Oachkatzlschwoaf ("O-Katz")
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

Oachkatzlschwoaf ("O-Katz")Oachkatzlschwoaf ("O-Katz")
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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
Lager - Festbier / Wiesnbier
Ranked #20
Ranked #19,705
3.83 | pDev: 9.14%
Dec 03, 2021
Sep 06, 2013
Very Good
Oachkatzlschwoaf ("O-Katz")Oachkatzlschwoaf ("O-Katz")
Notes: This “export” style lager, brewed for our annual Oktoberfest celebration, is malty yet well balanced like the bier traditionally served at Oktoberfest in Munich. However, our Festbier has a tale/tail of its own–Oachkatzlschwoaf (pronounced “o-cat-zel-schwof”) translated is “tail of a squirrel”…just a little Bavarian humor.

20 IBU
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3.17 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 03, 2021
3.94 by shadyside from Georgia on Oct 10, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

Somewhat hazy and copper and n color with a decent head, nice look here. Sweet malty nose on this is nice. Flavor is decent if not a bit light. Semi sweet start and a malty finish but almost a crisp finish. Did I mention good flavor. This has some body, decent brew here.

Sep 30, 2021
3.64 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Sep 28, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Mostly clear orangey amber body with a white head and prevalent spotted lacing. Yeast is the star of the smell and taste, very expressive with crusty white bread omnipresent and accents of floral tones. Smell has toasted malts to go with. Taste has more full on toast as distinct from the malt and yeast, hints of caramel and a whisper of nuts to boot. Feel is medium bodied, crushable yet has some chew to it, pretty smooth too with decent yeast and malt textures through out the sip.

Sep 17, 2021
3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Sep 16, 2021
3.74 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Sep 15, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by k1001001 from Tennessee

This is part of a 2021 series of reviewing Oktoberfest marzens and festbiers.

The beer store clerk said this was the best of the domestic Oktoberfests, and I tend to agree. Smell is booze-forward, as is the taste. The malts and sweetness are perfect. I had this in a can and the carbonation was a little on the flat side, but not completely out of style as marzens can be a little tame with carbonation. If you like Hofbrau's Oktoberfest, you'll like this one too. Prost!

Aug 18, 2021
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2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by colts9016 from Idaho

Oktoberfest is my favorite beer during the fall. I never drank a beer from Urban Chestnut, looking forward to consuming this one. No bottling date on the can. The can is ordinary looking with a shadow of a squirrel on the front. The beer is fresh from the fridge with a temperature of 42 degrees. I used a pint glass to serve the beer. The pour of the beer formed a two-fingered off-white head. The retention of the head is fair and left no lacing on the glass. The color is SRM 12, a medium amber color with deep gold color. The clarity of the beer is clear. The appearance of the beer is okay for this style. A little bit longer-lasting head would have been nice.

Initial aromas in the beer are caramel, spicy floral hops, and toasted malts. Next, I detect cooked green veggies, herbal, and a touch of nuttiness.

I taste caramel, spicy hops, cooked veggies, herbal, nuttiness, toasted malts, bread crust, and a touch of moldiness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and slick.

The body of the beer is medium, low carbonation, and mild finish.

Sadly, this beer is a drain pour. The cooked veggies are too much to drink. Not sure what happened with this beer. I will revisit this beer later; maybe it will be better.

Dec 27, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dd53grif from Michigan

A Tavour treat. Pours a copper color with a foamy white head that lasts quite a while. No discernable aroma. Tastes of caramel and roasted malts. Very smooth and creamy. No hoppy bitterness.

