Sweetwater Dank Tank Danktoberfest | SweetWater Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
51 Ratings
Sweetwater Dank Tank DanktoberfestSweetwater Dank Tank Danktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kromes on 10-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
9.79%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Scotchboy
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from CurtisMcArthur (thanks!) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A: Chill hazed golden amber...thin off-white head laces decently.

S: Pretty big malt presence with lots of toffee and caramel...underlying fruitiness, possibly apple, pear or grape? Tough to tell. Some dark earthy notes but the hops are faint. Faint spicyness and toasted grain as well.

T: Malt...toffee and caramel dominate again with the same fruity notes as well as some earhty qualities and faint spices. There is a touch of bitterness but I can't tell if its the hop balance.

MF: Moderate body medium carbonation.

O: Its ok - not an earth-shattering take on the style.

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Photo of miga
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of haveanother1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of siege06nd
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Jackie O's tulip...

A. Pours a very hazy burnt orange with a substantial finger and a half of creamy, fluffy head. Lacing is excellent. Retention is very good. Slightly cloudy for style, but this just popped out of the fridge so it could be chill haze. Classic looking Octoberfest here.

S. It has a clean bouquet, a mix of toasted barley, ripe fruit, caramel, floral hops, and some alcohol notes. Smells just a little "wetter" and heavier than a traditional Ocktoberfest, though this is an amped up version so I suppose that makes sense. Good.

T. Hmmmm, interesting. Very caramel and fruit forward. Malts shine strongest with waves of toasted barley, apple, pear, some grape, and plenty of caramel. Hops aren't immediately apparent...the bitterness I detect comes mainly from the alcohol, which is prevalent and somewhat burning. A lot of yeast as well gives this a borderline honey wheat-bread quality, with plenty of residual sugar balancing out the butteriness. This beer drinks much like a tripel or quad, with some classic apple and pear notes and a lot of yeast. Pretty good, but sweetness is dialed up perhaps a bit too much.

M. Thick and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. A very sweet beer.

O. I'm torn because this doesn't remind me too much of an Oktoberfest, more like a Belgian tripel or quad in a lot of respects. That said, as a beer it is pretty tasty and, while I wouldn't want to have a lot of this on any given night, I would certainly revisit in the future. An interesting creation from a brewery that specializes in them, Sweetwater Danktoberfest is a solid accomplishment.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy in October, 2012

A - A bronze, auburn red color. 1 finger of head and a good amount of lace left on the side of the glass. Looks like a caramel. Little clarity. Good looking

S - Sweet aroma, caramel, and alcohol. Not a light brew, that is for sure.

T - Sweetness, caramel. Huge hoppy kick in the aftertaste.

M - Medium to full bodied. Highly carbonated. Sizzles in your mouth.

O - An excellent, hoppy take on the Ocktoberfest German style brew. As all good Dank tanks do, the hops are in your face, but still true to the style. Better than really any other Octoberfests I have had (not my favorite style). Excellent!

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Photo of khargro2
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brewdude1982
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MacQ32
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a real nice orangish copper color with a half finger of tan colored head, ok retention, only an outer ring remaining after 5 minutes and a very thin spotty layer of head left. Lacing is moderate.

S - Some lighter caramel/Munich-like malts, slightly toasty, some citrus/herbal presence. A little too weak

T - Lots of sweet caramelish malts and citrus, slightly spicy and grassy bitter. Very mild traces of alcohol.

M - Medium bodied or so, not difficult to drink but not especially enjoyable to drink either. Carbonation is appropriate.

O - Too much of a citrusy and alcohol taste without the bitterness to counter IMO.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a good, clear body with a dark amber/copper vibe to it and a fairly sustained, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Heavily toasted bready malts wrapped in candy-esque sweet-scented notes and some low-lying alcohol. Some growing notes of baked apple, brown sugar, and well-ground spice as it warms. I'm a little nervous to continue, frankly. I mean, we could have another straight-up The Kaiser on our hands, folks.

Taste: Breadcrusts, well toasted, with some faint, faint dough and caramel. Lightly sweetish. Fruity touch of skins-on apples. Spicy, herbal hops (even a tad minty) with bitterness, but, that's when the traces of staunch alcohol crackle across the tongue. Dry, lightly bitter, warming finish with a whisper of untoasted nuts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not nearly as rough or as ghastly as Avery's The Kaiser. Yes, folks, we dodged a The Kaiser on this one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to littletriggers (Reddit) for this interesting beer, love the Oktoberfests, so hopefully this does well instead of the style of Ofest I don't like as much, and at that high abv I'm guessing it's gonna be the latter.

Pours a fluffy 1 finger bubbly head that fades at a med pace, with lines of lacing, over crystal clear auburn tan slight rosy hue beer.

