Oktoberfest | Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
415
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
26.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 415
Photo of Bartleby91
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 -7.9%
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 -1.3%
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 +5.5%
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 +2.9%
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 -8.7%
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 +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 +22.4%
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 +3.4%
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.)

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Photo of MaximalC
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +2.4%
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 +19.8%
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 +10.6%
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 +6.6%
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 -6.9%
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 +7.7%
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 -1.1%
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 +7.7%
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 -1.1%
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 +1.1%
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 -2.1%
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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Photo of StoneTSR
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Copper in color with a slightly off-white head that foams up to about an inch, this lively looking beer plays its part as a gorgeous American-style Oktoberfest.

SMELL: The smell is not very intense, but it is pleasant with biscuit notes and an ever so slight roast on the caramel malt aromas.

TASTE: The caramel comes through very strong, making this a sweet, delightful treat. That said, a nice bready flavor finishes the beer off while a variety of fruit flavors dance around the whole beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied and very well balanced overall. Sweet to start with the perfect amount of drying towards the end. A very light tickle gives the beer an approachable character with a clean finish.

OVERALL: As always, great example of the style from Revolution.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Revolution Brewing Company
Oktoberfest Revolution
Canned on 8/22/2014 (stamped on bottom of can)
Date Reviewed: September 16th, 2014
12 fluid ounce can
Glass of Choice: Nonic Pint

Eyes:
White head, a bit over an inch tall. A bit of lacing, not much though. Very clean looking copper/amber body with a few bubbles running around.

Nose:
Sweet and toasty malts: caramel and toasted grain. Not much from the hops: very faint notes of floral hops.

Mouth:
Very generous hit of malts up front. Primary notes of grains and toast. Very pleasant nutty tone throughout. Nothing overwhelming from the hops. Very minor herbal/floral notes contain a robust malty presence.

Overall: Good take on the Oktoberfest style. Great balance. Very smooth. Great session brew.

85 (B)

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

I have been more tolerant of this style lately (until I tire of it) and thus I can appreciate good ones like this.

It pours dark, with little head. The aroma is clean and light. The can definitely kept things from getting funky.

The taste is slightly bitter, hoppy, malty, of course, and medium thick. It is a very robust take on the style. The aftertaste is pretty thick too, for the style.

Overall, good ones like this make me want to stick with this pretty drinkable style.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into dimpled mug; no canning date, but from 2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, herbal, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, floral, pear, apple, herbal, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, herbal, floral, pear, apple, light pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a fair amount of yeast esters with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. All around good balance and robustness of malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.79 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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