Oaktoberfest | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

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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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 577
Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another great American Marzen style beer, although classified here as a Vienna. Pours out medium golden with lazy carbonation and a thin head. It gets better with a nice sweet malt aroma, and even more robust malty taste. Mouth feel is slick and slippery, lingering malt sweetness and a snap of hop bitterness at the very end. Prost!

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Photo of goochpunch
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper orange body with a thin head. Smells of caramel and grain. Clean yeast aroma. Tastes grainy up front, later bready and malty honey. Faint toast and apricot. Moderate body with lively carbonation. This is tasty and solid but not up to par with German versions.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a warming amber-tan.
Pleasant malty with a touch of citrus on it.
Finishes with a touch of sweetness. Bring on the oompah!

It’s all right by me.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Golden amber color with a fluffy white head that dissapates quickly.
S- Awesome malty hop smell with that marzen bite.
T- A unique taste with the amount of hop in this octoberfest. The hop really bursts out in the end. The familiar German funk lingers as well. I also detect a slight citrus.
Feel-Very busy Octoberfest that draws away from smooth, yet exciting to the palate.
Overall- Very solid. I like a bit more carmel and malt in my octoberfest.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head that settles to rim bubbles. Very few spots on the glass. The liquid is clear and dark gold.

Dross between caramel malt and light cream. Mild but attractive.

The beer is more bitter than the smell (and most Octoberfests for that matter) indicate. Less smooth and far more dry. I don't detect any buttery oak notes. The aftertaste is bitter. Good body/carbonation.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest has a thick, foamy, slighlty off-white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and sort of thin, splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, honey-like, bready malts, and the flavor is of that, with pleasant, straight-forward bitterness, bread crust, and biscuity yeast. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Firestone Oaktoberfest finishes crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking.


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Photo of homebrew311
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange, nice and clear with thin white head which leaves tons of lacing. The nose has all of the familiar malty notes I would expect in an oktoberfest with the addition of of some toasted oak which adds a nice dimension. Some slightly sweet malty notes are present along with that bone dry lager yeast character. Taste is absent of any sweetness as all the malt is influenced strongly by the oak character. The oak lends a very dry notes to the toasted malt character. There is not a whole lot of character here although it is very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, an interesting take on the style but a little lack in the flavor.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours translucent amber. The 1/2 inch white head fades to a thick cap and ring on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is mostly toasted bread with a hint of caramel.

The taste is of sweet bread, a hint of honey and a faint citrus finish.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

Crisp, clean and refreshing. Tastes like a King's Hawaiian dinner roll. Very good.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

I like this octoberfest beer.....its lighter and crisper than some of the more maltier/sweeter versions. The beer was clear golden with thin head that is leaving a mild lace. The body is lighter than most but good carbonation. Overall very drinkable.

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Photo of Todd
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. 08/05/14 09:51 bottling date.

Drops bright gold into the glass with a solid two-fingered creamy white head. Nose is wonderfully clean with soft malts, some breadiness, and a faint floral note. Crisp and refreshing with a firm body that creams up as the beer warms. Soft, bready, malty base with a lemony, bitter, hop smack that interrupts it with every sip. Citric, herbal, biscuity, and woody suggestions in the drying linger.

Some might consider this a bit on the hoppy side for the style, but that's expected (and most welcomed) from Firestone Walker's lagers. Delicious. Where's my Maßkrug?!

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine back at the end of August for $7.99. Bottled on 7/17/14.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is hanging around.

Nose is malty and not much else.

Taste is crisp and clean with hints of honey in the malt base. Hopping is floral in nature and balances out the beer perfectly.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Overall a delicious brew that is true to the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I can't remember seeing this around MA before this year. Always welcome another Firestone Walker brew. It seems like they put great effort into everything they make.

A- Stubby 12oz poured to a tumbler glass with a clear, pale golden body. The head is white, thick and creamy and rises up to just over one finger. Good retention with lacing in thick webs at the top and tons of drizzle down the glass.

S- Seems mostly clean to me here with some notes of malts and hops. Cracked Pils and pale base grains with spicy, grassy Noble hops rounding that out.

T- Opens up here from a fairly faint aroma overall. The grains bring a slight toastiness but still mostly a base/Pils cracked malt feel. Slight fruitiness but the herbal, spicy Noble hops are in the forefront.

MF- Puffy and fairly creamy overall body that is somewhere between light and medium thickness, perhaps just a shade towards the latter. Carbonation moderately high and it finishes quite dry and bitter.

