NW Fest | Base Camp Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Base Camp Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on the maltforward fest biers of Bavaria. Extensive malt aroma and taste trials over the last two years led us in crafting this recipe, a subtly-hopped amber lager that walks the line between dry and full-bodied, not too sweet but definitely not lacking in malty goodness. Lagered on our in-house toasted oak to round out this brew’s flavor profile.

28 IBU

Added by barleywinefiend on 09-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Aleforme:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a cool aluminum crown top bottle into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a finger of fine white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is very malty, leaning towards caramel malt, light stone fruit, slightly estery. Flavor starts similarly, with semi-sweet stone fruit, light citrus and caramel malt. The finish is very odd, with some intense astringency that seems independent of the hop bittering. The flavor reminded me of the odd vegetable flavor in some gluten free beers, and maybe a hint of diacetyl. Medium bodied. A hard beer to review; initially quite nice and seems to heading into the intended marzen territory, but veers off into astringency. My guess is the culprit is the oak they mention on the bottle, if so, they need to modify how that is used. I have liked this brewery so far, but this one did not work for me, although I had no problem finishing the bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Proper pint at Growl Movements new store in S.Salem $5 Clear attractive copper coloured ale with a small cream coloured head..that disapears within minutes,leaves conspicuous lace. Good malty ,bready,biscuity aroma getting a little wood/vanilla. Quite balanced taste to it..mostly the biscuity malts with some wood notes and a nice grassy hop. Good medium mouthfeel ..good carbonation. Easy drinker..kind of enjoyed it.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of draheim
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz aluminum bottle-can into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a big frothy eggshell heade.

Aroma is fruity and malty, a little grainy. Caramel and pilsner malts. Herbal and floral Old World hops, and a touch of moldy damp basement.

Taste follows nose. Fruity, malty, grainy. Floral/herbal hops that take a turn for the bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, moderately crisp.

Overall an OK Oktoberfest beer but nothing exceptional. I do like the packaging though.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.1%

Photo of farmboy530
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Not as amber as expected but more orange in color dense but not cloudy. Thick natural head, cream in color and texture. Long lasting, large bubbles in head thats frothy like a mocha.

S. Opens sweet and malty sharp and tart. Sharp like a pilsner, malty like an amber/English beer. The blend of sweet/sharp malt/hops is very pleasant giving way to strong lager or pilsner type yeast. maybe a touch of fruit as it warms.

T. Slight rich malty upfront but enjoyably balanced middle, like a west coast pale ale. The finish is dry and sharp/bitter like a great pilsner. Co2 and light alc taste make a crisp drinkable finish as the slight bready flavor gives way. Bitter aftertaste of a pilsner keeps me wanting more!

M. Med light bodied. Starts Med with the bready notes but finishes dry and crisp from Co2 and sharp hops. Goes down smooth with a little puckering on the after taste in the back of the mouth.

O. Really a fine beer! One might think of a laggered Fat Tire with pilsner yeast and hops. A very drinkable spring beer. If you like sharp bitter pilsner styles don't let the color fool you, grab one and try it. Not a bad thing to say about this beer except that I only had one...

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Photo of Brad007
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love Base Camp's aluminum bottles. There aren't any other breweries around here that ship beer in these containers.

Pours a very nice copper hue with a decent head. It's a northwest take on the traditional marzen/oktoberfest style.

Sweet with nary a kiss of hops on the nose. Better than I expected based on the hop selection atypical of northwestern beers.

Tastes just like a marzen should. Lots of sweet malt. The only thing that's different is a stronger hop imprint.

Mouthfeel confirms this. It seems to hit all the other sweet spots style-wise.

Definitely worth a try even for the novelty of the bottle.

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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured a transparent light amberish color with good carbonation presenting a nice fluffy dirty white cap. Head retention was pretty good leaving some curtains of lacing sticking to the glass

S: My immediate thought was a bit of caramel meets a nice nuttiness. The nose was somewhat pleasant but I did not receive the toasted oak.

T: Initially the beer comes off as crisp, refreshing and then an obnoxious like bittering slams your taste buds. The top of my mouth receives bit of toast bread, light caramel and nuts but my tongue and taste buds are dying from the cloying, lingering, bittering weird taste. It eventually just takes my palate by storm. The finish was somewhat dry with a light sweetness

M: The beer was well carbonated for the style, a bit cloying, not really creamy, medium body.

O: Not sure how to properly categorize this one. The Base Camp description comes off as a American Play on a traditional European Amber Lager with Marzen/Oktoberfest and Vienna Lagers. Either way, the beer was a bit cloying for me and tough to drink. I eventually drain poured this.

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Photo of cafemondegar
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it at Base Camp in Portland.
Appearance: Poured with very little to no head. I'd call the color a burnt orange. Was a little hazy in the glass.
Nose: Hoppy aroma, middling as in not subtle nor too obvious.
Taste or mouthfeel: A very well balanced, lovely Oktoberfest. Eminently drinkable, unobtrusive and wonderful. What stands out is the dry hopped nature that's not found in most beers of this style but I found it was a good use of the fantastic Northwest hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NW Fest from Base Camp Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 25 ratings