Karbach Brewing Co.

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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #401
Ranked #43,865
3.62 | pDev: 11.88%
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
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mjurney from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber, crystal clear. Medium rising bubbles. Foamy head, moderate head retention. Leaves some lacing behind.

Very mild, clean yeast, some toasted malts, a little grass.

Malt forward, toasted, bready. Clean yeast. Hop bitterness is low, mostly spicy hops. Finish is dry. Medium-light body, soft, crisp, a little carbonation bite, easy drinking.

It's very good American made Marzen/Oktoberfest style.

Sep 20, 2020
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Skywave from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper color, moderate head and lacing.

Toasted bread and spicy/grassy hops

Crisp, clean, toasted malt...and balanced with soft noble hop bitterness and flavor.

Medium to light body, generous CO2 for style. No astringency or roughness

Karbachtoberfest is much improved over the last batch I tried several years ago. For a U.S. Märzen / Oktoberfest beer it is well above average and almost too "slick". Definitely worthy of a second round.

Sep 19, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a billowy head of off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a nice caramel smell mixed with other aromas of citrus and lots of spice. The spice is mainly of coriander and clove with a touch of a nutmeg. Along with these smells comes notes of herb and a touch of hay.
Taste – The taste begins with a caramel and bready flavor mixed with a bit of graininess and some tastes of earth. As the taste advances some more toasted malt tastes come to the tongue and are joined by a little bit of herb. This mix of flavors takes the taste profile to its end, leaving one with a toasted and moderately grainy bready taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is of medium thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the style the feel is pretty good and makes for an easy drinker.
Overall – An alright Oktoberfest brew overall. Bready, toasted, caramel and just a touch of earth and herb. Rather easy drinking overall.

Aug 16, 2020
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is for a can of the 2019 version. Popping the top I get nice malty molasses smell. Pours into a dimpled mug with a nice Oktoberfest Autumn orange and a light tan head. Taste is sweet raw unrefined sugar up front and a slight hop bite in the middle. The finish isn't really memorable or clean as the body just fades in a watery finish. Very basic brew, tasty and on style but far from a good example of the style.

Oct 09, 2019
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, tulip, enjoy by 120319 on the can. Just use a packaged on date!

The color is a fall inspired clear copper. The head hangs around well for a lager, a couple minutes.

Whole grain crackers, melanoidin, not sweet, deeply malty, slight grassy hop.

Again, not sweet, but intensely malty. Medium-low bitterness and no hop flavor. Toasted dark bread and very small dose of herbal hop.

Medium smooth body and active carbonation. The finish is a little slick and buttery.

It’s almost there, but lacks the crispness of the greats. There is tons of malt character, but not a lot to balance it.

Sep 21, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look; medium amber with an enormous white head that dissipates moderately fast.
Smell; sweet followed by toasted brown bread crust and some spice.
Taste Is toasted malt, spicy/floral noble hops, and a slight sweetness. I would assume this is more like a festbier but I really like it. It’s light enough to drink all day and not fill you up or make you pass out. I’ve been buying it for $7.77 lately and it’s become a favorite. For me, the taste and abv are perfect.

Sep 17, 2019
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Pegasus from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pouring presents a massive, coarse cloudtop head, surmounting a slightly hazy amber-brown body. Large, scattered patches of foam adorn the glass walls. The carbonation is slight, and slow-rising.

Aroma: Abundant toasted malt predominates, with hints of caramel.

Taste: Opens with a slightly bready note. Immediately following is toasted bread smeared with caramel, in a most pleasing way. Biscuit notes are present, as well. Late in the taste, there are subtle hints of alcohol, and a pleasing grassy hop presence.

Mouth feel: Very gracious on the palate, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: A spot-on example of the style, just as it should be. This is the 2018 bottling, properly cellared since that time. It is the last day of June, and I am more than ready for autumn!

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

Jul 01, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Zero head retention & grassyness

S: Grassyness, pears, some bready notes

T: Sweet breadynotes, dryness, a little bit of grassyness & pear up front. a lot of grassyness & dryness, some green apple skin, plus a a little bready sweetness as this this warms. Finishes dry & grassy, with more green apple peel, just a little grainy sweetness

MF: Medium body, fairly vigirous carbonation, smooths out as it warms

Decent, not great O'fest. Drinkable enough

Sep 16, 2018
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Most F.U.N. By 111518 stamped on bottom of can.

