Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Ranked #124
Ranked #22,391
3.77 | pDev: 9.55%
Oct 25, 2021
Sep 20, 2010
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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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Medium orange look. Light aroma of caramel roasted malt. Really good, initial caramel malt flavor, with a bit of a zing, that quickly fades into a semi-sweet malt and spiced hop finish.

IBU: 25
Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by akaizer from Virginia

Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by JimDaCoach from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Revolution's Oktoberfest rates right up there with Hacker-Pschorr's version. Goes down easy. A little lighter, a little sweeter, but the taste is smooth and robust. I could call it an American marzen, would recommend it to those that like high malt flavor with low hops.
Oct 21, 2021
Rated: 3.78 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Beer_Economicus from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Tonight is a new beer to me.

Revolution – Oktoberfest

5.7 %ABV

The beer has no listing on the label beyond Oktoberfest, and a “Lager – Marzen” on BA.

The beer was removed from a 45ish degree temp fridge after having been refrigerated for approximately 30 hours. Beer poured into a classic Haufbrauhaus dimpled mug.

First Impression: Beer appears to look the part, and is well-carbed.

Appearance: -Carbed appropriately, or at very least not under-carbed. If anything, perhapos overcarbed – almost hefeweizen-type carbonation. Perhaps a bit more amber than I would expect, and perhaps a bit more murky, although less murky than the Schlafly that I drank prior. No lasing, and head faded after about 15 minutes. What is shown in the photo is a fairly aggressive pour. 4.0

Smell: Not much to note. Mostly that generic, non-identifiable (for me) ‘bier’ smell. If I search hard enough, I can get yeast and some wheat-malt bread-like qualities commensurate with dark breads like pumpernickel or rye bread. Is it carraway? I dunno, maybe. 3.75

Taste: To my palate, this just isn’t good. There’s a weird faint hop-bitterness with a minor hop present that I’m not enjoying, and is overpowering the other (subtle) flavors. Perhaps this is just that dark-bread flavor I smelled above manifested (strongly?) on my palate. Everything else is muted and watered down tasting. 3.50

Mouthfeel: A little thicker/sticky than I would expect. Nothing much else to note – it’s certainly not like water. 3.75

Overall: I don’t plan to buy this again in the next 2 years unless I hear it has changed/improved. I can revisit it again in 2-3 years otherwise. I didn’t enjoy this, don’t much like it, and I’m surprised this is rated better on BA than the Schlafly I had prior. It certainly has more flavor than some others, but I’m not sure it’s still worth drinking. (On that note, I only drank about half.) 3.5

BA Review Score: 3.62
Oct 03, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by uncleotis from Illinois

Sep 09, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Sep 04, 2021
Rated: 3.62 by Nunya from Ohio

Aug 28, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by jtransel from Illinois

Aug 26, 2021
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear reddish brown, an off white head that fades, no lacing to speak of. Aroma of grains and malts. Toasted bread, malted and some toffee on the taste buds. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Excellent Oktoberfest!
Aug 24, 2021
Rated: 3.37 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Aug 18, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 30, 2021
Rated: 3.52 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Eziel from Ohio

Dec 12, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by 12ozfan from Illinois

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Reviewed by Grounder from Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.4%
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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Reviewed by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

Aug 31, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Aug 27, 2020
Rated: 3.59 by wmnaylor from New York

Aug 15, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 4 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Oct 14, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Rated: 4.03 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts

Oct 12, 2019
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Reviewed by smbslt from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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
Rated: 3.83 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Sep 17, 2019
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Rated by Ceddd99 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A fine American Oktoberfest. Nice caramel flavor.
Sep 16, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
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
Rated: 3.71 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Aug 25, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 7/29/21; drank 9/24/25 @ the Yarchives.

See-through golden appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy eggshell head; decent lace.

Fresh bread, wood & mild caramel notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Oak, caramel & fresh bread flavors; a damn fine marzen! I'd have another.
Jun 15, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2019
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Reviewed by TargaFlorio from Indiana

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.
Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by ChicagoJ from Illinois

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.
Nov 11, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by 5EKF from Illinois

Nov 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Jonoesh5 from Illinois

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.
Nov 02, 2018
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 559 ratings