Norden Hoch Oktoberfest
North High Brewing Company

Norden Hoch OktoberfestNorden Hoch Oktoberfest
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #162
Ranked #29,273
3.78 | pDev: 8.2%
North High Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
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.
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Squire from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -8.5%
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 +0.3%
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.


Oct 14, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -1.9%
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: 84 out of 100 with 24 ratings