Oaktoberfest | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: German 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.

Added by Floydster on 10-02-2008

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3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a solid American take on the style in my opinion.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark amber colored liquid coming through immediately. This was followed up closely by some nice carbonation that could be seen through the very clear liquid that was in the glass. No real substantial head on this one which was kind of surprising, and this led to not much in the way of side glass lace either.

The aroma was rather light and muted, some decent malts, and a ton of bready like flavors, but overall just a touch too light for me. Crisp, clean feel, which was nice and adequately carbonated, but again, just a touch too light to really be effective. Smooth flavor started with a light hint of caramel and a touch of earthy grains. This quickly floated away though and the only thing left was a nice touch of biscuit like flavor that linger for a moment.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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 dannycohen62
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of Phelps
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tops, poured into a snifter. Nothing on the Firestone Walker site reveals that this beer was actually aged on oak, so I'll assume it's just a crafty name.

A: light pinkish-orange in color (Firestone calls it "Sunset Glow" -- I like that) with perfect clarity and a creamy one-finger head of rosy white that dissolves slowly, leaving a thin ring with a substantial amount of film.

S: yeasty. Sourdough, strawberries and earthy Bavarian hops.

T: lager-like. Earthy Hallertau hops, saltine crackers, light apples and a subtle hint of vanilla blend before an extremely dry finish wipes it all away.

M: Medium-light in body, with a high and nearly painful carbonation that fizzes up the beer as it moves through the mouth. Super crisp, super clean.

D: Oaktoberfest is a pretty run-of-the-mill Märzen. Decent, but not worth seeking out again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at San Diego Brewing Company. Pours a vibrant gold/orange. The small head has decent retention and lacing. My nose is greeted by an earthy and slightly piney hop aroma. Sweet bread, nutmeg, very grainy. I spent a few minutes trying to pinpoint the dominant characteristic in the malt profile of Oaktoberfest and decided it was grain. The beer smells very grainy. The beer is reminiscent of a pumpkin ale, but I don't think there is any pumpkin flavor in it. Aromas of nutmeg, clove, some vanilla, and possibly allspice give it pumpkin ale characteristics. These are not primary characteristics of the aroma but were detectable nonetheless. The mild bitterness up front is quick to introduce caramel and grainy malt flavors. The taste is of oak, nutmeg, and vanilla, and a faint hop bitterness concludes the show. The carbonation is good.

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Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Pasa Robles, CA--Oaktoberfest Marzen. 5.00% ABV. 24 IBU's. Thin white head. Clear bright amber color. Mild toasted caramel delicate Noble Hallertau hop front. Crisp tangy caramel malty Marzen body. Light Oak hint. Clean crisp end. (4.0 / 5.0). 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest 9/24/2010.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Little Goat. Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a cap, collar, and a few stray specks of lace. Transparent golden body with some visible bubbles rising upward.

S - Lots of toasted malt, oak, and some mildly grassy noble hop character. The wood and hop combination is mildly spicy.

T - The taste is similarly heavy on toasted malts, with light toffee sweetness, dry oak, and moderate grassy hop in the finish. Restrained bitterness.

M - Pleasant, smooth, medium body, with a toasty, crisp finish, and no obvious alcohol presence. Zesty, but refreshing, carbonation.

D - A very nice take on a style I don't tend to generally enjoy. Should make a great beer garden staple for the month of September.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light orange with a small white head with excellent lacing.

S: Some wood notes, nice maltiness, hoppy finish.

T: Very oaky upfront, the barrel character is certainly there, giving a mildly astringent character, but I thought it was nice and not out of place. Caramel malt is very evident, hopping is light giving a grassy note, tasty beer.

M: Very soft carbonation, though biting at times, light/medium body.

D: I enjoyed this one from Firestone, though I didn't find it to have a great drinkability, I was really sipping on this beer more than just drinking it. Still it's an interesting brew, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Papago. Poured medium golden color with thin white head. Nose was very clean with a whiff of malt. Palate had the malt focus as well, with a sweet oak sort of dryness in the background. Overall though it was still somewhat light bodied and easy drinking.

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Photo of don1481
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After sending back the disappointing Pumpkin Patch, I got this.

On tap, in a pint glass at Yard House Virginia Beach.

Appearance: Orange-ish amber color. Small amount of foam.

Smell: hints of fall. That'd be the best way I can put it.

Taste: Some spice notes, some pumpkin here. Bolder than the swill I just had. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel: not overly bubbly, got a good presence to it. No complaints here.

Overall: good not great is the best descriptor. At $7/glass, there are better options here.

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Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of tbryan5
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice take on the style. It is a little sweet balanced out by the slight bitterness of the oak. This beer is full bodied yet remains very crushable. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Todd
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
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 SunDevilBeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. The label lists the abv at 5% abv.

Appearance: The body has a dark golden to light amber color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. The head is a very, very light tan/off white color and slow fading. From a tall two finger covering it settles down to thin wispy layer that just hangs on to the last sip. Lacing is very slick and very minimal.

Smell: There are nice sweet malty notes, bready notes, light nutty notes and pleasant earthy hops with some very light citrusy hops note as well.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has nice malty sweetness up front with well balanced hops finishing it off. The malt offers notes of light caramel and toffee with a touch light nuttiness. The hops balance the malt sweetness with spicy and earthy herbal bitterness and dryness. The palate feels right on. It’s smooth, nicely carbonated and very drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.94/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.96/5  rDev +5.6%

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