Licher Oktoberfest | Licher Privatbrauerei

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Licher OktoberfestLicher Oktoberfest

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Licher Privatbrauerei

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 49
Photo of tronester
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

A clear orange in color with a thin tan head. Aromas of sweet grain. Taste is sweet malt, followed by some toffee, finishing with a mild grassy bitterness. Average mouthfeel. Overall a very good marzen.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Enjoyed on tap. Pours a light, clear straw color with a foamy white head.
The aroma is loaded with sweet malt: biscuit and bread with a hint of caramel.
Tastes quite nice. Malt body followed by a sharp hop bite.
Mouthfeel is about medium.
A good Marzen.

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Photo of Samp01
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a short lived medium white head. Aroma and taste of grains and cereal with some grass notes and some mild biscuit malt and light hops. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. The finish is somewhat subdued in flavor and aroma, I found this to be more straight lager then Oktoberfest, I did not taste any toasted malt or earthy flavors. Overall that being said a mediocre Oktoberfest.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

09/26/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Exactly what an Oktoberfest should be. Refreshing & robust. On the heavy side for a "masse bier" but damn good for getting in the spirit. Prost.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color with some hints of amber and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of herbal hops.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has flavors of toasted malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops, and this negates any traces of malty sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be a very good representation of a German Märzen that was quite easy to drink and true to its style.

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Photo of mactrail
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden orange color in the class with a brief head. Average carbonation to start but it all dissipates. Coarse mouthfeel and then just a slight dribble of bubbles. Eurolager smell with that funky hop note.

A glimmer of malt and caramel to start. Flat flavor of cereal. This has that faintly skunky European hop flavor that you find in typical cheap lagers. Even less pleasant is the somewhat metallic finish. Some bubblegum and burnt toast.

I'm afraid this is just below-average crap beer. To be charitable, it might be less than fresh. I bought the 500 ml bottle at Beverage Warehouse in far west Los Angeles.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Licher's Oktoberfest a couple weeks ago for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. I heard that this was a pretty good and authentic example of Germam Marzen and I'm Interested in seeing how it stacks up to the other ones that I have tried, so lets see how it goes. There's some numbers that look like a bottling date, but I can't decode it. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle poured into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, i cant tell if there's a hummingbird or kingfisher on the label,but it's got a nice clean look to it. It poured a nice clear yellow color that took on more of golden color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that left a little bit of sticky lacing behind. This is was a nice looking beer, but the color was a little off for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of malts that impart a grainy, and sweet malt aromas with some cracker and biscuit malt like aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes some doughy yeast and a slight bready aroma. The aroma was just ok, but it was missing that toasted malt aspect that i look for in the style and the aroma was more like a German Lager than a Marzen.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a light honey like flavor to it and it was followed by some malts that impart all the malty aspects that I got in the aroma with the bready, sweet malt, and biscuit malt aspects sticking out the most. Up next come some doughy yeast with no bitterness at the end and a little more sweetness with a sweet malt, bready, and biscuit like aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, but to me it was more like a regular German Lager than a Marzen.

M- Very smooth, clean, crisp, light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and it wasn't a good example of the style but if this was classified as a German Lager I think I would say it's pretty true to style, it just doesn't deliver what I want from an Oktoberfest. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp and not filling, but the taste was pretty bland and it didn't do a good job at holding my attention, I think one 500ml bottle is enough for me, the taste doesn't make me come back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was how off it was for the style, if I tasted this blind i'm pretty sure I would think it's just a normal German made Lager. I wouldn't buy this beer again since it just didn't live up to my expectations and I don't think I would recommend it as a good Oktoberfest. All in all i wasn't really feeling this beer, it just isn't what I want from the style and it seemed to be pretty average in most aspects. Better luck next time Licher, this one isn't that on par for the style. It didn't make for the best first impression for this brewery, but I wouldn't rule out trying more of their beers.

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Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, straw yellow body, lots of fine carbonation, and a billowy white head appear at the pour. Grainy aroma with a faint sweet undertone. Bitter-sweet flavor overall; toasted grain; light toffee; strong hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; dry finish.

A decent, fairly tasty Oktoberfest. I expected a slightly darker color and a smoother, deeper malt complexity, but they weren't there. Still a respectable, if somewhat mediocre, offering.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Flavorful but putrid sweet Oktoberfest

A: Nice light gold color but too clear. Nice but fleeting fine white head.

