Oaktoberfest | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oaktoberfest is a true German Marzen bier brewed with premium imported Pilsner and Vienna malts and is spiced with Bavarian hop from the mother land. Light Amber in color, soft malty profile, full bodied lager beer. Fermented with the famous Bavarian Augustiner Lager yeast from Munich. We utilized German Hallertauer Traditions for both bittering and aroma additions adding a rich, noble hop presence to this beer.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-09-26 in Napperville, IL from a 16oz can

A - clear gold with a two-and-a-half finger head and mild lace

S - bread, light caramel, woody spice

T - Light Toasted bread, mild caramel, mild oak, nice bitterness for balance.

M - medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

O - really nice. Great balance.

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Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a toasted straw color with a sudsy white head that left some webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a sweet doughy malt. Some grass and peppery hops. Bit of a metallic note as well.

The taste is doughy with some honey notes. The hops are grassy and spicy. Authentic German flavor.

The feel is light and crisp. Slightly sweet.

Nice example of the style.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear gold color with a medium-sized white head.
Sweet malt and earthy hops aroma.
Caramel taste. Sweet. Some vanilla?
Light-bodied, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good traditional oktoberfest from FW.
Pours a really pretty light amber appearance with some lazy carbonation bubbling up the glass.
The aroma is malty sweet breadiness. Along with spicy and earthy hop bitterness.
The taste is sweet and malty up front with a nice zesty spice from the noble hops.
The palate is medium minus with the maltiness really lingering on the palate.
Overall this is a really good traditional rendition of an oktoberfest that is nice and drinkable.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice light beer. Smells like a pilsner with faint floral spicy hops. Some of the toasty was comes through in the taste. Crisp amd refreshing but not very Oktoberfesty. nb

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Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber orange with three fingers of frothy off white head.

Smell - bready and toasty malts upfront, hint of toffee, lager yeast, hint of earthy and leafy hops.

Taste - Bready and toasty malts followed by the toffee. The lager yeast follows and then the hint of earthy and leafy hops help to balance out the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with lingering malty sweetness.

Overall - A sessionable marzen from Firestone that displays the elements of the style well. A marzen that displays the malt flavours very well and then the hops balance out the brew very nicely.

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Photo of PhantomsCoach
2.47/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Easy drinking. A bit thin. Not bad but not great.
Pricey..$54 after tax.
Spent $38 on Jack's Abby Copper Legend.
Both 16oz cans.
Similar beers. Again, good, not great.
I am an October/Oktoberfest freak!!
Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, Bells, Victory Fest all much better.
My $0.02...

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber-tinted golden color, relatively clear, highly effervescent, with three thick fingers of off-white head that leaves clumpy lacing. Moderately malty aroma with pine nut notes and just a hint of spicy hops. Exceptionally dry tasting. There's a quick puff of smoked malt character up front, a flash of malt sweetness mid-palate, and then a dry, metallic tinge that lingers into the aftertaste. Medium bodied with less carbonation than I expected in the mouthfeel given all the tiny bubbles when first poured. This is an interesting one. Worth trying, but probably not something I'd order liters of.

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Photo of Dzman
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The name alone got me thinking it would have an oaky-woody taste and smell as if aged from an oak barrel but this is the most mildest tasting oktoberfest bier I've tried. Maybe I'm spoiled but having real German oktoberfest bier I've come to expect what the look taste and smell of an oktoberfest bier should be. I cannot tell you which American version taste the best or closest but this one is not even close to the beer brewed with pride in Germany. The color is near to a lager just slightly darker. It taste a bit of caramel which should be a little bit more malty but it doesn't do the trick. The aftertaste has sort of a metallic taste as if I was drinking the residue of the aluminum can/keg. The carbonation works but it is not any more enjoyable at room temperature or when the carbonation is done. A good oktoberfest can last at room temperature but this one just didn't live up to its name. There are many other oktoberfest that are much better than this one so I am so sorry to say this because Firestone does make good beers just not good oktoberfest.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a clear light golden brown color with an inch of frothy head. Some lacing. Crackery aroma with some spicy hops, caramel, cloves, and earth. The taste is a mix of spicy hops and caramel malts. Bready with some earthiness and subtle clove flavor. Some floral hop notes at the finish with a bit of woody earth and orange peel. Body is more towards the lighter side. I'd buy this Marzen again and I especially like it in 16oz cans.

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Photo of gopens44
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Right away we have a big difference between this and my import selections as this one is a little lighter and has a more durable head that does leave behind more lacing than the last two combined.

Nose offers little variety as if anything, this one leans heavily towards what you'd expect from a German Pilseneras the, what I'm guessing I'd Hallertau (sp?) and Saaz comes out ahead of a crackery maltiness.

