Thomas Creek Octoberfest | Thomas Creek Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
82 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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:
No notes at this time.

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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of herrburgess
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

 398 characters

Photo of jaswilson2
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of BeccaH
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Ryan011235
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of RyanByorick
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of thejoshgray
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Crimkj
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with carbonation that rises rather sluggishly - a unique aesthetic effect. There's about a finger worth of slightly off-white colored head. Retention isn't the best, either. Only a modicum of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: It's slightly hoppier than the norm - key word being slightly. None of the sweet, caramel, bread-like malts are diminished in effect. Rather, they're blending with the slightly fruity yet grassy hop bite. Let it be said that I really enjoy a semi-hoppy marzen, so this smells promising. (3.5)

Taste: Similar to the nose, it's primarily sweet malts backed by a gentle hoppy touch. That subtle apricot flavor coming from the latter is the best part of this brew. On the other hand, I personally think the malt backbone isn't balanced intrinsically. While it's a bit too sweet, by no means is it a bad marzen. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Clean and semi-dry, as an oktoberfest should be. On the other hand, it's slightly astringent in spurts. Taking that - and the solid carbonation into effect - it's still easy to drink. (3.25)

Overall: I actually enjoy this style a good deal. While this is fairly solid, it isn't my favorite example of the style, either. It seems to suffer slightly from the problems that typically plague an American oktoberfest: the maltiness is slightly obstructive. Still, I will enjoy drinking this one. (3.5)

3.38/5: Likable marzen...just not a great one

 1,479 characters

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

51 characters

Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name of this beer is misspelled on the site, it's with a c on the bottle and not a k. Clear bright orange color with a big stick off white head. burnt toast, very toast nose with a good deal of hop character.

Light bodied easy drinking nice balance. Surprisingly pretty true to style. I've had some hit or miss beers from this brewery. Toasty character up front with a touch of sweetness. On the heavy side of being light bodied with medium bristly carbonation. A bit of burnt toast points along the mid palate adds some bitterness with an underlying earthy hop bitterness. Finishes very dry. Pretty nice. Touch of alcohol heat but doesn't take away from the drinkability.

 677 characters

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste of sweet toasted barley, fruity notes with some mild floral earthy hops. Palate is a medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet toasted malt, barley, yeast and fruity notes with some mild hops bitterness slightly nutty ending. Overall a good solid, crisp refreshing session brew.

 366 characters

Photo of SC_Beer_Drinker
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SCanthony
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Thomas Creek Octoberfest from Thomas Creek Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.