Thomas Creek Octoberfest | Thomas Creek Brewery

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Thomas Creek OctoberfestThomas Creek Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Creek Brewery
South Carolina, United States
thomascreekbeer.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by veech on 10-15-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Mojo
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gray88
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nate2034
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 25, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner... OCCASION: watching Blackish to prepare for the Thanksgiving... APPEARANCE: first things first--the bottle spurted foam, necessitating a swift pour; once in the glass, a monstrous white head sits atop a thick, nearly opaque brownish body that does NOT reflect an Oktoberfest--definitely sinking the status quo.. the head crisscrosses with stratus-cloud haze--this appeals on multiple levels...AROMA: forward, malty, and yeasty... nutty cheese comes to mind.... chocolate, some fruity esters, and fenolic alcohol (even at 6% ABV) round the experience into an attractive aroma.. PALATE: medium-bodied, oily, soft and flat... cannot hold its slightly bitter finish--dry like a bock...TASTE: semi-sweet, reasonably bitter--the malt is a hammer that bludgeons other flavors...some chocolate and tobacco... an odd attempt at an Oktoberfest ...OVERALL: this is my first Thomas Creek, and I planned to mock the company tag line--until the tag rang true... easily the heaviest, least hopped fest I have had... and while I applaud their desire for uniqueness, the beer struggles to be drinkable at times, with a syrupy sweetness and a malty bitterness that challenges and rewards in due time...

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I am spending a slow Sunday catching up on the beer backlog and ramping up to Th' Stillers game at 1300 and I have been on a Stout/Porter/Oktoberfest/Marzen kick for the last couple of days. Word has it that I may get my hophead taken away if this keeps up.

From the bottle: "Sink the Status Quo."

I Pop!ped the cap and began with a heavy-handed pour that produced two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a beautiful Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. The nose held a pleasant biscuity maltiness, which is what I want in the style, not a malt bomb! The taste was Goldilocks-Oktoberfest/Marzen! Just right. It had a light sweetness balanced with a biscuit dryness and then a hint of grassy Noble hops. Perfect! The finish was semi-dry and just right for bringing me back from an unwanted sugar rush. The Germans would be proud of this American-made version. I know that I am! Pass me a pretzel.

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Photo of pugbutter
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Unless the tomato soup I'm having for breakfast is fucking with my taste buds (a real possibility), that's not hops I taste. This beer reeks of barleywine-styled syrupy booziness.

I love German Oktoberfesten. Most American copycats, while sweeter, still manage to match the malty profile, with full understanding that hops are a necessary evil for balance's sake. I'm not a fan of this one at all.

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Photo of tone77
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some breadiness. Taste is caramel malts, nutty, hops at the finish, highly refreshing. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall a good example of the style.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TopherBreski
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Above average Marzen. Lots of carbonation but good.

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Photo of vancean2
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of predikit
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper, leaves a rather frothy white head that recedes slowly, leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is underwhelming, almost nonexistent. Slight fruity yeast scents, not much else.

Taste took me aback. A strong helping of caramel malt, with brown bread notes, a nice subtle hop bite, ends with a bit of corn.

Light bodied, low carbonation, fairly clean, but less crisp and more smooth.

A tasty lager, certainly wasn't expecting this from a random single off the misfits cart.

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Photo of imperialking
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanByorick
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Crimkj
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and hop aroma with some spice tossed in.
Appearance- A clear golden colored brew with a large slightly tan head.
Taste- A very malty flavor, I really like the taste.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation has a dry finish.
Overall- I really like this beer, thankfully it is brewed fairly local so I can acquire it.

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Photo of Robyn
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SCanthony
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of herrburgess
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of Curlybash
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

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Thomas Creek Octoberfest from Thomas Creek Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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