Oktoberfest | Mother's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Old School Oktoberfest

Old School Oktoberfest is a traditional amber lager brewed to celebrate the fall harvest. Extended aging creates a medium bodied beer with a smooth malty flavor and just the faintest touch of hops. Pull up your lederhosen, raise a stein, Ein Prosit!

20 IBU

Added by wnh on 08-24-2011

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 82
Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: yup its amber with little to know head
S: roasted malt
T: ok roasted gain and malt then hops come in make there presents known. This is a decidedly hoppy marzen. If you want traditional look else where. This isn't a bad beer but more hop presence than I would like. ( I like more traditional marzens)
F: moderate carbonation that comes off bracing like after shave
O: Ok honestly I am no hop head. I lean toward malt backbone beers. For this style of beer it leans hard toward the hop so its not my thing but not a bad beer or an american interpretation. YMMV

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, and a hint of alcohol. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight caramel malt, yeast, hint of hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, a decent an example of a Marzen.

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Photo of jblake4124
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best around. The nose and look are right on point for the style. A terrific lingering bitterness follows a great caramel malt flavor. Just the right carbonation makes for a great mouthfeel. In all, a great Marzen, and I've had a lot of them this year.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color, with a half inch lacing that remains throughout. Caramel and molasses on the nose. Taste is more on the amber side for a Marzen/Oktoberfest style beer. However, the finish is very smooth. Just arrived in Missouri, where I will be stationed for a few years. I'll definitely be having more of these.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling clear copper with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is clean, with some malt, sweetness, and a general beeriness. Taste is more pronounced with a nutty sweet malt, and a hint of toffee or caramel. Mouthfeel is thin, but for a drinkabke lager that is fine. Overall a pretty decent oktoberfest that balances towards malt and crispness.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Mainly orange with light amber. Filmy white head and actively carbed.

S: Caramel bordering on buttered toffee. Aromatic floral hops.

M: Smooth and slightly chewy with appropriate level of crispness. Nearly decadent.

T: Heath toffee roast. Livened up by faint citric lemon. Good and most of all very clean Noble hop presence with culled hay. Very well balanced with residing macadamiaesque aftertaste

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Photo of ChiaPetHead
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a lovely copper color. It is not as dark as a lot of American Octoberfest beers. It does not look heavy or dense.

The smell is very dry. it is not overpowering at all. it smells like a traditional Marzen style homebrew beer, not sweet.

The taste is very dry. the malts come through in a clean pleasant way. low hop profile allows for the malty, but not sweet malt flavor. It has the dry taste that I get from saisons. I would love to know the type of yeast that they use.

Mouthfeel is light, making this an easily drinkable beer.

Overall I really like this beer. It is easy to drink and it is not sweet at all. I am not a fan of sweet beers, and find this to be a welcome relief to many of the sweet Octoberfest beers I encounter.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Conrad's Alehouse, Liberty, MO, into a pint glass

Pours a light orange color. Not exactly what I'm used to seeing from a Marzen. Very little head, but that's on the bartender more than anything.

The aroma hits all of the notes that a beer of this style should. It's got a nice, nutty malt background and some green, steely hops to balance it. A clean, malt-forward lager is what you think of when you smell this beer.

And that's what you get. Old School Oktoberfest is among the best U.S. Marzenbiers I've ever had. What's key here is the depth of malt flavor. It's all very nutty -- all of the malt flavors register as nutty -- but it isn't a single note. The nuttiness changes, evolves, from the initial sip through the finish. There's just enough noble hop presence to lend the sweetness some needed cutting edge.

The body is perhaps a touch thicker than I'd prefer for a lager like this, but overall it works well to carry its deep malt flavors. This is a really lovely Marzen. Drink it if you can find it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervecent apricot with a siver of cream colored head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, hay, crackery notes, some mineral notes, just a lovely nose, nice perfumy hop notes

T: Follows the nose, a touch of pears & lemons up front. Dryness, maybe a touch of pineapple as this warms, a bit of white grape. Finishes fruity, grainy with dry-ish hay notes & a kiss of lemon

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, great balance

Super drinkability, a nice Marzen, easily one of the better ones I've had in several years

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer on tap while in Branson, MO.
Darker amber color than I remembered. It has a nice off white head.
The nose is of slightly sweet malt. The flavor was very smooth and easy to drink. Again, slightly sweet malt. The nose ended up being very true to the flavor.
Very clean finish, very little bitterness. Very nice Marzen beer, one of the best I have had.

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Photo of wnh
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant clear amber topped with a moderate frothy white head. Nice and bright.

Aromas of straw, caramel maltiness, grassy hops, and a clove-spiced candied citrus note that seems perhaps a bit out of place. Clean and simple.

Supple maltiness on the palate, smooth and rounded, finishing in a crisp but not sharp hoppy note. A little drying on the finish. Flavors of caramel, grainy bread, and a hint of grassy and floral hop notes. Well-rounded, malty but balanced, clean and drinkable.

Light to medium in body, firm but supple. Sessionable; would go great with brats and kraut.

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Oktoberfest from Mother's Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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