Oktoberfest | Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing Company
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large mug, the foam froths up, soapy bubbles rising towards the rim of the glass. Three fingers of foam and soapy lacing in the glass. Bright saturated orange amber color.

Aroma of toasted malt and vague noble hops.

Slight citrus flashes by, and the bready toasted malt base rolls through and lingers into the aftertaste. Toast, marmalade, lightly bitter noble hops in the aftertaste. Light to medium feel, easily drinkable. May not be the most traditional, but it tastes great.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +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 Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Somehow, this is my first Revolution beer from the bottle. Go figure. It pours a clear copper-tawny topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light honey, light rye toast, mild spicy and earthy hops, and a tiny touch of deep fried chicken skin (...yeah, this is what came to mind...I dunno...). The taste brings in more of the same, though the hops are slightly stronger and lean a bit more floral now, and a pinch of black pepper is tossed in absentmindedly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice, solid O-Fest, nothing spectacular or eye-opening, but something I could easily have a couple of beneath a tent at some big party of some kind...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep copper hue with off white cream head, fine even spaced lacing looks great. Aroma has caramel malts, herbal hops kicking in the backend, with a complementary air of very refreshing beer. Lager in a can, I'm game especially microbrewed O Fest. Semi sweet malts bring nutty, earthy notes between the malts and Euro hops I'm very excited to sink my teeth into the rest of the 5 cans I have from the sixer I purchased. Slick oily yet clean and refreshing all in one gulp, I'm a big fan of this Chicago brewed lager, I do know they have a decent German heritage in Chi town this could have been brewed by a direct descendant or a rebel revolutionary who knows how to brew good beer. I'm a fan of the brewery, brewery, and brews that they produce. This is all around quality, go try some if you see the tuba touting lederhosen clad gent next to the fist of the revolutionary. Great artwork complements great beer, go try some folks.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. 5oz Mug Club taster glass.

A - Served with a thin white head that settles to a wispy film, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is an attractive transparent golden color.

S - Caramel and toffee malts, touch of apple and other nebulous fruity notes, bread, lightly toasted grains, and a hint of floral hop.

T - Taste is again fruity malts, toffee, toasted bread and grains, and a bit of sharp hop bite mixed in for good measure.

M - Medium body, slightly grainy, with moderate carbonation, and a dry crisp finish. Very clean and refreshing, with no obvious alcohol.

D - It's a solid and true-to-style Oktoberfest offering and relatively easy to drink. Not my favorite style, but fairly enjoyable all the same. If you're into Oktoberfest beers, or even darker lagers this would be worth trying.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

03.23.12 stamp on bottle
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep caramel body with a tight carbonation and a thin sticky film of antique white head that is soon gone.

S- The flinty malt aroma has a hint of light toasted malt in the finish but it is clean and well lagered.

T- The dry toasted malt flavor has some Pils and Vienna malt notes that come through with a blend of Noble hop flavors in the clean finish. There is a gentle hop bitterness that lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a nice tight fizz to compliment the clean finish.

O- This beer has a nice fresh soft malt flavor with a good Noble hops and a dry finish. This is a classic.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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 sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

(A)- Pours a clear caramel colored amber-orange color. Produced some good off-white froth that stuck around for awhile before dissipating. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A nicely dry yet bread-like graininess meets the most subtle background sweetness in recent memory for an oktoberfest. Ever so tiny hint at a grassy hop-like aroma. The grainy yeast seems to be the predominant aroma.

(T)- I really dig the rustic nuttiness this has up front that is quickly followed by the great graininess and very subtle sweetness from the aroma. A great yeast component in the middle that really blends this beers whole profile together to make a really cohesive beer for the style. This succeeds where alot of oktoberfests fail; it is not overly sweet.

(M)- A great carbonation level. For an oktoberfest, this is quite smooth despite an ever present bready graininess. A mild sweetness balances well with the rustic nutty flavor this possesses. A superb balance for a style I have alot of love/hate experiences with.

(O)- I have not had many new Marzens this season so far, but I think this one really is a fantastic example of the style for me. Smooth, yet a good malt bill meets a nice rustic nutty graininess. Really digging alot of what Revolution is putting out and this is no different.

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Photo of drpimento
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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 cbutova
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Can into a chalice with a mostly clear deep amber body and a tall frothy cap rising up to three fingers high. Fairly good head retention and the end result is a wide belt and some random islands atop the brew. A few spots of lace remain on the glass.

S- A fairly strong aroma that incorporates strong malts, moderate yeast notes and some Euro hops. Malts provide a medium sweetness, toasted nuts, bread, caramel and biscuit notes while the yeast comes in with pale fruits and fresh yeast bread.

T- Whatever the aroma was missing is gained here as the full Marzen effect is on in this brew with rich malts telling most of the story. Caramel sweetness, doughy bread, toasted nuttiness, cereal and biscuits from the grains rounded out by hints of pear, butter, brown sugar, spicy hops, yeast bread, banana and sweetness.

MF- Creamy and puffy consistency to a body that is rather smooth and certainly silky. Medium level of carbonation leaves a bit to be desired. Finishes slick and somewhat bitter.