One of the most impressive things here for me is the cleanliness of the lager yeast in the aroma and flavor. It provides a nice base for the other things to shine but I don't think the malts are utilized enough here flavor-wise. Seems a bit too hoppy for a Marzen to me as well. A solid brew but doesn't hit some of the style's primary points.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear orange-tinged dark gold. Small white head is bubbly. Minimal retention leaves a faint bubbly cap and almost no collar. Lively, but not aggressive carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Bread. Caramel malts and caramlized sugars. A vague hint of oak barrel runs through the back giving it a woody, slightly earthy aroma. Hops are traditional. Slightly earthy with a distinctly grassy and very mildly spicy smell. Toasted bread. Super clean. Cereal grains. Slight husk. Very mild hints of citrus and almost fruit.

Taste: A bit of graham cracker right up front. Bready malts. Some caramel malt as well. Toasted. Oak adds a bit of wood and something that almost reminds me of vanilla. Earthy and grassy in good measure with a solid punch of cereal grains. Leafy hops. Super clean yeast. Vague notions of bitterness and flowers. Like the nose it's super clean. Mild spiciness that pushes closer to rye than hop. Some apple skin and mealy pear.

Mouthfeel: Crisp medium body with a moderate leaning to high carbonation. A touch dry on the finish.

Overall: Steins upon steins

Solid. Not exactly true to style, but a nice take nonetheless. Insanely drinkable and almost refreshing. Novel.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Libbey Gibraltar 7 oz glass (bottle date stamped: 08/27/14).

Appearance: Clear, light golden amber. Lively, lasting off white head with some lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet and malty; cereal, caramel.

Taste: Full, malty backbone with toasted grain and caramel, but not much sweetness. Nicely balanced with crisply bitter and lightly floral hops. Crisp, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Moderately carbonated with large, refreshing bubbles.

Overall: A relatively hoppy Marzen but still nicely balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of CHickman
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottled on 7/17/14. Pours crystal clear gold color with a creamy 1 finger white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing coasting the sides and rings as it went down. A lot of spread out bubbles floating up to the top, for seemingly active carbonation.

Smells of bready malt, caramel, graham cracker, light hops, fruity notes, roasted grains, earthy notes like peat moss and some light spices. Pretty malty overall and normal for the style, but I was expecting some oaky notes based on the name which were not there at all.

Tastes like it smells, with of caramel, toffee, wet wheat bread, sweet malt, graham cracker, light citrus hops, lemon zest, fruity notes like pear and apple skin, roasted grains, earthy notes, dry grass, peat moss and some light spices like pepper and very faint coriander. There are woody notes, but more like tree bark than oak barrel residue so I don’t get any oak notes in the flavor either, however this is an above average brew for this style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation, a grainy or malty dominance in the taste and aftertaste which leads to a slightly bitter finish that is very grainy and almost like yeast or bread dough linger. An above average Märzen / Oktoberfest that was smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of brewmastercat
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Had this beer side by side with Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier, and the Oaktoberfest beer is still a good beer, but not on the same level.
What I really like about this beer, in comparison, is that it has a nice taste of a bouquet of floral hops.
Personally, I wouldn't buy this beer again, mainly because fall beer is meh in my opinion. Lots of malt forward beverages. Stick to the wet hop.
Still well made and would recommend it to those who like oktoberfest or malty beers.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Bottle poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a white head that fades and laces nicely.

S: Fruity and floral hops, a bit earthy, with a little malt sweetness.

T: Floral hops, a bit grassy, sweet malt, a little oak.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty crisp

O: Very drinkable, but nothing screams Oktoberfest to me.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the better brews thus far from Firestone. I am becoming more and more a fan of them. This beer is very hearty and has the right amount of punch. Does not taste like the traditional Octoberfest brews, but it is pretty woody. The beer is not bad, but I do not know how it is considered Octoberfest. It does have an aroma of malts and barley, a small amount of head and lace and the right amount of zesty appeal on the tongue. Relatively smooth and all expectations exceeded.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull standard, lager golden yellow with lots of pure white foam. First oktoberfest I've had that has no orange hue.

Smells of sweet caramel and toasted malts and some woodiness.

Underwhelmingly oktoberfest-like. Tastes like a standard lager, not bad but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, not heavy on the malts which takes away smoothness I find with the marzen style.

