Oktoberfest Lager | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Landfill21 on 09-27-2010

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gilpdawg
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uniobrew31
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

No terrible but closer to an apa than on Octoberfest. I made the bartender double check the tap.

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Photo of rypkr
4.24/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of tankg
3/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BrandonJones
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of AJ_Nyit
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Nick_Foltz
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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1/5  rDev -70.7%

Photo of Tilley4
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer on the recommendation of a buddy..

Very sweet boozy malt aromas dominate here with no bread or honey or noble hops anywhere to be found... very sweet aromas

Butterscotch candy flavorings with a tinge of booze and not much else... super sweet and rich... not a very good example of the style...

Sort of an average brew here...

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Photo of HopHeadInOhio
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Deanstreat
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a faint orange yellow color, with a 1/2" white head that reduces to a lid fed with active carbonation.

Has a sweet malty aroma, with hints of toffee.

Taste is unremarkable, with a sweet malt, wort-like taste, underlaid with a bit of a spice. Slightly hoppy to end, this has an oddly metallic taste that lingers.

Medium bodied, the active carbonation gives this a harsh feel.

Overall, rather meh. Not terribly tasty, and not paricularly fragrant this just doesn't have a lot going for it, particularly given the wide availability of quality Oktoberfests from Germany. Even Ohio, between Thirsty Dog's Barktoberfest, to Great Lakes' Oktoberfest, has better Oktoberfest offerings. Too bad, particularly given Cinci's German heritage.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Founders mug on 10/30/11

Sunburnt amber, faded and pale. Pretty well clear. Poofy two finger head condenses to about 1/3rd inch cap of foam. A few decently proportioned trails of lace run about.

Timid aroma, sure, but it smells fine. Subtle aromas of bread, toasted grain, earthiness and a smattering of yeast way in the back. Simple flavors, too, but not as good. Toasted bread and faint suggestion of a caramel something. Finishes with a metallic hop twinge, meh. Mouthfeel is on the watery side of medium. Carbonation dials in around a shade higher than moderate. Less than pleasant coating finish.

Overall impression - this needs a few tweaks to be a contender.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.59/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An unusual Oktoberfestbier with a few characteristics that reaffirm the style, while some artistic liberties are taken. All shaping an identity for the beer and brewer.

A pour of bright golden color reveals good clarity with only the faintest sign of haze. Creamy white foam sits atop the beer with a very fluid structure. Light lace is evident on the glass but in a very modest tone. Fairly standard look of all Oktoberfestbiers.

Aromas are rich and profound with the scent of butter and corn, giving the impression of movie popcorn. A faint matly/grainy scent sits beyond and hardly rivals attention. No the most appealing scent unless you are a fan of the butterscotch aroma.

Flavors also exhibit the buttery taste, but also with a part-malt, part-grain taste to add sweetness and rawness to the flavor of butter and cream corn. Lightly herbal in the hop character, a tea-like flavor morphs to smooth bitterness in finish for a full and balanced session.

Full and somewhat 'fatty' on the palate, the beer carries a slight oiliness from the butter taste and causes the beer to linger on the mouth much more than is typical for the style. Less crisp, clean, or refreshing than the style perscribes.

Obvious diacetyl-butter influence from the yeast handcuff the beer to a great deal. And maybe a dms-corn flavor reinforces the flaw. But with a grainy taste that's not malt-balanced further exacerbates the problems with the beer and makes it hard to celebrate the light malt character or pleasant hop complements.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, $1.59 for a single bottle of this. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Pretty much no lacing at all. Aroma is bready and toasted malt, and some herbs. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with some slight hops noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it feels a little bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's an OK brew, but it's not one of the better Oktoberfest beers I've had. I'll have to try this again when it comes out next year, it's worth a try.

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Oktoberfest Lager from Rivertown Brewing Co.
3.41 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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