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Brocktoberfest | Idle Hands Craft Ales

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3.99/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Idle Hands Craft Ales
Massachusetts, United States
idlehandscraftales.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,631
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
27
pDev:
4.01%
 
 
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Gots:
5
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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of KMcGrath
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8/09/18
Pours a decent but smaller fizzy head that fades semi quickly, no real lacing, clear honey tan blond color

Nose toasted straw lager malts, soft lager, doughy grains, little grassy hop, hint fruity lager, not bad

Taste soft lager, more toasted straw lager malt, grainy doughy, little salty into grassy spicy hops and fair bitterness, fruity lager notes, dry crisp but bring spicy hop finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft lager, carb is a bit light

Overall started nice, good lager as good malt profile esp for Oktoberfest style, but the hops get way too heavy, and def not enough carb

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Photo of swenny916
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can. Pours a copper color that is somewhat clear. Had only half a finger of white head, but I also didn't pour overly aggressive. Smell is malty. I'm not getting as much bread as others seem to be getting. Taste is similar with the malt, but it's a nice smooth taste. Definitely easy to drink and a perfect fall beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

toasty malts and spice character

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Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8.9.18, poured 8.27.18

Can poured into a stein

Two finger off white sudsy foam cap, good lacings over a copper colored clear liquid with slow carbonation

Aroma is malty, grassy,

Taste is malty, grassy, slight hop bitterness

Hop bitterness lingers

Good beer , has more happiness with attending bitterness than traditional Marzen style beers

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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/18/17 (sprinkled with notes from September)

A: Medium amber, rich with copper and caramel tones - mostly clear - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Caramel and bread - bready, as an Oktoberfest beer should be, with some white bread, grainy bread, bread crust, biscuits, and touches of toast, crackers - a light herbal and citrus character from the hops - low amount of sweetness, but definitely some grainy sweetness, caramel, and cooked malt

T: As bready as the aroma suggests - grains, cooked grains, grainy bread, bread crust, hints of bread dough, biscuits, dinner rolls - lightly hoppy, some spice, herbal notes, and touches of citrus - low bitterness - touch of minerality - nice amount of sweetness, with some great caramel character - hints of toffee and maybe molasses - clean overall

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp

O: Brost!

I was fairly certain I reviewed this a couple months ago, but apparently I neglected to take the time. Relatedly, this beer is worth your time. It was great to drink at Idle Hands' Oktoberfest party, and it was worth taking home. It may not have the depth of some German iterations of the style, but it's great.

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Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Four pack of tall boys canned within the month. One of my favorite of the local MA-produced Oktoberfests. To me it seems fall in between the traditional marzen and more modern fest bier spectrum. Hybrid deliciousness!

Amber-gold pour with a fluffy one-finger head. Looks wonderful - like Fall in a glass. A touch cloudy.

The aroma lets you know you’ve pulled into Bread City; find a place to relax and enjoy the dough: bread, cracker and light caramel.

Taste is right there - fresh baked brown bread, toasted grains, light caramel and a grassy hops. Strong malt foundation that ebbs and allows the hops to surface. Not as caramel-forward as a more traditional marzen.

Nice bitterness with a dry feel; nothing too grainy or heavy. Finishes crisp and clean. A real seasonal treat.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-The beer pours a clear amber with a 3 finger off white head. The head recedes to a big central island and ring. Lacing is patchy but adequate.
S-Nose is faint in strength, but pleasantly malty.
T- The malt in the nose is fully present on the palate. It's sweetish, but not cloying. Overall it leans to the malty side slightly.
F- Overall mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation after the pour. The finish is slightly dry. A little fuller maybe than ideal for the style.
O- One of the better American made Marzen I've had this year. Definitely worth a purchase if you see it.

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Photo of Glider
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Nice copper color with a pillowy head. Smell was malty and restrained. Bready malts with a nice balance of crisp hops while being on the lighter side for a marzen and very drinkable. One of the better stateside Oktoberfest beers I've tried.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smb71481
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prost76
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy deep copper color with a half finger of off-white head. The head has moderate retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma is full of bread and grains, with a touch of citrus and grassiness not far behind. The back end brings a subtle caramel malt character with the absolute foggiest hint of spicy hops.

The flavor is a near perfect balance of bready sweet malts, toasted cereal grains, subtle citrus, caramel, and spicy hops. There's an earthy, grassy character throughout.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and soft creaminess. Exceptionally drinkable.

Overall, this is one fantastic marzen lager. The aroma is a bit faint but the flavors are spot on. Can't wait to drink this one on a cool October afternoon.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dylanka
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of amasow
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of sbrock22
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Tschnab
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Brocktoberfest from Idle Hands Craft Ales
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 27 ratings