Norden Hoch Oktoberfest
North High Brewing Company

Norden Hoch OktoberfestNorden Hoch Oktoberfest
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Style:
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #236
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,439
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 8.31%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
28
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North High Brewing Company
 
Ohio, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Norden Hoch OktoberfestNorden Hoch Oktoberfest
Notes: Rich, malty, amber lager. The Vienna malt base creates a biscuity backbone and the melanoiden malt delivers a hint of toastiness.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 28 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio

3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. My wife bought this as a "mixed 6" blind taste as a gift for our anniversary. I thought this was a run-of-the-mill lager, as it lacked any of the toastiness or flavor of a typical Oktoberfest. Very earthy compared to other lagers. The smell was tart, the tast was a little better. The best part of this is the feel - nice and crisp.

Oct 02, 2020
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Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The nose is the best part of this brew. The look is a little cloudy. The feel is too flat upfront and dry at the end for the style. I’d be more okay with that sort of deviation if the taste were excellent. But unique is probably the kindest word I’d use to describe the taste. At times quite tart and sweet, at times reminiscent of the typical Märzen toasted malt flavor. Overall, for people who like sour ales, this may be the Oktoberfest beer for you. But if you are looking for a easy drinking, refreshing, crisp lager with good malt taste, you’ll probably want to avoid this one. It’s not the kind of beer I’d ever want to drink more than one of. I poured it from an undated can, a couple weeks after September purchase. Maybe it all comes together better on draft?

Sep 23, 2020
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Squire from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich amber gold color with lasting cap and lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel toasted malt.

Taste is malt forward with a depth of malt richness. It maintains a sense of dryness while remaining rich with a toasty malt character at it's base.

Medium full texture with balancing carbonation.

This is what I think of as classic Oktoberfest with it's malt forward approach which it maintains from start to finish with just enough hop presence to keep things in balance. Enough balance to match food and something I'm comfortable offering any guest.

Nov 05, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into dimpled mug, canned on 8/18/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/light copper color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big brown sugar, brown bread crust, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of bready malts and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. A bit fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Taste of big brown sugar, brown bread crust, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread crust, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors, minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth and creamy/bready/grainy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal hop stickiness or dryness. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a delicious Oktoberfest. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the minimally bitter/drying finish. Very clean and rich Munich, Vienna, and Melanoidin malt complexity; with just enough earthy hop balance against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Jan 06, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this off the Single Shelf from the nearby Giant Eagle. It poured a clear amber with white frothy head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of sour dough. The taste was nicely balanced and easy but leaned sour. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall I'm not overly thrilled with the slight sour leaned but it's an ok beer.

Nov 21, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz can in a snifter via Growler Stop in Newtown. This nice fest
pours a chill hazed luminous deep amber with a nice head of off white foam that settles
to a thin ring, thin layer, and shows light sudsy lacing. Nose of toasted malts, caramel,
mild earthy hop notes, and light toffee. Flavors follow the nose with caramel
and toasted malts, a light berry note with cherries shows itself briefly and then fades to the
herbal hops on the rear mingling with light breaded malt notes. Excellent mouth feel;
medium high carbonation, medium body, and a sweet finish.

Overall it is a solid Oktoberfest beer from a great brewer.

Cheers

Oct 14, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing copper with a creamy off-white head that falls leaving very nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of burnt toast. Malts are obviously there. Some cherry in the mix. Mild hints of caramel and toffee. The flavors follow the nose. More toast along with a decent bitterness. Some nutty characteristics. Solid malt backbone, but it doesn't really come off as sweet at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very solid Oktoberfest. Nice aromas and flavors. The craftsmanship is on point. Good stuff.

Sep 09, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Having been a fan of many North High tastes, I had high hopes for this. It opens pretty flat out of the can. I am serving it a little colder than usual, which does not help.

It has an interesting funky tart smell. Unfortunately, that smell doesn't really get translated into taste very much. It tastes somewhat dry, not typical for the style, but a nice change of pace.

I can't see anything on the can with a date, but I have to think it is pretty fresh. So this is what it is supposed to be. Not bad, but don't expect what most US brewers are selling as Marzen. It is not nearly as sweet.

Sep 17, 2016
Norden Hoch Oktoberfest from North High Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 28 ratings