Overall, the most under-whelming Oktoberfest beer I've ever had.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

- Growler consumed 1 hour after pour in a duvel glass.

(3.60) A: A pristine bright orange with a glass consuming display of moderately paced micro-effervesce beads. Bready white head, one finger standing, is mostly lasting with some coverage with a fair amount of lace stickage being left behind on the vessel.

(3.60) S: Orange peel and oak, nuances of nobel hops are flowery, herbal, with a slight hint of earthy soil. Strength was fairly light.

(3.75) T: Oak and buttery cream of orange, clean flavor, some fresh oak wood, noble hop flowers, lightly toasted bread with a sweetness of smoked caramel adn butterscotch. Nice bite of noble hops come on the finish, bright, green and fresh followed by gentle warmth of smoked flowers and wood. Smooth munich-caramel malting is sticky and toasted.

(3.80) M: tight and bubbly from the carbonation, sharp around the tongues edges, buttery depth, not as light as typical german examples, yet not as heavy and burdensome as american bastardizations.

(3.75) O: nice oaky influences, subtle yet enjoyable and appreciable. Fresh noble hop flowers, very drinkable, not compromising the main principal associated with style, clean flavor, crisp off the tongue begging for more. Abv% is kept within guidelines for multiples, nice noble influence and bonus of oak aging. If you are expecting a parabola or sucaba, then you may be dissappointed, the flavor is not as big or bold, nor is suppose to be, the drink is kept more traditional with an oaky twist.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Brown toffee color with some nice bubbles streaming up.

S: Caramel and light malt.

T: Crisp lager malts, barley, slight hops, toffee and caramel, sweetness. Very flavorful.

M: Light to medium.

O: Very well done. Flavor is screaming while also tamed and crisp.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a 12oz pilsner glass. Bottled on 07/21/2014.

Pours clear golden with a smallish white head and lots of active carbonation. Smell is yeasty, bready, a definite lagery sourness. Slight vague fruity aroma.

Taste is lagery, but quite rich. Lots of sweetness, but a nice little bitter kick. More of the fruitiness, but it's less vague and more citrus. Crisp bitterness comes out more and more with each sip -- bitterness builds, sweetness is fleeting.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky. Overall, I like this. Best marzen I've had in a long time (but it's the only marzen I've had in a long time).

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Photo of champ103
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A foamy white head rises to over two fingers with good retention and plenty of lace.
S: A clean and soft malt aroma up front. Some cereal grains, toasted malts, light caramel. Just a hint of grassy bitterness lingers.
T: Again, soft malt flavors up front with a light lingering bitterness. At first a hint of sweetness, toasted malts and cereal. Just a touch minerally. Grassy bitterness in the finish. Simple, and excellent.
M/D: A light to medium body. Perfectly carbonated. So crisp, ultra clean, smooth and finishes on the dry side. So enjoyable to drink, and spot on for the style. All day with this.

Of coarse FW hits the style perfectly. An excellent lager, and one that I want to keep coming back to. Another reason why they are probably my favorite brewery. They do the big bruiser styles well, but the simpler styles like this and Pivo are amazing as well.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The head is foamy and creamy-looking and dissipates to a sticky lace above the body. The body is dark golden with blonde hues and perfect clarity. No carbonation is evident to the eye. 4

Sticky, pungent sweet malt, it's caramel-like but estery like apples. I hardly detect hops. 3.5

Some sweet caramel, fruity esters, and grassy notes on the palate. 3.5

Thinner in body than most Oktoberfest biers, and more bitter than most, this isn't very creamy or smooth. 3.25

It's decent, but kind of disappointing, especially coming from FW. 3.45

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear (so clear fingerprint smudges can be seen on the other side of the glass) and bright golden orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention results in a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is sparse, with few spots here and there that hold well enough.

Smell - Strong grain and light bready notes with a moderate grassy hop aroma. Light honey.

Taste - Hops are stronger on the tongue than what the nose leads on to believe, with a prominent grassy hop character being the predominant character in the flavor profile. Malts are present, but subdued; mostly a grainy note with light bready sweetness. Touches of honey peek through here and there. Finish is slightly sweet, but most bitter with that grassy character that turns slightly waxy.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair carbonation. Soft and smooth before a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - A pretty ho-hum oktoberfest, and a disappointment from Firestone-Walker. It's a bad sign when your Marzen is more hoppy than your "hoppy pilsner". Wouldn't buy again, and with the price I paid for the sixer it's a definite one and done.

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Oaktoberfest from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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