Nov 11, 2020
3.79 by WDJersey from Colorado on Nov 07, 2020
3.53 by Furlinator from California on Oct 29, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

16oz can
date stamped 20-08-11
L: nearly clear deep copper colored bier; foamy beige head sticks to the glass
S: toasty grain, lager yeast, bread crust, herbal hops
T: excellently balanced with notes of caramel, brown sugar, grain, spicy & earthy hops
F: medium body, pleasant carbonation, crisp & dry finish
O: superb Oktoberfest here

*8th place out of 48 in my Ultimate Oktoberfest 2020

Oct 16, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of spicy malts.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts along with hints of spicy hops and a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the aromas and flavors of toasted malts in this Oktoberfest, which wasn't overly heavy on the body and was rather easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Oct 04, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

Somewhat hazy dark amber with just under two fingers of head. Rich, grainy and almost toasty malty aroma with a bit of fruit and noble hops. The flavor follows, quite flavorful with with a multilayered richness to the malt: grainy, honey, bread crusty, toasty. Nice soft contribution from the hops, just a little spicy and earthy. Fairly dry, lacking even in the substantial perceived sweetness in a lot of oktoberfest. Fairly bitter and feels just right. Medium mouthfeel.

Sep 24, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Thanks to falloutsnow, no can date
Pours a med-large foamy white head with moderate retention, nice soapy lacing, mostly clear slight chill haze amber-orange color

Nose nice rich grainy malt, a little malt sweetness, and touch of toasted malt, a little grainy biscuity note, with some toasted cereal, some herbal hops

Taste brings some grainy malt again, a bit of sweetness, fair toasty malt, toasted grain, a little bready, no real caramel thankfully, a little biscuity, then light bitterness with herbal hops, a little bread crust and med-lighter bitterness, drier finish, herbal hops lingering with more sweet toasted malt and bread crust, touch of caramel toffee like

MOuth is med bod, seems like it would be syrupy but it doesn't get there, lighter carb

Overall not bad, a Martzen style that doesn't really get too sweet or caramel thankfully like most American versions, balanced pretty well, and good lager

Sep 19, 2020
3.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Sep 12, 2020
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

16 oz can from Tavour. Electric orange golden pour, huge rocky head rises above the lip of the stein. Big doughy, bread notes, pretzel for the aroma. Taste too hits the spot for malty, bready flavors, a hint of peppery, spicy elements at finish. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Super smooth.

Nov 29, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

a traditional, albeit a little basic, take on the style. i cant seem to get enough marzen lager this year, tastes better than ever for some reason, no matter who makes it. these guys do this sort of thing so expertly well that i expected a little more from it, i expected to be wowed, and instead its just a fine beer for drinking without being particularly striking or memorable for any reason. orange and heady from the tall can, seems mild in every way. nice that its not immediately sweet like some of these can be, but its also not all that interesting, mellow on the toasted and nutty malt aspects, mild on the yeast side too, and with a very little bit of astringency that cuts in for a second, really its only point of differentiation and not an overwhelmingly positive one. i get some baked character as it warms, some minerals in the water profile, some bread crust thing going on, a touch of toffee, and finally some bittering hops to round it out which dont bring much flavor to the mix. its lighter in body, a little bland overall, but well made and drinkable. i always expect more on the traditional german styles from these guys, so this was a little short of amazing to me, maybe i wanted the yeast to be more of a contributor, but a good beer for the fall, and a nice food beer as well.

Nov 12, 2019
3.98 by Jwhit from Kansas on Nov 08, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

16 ounce can into dimpled mug, canned on 9/20/2019. Pours crystal clean deep golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big honey, toasted biscuit/dough, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of caramel, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big honey, toasted biscuit/dough, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of caramel, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of honey, toasted biscuit/dough, nuttiness, wood, peppercorn, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.4%. Overall this is a fantastic Oktoberfest/Marzen. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Great soft feel, and not overly bitter. Fantastic big clean/rich Pils/Munich malt showcase/complexity; with great noble hop/presence balance for the style. Light residual sweetness with lingering bitter dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example. One of the best Oktoberfests I've had!

Nov 01, 2019
3.79 by TrojanRB from Texas on Oct 29, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - slight haze copper color and slight head
Smell - caramel malty scent
Taste - like the scent, great maltiness
Feel - medium light body and carbonation
Overall - great marzen

Oct 28, 2019
4.19 by mojohawk21 from Missouri on Oct 19, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Thanks to Joe for this one.