S: Light sugar 'n' spice malts, honey, apricot, light dusty and spicy hops.

T: Tons of unfermented sugars, very putrid sweet on honey and apricot. more sugar than malt. Light dusty and herbal hopping. Flavorful, but just too sweet. would not drink again.

M: Too much sugar makes it sit a bit flat, but otherwise pleasant.

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Photo of spoony
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml bottle (dated 20140605) into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes dated September 22, 2013.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of dense, white head. The head drops to cap quickly, and the cap hangs around for a bit. The brew is clear, golden in color, and shows a few bubbles of carbonation.

S-The smell is simple with grain, some corn-like sweetness, and a bit of biscuity/crackery malts.

T-The taste is a grain heavy...almost tinny at first. There is some straw, a hint of barley, and a bit of toast, too. Sort-of uninspiring and very macro lager-like.

M-The feel is medium to light-medium with crisp, but non-assertive carbonation. Very drinkable.

O-This brew is crisp, slightly simple, and much like a Euro lager instead of a marzen. From the looks to the smell to the taste, it is light in style and missing that oompf that makes a good marzen. It isn't a horrible beer, and it drinks very easily, but if you want something for a crisp September evening, you can do better.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Red Lion Tavern in Los Angeles. On to the beer:

Caramel colored beer and topped with over an inch of foam, which retains decently and leaves a few spots of lace. The aroma is toasted and slightly sweet, also bringing notes of herbal hops and liquid bread. The taste starts toasty with dabs of caramel. It also has a strong herbal component from the hops. With time, the beer's sweetness becomes more pronounced, adding the character of caramel apple. There's also a mineral character throughout. It's a medium full bodied beer which won't fill you up, but does get you ready for the Oktoberfest season.

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Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden straw color with a big fluffy white head that dissipates into a solid cap. Good amount of spotty lacing around the glass.

The aroma is quite bready, a touch doughy. Some dry grass and grain aromas. Perhaps a slight pepper note from the hops. Kind of a cross between a Euro lager and a helles.

The taste is quite grainy and has some honey sweetness. Grassy with sulfur notes and the malt has some bready flavors. A bit metallic. A peppery spice from the hops. Me thinks that it needs a bit more of a munich malt presence to give the beer more of an authentic Oktoberfest flavor. This beers seems to side more on the Euro lager (Heineken) flavor profile.

The beer is light with rather soft carbonation. Its sweet yet balanced on the palate. An easy drinking brew for some stein hoisting.

A little disappointed with this brew as it tastes more like a Euro lager.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/5/13. Best before 6/5/14.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, grass, and hay aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, biscuit, and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly tasty but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I scored this at Monde Market in Philly and given its price point, I do not see how I can go wrong.

My initial pour netted two fingers of fluffy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = 8) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite sweet with its inherent malt, kind of like honey drizzled over biscuits. Mouthfeel was medium and the flavor was initially very honey-like leaving no question that it was a lager. A grassy hoppiness asserted itself on the finish. Great lacing began to appear from the first sip. My, but this was tasty and so inexpensive! I am like Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World in that I do not always drink Marzens/Oktoberfests, but when I do, I know what I like. This was clean and refreshing and I really feel like I got my money's worth. I am not saying that it is worth actively seeking out, but if you see it and you have a little change in your pocket going ching-a-ling-a-ling, it would be worth a try.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bier Stein last night.

The beer pours a golden amber color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is attractive as well, with the beer displaying considerable sweet malt. That imparts something of a cherry aroma, which plays well with the light vanilla and citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and while there was indeed considerable sweet malt on the palate, there's enough hoppy bitterness to counter it, and to keep the beer from becoming tiring on the finish. Mouthfeel is actually fairly light, and drinkability is fantastic. Also, this beer really delivers a lot of flavor for such a low abv. beer.

Really liked this one from a brewery I've never heard of. Would most definitely order this again, should I ever see it again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and light lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted and biscuit malt, faint grassy hops. Flavor is sweet biscuit malt, grassy hops, touch of wheat; finishes with lingering grassy hops and a touch of toasted malt. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A mild, well balanced Oktoberfest beer, fairly light in color for the style, but covers the flavor bases for the style. An easy drinking lightly sweet lager.

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Licher Oktoberfest from Licher Privatbrauerei
3.58 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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