Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #72
Ranked #28,145
3.77 | pDev: 10.34%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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: 164 | Ratings: 792
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color. Fairly clear in appearance. Toasted grain, bready, a hint of pilsner malt and noble hop spiciness. Solid Oktoberfest marzen style brew. Easy to drink.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice and foamy white that dissipates at a moderate pace but still leaves a nice residue on the side of the glass and some nice residue on the surface. The beer itself is a nice clear medium amber with a very nice copper hue.

The smell is pretty good. It has a nice bitter grassy note from the hops and a light honey graham cracker sweetness from the malt and yeast. It isn't anything super powerful but it's certainly nice and a bit refreshing.

The taste is very similar to the smell. It isn't anything overpowering but it has a nice sweet honey graham cracker note that is slightly balanced out by the grassy and bitter hop note.

The feel is good. The beer is on that border between light and medium bodied with a nice tingling carbonation. It's very refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and definitely recommended.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a couple fingers of khaki foam that fades to a ring. Smell is light cracker and grassy notes. Flavor is different than the nose implies - caramel and semisweet bready malt carry through the sip, finishing fairly clean, and just a bit dry. Very drinkable.

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Photo of c_tails
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

pours clear golden amber. fluffy head.

smells - light bread, a little floral, clean

taste - smooth and crisp, toasted malt and clean. nicely bitter, a touch soapy - the delicate hops really rounds this beer out nicely.

really enjoyed this addition to the style, a perfect beer for fall while watching some baseball. i would happily buy this again.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a golden yellow with good head and lacing. Terrific smell of malt and bread with a nice grain backing. Taste is very nice, get a good bread mix, malt, grain, mild hops and little oaky off flavor. Finish is great, very clean and smooth, I find this to be a very flavorful beer but very easy to drink, one of my favorite seasonal beers!!

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What's not to really like about this German influenced Octoberfest? Personally, not a huge fan of these, but THIS was really nice: think Fall weather ready-for-something-different. Malty perfection and perfectly balanced in all aspects. For me, it was a WOW eye-opener to Octoberfests. Shouldn't be surprised: it's Firestone Walker. I'll have another, please. 5.0% ABV

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Photo of SFC21
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great, huge pillowy white head. Great classic marzen aromas and effervescent mouthfeel. Taste is a bit of a letdown, unfortunately. Opens with classic flavors of lightly toasted bread and slightly sweet malts but that quickly fades into a muted muddling of flavors that resembles wet cardboard. Very disappointing, probably the only disappointment I've ever had with an FW beer

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, caramel gold coloring with a ton of carbonation feeding the dense, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of toasted nut sweetness, rich caramel, subtle apple sweet, and sugary highlights. Flavors are heavily roasted and sugary sweet forward, with a solid caramel and toffee blend on the palate, followed by earthy highlights, subtle apple and pear notes, and hints of char. Very candy-like sweetness in this maltbomb. Smooth, crisp bodied, with a richly sweet roasted caramel aftertaste. The finish is light and crisp. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can, this brew is deep gold in color, very clear, and has a thin white head. The aroma is malty...backed with a little toasted bread. The taste is a little dry, some wood and char, and not as much malt as I expected. Still, lots of complexity and appropriate for the style. Medium-full in body and enjoyable.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A solid Oktoberfest beer, although I found it a touch watery, light on flavor and a little fizzy moutfeel. Still good all around but there are a few better ones. Recommend as it won't disappoint though.

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Photo of scotorum
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint,

a; Clear gold with a two inch thick white head which receded slowly to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s; None to speak of.

t; Carmel up front with subtle light fruit notes. Dry finish.

m; Light to medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; Perhaps I'm used to heftier, darker-colored Marzens, This one appeared more like a pilsner, but did have the usual caramel malt Marzen flavor. Disappointed that there was no significant oak aged notes considering the name emphasizes oak. and it was not cheap at $2.75 a can. If those remaining are different and better, I'll report it here. So far I feel rather misled.

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Photo of gregangley
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Insane amounts of rich, frothy foam from the can. A little weak and watery for my tastes, not much of a smell, but pleasant and clean beer overall. The color was much lighter than I expected, had a golden yellow and very clear appearance after the head subsided. Taste stays consistent from start to finish.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -1.1%
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 +6.1%
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 +10.9%
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 -13.8%
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 +6.1%
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 -34.5%
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%
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 -20.7%
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 +4.5%
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 +3.2%
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 +6.4%
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 +10.6%
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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