Karbachtoberfest | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by champ103 on 09-06-2012

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 167
Photo of JohnDee
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of donspublic
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of UnicornBrewing
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Karbachtoberfest – picked up while leaving phone at HEB, cut shift short, heading to Lee Scratch Perry in a hurry. Didn't want to go back for it, trust the town enough to know it will be returned when someone eventually finds it in the cart, after some rain.Pulled over for paper tag, asked if I had any marijuana after stating destination was reggae show. Just a fan of the music. Foam sounds a lot like all the rain we've been having, dancable and cooling. Proudly gold color right on time with Olympics. Foam thick and billowing like a washing machine tinged with dish soap. Rich and smooth like someone a Kardashian would fall for. Crispy and thirst quenching like lettuce. Sweet as German fashion model whose greatest vice is chocolates.

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Photo of ranger7
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

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Photo of Junger11
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours out to a half inch head and no lacing. Color is a deep gold hue that seems too light for style. Aroma is cheap sulfury macro lager, veggies, cooked pasta and toasted grains. Flavor is harsh and frustrating. There seems to be no focus but sulfur, grain sweetness and a harsh, unappetizing bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, which I describe the way canned Coke versus bottled coke feels (don't tell me aluminum cans don't affect craft beer!). There's something about the way it coats my tongue and makes my teeth feel chalky that's just wrong. This is not worthy of being called a Marzen/O-fest. Pass. I'd rather have a PBR than whatever this is. Obviously something went wrong. I can't imagine they seriously thought this batch was worthy.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
1.74/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours out a golden orange with a thin head. Weird vegetal/burnt hair aroma. It overwhelms everything. I get some of that aroma in the taste as well. Very grainy. Like a macro brew. Scratch that, I've had better macro brews than this. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly and thin. This beer is awful. It's to oktoberfest as Love Street is to kolsch. A joke. I can't believe that the brewmaster studied brewing in Germany. Sympathy and Weisse Versa are excellent German style brews, but this misses the mark totally. I can't believe he let this leave the brewhouse (same opinion of Love Street). I have never drunk an oktoberfest worse than this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pours a stunningly clear medium gold color with a small off-white head. Not much for retention and lace.

Nose is toffee, crushed grain and an underlying lagerous sulfur. Smells like something in between a marzen and a festbier.

Taste blends sweet, honeyed grains with darker toasty, husky flavors almost to perfection. There is just a light touch of hops, but I could actually use just a bit more grassiness on the front end. An amazingly deft lager for an American brewery that specializes mostly in ales. It still very much reminds me of blending a Hofbrau festbier with a fresh Spaten marzen, it's a 'tweener' beer that really works well. This is one of the best Oktoberfest seasonal beers I have ever had. I have already gone through 2 sixers and will be getting more in the very near future.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light amber/honey color with a finger width foamy/carbonated head. Head retention is decent, lacing is good. Typical Belgian yeast aroma. Cereal grains, biscuity, maybe some slight caramel. Smooth taste. Cereal grains, biscuits, caramel, mild spicy hop at the end. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not really a go to.

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Photo of Ford
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gordon Street Tavern in Alvin, Texas.

I'm new to the Octoberfest style. All I know is I loved this beer. Lots of flavor, not much bitterness, but not too smooth either.

A touch of sweet. Not real heavy. Very easy to drink. Really balanced.

I hope they bottle/can this in the future. It's on my list to drink again.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman in Houston, TX

A: Pours a gorgeous and perfectly clear burnt orange/red color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace. I love the color here.
S: Toasted, bready, biscuit malt. A light sweetness with some caramel malt. Even some light chocolate intermingles. A bit of hops in the background that leaves some bitterness. Awesome.
T: Follows the nose with a great toasted malt flavor. Bread and biscuit, and light caramel malt sweetness. There is a lingering bitterness here as well. Everything works in balance and is great.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. That great crisp, smooth lager bite is here and very clean. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

This is a great lager. Quickly becoming one of my favorite American versions of an Octoberfest. Highly recommended.

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Karbachtoberfest from Karbach Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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