Casco Bay Oktoberfest
Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #217
Ranked #33,670
3.74 | pDev: 9.89%
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Casco Bay OktoberfestCasco Bay Oktoberfest
Notes: Brewed to coincide with Germany's famous fall celebration, our Casco Bay Oktoberfest is a truly authentic UR-MARZEN. We use a special Munich lager yeast, liberal doses of Munich and caramel malts and noble hops to produce this smooth, balanced and imminently drinkable beer in the great German tradition. PROST!
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Once more, my utmost thanks to tone77 for his outstanding tradesmanship. He (usually) lives locally and stops by Chez Woody with an armload of bottles & CANs for me which I exchange for a CANlection of CANs. Unfortunately, I have fallen behind, especially as bottles are concerned, leading to the Bottle Backlog. I am happy to be winnowing it down to something approaching manageability.

From the bottle: "An Oktoberfest Style Ale". Huh? We'll see.

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, resulting in a finger of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was biscuity, bready, very pleasantly malty. It actually smelled more like dough than bread. I miss being in and around a working bakery. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was slightly grassy, but overlain by a doughy, bready maltiness. This was much more to my liking after the previous malty-sweet Oktoberfest. I could drink something like this all day during Oktoberfest, while its sweeter counterpart(s) would be a one-and-done. The finish was semi-dry, much closer to dry than sweet and as such, it was a welcome segue from the last one. I am running through several Oktoberfests tonight and this would be 1 of 2, but stay tuned.

Feb 08, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Casco Bay Oktoberfest
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "1185P"
$1.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

It's not a bad Oktoberfest by any means, but neither is it one that will turn your head. The malt just doesn't have enough depth of character to it; and it appears almost English or American rather than German - although there is what I'd call a Vienna malt character to it. It's fruity like an ale, which is a little confusing, and perhaps distracting. Perhaps this is a hybrid Märzen which utilizes ale yeast rather than lager yeast as it's supposed to? It's well-balanced though, and pretty drinkable. There are some pleasant floral and spicy/grassy/leafy hops to it, and the combination of medium and dark caramel malts combine well and linger nicely in the drying finish.

Nov 17, 2014
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown amber, has a medium off white head. Aroma on the pour is grains fruity and some grass, caramel malt and toasted grains come in as it warms up. Taste is grains, with some mild toasted barley and caramel malt flavors. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Finis is light toasted grains, some grass and fruity notes with a nice caramel malt ending, lightly hopped notes. Overall not the best in its class, an ok brew.

Oct 06, 2014
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wiscokid920 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%

A nice take on the style. Definitely falls more in line with the toasted malt/toasted grain category of the style rather than the herbal tea sweetness. The Noble Hop profile cuts through the munich malt caramel sweetness. Crisp and refreshing. This offering will continue to make appearances in my Oktoberfest fall rotation.

Oct 04, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with some light fruit sweetness (apple/pear). Very light notes of spicy/earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel and bready malts with a light hint of toasted malts. There is a light amount of initial sweetness with some light notes of light fruits (apple/pear) and caramel. Very light notes of spicy and earthy hops which impart a touch of bitterness to the finish of the beer which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty decent representation of the style and relatively easy to drink - a touch sweeter than I prefer them but still a nice beer. Would be easy to have a few of these in a session and the alcohol is well hidden.

Sep 28, 2014
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hophugger from Virginia

2.62/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice orange-brown color with a good head that leaves quickly and leaves slight lacing. Malt sweetness aroma. Taste is good with a touch of bitterness and some sweet malts. Sad to say, the finish was slightly metallic. Do not know if there was a issue with the bottling or cap, but is not pleasant and seems that that is all you taste on the finish, metallic

Sep 18, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%

Pours a deep clear amber, bordering on brown. The head is white and dissipates quickly but still manages to leave some lacing. The aroma is malty sweet, dark fruit dominating. The taste has a nice fruity sweetness to it with a nice hint of earthy hops and a little caramel on the finish. The body has a nice weight and there is just a hint of carbonation on the finish.

