Oktoberfest | Oak Pond Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Oak Pond Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oktoberfest is a complex, malty, bottom fermented lager. It has a wealth of flavor and a slightly caramel character. Hops are used sparingly so as to provide balance to its clean personality. Aging for over five weeks gives this lager a round smooth taste. Oktoberfest is an American term for a German beer style and is meant to be enjoyed year round.

Added by MaineBeerMan on 10-04-2002

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by smakawhat:
Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good solid two finger head with light off white bubbles and minor retention. Brown/gold in color very clear, and some lacing with minor carbonation.

Instant hop smell on the front with a malt backbone, somewhat grassy, floral, very nice just a little better than average.

Taste is a faint banana and small malt chew. A little watery but not actually too bad. Slight clove aromatics on the finish, I could have another but not the greatest but I'll take it certainly, a good starter for this style.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Lou's Beverage Barn.

Pours a copper color with minimal head.

Smell only has hints, caramel and other spice, possibly even some orange in there, nothing too strong to note though.

A well balanced taste, neither the malt or the hops take control of the drink and the spice in the beer enhance rather than distract. Only a slight bitter aftertaste. Could have used an extra kick to really make the taste stand out.

Beer is easily drinkable with a slight slickness to it. Another solid brew from Oak Pond.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beauty to pour & behold, even be holdin'. Wonderful, golden, warm, rubyesque, brassy orange hue with a nice 1/2" head of snug, cream hued foam that stuck around, lacing mildly. Nose was creamy, light, sweet and caramel, hint of apple, lite spiciness, some wisps of hops. So far, so good. Its a great looking Autumnal beer.

Its creamy, light, not very spiced, mildly yeasty, but it starts to water down on the pallete and continues to fade as such on the throat. Alas, it looks better than it taste. Don't get me wrong - its good, but not a lot of body or backbone. No aftertaste to speak of, maybe a little bitter.

I could definitely enjoy one of these on a warmer fall day in its light nature, but I'm looking for more out of a fall seasonal. I'd drink it again, but would certainly try another beer if given the choice.

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Photo of BMFR1811
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased fresh growler of OPB octoberfest- poured into a pint glass

Appearance- poured a rich orange/amber consistent with the style. The head quickly disappeared, would have preferred to see a little more head retention.

Smell- malt, malt, malt. The roasted notes of the malt really come through with a pleasant sweetness of toffee/Carmel

Taste- again, malt forward, heavy roasted flavors very clean hop profile. It's a very tasty, pleasant and easy to drink octoberfest. Probably more roasted/burnt notes than the competitors

Mouthfeel- there is a great chewiness to this beer, it has a great body. Spot on carbonation

Overall- OPB is one of those off the beaten path, hidden gems that probably make up for what shortcomings their beers may have. Very little hype, very little advertising and a very humble brewey. The octoberfest is one of my seasonal favorites, but i find that the beer changes from batch to batch, but it is always good. This is one of my staple octoberfests and look forward to the changing of seasons to enjoy this on cool New England evenings. It is worth a road trip into central maine to try one of their beers, I recommended a fresh growler from the brewery. Probably will never be an award winner but will always be in my rotation.


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Photo of jbear725
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 edition
22oz bottle
Poured into a 12oz pilsner glass

I haven't had this beer in a few years so here goes. It pours a nice rich copper color with a creamy white head. Has a nice rich malt flavor that isn't overpowering, slightly caramel and toasty. It's on the sweet side. Good mouthfeel that is creamy but not thick and overbearing. There is a light hop character finishing off that balances out the malt and sweetness that is at the front. The aroma is light caramel tones with very little hop. It leaves a smooth light lacing. This beer is better than I remember it being a few years back. It's become more balanced. From what I remember from previous taste it seemed too rich roasty malt flavor and too bitter.

