Octoberfest | Thomas Creek Brewery

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3.78/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by veech on 10-15-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,590
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
82
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising fairly quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a medium to large patch of medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a light to moderate aroma of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts without much associated sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A decent representation of the style but it seems like there is something missing though I can not put my finger on exactly what that is... Worth grabbing a single but not sure I would spring for the 6-pack or larger.

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Photo of jaswilson2
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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

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Photo of MKrauss
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BeccaH
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BethanyB
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: A clear, rich medium-gold, and a massive, tightly beaded, off-white head with a smooth, frosty top, 3/3

Aroma: Spicy hops dominate the malt, which is atypical for an Oktoberfest. In fact, not only is the hop aroma quite prominent, is also very complex. The good news is, it's delicious: cinnamon, pine, citrus, rosemary, and a rad of tropical fruit. Buries beneath all of this hoopla is the muffled presence of a doughy malt scent. 8/12

Taste: Finally, the malt bursts through, although there is still some apricot on the tongue. The malt is both doughy and nutty, but it lacks the toastiness one wants in an Oktoberfest. Another plus, however, is that the taste is appropriately clean. 17/20

Mouthfeel: A silky, medium-light mouthfeel with a dry finish despite light carbonation is very appropriate for the style. 4/5

Overall: A good looking, refreshing Oktoberfest with a fantastic (though deviant) perfume. The clean taste is style-appropriate for the most part--it's just a bit too estery and not quite toasty enough to win my total respect. 7/10

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of AmishRockstar
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of marley2112
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bendukes86
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kkmiller76
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SC_Beer_Drinker
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Octoberfest from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 82 ratings