Appearance - Pours large offwhite pancake batter head with moderate-low retention and slight lacing. Clear deep gold body and slight carbonation. 4

Smell - Pleasantly spicy corn and even some mild alcohol peeking through. 4

Taste - Spice and corn and a hint of cardboard. Thankfully the spice covers up or balances out any of the otherwise off characters. 4

Mouthfeel - Spicy, effervecent up front but turns thin and astringent in the finish. Actually a bit more astringent than what you'd expect in style. 3.25

Overall - Not the easiest to drink Marzen beer, but the bit of spice it has keeps it interesting. 3.5

Sep 01, 2018
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win007 from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I tasted this blind, I would have guessed it was from Germany. Many of the US based Marzens seem to have too much bitter caramel to them. This has a good balance. My favorite thus far this October.

Oct 11, 2017
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Jbbdrinker from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark anber witb a decent, fading head. Lightly fruity smell, which pairs well with tbe brew's nedium bodied, floral malt flavor. It has a touch of the roasted, biscuit flavor I expect from an Oktoberfest beer, but really it reminds me of a toasted Kolsch. A surprising flavor that pushes to the front, is a fragrant vanilla note. Interesting brew. As a Marzen, hmmm, but as a beer, quite interesting.

Oct 08, 2017
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Karbachtoberfest has a thick, frothy, ivory head of foam, which dies away, quickly, a clear, gold-orange-amber appearance, and minimal glass lacing. Aroma is of spicy, brown bread crust, and the flavor is of spicy & sweet brown bread, with some underlying touch of syrup and a dash of lemon. Mouthfeel is medium, and Karbachtoberfest finishes crisp and refreshing. RJT

Oct 05, 2017
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JohnDee from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat pale reddish amber with a medium off-white head. Good flavor, mostly well balanced but very slightly on the bitter side. A little more carbonation than some other Okterberfest beers. Light to medium bodied. Good, but not my favorite.

Nov 11, 2016
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donspublic from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into shaker(at brewery) 1 finger head recedes pretty quick. Clear orangish amber in the glass, crystal clear. Smells of malt, biscuit, and caramel. Taste caramel sweetness on the front, mild and smooth to the end. Nice beer, drank a 12 pack of this a couple of weekends ago at a wedding, 8 hr puppy, didn't think I would ever drink it again

Oct 20, 2016
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ranger7 from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can to pint glass. Smells appropriate - like a malt-leaning Marzen should. Pretty good. Not sweet like some others, so that's different. It has a kind of toasty bite. Enjoyable.

Jan 23, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orangish amber color with white head. Cereal grains, caramel malts, and some biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes clean. Nice Oktoberfest for Texas.

Oct 25, 2015
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stein. Semi-transparent rust color with a one finger head that recedes quickly and doesn't leave lacing. Aroma of sour dough bread and hops. Taste of roasted malt, toffee, and spicy hops with a crisp, slightly dry finish. Medium carbonation and medium-light body with no aftertaste.
I like this Oktoberfest. I buy a 6er of it every September and will continue to pick it up while it's convenient. It's malt forward and simple but succeeds in it's more modest approach.

Oct 14, 2015
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HipCzech from Texas

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz can (marked "crafted on 091115") poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Clear, light amber with visible carbonation. Frothy head of off white foam recedes to a thin cap and minimal lacing.

Smell: Cereal grains and caramel.

Taste: Malty body, bread, toasted grains. Lightly herbal bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Average, malt-forward American Marzen.

Sep 29, 2015
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puck1225 from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Nice carbonation with a nice feel in the mouth. Beautiful deep yellow. Malty taste with wheat and floral contributions. A good representation of the Octoberfest beer.

Sep 10, 2015
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

This one pours a reddish tinted rich gold color that is mostly clear with a tinge of cloudiness. The head is thick, active and rich that settles moderately leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

The nose is malty with some black pepper, bread, grass and earthy notes.

The flavor is nice and dry for a marzen styled Oktoberfest with a nice bitter finish. The flavors are also earthy and rich , subdued malt and stronger than typical hops for this style. Very good.

The mouthfeel is appropriate leaning a tad bit to the watery side. But not too much so. Just a tiny bit more than I would like.