Copper body with a bit of chill hazy. White one and a half finger head dies down quickly to a pencil thin ring around the glass.
As soon as the can was cracked I was hit with a wonderful aroma of floral hops and cut grass and apple skin.
The taste was all marzen. Toasted malts, caramel, apples and rich medicinal hops.
Medium bodied with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Oct 15, 2019
3.97 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Oct 15, 2019
3.93 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Oct 12, 2019
3.75 by ssimpson89 from Illinois on Oct 04, 2019
4.19 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Sep 07, 2019
3.8 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jan 12, 2019
3.47 by Walnut from Missouri on Jan 06, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Jacobier10 from New Jersey

16 oz can.

Medium amber on the pour and good clarity with a fluffy off-white head. Toasted malt makes up with bulk of the aroma, with floral hops providing more than enough balance. Lightly sweet flavor with more of that toasted malt. Nice zip from the hops. Never becomes cloying and is clean enough in the finish to drink more than one in a sitting. Finishes dry with medium body.

Very enjoyable beer from a great brewery. I prefer some of their base beers like the Zwickel and the Dunkel to this one but would definitely purchase again.

Dec 24, 2018
4 by Wesmaze from New York on Nov 30, 2018
3.5 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Nov 17, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by orcrist_cleaver from New York

Coppery amber. Lots of head, persistent, rocky, and foamy. Sensing a decent amount of hops on the nose. Clover covered medicinal and herbal flavor. Or, otherwise, extremely toasted, like a burnt walnut skin. Initially, some caramel and deeper toffee sweetness. However, it doesn't finish like that very often, but when it hits its sublime.

Nov 10, 2018
3.74 by Gerred from Missouri on Nov 09, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I am working my way through a CANTrade (tm) with/from @jkblr & while I began my reviews during New Beer Sunday (Week 715), I ran out of time & steam that day. I am picking up where I left off with the Lagers out of his box, before moving on to the Ales. He did a really nice job in selecting a range of styles for me to review.

From the CAN: "

My eagle eyes noted that this was one of those CANfounded 360-degree opening CANs in which the entire lid peels away, rather than Crack!ing open. I dislike them since I tend to Glug my beers into an awaiting glass, vice putting my lips in CANtact with metal. They are like a step backwards since the lid then becomes just a metallic shard to be discarded ala the old pull tabs. Grr. Thankfully, Jeff Lebo instructed me on how to bottom-open CANs, which is what I did.

Once I had the vents established, I began what CAN only be described as a Dribble, vice a Glug. It was slow going, but I finally got the CANtents decanted into the awaiting stein. Once again, my patience paid dividends in the form of just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention that left a load of lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous slid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a malty sweetness, like caramel or toffee, but not precisely. It was tempered by the presumed use of Noble hops, giving it a light hay/grassiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly elevated beyond it, either. I keep saying that such is the norm for a Lager & to expect more is to unnecessarily dun a beer. The taste was quite pleasant, sort of caramel-toffee-like, but with its sweetness very much held in check by the hops (& maybe even by the yeast). It was one of the drier examples of an Oktoberfest/Märzen biers that I have reviewed/rated. It was to my liking, even if it may not be absolutely true to style. Frankly, I can do without a lot of malty sweetness & I applaud breweries when they rein in the sweetness. I would put the finish as semi-dry, but if you were to say "semi-sweet", I would not argue too loudly. This is a really worthwhile example of the style & the fact that it comes in a CAN makes it even more CANpelling.

Nov 06, 2018
3.82 by Theogre83 from Kansas on Oct 13, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

Poured into a snifter. A crystal-clear amber color with a thick and long-lasting white head. Rich, bready and doughy aroma punctuated with floral hops. The taste was also rich - sweet bready malt flavor that was as bright as I have experienced. Floral and lemony hop bitterness in perfect balance. Clean and lively. One of the best in this style I have sampled.

Oct 12, 2018
3.79 by smithj4 from New York on Oct 07, 2018
Oachkatzlschwoaf ("O-Katz") from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 147 ratings