Casco Bay Oktoberfest | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

Casco Bay OktoberfestCasco Bay Oktoberfest
45 Ratings
Casco Bay OktoberfestCasco Bay Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by UncleJimbo on 09-14-2004

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blinky1717
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of dwoolley1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Samp01
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.64/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of hophugger
2.62/5  rDev -29.8%
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

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
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

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Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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