Sep 01, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Ah, my first Oktoberfest beer of the season, here on 8/30. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, slightly sweet. Taste is refreshing, caramel malts, bready. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Aug 30, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle &gt; Mason Pint

A - Nice clear amber, half a finger of fizzy off white head, little tangents of lacing.
S - Grains, lots of tart apple, caramel and toffee malts, a little apricot.
T - Some floury yeast, grainy, toffee malt, lots of tart apple which is a nice change of pace.
M - Bright, not really chewy, a little tart.
O - There's a ton of apple flavor in this that I'm getting. Maybe its some Acetaldehyde? but it actually tastes good in this instance if it is so.

Dec 17, 2013
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then some caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Nov 27, 2013
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally stopped being lazy and transferred this review over to BA.

Pours an amber color with a decent sized head, nothing too atypical for the style.

Smell has a good bready aroma with a good caramel malt backing, light on the hops, definitely more grainy.

Taste is mostly from the caramel malt, seems a bit thin but not so much that it's a bad beer, just not the first Oktoberfest beer I'd reach for.

Mar 10, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shared courtesy of WOODY_OBEER.

Poured a medium amber color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of toffee and bread. Tastes of toffee, bread, and caramel. Graininess in the aromas and tastes too. Thinner body.

Notes from: 1/26/06

Jan 18, 2009
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Clear, Golden hued amber color, good activity. 2" tall white head dissipated to a constant 1/8" ring with a thin scattered covering.

nose: Malty, grains, slightly wheaty.

Taste: An ESB like multi-flavored malt taste dominates but is evened out with a nice fresh leafy hop finish.

Mf: Rather thin, good crisp bite.

DA: Not hard to drink.

Oct 19, 2006
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bjohnson from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a reddish hued copper color with a bubbly cream colored one finger head. Nice retention on the sides of the glass and film on top. Ridiculously nice spider web lacing.
S: Malty and fruity notes dominate the nose. Sweet caramel malt with ever so slight fruity hop notes.
T/M: Caramel malt with a toasted grain effect to it. Grassy hop action takes on a floral sweetness in the finish. Hop notes take over and have more of the flavor profile towards the finish with the caramel malts dominating off the line. Bitter and dry finish make this O'fest quite refreshing. Slick through the mouth with a crisp carbonation and lightish body.
D: Solid, drinkable O'fest with a good hoppyness. Horray for Casco Bay!

Oct 18, 2006
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MrHurmateeowish from Maine

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange body with vey thin light tan head. Light scent, mostly of malt. Tasty but not as full flavored as some. Malty (somewhat roasty?) with light hop notes. Light medium body. A good Oktoberfest, but I've had better, I'm affraid. Not their best offering, but definitely a good brewery.

Sep 21, 2006
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Woody_Obeer for this...
Appears an amber with a small offwhite head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of sourdough overkill with some sweet malt trying hard to come through.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is slightly weak.
Drinkability is that of a average brew but a below average O-fest...just my opinion.

Jan 27, 2006
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Todd from California

4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Freshness date scored on the label: best before 12/07/05. Pours a bright copper beer, touch of haze and topped with a pure white foam lacing of mixed bubbles. Decent semi-translucent retention, and a bit of stick.

Clean, fresh aroma. Notes of grain, toastiness, and a distinct grassy hop edge.

Smooth, even and light-ish on the body. Crisp carbonation. Malt sweetness is low, but there's a nice toasty malt character with some grain/husk tannins. Hops are bit coarse on the palate with a sharp, citric, rind-like, grassy, bitter bite. Drying finish, with tannins.

Solid version. Nice drinkability. Definitely worth a try.

Oct 21, 2005
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FirstMan from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm on a Maine kick after reading that Portland Maine has four breweries. I mean how could a state be bad if a medium sized city has FOUR breweries?! Anyway, I'm planning a trip up there soon and thought I'd start drinking more Maine beer to prepare. Any excuse, you know...

