Octoberfest | BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Arizona, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional seasonal lager has a malty, toasty character with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Amber in color, medium-bodied and very smooth from a long lagering process.

Added by AtLagerHeads on 11-02-2003

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with a 2" head. Light lacing develops.

Smell: very little aroma, as only some caramel sweetness comes through.

Taste: caramel, mild bitterness, some soft fruit sweetness, and a hint of nuttiness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste lingers a while.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one. This one will hit the spot if you are looking for an oktoberfest.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrives with no head to speak of, with a clear amber color and of course way to cold from both the frozen glass and the too cold tap. The aroma has notes of caramel, a touch of toast character towards the finish and even a bit of fruity hop / malt character to it (seems to produce a mix of berry and currant notes).

The beer is of course quite cold (despite efforts to warm the glass up to this point), which accents the lingering hop bite and a significantly herbal hop character (significant by Oktoberfest standards). There are some berry notes here in the flavor too; these seem hop derived, though they are certainly accentuated by the caramelized malt flavors also found in this beer. The malt has a light toastiness to it and even a touch of nuttiness, though the caramelized grain notes are the most significant malt component. This is nice and clean with a chewy malt heft that produces a touch of viscous character.

I like that this is a hop focused example of an Oktoberfest herbal / berry notes add a solid, extra dimension to the more typical malt character.

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Photo of DucksFan16
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mynie
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a location somewhere in Maryland that BA doesn't seem to think exists...

Pours a dark copper, filtered and medium bodied.

Smells malty, medium strength. Toffee and bread, rounded and sweet. A good marzen aroma, but perhaps a bit too timid.

Tastes like it smells: a boilerplate marzen, perhaps a little weak, but no off nodes whatsoever. Frankly, I'd take this over one that was cereal-heavy.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one came to the table and actually still had some thin off-white head on it. Fades to a nice film and collar.

Served a bit cold, but has scents of caramel, sweet malts and floral hops. All discernable, which is pretty exciting.

Sweet, nutty, malty flavor. Some roastyness. Generous floral hops balance this brew out nicely. A bit thin and a touch too sweet, but this is not a bad beer at all.

I could drink another...and maybe even another after that!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Columbus location. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that is short-lived. Spotty lacing on the glass with a ring near the top. Mildly malty aroma with a bit of caramel and hops. Light and smooth body with a moderately malty character. Some light hops here and there as well. The finish is lightly bitter hops with a lingering sweet maltiness. Fairly average all around.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Newark Ca location on 10/11/2010. The marzen pours a medium orange gold color. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet with a bunch of ice tea. A medium bodied October fest beer. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal. Decent carbonation. A little on the sweet side and the bready malts seem a little subdued. A touch of orange at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of Overlord
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I felt like asking for a blowtorch to thaw out the near freezing beer in a near frozen mug they gave me. *sigh*

Poured a clear coppery brown. Inch or two of light tan foam, not as head-sy or carbonated-y as I expected.

Smells ... sweet. Like, sugar and caramel sweet. Maybe a faint trace of ... naw, it's just sweet. Taste maybe rounds out the sugary sweet caramel malt with a splash of earthiness, but just a splash.

Pretty one note, and the mouthfeel was a little too flat for me. Still, it's better than some of the soul-shattering swill they serve at B.J.'s.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LakerLeith
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mikeg67
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at BJ’s in Houston (Brewed by St Arnolds). Pours orange with a white, short lived, foamy head. Aroma is of caramel malt and hints of hops. Medium, crisp body. Taste is herbal, earthy hops up front followed by toasted malt and caramel. Long, bitter finish. Nicely done Oktoberfest.

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

Photo of Danobold
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orangish amber with good head development and lacing. The nose is caramel malty with some nice spice hopping sesne. Good rcih flavoring with malt sweetness contained nicely by the hopping. The feel is medium with a decently crisp finish. Very drinkable beer.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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

I was given the beer and it didn't have much head, but that is the pourer's fault. The lacing was decent and the color was a perfect amber.

Smell took on a caramel and toasty malt characteristic. It was a little faint though.

The taste took on what the nose suggested. There is just enough hop bitterness to balance to caramel and toasty malts making this beer fairly simple and easy to drink. The only thing I didn't care for was the amount of malt. I like my oktoberfests to be fuller and maltier. These characteristics transfer to the mouthfeel and drinkability.

This beer doesn't set it's self apart from other oktoberfests. It's just a typical decently done oktoberfest.

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

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Octoberfest from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 38 ratings