A warming and malty brew for the Fall season. Not quite up there with the classics but I am glad I got a 6 pack of this on a whim. Expect malts and sweetness but also a good example of an American brewed Marzen.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A - amber-copper color, creamy ivory head
S - toasted grain, caramel, bread, vanilla
T - very sweet, vanilla, toasty, nutty, caramel, toffee, cola, honey
M - creamy, exceptionally smooth, slightly dry and very clean finish
O - cloyingly sweet, with some odd vanilla and cola notes I've never experienced with this style. Seemed more like a pop than a beer with all that sweetness.

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Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty close to amber, perhaps a couple shades lighter than copper, Revolution's version of perhaps the most popular season-specific style appears to be a worthy contender. It appears evident as an off-white head, somewhat creamy and somewhat dense, rises to just over a finger. It keeps itself up for the session, fading slowly but never completely. Spotting is heavy and patching is the mjority of the lace left on the glass.
The malts are bicuity with plenty of caramel and a bit of white fruit flesh rather than generic fruits or dark fruits. There's a note of something like honey and toast comes out a bit more as it goes.
In the flavor, there's more focus on a bit of earth, with big breads throughout but giving a toasty note and caramel running with it. The fruit flesh comes out too. Hops are appropriately light but present, mostly floral.
The body rests at medium with a good flow off a consistent carbonation ofeering a nice bite while smoothness is likewise consistent.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Brownish copper beer with a white head that that leaves some spots on the sides of the glass.

S - A lot of caramel, slight hint of butterscotch, bread, fruit.

T - A little bit lighter than I was expecting on the taste, but it's appropriately malty with caramel and some toffee taking the forefront. Finish makes me think a little of fructose corn syrup for some reason. Easy to drink.

M - Fairly light and crisp with good carbonation.

O - Drinkable, decent for the style. Can drink again with no complaints.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on or freshness date present. My third beer from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a coppery dark orange color with a finger and a half of off-white head that recedes into nothing fairly quickly.

S - Smell is kind of subdued. Some light pine / citric hop character, lager yeast, and some malt.

T - Taste is a step up from the nose, but still remains fairly simple. Some clean crisp malt, some biscuit, hint of hops. It's actually really hard for me to pull out much more than that.

M - Feel is crisp and smooth, with some mild stickiness and bitter hops lingering on the palate.

Overall, a fairly unimpressive, unmemorable rendition of the style. Not a bad tasting beer, but the flavor and the flavor intensity needs to be a lot higher. Worth trying at least once, but nothing special here.

Revolution Oktoberfest ---3.5/5

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color. Served with a thin bit of white head. Decent lacing. Caramel malts and herbal hops, a slight metallic tinge in the aroma. Flavor is all malt: caramel, toffee, toast. Maybe some earthy hops, but the hops aren't the star of the show here. Mouthfeel is medium in body, but the heavy malts really round things out. Overall decent, but I didn't order a second.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, biscuity, doughy, and caramel malts followed by lager yeast, herbal and floral hops.

Taste: Getting that caramel sweetness and toasted malts up front, herbal and Noble hops, lager yeastiness, chewy notes, and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, medium carbonation, and light bitterness.

Overall: A nice octoberfest. A little sweet, but still tasty.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Whole Foods Schaumburg. Appearance is a deep reddish orange with striking clarity. Dense white head leaves thin layer that retains, heavy lacing. Nose is full of deep grains, notes of lager yeast, caramel, an earthy hint of spicy grain in the vein of rye or pumpernickel. Taste is full of wonderful fall flavors, plenty of bready malts with deep caramel notes and a hint of spice. Bitter hops come through and balance out the malts with an earthy component. Mouthfeel is appropriate, maybe a tad high on carbonation. Overall, this Is a great and tasty version of a marzen. Worth a try (as are all Rev brews)

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Photo of Redrover
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They just tapped this year’s version. The beer is amber/orange with a dense beige head. Lots of lace, I think it is a looker.
Aroma of grains, bread dough and slightly spicy hops.

The beer is slightly sweet on the first sip. There is grains, some caramel malts & toasted biscuits. By the second sip, the hops start to assert themselves. I like the peppery and floral notes they add.

Solid mouth feel and the beer went excellent with my food. I think this would be a great fest beer as it is tasty and easy to session.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours a clear, rusty-orange color with a tiny amount of off white head on top. Lacing was minimal and the carbonation was pretty lazy.

S: Aromas of toasted malt blended with perfumed caramel. Slight hint of hops as things progress.

T: As above. More hops than in the smell.

M: Starts with a sweet malt kiss that turns drier and spicier. Quite clean on the tongue with no lingering sweetness.

O: A clean and pretty traditional Oktoberfest. Nice job guys!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: bubbly shiny burnt orange body,
finger khaki head, decent lacing

S: mild malt, light biscuit, faint grain

T: sweet biscuit malt, nutty, grain, hint of bitter

M: med/light body, mild bubbles on tongue
blended with creamy smooth

O: Solid offering. Could easily have a few and not
be overwhelmed with heavy body or intense flavors.
Good choice for warmer Autumn days.


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Photo of matjack85
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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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