Oktoberfest Lager
pFriem Family Brewers

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #95
Ranked #50,301
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Crystal clear dark gold to light amber with an excitedly forming head that pillows up great and is leaving great lacing as it settles
Aroma: Freshly baked bread, floral hops, Vienna malt, some deep earthy notes, and a little honey
Taste: Rich doughy breadiness, honey, and flowers explode onto the palate at first sip with more and deeper bready notes along with some earthiness creeping into the frame. A little vegetal note comes through in the middle that reminds me of Nelson hops’ grape character before finishing with more sourdough bread
Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky, a little creamy even but very clean throughout. Medium-high carbonation and a soft crispness on the finish
Overall: This is outstanding stuff. A really well-executed Festbier with some amazingly deep bready and doughy maltiness that are usually reserved for German-brewed examples. Great balance with hop notes very present along with a stellar mouthfeel and though I wouldn’t expect anything less from these folks, this is above-and-beyond impressive. Blasphemous as it may sound, I bet this would hold its own in a blind test alongside some of the great German-brewed iterations

Oct 13, 2020
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle

Pours over a finger of creamy white head into my Perfect Pint Glass. Retention is very nice and half remains after a few minutes. Initial lacing looks wonderful. Body is a golden yellow, crystal clear, with a huge amount of bubbles coming up. I guess I have to get used to American interpretations being lighter in color, however they make a big deal on the bottle about this being just like Munich versions, well not so far. Other than the color, it looks great.

Nose has bready malt clearly come through, manifests more like sourdough at times, light notes of caramel and honey, but not to the level of a true Oktoberfest. Maybe a touch of sweetness, but definitely leans towards the drier side, seems attenuated. Grassy hops, and a slight mineral quality. This is a little more middle of the road than some of the lighter American versions I’ve recently had, this having a little more malt profile; still, this is not anywhere near a Munich style, too light. Unlike a Munich style it seems crisp, and hoppier. Has potential to be tasty, but it’s not going to fit the category.

Flavor is crisp, attenuated, finishes with a little sweetness that is awkward at first but quickly compliments things well. Definitely some honey, not much bread or caramel. Some light but fresh noble hops linger in the background and provide a nice backbone, over time they assert themselves even more. This is still quite off style, but a really nice beer for what it is. Solid flavor, balanced, clean.

Body is on the lighter side, especially for the style. Bitterness is noticeably high for the style, medium overall. The carbonation on this is quite lovely, it’s very refreshing, and the touch of sweetness finishes things off perfectly. All of this comes together to make for a really balanced and engaging mouthfeel.

Drinkability is really nice, this has everything you want.

Appearance was really impressive by the end of the glass. The lacing was very thick, and a solid sliver of frothy head lasted all the way down.

Overall this beer definitely won me over the more I drank it, I forgot about styles and just enjoyed it’s flavor, balance, and drinkability. Solid.

Oct 07, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprise find at Grocery Outlet in Salem OR. Bottle only a couple of weeks old. 500ml bottle.
$3.79Pours a slightly dark golden colour with a lovely creamy thick white head.
Nice mellow caramel malts on the nose and a touch of grassy and floral hops .
Slightly toasty caramel taste with a lovely slight hop aftertaste.
Great mouth feel very well carbonated and a slight dry finish.
Very nice beer for on the "fest bier" side of the style

Sep 26, 2020
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Absolutely beautiful beer. Crystal clear polished brass with just a drop of honey amber capped by a frothy coarse bubbled foam which leaves respectable retention and lacing.

The aroma is appropriate with a balance of fresh biscuits and dried grassy hay. Underneath is dusty crushed grain and a drizzle of caramel.

Flavor follows with bready and grassy notes galore. Nice and subtly honey/caramel once again shines before a

Sharply carbonated, maybe it's only real "flaw". Otherwise, it's crisp and clean feeling with perfect balance.

A very nice Oktöberfest in the lighter Festbier style versus the more malty Märzen. I will definitely be having more of this. Prost!

Sep 27, 2019
Oktoberfest Lager from pFriem Family Brewers
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 10 ratings