Nose is soft and lager like, light caramel malts, light Munich reddish like malt, some crisp lager with hint of lager fruity aroma, a hint of esters I think with a waft of booze coming through with them, a little toasty, hint of grassy hops but barely.

Taste starts with some toasty malt flavors, plenty of caramel and reddish toasty malts, fairly sweet, with that sweetness comes light esters and some warming booze, some lager flavors but not a lot, soft crisp lagers with hint of fruity lager yeast. The booze brings a slight tingle and booze like flavor. Then hops, quite bitter actually, spicy chewy hops, a little grassy and earthy. Finishes with more of the hops, quite bitter on the finish but it doesn't dry that much although it attempts to, so it's not overbearing bitterness, with some lingering spicy hops, and a bit of caramel malty flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, some warming slight tingly booze.

Overall not bad, it doesn't get overly sweet or overly caramel candy flavors that many U.S. style O-fest beers like to do. It has some hop presence, although not the best hops for the style, more bitter style, also a bit too boozy IMO as you want to be able to drink lots of o-fest in one sitting and this is not very drinkable with the booze and the big bitterness. And it seems way to big for a lager.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a deep bronze colro with a thick creamy slightly off white head that never really settled,a great pour.Aromas of caramel and sweet dough,not as big and alcoholic as I thought it would be.Somewhat sweet at first on the palate but it never gets to big,somewhat doughy with a light shot of herbal hops in the finish,again the alcohol is kept in check.A good "imperial" style O-fest beer,not overly sweet or alcoholic,the label was a little annoying though.

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Photo of mweso2000
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of n2185
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper with half a finger of off-white head that fades to a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Munich malts up front with hints of sweet citrus. Sweet breads follow with caramel and a slightly candy-like finish.

T: Munich malts here as well with slight caramel notes and nutty flavors following. There are some hearty bread flavors on the finish that is slightly roasted and bitter with a small alcohol presence.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer isn't too thick and heavy, but isn't as light and drinkable as I prefer a Marzen, either.

O: An interesting and decent take on the style. An imperial Marzen? It's solid, though, with the extra alcohol hidden well. In hindsight, the abv seems needlessly high for a style that is generally supposed to be light and drinkable in large quantities.

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Photo of jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a ivory head that fades to a patchy haze and tiny spots of lacing. Aromas of caramel malt, toffee, sugar, baked bread, and lightly herbal hops. Flavor consists of more sugary malt, caramel, toffee, and mildly resinous hops. Mouthfeel is fairly sticky, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty decent "Imperial" Oktoberfest, but one of my favorite things about the style is their remarkable drinkability, something this misses out on.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored body was clear, and the head that formed was well proportioned at two fingers thick. The aroma was a nice malty smell reminding me of toffee, and caramel apples. The taste was a bit more concentrated than the typical Oktoberfest beer, which is to be anticipated considering the strength. The toasted malts and clean lager character were spot on. There a spicy hop presence in the finish, which was quite a bit of a departure from the style.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wmc0005
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of babaracas
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An overhopped, double-ish marzen -- excellent! Pours a mostly clear reddish orange with thin tan colored head. Smell: spicy, grassy and citric notes, toasted yeasty bread, slightly nutty, caramel, brown sugar, dates. Taste: big caramel sugariness is quickly cut by a serious spicy and resinous hopping, with some date, bready, cherry, and earthy hits in the back. This is all kinds of good.

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Photo of BigTrubble
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is malty with a woody hint and a touch of nutmeg. Pours a beautiful clear mahogany with a fairly thick light wheat head. Rich, malty flavor has subtle hoppy, earthy and caramel tones and a nutty hint. Texture is a little bit "dirty" (seems to have a little fine dust) and has good body and fizz. Prosit for Oktoberfest!

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip. Imperial Oktoberfest with a slightly amusing story on the bottle of a drunk German brewer.

A: Translucent copper in color. Half-finger tan head that recedes to a light lacing ring with frothy cap. Some carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet Munich malt and that light grainy aroma that's traditional of the style.

T: Flavors are really solid and diverse. Malts are there with a rich caramel and biscuity taste, hops are present in the earthy spices notes, and that classic grainy aftertaste.

M: This is really the only place I can tell the higher alcohol content of the beer. It's simply bigger in body than its little brothers. Not overbearing or cumbersome tho. Just not quite crisp.

O: I usually don't care for imperial styles of classic traditional beers, but Sweetwater does a pretty good job here. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer for the season.

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Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of xHopHeadx
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of busterwhite
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light brown with a 1 finger head and a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Sweet aroma with little yeast funk.

Big malt flavor. Sweet with just enough balance from the hops. Slight heat from the alcohol on the finish. Really nice flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer. An easy to drink bomber.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Danktoberfest from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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