Even pumpkin-orange coloring. A little bit of chill haze appears. The coloring is just a little bit on the light side. Head is medium-sized clear bubbles. Don't stick around for long.

Very nice nose. Sweet, bready, light citric notes. Subtle hop tangue sitting back there too. Is tangue a word?

ONE-TWO-terhe. That's sort of what we're dealing with in the taste. Nice start - Balanced bready spicy sweetness at the beginning with hop floral note ushering the middle. Beginning and middle are good. The end is a little lacking a jumbled, though. Not so much as to make it bad, but it falls off a little. The lingering hop bitterness is sort of the only thing left.

Nice round mouthfeel. Smooth and soft. I really like it.

I could drink a lot of this. I'm very happy I bought a six pack. This is one of the better New England Oktoberfests I've had this year. I'm liking Maine.

Oct 21, 2005
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Dewey0603 from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark coppery color,but the heads a little small and disappears too quickly.This has a mild spice smell,but a very hop filled aroma.
I really like the taste of this beer, but to me it's more like an IPA than an Octoberfest.
This doesn't have as many spices as others and has a light feel to this.It's a pretty good beer,but again it's lighter than other Octoberfests.

Oct 13, 2005
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kmo1030 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangey amber with a thin tan head that laces pretty well. grainy and malty aromas with caramel and a soft bready characteristics are most dominant. cut grassy herbal hops are also in there too. the taste is of lightly toasted malts, caramel, and a slight sweet fruity component that i can't really nail down. the relatively strong hops are a welcomed component to this oktoberfest, that balances and dries things out a bit. medium bodied and slightly creamy with light carbonation. good drinkability, i could certainly drink a few of these. i'd have to say this is one of my favorite oktoberfests. this being hoppier than the rest of the pack really bring this together and makes it one of the best oktoberfests i've had.

Oct 13, 2005
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ElGordo from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark orange hue with a small, creamy, off-white head. Nice carbonation keeps coming. Appealing aroma of roasted caramel malt and a hint of brown sugar. Smooth, slightly creamy body holds a rich palate of roasted malt, developing a touch of hop bitterness towards the finish. Subtle notes of brown sugar and raisins are also present. Very drinkable. Although a bit of an Americanized version, I find it preferable to many German Oktoberfests.

Oct 04, 2005
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Casco Bay Oktoberfest
12 oz brown bottle
Best before date notched for 12-31-05
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light copper brown. Thick lacing on the top of the beer leaving minimal trails behind.

Clean aroma with an obvious malt presence. Aroma is true to the style.

Toasted grains with a syrupy, caramel malt flavor. Thick and juicy malts provide a very soft, round mouthfeel. A detect a tad of diacetyl. Solid drinkability level and rather similar to a true German Oktoberfest.

Oct 01, 2005
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

A- Clear copper colored brew, thin but steady lace on top.

S- Fresh grassy toasted malt and herbal hop in the nose, very aromatic.

T- Rich malt character of toasted grain with a mild sweetness upfront. Balancing but sharp bitterness shows the sweetness a thing or two but leaves the toasted grain flavor intact. Finishes with a mild sweetness.

M- Centered crispness adds to the drinkablilty.

D- Authentic indeed, impressive to the point that I'd buy a case. This should give the imports a run for their money.

Sep 02, 2005
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chilidog from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking october with a nice autumn copper color. Clear with a fair body that sports a two finger creamy white head that holds up ewll. Lace is nice but not overboard. The aroma as does the taste carries mostly a sweet maltiness. Not to sweet for drinkability is goog while the mouth is left with a creamy oil feel. I like the bottle, the best I think from thos Tackle-box mix. Murky brown with a pirate theme. Not like most party themed october looks.

Feb 12, 2005
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium body and medium carbonation. Starts sweet and malty, finishes smooth with the sweetness still there. Nose is sweet and malty. 95¢ for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. The ABV is 5.0%.

Jan 25, 2005
Casco Bay Oktoberfest from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 45 ratings