, light pine and candied hop. Flavors are good, rich and hearty grains, lightly toasted with a rustic brown bread but also sweeter caramels and brown sugars. There is a nice pine and citrus peel character that lingers underneath the maltiness that is reflected in the nose and translates well to the palate. The mouthfeel is good, medium bodied that has a nice lively character that is coating and smooth and finishes with a lightly crisp bite.

Oct 12, 2019
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smbslt from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear orange with a fine, off-white head - maybe a little more carbonation. Very classic aroma and taste. Toasted malt all the way except at the very end a hint bitterness to balance it out. Full mouth but not cloying. A well done Märzen.

Oct 11, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**Note, beer is one year old and is a review of the previous 2019 Oktoberfest**

Appearance: Pours a deep amber and copper color. An off-white head. SRM of 14. (4.25)

Aroma: Huge aromas of lemon citrus, then a sweet dark bread aroma behind that. More and more bready aromas as the beer sits. Smells absolutely delicious. (4.50)

Flavor: Massive and complex flavors here. Some lemon upfront, then huge malt flavors of caramel, toasted bread, and some dark fruit. Even some roasted quality to provide a lingering bitterness. A delicate balance of complex ruby caramel malt flavors makes the flavor remarkable. Ends on the sweeter side. (4.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Appropriate for an Altbier. Heavier than a festbier. Good carbonation. Some lingering bitterness on the palate from some roasted bread qualities. Yet, smooth, relatively thick, and sweet (4.00)

Overall: For the style, I think this is among the best. It's Americanized and heavy. Lots of caramel and toasted bread. Drinks most similar to an Altbier, yet it has it's own distinction.. A perfectly delicate profile of Oktoberfest flavors. The roasted caramel is perfection. Even being a year old, this is the best of the American Oktoberfests I've tried so far. (Final Rating: 4.44)

Sep 14, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 8/21/15; drank 9/7/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a fluffy eggshell head; minimal lace.

Sweet corn & buttered biscuit notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet corn & buttered biscuit flavors up front; sweet caramel finish.

This crosses the line from sweet to cloying; syrupy. I've had my last.

Jun 15, 2019
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TargaFlorio from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

Dec 02, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Nov 11, 2018
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Jonoesh5 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Nov 02, 2018
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Oct 13, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Oct 07, 2018
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Diamante from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Oct 07, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Sep 26, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Sep 22, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Aug 13, 2018
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jan 01, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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...

Nov 13, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Nov 08, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Nov 06, 2017
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Caveworm from Ohio

3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Nov 04, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Nov 03, 2017
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Nov 01, 2017
Oktoberfest from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 546 ratings