Taste follows the nose so identically that to prattle on further would waste everyone's time. Right down to cracker finish.

Blind taste test, I would have thought this was a German Pilsener.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from ABV.

A course amber with a dense and voluminous beige head, this looks great! The nose is a nice blend of earthy hops and toasted Munich malt, mildly caramelized and moderately bready. The hops are fresh and fragrant, having a mild spice character as well. This is mirrored on the palate, where this beer is firmly bitter and moderately hoppy up front, with a little bit of earth and wood like flavors. The mid palate is where the malt flavor shines through, with a wonderful, layered blend of bread, a little caramel and Munich malt. During and burr on the finish with a nice malt flavor, this is delicious. Bitterness is arguably a little higher than necessary but really, this is a delicious domestic Marzen.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear amber color with a 1/2" fluffy ivory head that soon begins to recede to a think layer of foam with a couple of thicker islands and a ring of foam slightly up the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some arches and scattered small patches of foam on the sides, most of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aroma is rich with bready malt and some noticable but not prominent grassy, spicy hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the slightly sweet bready malt up front and the grassy, spicy hop bitterness noticeable but not objectionable.

The mouthfeel is light side of medium bodied and slightly crisp with the moderate persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweet bready malt moves gradually off center stage to allow the spicy, grassy hop bitterness to emerge and lead the way to a clean slightly malty slightly bitter finish that invites another sip.

Overall I think this is an enjoyable take on an Oktoberfest that I'll be happy to have again. I'm also hoping I'll have a chance to have this one with some pizza as O-fest beers and pizza make an ideal combination for my taste buds.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. canned on 08/22/16

Pours clear light amber orange with a frothy white foam head. Smells like floral orange citrus, apple, pear, some grape, toasted bready malts, nutty caramel, with earthy herbal grass and spicy woody pine. Tastes like floral orange citrus, apple, pear, mild grape, toasted bready malts, nutty caramel, with earthy herbal grass and spicy woody pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can - ok, I get the oak treatment, but what's with the standard 5% ABV? Aren't Oktoberfest/Marzens typically a bit stronger, the approaching cold weather, and all?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some defrosting windshield lace around the glass as it slowly but evenly sinks away.

It smells of lightly toasted bready and doughy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, teeny mineral notes, and some edgy and spicy, leafy and grassy noble hoppiness. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a touch of free-range ashiness, some subtle red apple and generic citrus rind fruitiness, a hint of flinty hard water, and more testy and assertive leafy, weedy, and floral old-school hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite active in its probing and swirling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of that surprisingly zingy hoppiness taking a minor tithe here. It finishes off-dry, the big and brash malt doing well to reclaim its position at the table.

Overall, this comes across as a very well-made version of the style, nice and complex in its malt bill, and agreeably hoppy, all done, not so surprisingly, with ingredients from Der Vaterland. Oh, and yeah, it appears that the 'oak' in this one's moniker refers to the brewery's hometown, as translated from Spanish - no wood was thus harmed in the making of Oaktoberfest.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 11, 2016... OCCASION: celebrating the Browns' first loss of what will be a long season... GLASSWARE: Konig-Pilsener pilsner... pours from a 16 oz. can a glistening golden body that refracts light alluringly, while the clumpy, thick, pillowed head is cotton-white and clinging to the glass in complex lacing... lively, large bubbles actively rise throughout the drinking... Hallertau indeed presents a robust hop front to balance the caramel and dough that makes a Marzen so appealing... crisp, solid, medium-bodied, and dry at the finish, with little aftertaste... not much lacing down the grass... the caramel is appreciable, while bread malts make for something of a meal in itself... the hops offer some flower hints, lemony and subtly citric... but not a profile that establishes new ground or excels in its offering--some flat notes late also detract slightly from the scoring... overall, better than the Browns today, for sure, and I like the 16 oz. approach... not one of FW's finest, but can they all be?

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- The beer is a beautiful clear amber with a towing 3 finger fluffy white head. The head recedes to a thin film. Lacing is moderate.
S-The nose is typical for a marzen. Spicy noble hops over a mildly sweet malt presence.
T- The beer is very well balanced with neither the hops nor the malt dominating, but blending into a very pleasant whole.
F- The carbonation is lightly prickly after the initial pour. The beer is fairly thin, but this combined with the balanced flavors make for a very drinkable beer.
O- I'm very impressed with this beer and I'll be buying more of this before the season is up.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hits the glass in a bright, light amber color with a two finger head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good. The traditional, noble scent of the hallertauer is first to hit the nostrils, while the biscuity and lightly toasty malt scent comes next.

