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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #183
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #27,817
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 7.92%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
15
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Reuben's Brews
 
Washington, United States
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 15
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into a tulip. Packaged 8/16/19. I like the can -- it reminds me of the old Hilliard's cans.

Appearance: crystal-clear body with a medium golden hue and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam with decent staying power. A good example of the style.

Smell: quite malty with just the right amount of breadiness and not too much biscuity character. It really works for me.

Taste: malty, biscuity, bready; it's definitely got more biscuit character than the aroma. This is in line with the style, if not totally to my taste. That said, it's a very well-made beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation and a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel for a beer of this style.

Overall: as I said, this is a carefully crafted beer -- it's just that the flavor profile isn't necessarily my favorite.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color into my preferred Delirium Tremens tulip. Nice head, but dissipated quickly. Very lazy lacing throughout the session, with a small ring of foam on top of the beer.

Sweet malt notes on the nose. Honey. Light floral hops.

Flavor mimicks the nose. More sweet malts, moderate hop bitterness. Moderate low floral hops. I feel like I get the slightest hint of buttered popcorn too. Pleasant and approachable.

Round, smooth mouth feel. Medium-light bodied. Moderate low carbonation. I believe this style is supposed to be more carbonated.

Overall this is a great lager from an American brewery. It wouldn't compare to the lagers in Munich, but this is very approachable and quite delicious. I think the carbonation needs to be bumped a little bit. I live about 5 blocks from Ruben's brewery in Ballard, so I know I'm drinking fresh--and it's fun to support a local independent brewer.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can purchased from Lifesource in Salem OR
$3.29
Pours a lighter copper color than expected with a nice frothy/rocky off white head.
Aromas of malty caramel malts..slight grassy hop in the end.
Taste mainlly malty with a slight hoppiness in thevend.
Nice mouth feel quite drinkable. Not a traditional marzen but probably closer to what the Germans drink during Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear golden hue, a finger plus of frothy white foam with average retention and little lacing. Very light coloration for style.

S: Oddly a touch over-roasted, biscuits and malt, wet stone scotchiness, and floral hop notes.

T: Similar to the nose but sweeter malt, biscuity, and some hop spice comes through. Not bad.

F: Light bodied and mostly dry with moderately high carbonation and a bit too bitter for me.

O: An interesting blonde take on the style, it is good, but not what I would go to when I'm looking for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned 8-16-19, opened 9-15-19.
1" off white head with good retention, beginnings of fresh lace. Deep golden color with great clarity.
Sweet bready malt, nutty with a hint of honey. Spicy, grassy hops integrate very well in a great aroma.
Bready, doughy malt. Similar nutty character as in the aroma. Subtle hop spice and a touch of herbal hop late.
Medium body, medium persistent carbonation. Sweet malt entry with a clean off-dry finish.
Fine example of Festbier. Very good.

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Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a bright, clean, clear medium gold color with an inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing.

The aroma was the expected lightly sweet malts, and floral hops that also had a touch of spice.

Same on the tongue, with the spiciness being a bit brighter, and the sweetness a bit stronger at the back.

The body was medium-light, smooth, and had a sweet finish.

Drinkability was very good, an easy brew to crush.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. maybe not top-tier, but very good indeed. certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can

Pours a lovely finger of white head into my mug, very frothy and creamy. Above average retention. Great initial lacing. Body has a tremendous amount of carbonation, and is a clear pale yellow in color. A little light in color for the style, but other than that it's impressive.

First thing I notice is a roasted, borderline burnt smell. Not only is this not an enjoyable smell, personally, but it's not to style. Mineral character buried underneath the roast. A little malt character comes through, but hard to get past the roast. Not very good on the nose.

Flavor is much more acceptable. No real roast to speak of on the flavor, that's good. I'm not a huge fan of Oktoberfest’s, but it's been a while since I've had one so I'm not sure if this sweet, almost boozy taste is common. I know they are supposed to be sweet, but I doubt there should be this booze tinge as well. Overall the malt character is pretty deep and has quality, minus the odd tinge at the end. Finishes a little bit sweet, but has some dryness as well. Good taste.

The carbonation is medium-high. The body is quite light. Overall sweet, but does have a touch of dryness sprinkled in. Mouthfeel is pretty close to authentic.

Drinkability is pretty high. It's light, and tastes decent.

The appearance turned out lovely, nice thick lacing down the glass.

Overall not a bad beer. Nose was not good, but the flavor had enough going on, and was somewhat balanced.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the first tilt of the can, it's obvious that this is a blonde Oktoberfest Bier. Shimmering gold with clear brilliance, capped by a very thin white foam. Unfortunately, this leaves zero surface coverage, hence no lacing either.

A simple one two punch from the aroma. Starts off with a good helping of freshly baked biscuits before being walloped by an overabundance of dried floral spiciness. But wait, a third back alley kind of pissiness comes through as it warms. Someone has had one too many maßkrugs und couldn't find zie badezimmer in time, yah?

The flavor follows with biscuits being front and center. A touch of honey, a barrage of flowery hops and spice, and a bit of soap to finish it off.

Reuben's O'fest offering is remarkably dry, light, and crisp, along with being well balanced, perhaps just a tad on the bitter side. A very easy bier to consume in mass quantities... perfect for the occasions implications.

A decent blonde Oktoberfest from Reuben's crew. It's high drinkability and beautiful color and clarity are it's stand outs, but it falls just bit short where it truly counts. Prost.

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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 15 ratings