The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #258
Ranked #37,207
3.71 | pDev: 9.97%
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Opened the can to be greeted by a lively toffee foam. This one deserved to be poured into a glass...

S: Roasted malt through and through. Smells woody, you can imagine what the mash must have smelled like when boiled. You will miss the hops altogether if you can't pick out the grassy tone.

T: Flavorful. Sweet malts. Signature German taste.

F: Smooth and buttery, exactly how you want a German lager to taste like.

O: More malts and more flavor than other Octoberfests. Easy on the hops and approachable in general.

Oct 12, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This fine little brew pours a
nice ruby tinged amber with a nice head of off white foam that
settles to a thick ting, thin film layer, and shows nice lacing. Nose
of toasted malt and breaded malts with subtle herbal notes.
Flavors lightly surpass the nose with a toasted malt backbone
that is balanced by peppery hops and subtle raisin notes with
hints of cherry and herbal hops. Nice mouth feel; medium
light body, medium light carbonation that supplies some
nice lift, and a balanced lightly sweet and subtly dry finish.

Overall,a SOLID brew from a solid brewery!


Sep 18, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-09-08 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 12oz canned on 2019-08-20

A - Clear amber with a short light-tan head that drops quickly leaving almost no lace

S - Cinnamon raisin bread.  Floral

T - Toasted raisin bread with not-very-sweet pear preserves, earthy spice with a touch of pepper. Good balancing bitterness. Dry finish.  

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth at first, then crisp.  Refreshing

O - A nice twist on the style.  I'll have this again.

Sep 08, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this off the single shelf from my local giant eagle. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had sweet malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel malt mixed with roast corn highlights. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Nov 24, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deeper, ruby-tinged brown. A tad sweeter than a lot of marzens, beefs up the caramel malt quotient, has a mild hop bitterness at the end which is a little acrid, okay but certainly better Octoberfests out there

Sep 26, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oktofest brewed by The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works. This Oktoberfest pours out a nice brown color with a small white head. I really like the copper color of this brew. The ABV of Oktofest is 6.00%, not much lacing to this brew. Now the smell of this Oktoberfest is rich with roasted grians and malts. There is also a nice sweetness and some hops to the smell of this brew. The look and the smell of this Oktoberfest is really inviting. Now for the taste , it is bold but smooth with flavors. You first pick up on the roasted grians and malts. Then there is a nice light hop finish. This is a nice rich roasted malts and grains brew. There is a lot going on in this brew. I really like how smooth this Oktoberfest brew goes down. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a real nice balance to it. The mouth feel of Oktofest is roasted , bold, smooth and refreshing. It is also hard to pick up on the 6.00% ABV in this brew. Overall I'm giving Oktofest 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works, did a real nice job with this Oktoberfest brew. If you are a fan of roasted brews look this one up.

Oct 26, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper color with some auburn hues. Nice color, but not a lot of head retention.

Not much aroma. A slight malt note, but pretty bland overall in the nose.

Flavor is malty without being overly sweet like some other marzen style lagers. A bit biscuity or grainy, but finishes clean. Nicely carbonated. Even a touch of alcohol warmth seems to sneak through.

Definitely a solid octoberfest.

Aug 19, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: burnt amber in color excellent clarity small inch or so head that settles to a film

S: lots of malts doughy bready some cinnamon maybe some nutmeg

T: toasted malty bready sweet with a little bit of a clove cinnamon taste

M: Very light but with a bitterish aftertaste

O: Its a nice change of pace from the hoppy beers but its not something I want to drink more than a couple of its spices aren't doing much for me.

Aug 16, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I'm just in the mood (which I rarely am for this style), but this one is working for me. I grew tired of this style a long time ago. I seldom drink more than one or two (and all I have of this is one).

It looks pretty, like these should. All amber and small bubbles. Th aroma is sweet and almost perfumed. Nice and different.

The taste is sweet and malty and slightly yeasty. My first impression was "classic marzen." The aftertaste is clean and the burp is nice and malty.

Overall I like the experience and find this to be an excellent representation of the style.

Aug 06, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.8%

As for an Oktoberfest, this ranks amongst my very favorite. It seems to me to exemplify the style as it sticks to the strong malty flavor the season calls for. The malt starts a bit sweet with full on barley taste. The flavor than shows up grainy with a bit of toasted biscuit and nut. Perhaps not worth $18 a sixer but we'll worth $6 a pint.

Oct 27, 2014
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Hopdaemon39 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

I love oktoberfests and I was a little disappointed by this one but it's still pretty good. Pours a clear amber orange color with two fingers of head, modest retention and lacing.

Smell is relatively faint but definitely dominated by caramel. A little grain but mostly caramel sweetness.

Taste is mostly the same. Lots of caramel, a little grain but mostly like caramel water.

Mouthfeel is ok- medium body, moderate carbonation. I wouldn't get this again- barktoberfest is richer and more complex so if you're in ohio do that or Great Lakes.

Aug 24, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wether the heat is in high gear or the cold is upon us, the Oktoberfest (or Marzen) seems to defy seasons. When done right, its graceful malt flavor and crisp backbone finds favor in a mug all year long.

The Brew Kettle's Oktofest offers a deep golden lager with coppery highlights. Its bright near-bright clarity is charming and inviting. But those malty scents and early sweetnesses remiss of fresh baking bread, savory croissant, faint caramel, citrus and lightly toasted pecan.

Creamy with a hearty malt structure, its medium body is perfectly suited to carry the malt sweetness from initial taste to finish, caught somewhere between grainy-sweet and caramel malt, the lager hits a sweet spot that's elegant, delicately succulent, mildly honey-like and toasty.