Overall this is a pretty good American attempt at a Marzen style Oktoberfest. There is nothing over the top about this beer but it is well built and easy to drink. Some may find it too sweet for the style but I find this a minor issue. My main concern is the toasty caramel malt flavor and this doesn't disappoint. This went down nice with grilled steak and grilled yellow squash.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark copper color with a head that was off white and lasted for a bit.
Not a strong aroma - mostly malty odor.
Good combination of malt and hops with a touch of bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of carbonation.
very drinkable. ABV doesn't seem to be too high. Good taste, good mouthfeel, definitely a session beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy light head over crystal clear amber orange tan color.

Nose is semi sweet. Light oxidation, light toasty malts, some musty.

Taste is crisp lager toasty little sweet malts, malty, light caramel and munich. Dry and finishes dry and some bitterness hoppy earthy noble.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carb.

Drinkability is decent with decent dry and little astringent bitterness.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a 22oz bottle that is quite easy to drink. Nice balance of hops and malts with some roasted malt flavor. To paraphrase the label they slave over this in the hot summer months so we can enjoy during the cool Fall days. A seasonal to try. Found at Tully's in Wells, Maine.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, amber-copper coloring with a ton of carbonation throughout the body and a thin, frothy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of roast notes forward, with a nutty sweetness, hints of spicing (cinnamon and nutmeg), and some bready notes. Subtle, but inviting. Flavors are a bit more heavily roasted, with a forward note of this roast, with an underlying rich sweetness of toffee and nut, somewhat tangy and slightly cloying. The spice notes from the nose are all but absent across the palate. Mid-bodied, but made frothy by the heavy flow of carbonation. The aftertaste is roasted, with a toffee and caramel sweetness lingering through even the frothy finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Schmuckles
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of joepais
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured clear golden brown the off white head turns to a thin lace quickly . It has a nice light crisp palete with some carbonation to it . Smells of malts and bread. Flavors of sweet malts butter and a small hop bitter in the end . Not a bad Oktoberfest I'll drink it again

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Photo of mltobin
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LostHighway
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a typical amber color with a light tan colored head on it that fizzled away pretty quickly. The smell of the beer has a decent amount of spice but nothing overly ground breaking. The same goes for the taste, it's a typical brew for the style and it gets the job done. The flavors of autumn are in there but they could be a little more pronounced I think. The mouthfeel of this beer is pretty nice, well carbonated and had a good body to it. Overall this beer is pretty good. One of the better brews from Oak Pond but still not worth going all the way to Maine to get some.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This version poured a medium golden color, and possessed a thin, fine white head; left a bit o' lace, too. Nose gave off some bready malt, but just not enough of it; much too mild. The body and mouthfeel both held their own in the medium range. The taste again let me down in the malt department - just not enough! And there also was a touch of bitterness and sourness at the finish. An O-Fest let-down for me.

overall: 3.45
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a classic amber color displaying good clarity. The head was tan, retained itself as a one-finger cap and left good lacing. The aroma was quite sweet, caramel malt all over the place with some toffee notes in there too. The flavors were noticeably odd, an acidic presence threw off the malt flavors that just could not find proper gumption to offer balance. The body was medium, the mouthfeel good and the carbonation average. OK, and nothing more.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber red color with about an inch of white foam that settles to a ring that left no sticky lace.
Light malty aroma, a bit breadlike with just a hint of hops.The smell seemed kind of smallish.
Nice toasty malt flavor, not very sweet or strong, with a good bit of hoppy bitterness and a dry hop finish.
Crisp, smooth mouthfeel with decent carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall a pretty good Oktoberfest and a nicely drinkable beer. Like the label says "try it 'cause it's local, drink it 'cause it's good". I'll definitely be having more of this nice local brew.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this Oktoberfest straight from the brewery.

Has a nice golden orange haze to it. Very thin head that vanished quickly, and gave off a little carbonation.

Aroma was very subtle, nothing that jumps out. Had a decent malt finish.

The taste was alright, very carbonated, so it took a while to put away this growler. None of the taste surprised me, just a malty/bittery finish. No great notes in the brew.

Not OPB's best brew.

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Oktoberfest from Oak Pond Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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