Mother's Brewing Company

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #187
Ranked #34,210
3.72 | pDev: 15.32%
Mother's Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
Notes: 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
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Photo of GoBearsWalter
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an electric orange that’s slightly cloudy. A thin, white head. Little carbonation.
Good Carmel malt smell.
Not a huge Carmel malt taste. Good biscuit and hop for a marzen.
Mouthfeel a little thin. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent copper-brown with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay. Aroma is nutty, bready, earthy, caramel malts with very light glimpses of herbal, floral, and resin hops and clove. Flavor profile is more malty and smooth, showing notes of nutty, bready, earthy, wheat and caramel malts with light notes of herbal hops. It's very malt forward in the flavor profile. Mouth feel is still, with negligible carbonation. It has a medium to medium-thin consistency. Overall, good for lovers of malt who don't want an absolutely huge beer (i.e. a stout). This one strikes balance, while allowing the hops to play a touch.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Feb 06, 2019
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3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb 12/19/18 poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours bright light honey in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin film and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is bready Munich malt and a little yeast. The taste is more yeast driven that anything else with just a touch of the Munich listed on the label. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a little buttery finish here that I find unpleasant. It's slight, but it's there. Overall, ok. Too low on flavor and not clean enough to be more than average.

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jkblr from Indiana, Oct 07, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a well made beer, and a lot of the mothers stuff is, but its a little sweeter than i like in the style, as oktoberfest is a beer i like to make a day of, and so the drier ones play a little better i think in terms of high volume drinking, but the flavors here are well developed and the beer remains in balance. part of it is that i dont think the lager yeast is as flavorful as some, not as obviously old worldy, and not as influential in the finish. as such, i think the malts tend to run on a little longer than in most. definitely a nice caramel malt profile, layers of bran and toffee and toasted warmth, its hearty and there isnt much of a hop profile here to speak of, light bitterness there is all. medium body, light dried apple notes, a hint of maple, and pretty good carbonation. i know these guys a lot more for inventive and strange beers than i do for brewing to style, but they have done a pretty solid job with something more traditional. if you like them extended a little bit by the grain sweetness, this one is for you.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Much hoppier than most I've had of the style. Pretty heavy on the hops and missing a lot of those caramel, toffee, and roasted malt notes I'm looking for. Not the worst I've had, but not near the best either. Really doesn't remind me of an Oktoberfest, more like a hoppy amber.

Decent beer, disappointing Oktoberfest.

Would drink again: No
Would purchase again: No

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JLaw55 from Missouri, Sep 06, 2017
Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 +6.7%
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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Tone from Missouri, Nov 14, 2015
Photo of jblake4124
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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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jblake4124 from Missouri, Sep 07, 2015
Photo of Thebrewman
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Thebrewman from Arkansas, Aug 18, 2015
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3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +8.6%
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 zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, amber color with ruby highlights and a small, tan head. It smelled of sweet caramel malt and toffee. Nice sweet caramel with hints of roasted malt and a mild bitterness..

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zeff80 from Missouri, Sep 26, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 +6.7%
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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Reaper16 from Alabama, Oct 13, 2012
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4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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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russpowell from Arkansas, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.8/5  rDev +29%
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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Ed_Johnson from Arkansas, Aug 20, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +11%
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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wnh from Missouri, Aug 24, 2011
Oktoberfest from Mother's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 96 ratings