With a malty-dry finish looming, its sweetness fades and its spicy hop bite offsets the bulk of sweetness and prevents cloying; rather leading to a malt-balanced taste with an aftertaste of tea and herb. Only drying further in finish and opening with a more floral upstart would improve.

Jul 30, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant deep amber color with a frothy cream head that dissipates fairly quickly. Great toasted malt aroma, with lightly fruity specialty malt character. The melanoidins are evident. Flavor reveals more fruity malt character. Deeply nutty notes close out the profile. Very approachable Oktoberfest. The fruity character overwhelms a bit.

Jul 30, 2014
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allengarvin from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear medium-amber color, topped with a small head. Aroma is strongly malty, that good vienna malt scent. Initial flavor is malt, clean, maybe slightly bread-crust toasty. There's also a moderately high bitterness for the style, which dries things out a bit. Well-attenuated as well, leaving a dry finish. Plenty of carbonation--perhaps too much--giving it a spritzy mouthfeel rather than smooth and creamy.

Still, decent oktoberfest. Picked up while on vacation in Oxford, OH.

Jul 29, 2014
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, one-finger head
S: Sweet, caramel, malty
T: Matches the nose- sweet malt, caramel, nutty, a touch earthy
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Tasty, I would prefer a touch more hop character and less sweetness

Mar 05, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, 2013 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, pepper, herbal, nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pepper, pear, apple, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pepper, pear, and apple on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oktoberfest style! All around well balanced and robust malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 02, 2013
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McNealc31 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp and clear, perhaps a shade darker orange than most marzens. Aroma is malty and grassy. Quite nice body to this. One drawback some marzens can have is a watery body, but this doesn't have that problem at all. Chewy and full of flavor. Tasty blend of malts with just enough hops to make you notice at the end. 6% ABV. Very nice marzen!

Oct 13, 2013
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CFHMagnet from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a finger of off white head. The body was the rich orangey brown of fall leaves. Head retention and lacing were nothing of note.

Up front this beer was malty and caramelized well. It had strong toasted and earthy notes as well.

Taste on this was really to the nose.

This beer was medium bodied. It didn't leave any film.

Solid beer, but a little transient on the palate.

Aug 27, 2013
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Brenden from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a strong look to this beer, at least for the style, though the body is on the moderate lighter side of the scale. It's almost orange but a few shades closer to yellow, deep and clear. On top grows and rests a heavy, pocked pillow of yellow-tinted head, which retains itself for the duration and casts down strong patching as it falls.
The aroma is pretty strong, offering something earthy up front, not quite spicy but almost. Along with the earth is some bread, doughy but with a nice, toasty aspect, and caramel. The sweetness is moderate and complex, with a bit of vanilla sneaking in and toffee. There's a light nutty sort of something, and hops are present in a mostly floral note with some herbal notes complementing.
It loses a little bit of the toast and the complexity of the sweetness, but this is a good Marzen for sure. Breads are doughy and with the hops are more like sourdough. Herbal and floral hops notes are still present, complementing and balancing the caramel sweetness, while just a hint of toffee also comes out.
The feel is bright, crisp and clean in a medium body with a steady carbonation, and pretty smooth to boot.

Aug 24, 2013
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure if it's the small batches they brew or the higher abv with 6% and 23 IBUs but this beer has character all day. It's Oktofest, the German American fest bier meant to be drank by the sixer. Overall impression is I like this beer, let's start with the appearance, nutty aromatics sugars seem balanced with earthy/herbal hops. I'm loving life in this moment with this beer, it's everything I want from an Ofest. Crisp, drinkable, and everlasting refreshing thirst quenching. Well brewed clean and meant for a 1/2 to whole liter, go get some clean no residual sugars left on the palate it has enough alcohol to keep you interested and enough balance to drink all day.

Aug 24, 2013
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper golden yellow with tan tint. Nice foamy 1 inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - German malts and yeasts, caramel, bready, grainy. A sour dough like aroma mixed with some grapes, lemon and some spices.

Taste - First sip starts off with classic marzen sweet and malty notes, but this beer has a strong grapefruit and sugary backbone. Very bready and grassy, almost farmhouse like. Some added sugars and spices gives it a nice sweet flavor. The finish is crisp, clean and smooth.

Mouthfeel - Malts and yeasts coats the tongue along with sweet sugars. Palate gets more of the same with a little more sweetness and sour notes. The aftertaste is crisp, malty and a little sweet.

Overall - Really nice, smooth, easy to drink and plenty of flavor. I really like the crisp and clean feel this beer has along with some good yeasty german notes. You don't have to be a fan of marzen octoberfest beers to enjoy this one.

Aug 21, 2013
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Farewell_Transmission from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

c. Nice golden amber color. Great for the style. On lighter side. Nice light head. Low carbonation.

s. Slightly off in smell. Not sure what it was.

t. Really good taste. Nothing amazing but better then most.

m. Nice mouth feel, light feeling.

o. I would buy this again. I expect when it cools off a bit this will be a great beer ti sit outside drinking with the changing leafs.

Aug 06, 2013
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent copper with a slight haze; fluffy white head fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts. Lots of bread and grains. The flavors match the nose and are pretty vibrant. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. There's hints of chocolate and toffee as well. There's a kiss of hops giving it a subtle spiciness. There's some grass in the mix as well, giving it an earthiness. Very clean flavors. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation; very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very easy to drink.

This is a great example of the style. I will look forward to enjoying this one once the weather becomes a little cooler and the leaves start to fall. Well crafted. Recommended.

Aug 01, 2013
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