On the tongue, the flavors from the scent are in reverse order. Toasty, yet light and bready, malts hit the tongue first and set the tone for the beer. The hallertauers make an appearance next, with a light to medium hop bitterness that is mostly providing balance and a crispness at the end of the drink. Clean finish with the smallest bit of hops lingering. Smooth and very easy drinking, this one fits the style perfectly in terms of feel.

Overall, this is a pretty decent oktoberfest. It displays both the German malts and hops that make the style one of my annual favorites. Solid brew here.

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Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON 08/22/16 16:19"

Appearance: The body is medium gold with brilliant clarity. It has a wonderful deep golden color with bright gold edges. The head is fluffy and white. Decent head retention at first and moderate lacing.

Aroma: There is a slightly spicy noble hop aroma that is not too strong but it has a very good presence. There is a bit of a mineral scent to it as well.

Taste: It has a very nice sweet honey-like cereal flavor with just a touch of this herbal hop flavor at the end. Very good flavors in this.

Mouthfeel: It has good carbonation with a medium body and more bitterness than you will find in the average Oktoberfestbier. It is an easy beer to drink.

Overall: What I like best about this beer is that they didn't sacrifice any flavor for the sake of drinkability. It is a nice drinkable beer with plenty of flavor. I would drink this beer year-round. While the hop bitterness seems to be a bit higher than normal it works with the overall sweetness of the beer. I highly recommend it and I would drink it again.

On a side note I originally thought this was some kind of oak aged Oktoberfest. After reviewing the beer I discovered online that it is "inspired by our home town of Paso Robles (Pass of the Oaks)."

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade - retention is utterly lousy, though. A little bit of lacing sticks to the glass.

Cripes, I'm not getting much of ANY sort of aroma. If I put on my thinking cap, touches of caramel show up, along with a gentle hint of noble hopping. That's about it. Despite the lack of offensive qualities (and even some sound ones beneath the nothingness), the pathetically timid nose is really turning me off. My glass is clean, so what gives?

Okay, the flavor profile seems to work a little better. It opens up with notes of caramel and toffee, while displaying touches of melanoidin (but this note isn't as rich as the best O-fests). Closing touches of noble hops balance it out moderately. There are no palpable oaky qualities, in case anyone who catches the name of the brew would be interested. All in all, though, this beer seems a bit bland - nor does it seem particularly cohesive, either. It just doesn't have the right congregation of notes to compare with the stalwarts of the style.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this offering. It features zippy carbonation, but also a fairly full body (especially considering it's smaller than a typical marzen). Despite the latter, it's dry enough to be easy drinking.

This is rather disappointing considering FW also made the incredible Pivo Pils. It really doesn't bring much to the table (the aroma, especially). Luckily, all of its problems stem from it being incredibly boring, rather than incredibly flawed. While that means I won't have much trouble killing the 4 pack I got, it also means I have literally zero intent of drinking any more than that.

2.67/5: Blahtoberfest

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Photo of gr0g
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can. Amber hue, topped with a nice, though kind of fizzy-looking head. Aroma features bready malt notes, a bit of caramel, faint floral hoppiness. Tastes like one would expect from a 5% ABV Vienna-style lager. Malt forward with a balancing bitterness. No oak character to speak of. A bit weak and pedestrian for a Marzen. Middle of the pack for the style.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours gold with a solid head, tons of carbonation.

smell is bland, like sweet crackers.

taste is clean and crisp. very light for an Oktoberfest.

not a bad beer but far from any of my top Oktoberfests. very light and straight up lame aroma.

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Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in pale to deep amber, brilliant clarity.

The aroma offers wonderful complex malt, bread crust, slight honey,

The flavor follows with a medium sweetness, a bit of honey more breadiness and light toasty flavors, a bit of spicy and floral hops hits at the middle, the beer cleans off well at the finish. The mouthfeel is spot on medium, a bit creamy.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8/22 and enjoyed over Labor Day weekend. Straw gold, translucent pour that shows a good amount of carbonation. Puffy, light head rises up an inch then slowly melts away. Aroma of grain, cereal and faint spiciness. Taste is toasted grain, sweet malt, cereal, mild spiciness and faint floral notes from the hops. Finishes crisp and clean; very drinkable. Solid seasonal beer.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a willybecher

L - bright golden color, white foamy two-finger head
S - light floral notes, Pilsner malt, faint toffee and biscuit
T - noble hops jump out, bready with a touch of buttery sweetness at the finish
F - refreshing, perhaps not as smooth as other beers in the style due to the relatively high carbonation
O - delicious, lighter and hoppier than I normally lean towards for the style. I would have guessed Pilsner if I was tasting blind.

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