Overall an extremely drinkable and likable beer. I definitely recommend trying it.

Sep 25, 2014
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Junger11 from Texas

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Not the best Octoberfest I've had. I usually enjoy Karbarch, but I think they've missed the mark on this one. This was missing the full flavor of an Octoberfest.

Sep 14, 2014
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12oz Can crafted on 08/07/2014. Poured into a Becker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper with 1 finger of head that recedes

Smell: Toasted grains and grassiness

Taste: Caramel notes with toasted bread and a floral hop bitterness throughout

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation but finishes crisp and clean

Overall: This a little lighter in both body and malt than many of the Märzens I have had and for that, I enjoy it. It finishes clean and crisp with no shortage of flavor and leans a little hop forward. I personally prefer to pair this with college football.

Sep 08, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have I mentioned what a great CANtrader the mighty JenRay is? She has sent me so many TexiCANs that I CAN hardly keep up! Case in point is this one, which awaited picture approval and then rotation in the pipeline here at CANQuest Central (TM).

From the CAN: "Brewed in Texas"; "It's still summer."; "Oompah! Every year in Munich a litle party is thrown. If you've ever been, there are some things you may or may not remember: Lederhosen envy, oompah music, dirndls, and rolling down the hill. One thing you surely haven't forgotten is the extremely quaffable beer. While you may not be able to attend Oktoberfest this year, you [CAN] experience the world's biggest beer fest right here with Karbachtoberfest. An authentic, Bavarian-style Marzen, decoction mashed with Vienna and Munich malts, cold fermented and aged for six weeks, this beer pairs well with pretzels and sausage, but it tastes mighty fine on its own. Eins, Zwei, G'suffa!"

I heard a tuba instead of a Crack! upon opening this one, so I must be at the right place, albeit wrong time. Der fraulein nodded her assent to an inverted Glug and so things began. The pseudo-cascade led to two fingers of dense, French Vanilla-colored head with not only good retention, but it looked like the top of an ice cream cone. The unending barrage of bubbles made it look like a lava lamp had been plugged in. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and of course, the Unholy Trio of Mammon, Croesus and Midas suddenly appeared, each slavering like the wild dogs that they are. Nose had a honey-like sweetness along with a biscuity quality and pretzel in hand (no joke), I was ready for my first sip. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, thanks in large part to its intense carbonation. Speaking of intense, the honey flavor was just that! It was not sweet, per se, but it really tasted highly of honey, which I do not remember from the style. Frankly, I had girded myself for a malt bomb, which is what I remember, mistakenly or no. This was really good and it meshed nicely with my pretzel. I kid you not. Here in south-central PA, if you are a native, you always have a bag of pretzels on-hand at all times. Finish was semi-sweet, but that was just fine with me. Definitely worth looking for at the appropriate time of the year.

Apr 18, 2014
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Premo88 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into mug
(Aug. 23, 2013 born-on date; drank 9/12/13)

L: gold; light skin of foam for a head, nothing much over 1/8-inch, white to off-white; clear brew; no lacing or stick

S: grainy; sweet light malt as it warms

T: toasted corn; sweet light malt as it warms; hint of spicy hops but only a hint; finishes with a lot of grain

F: solid all around

O: relatively forgettable on its own but better than a handful of other american octoberfests I've tried ... a solid grain beer

Mar 05, 2014
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BryanCarey from Texas

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pouring to an orange/tan color, this Oktoberfest style beer has a nose of bread and biscuit malts, with a touch of vanilla. A good pour will result in a nice head of foam, but you need to be a little more aggressive out of the can, as this one tends to be less assertive in its frothiness than other Oktoberfests.

Tasting this beer reveals a product with flavors of grains, caramel, biscuits, and toasted malt. The beer is mostly sweet, but there is a lingering bitterness that doesn’t overwhelm and does help to balance out the tasting experience.

Karbachtoberfest is brewed in the Marzen tradition and it does pull off the style fairly well. I don’t know why, but the taste of this beer made me want to light up a cigarette or cigar, and I’m not even a smoker. Its flavor just seems like it would match well with a good smoke. It is a little lighter in body than other Karbach beers and a little less impressive. But I still like it well enough overall to recommend.

Sep 23, 2013
Karbachtoberfest from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 203 ratings