Ok2berfest | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Modeled after the classic “Marzenbier” (pronounced “maer-tsen beer”) Octoberfest style that was traditionally the beer served at the Munich Oktoberfest. This is the classic amber lager.

Added by tobelerone on 11-04-2013

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Photo of BeersAndPretzels
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of G-Style
4.9/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

All I can say is wow. Did not expect this from a can. I am primarily a glass (pint or bottle) drinker. I particularly like the Ok2berfest art. It was very festive. Semi sweet, great flavored Oktoberfest style lager. Take what you know about an american style lager and Oktoberfest beer and this is what you have. I highly recommend.

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Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am very picky about marzen beers. The standard is set by a handful of German breweries who execute it with exacting precision and consistency. Anything significantly outside of those guidelines, at least to me, should be called something else. The majority of US-made "octoberfest" beers miss the mark. Generally they are too thick, too sweet, too dark, too spiced... some or all of the above. So I tend to avoid them and stick with the Germans.

However, contrary to my rule I took a chance on this version from Two Roads, and I'm not too disappointed. Maybe a tiny bit disappointed still, but given the context I'm pleasantly surprised that it is as good as it is. The color, body, sweetness, mouthfeel... are *mostly* in line with traditional versions. Many kudos to Two Roads! It is rare that I will give such praise to a US brewery in this category. If I were to be nitpicky (which I am, admittedly)... I would say it is still *slightly* too sweet and thick. But only by a bit. For the most part I'm happy with it. Well done Two Roads, I hope others follow your example.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jseidl
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Houlio_99
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am SO ashamed! The approved pic is of a CAN & my initial review of this beer is going to be from a Bottle! 8=(

From the Bottle: "Take the road less travelled"; "Märzen Style Lager"; "Ein Prosit!"; "Ok2berfest possesses a smooth, toasty caramel malt profile with the crisp character of a traditional German lager."

During WWII, the Allies often referred to the Nazis as "Lager slurpers" in a derogatory way, but I am proud to be at least part German & LOVE Lagers, especially a Czech Pils.

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle C-Line pour into my awaiting Festbier stein. I was both fascinated & elated by the way it formed two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head all on its own without any coaxing from yours truly. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but definitely big for a Lager and an Oktoberfest bier. I agree with their use of the word "toasty", but I think that they oversold "caramel". I expected a sugary malt bomb, which would not be stylistically incorrect, but instead, it had a pleasant bready toastiness. It was incredibly easy-drinking & I had put away most of it without much thought until I realized that I was engaged in wool-gathering & NOT my review. I really did not get "Caramel" at all, which is good, since the BJCP Style Guide expressly disapproves of such. I'm a little curious as to its current 3.7/Good rating since it is well within guidelines. I always try to Rate/Review to Style & not to personal taste, except in the "Overall" score, so my numbers may seem high as a result. Finish was semi-sweet, but if you were to say "semi-dry", I would not put up an argument. This was a quality example of the style, IMHO & you CAN bet that I will be looking for it in a CAN!

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Photo of IronLover
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, creamy, off-white foam with medium low retention. Rich, bready and toasted malt aromas with light, earthy, herbal hop notes and graininess. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light smooth feel up front with a bit of warmth near the finish. Malty flavor up front followed by bready notes and toasted maltiness. Medium, spicy herbal hop bite through the middle followed by more rich malt and bready malt flavors. Finished with light herbal hoppiness and bready malt notes. Great balance and a nice showcase of subtle malt characters. Just enough hoppiness in the middle to keep this from being to sweet. Tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear copper with a small foamy white head. Medium retention. Some spotty lacing is left behind.

S: Toasted brown bread, grassy herbal hops, some caramel.

T: Sweet toasty malts, bread crust, caramel, toffee, earth, and a touch of green grass. Lightly sweet, with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Crisp and clean.

F: Medium, well carbonated, smooth, clean.

O: A really solid Marzen. Enjoyable.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Golden amber. Good clarity. Light carbonation.

Caramel, toast, white bread, brown sugar, cracker, and grain.

Caramel, cracker, and toasted grain. Country white bread, toast, and a pinch of brown sugar. Light leafy, earthy hops.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, smooth, and refreshing.

Very nicely done. Toasty, malty, balanced, and traditional.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish copper color, medium bodied with about average carbonation .
Aroma is roasted malts, yeasty bread, bread crust, and caramel.
Taste is about the same as aroma. It is sweet but far from cloying. Malt is dominate yet this isn't a malt bomb, all the the other flavors are there equally.
I thought this was an excellent attempt at the style and really appreciated the subtle malt flavors.
I will make a point of looking for this again now as well as next fall when they hopefully make this again

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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid Marzen style lager.
Chestnut brown with 2-finger beige head with Nice lacing.
Nutty and caramel aromas along with bready malt with light herbal floral hop note
Flavor is also well-crafted with light caramel, bread crust, and nutty finish with light floral hop note. Low-medium bitterness.
Smooth and easy to drink with low-medium body and medium carbonation.
Great job on nailing this style Two Roads.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 5, 2018... OCCASION: Dad's surgery a success, I toast the surgeon and the fall season... GLASSWARE: cut glass mug... pours from a sixteen-ounce can an off-white head that expands then fizzles nearly a third of the glass before settling to a frothy, thickening half-finger... the amber body leans towards orange, bright and autumnal, though its lack of effervescence is notable... caramel, butterscotch, sweet toffee, light floral hops, and hints of herb garden--this is a fest that covers all its bases... first sip confirms the suspicion: sweet, live, medium-bodied, an easy finish, a mild draw and a winning experience... sweetness prevails--caramel, toffee, and bread malts make for a holy trinity of Oktoberfest goodness... a lightness of hops add a layer of flowery spiciness that builds the profile beyond the average expectation of the genre... this lacks graininess or any other detrimental aspect--clearly a polished, easy-drinking beer that, at 5.8%, straddles the line between sessionable and slow-sipping... one of the better Two Roads I have had, and one I appreciate is sold in 16 oz. cans...

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another beauty from Patrick. Thanks again guy!

Ok2berfest as just as purdy as a lot of them out there. Vibrant and glowing orange color with good clarity, and a sturdy off white foam that let's it's presence speak for itself by not going anywhere.

The aroma is wonderful on this one. Lots of toasty notes. Toasted bread, toasted nuts, toasted spices, toasted caramel... well, caramelized caramel. Overall, this smells toasty and sweet.

Great flavor. White bread crusts with lots of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg like spice, and a mildly red apple fruitiness, all the while maintaining that toasted cereal grains taste and just a pinch of Noble hop finish along with what I percieve as fresh oak. Lovely.

A rich medium bodied beer with a soft and smooth carbonation. A little more filling than your average O'fest beer, which I am really enjoying. It's supremely balanced as well and finishes just dry enough.

I think this may be one of my favorites of the season this year. Love everything about it from the can art to the feel, but what's most important is where this shines. Flavor.

Thanks again Patrick! Prost.

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Photo of twosheds
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange hue with a white head.

The smell is nice balance of malt hops, and yeast. A little fruity and a little bready.

Flavor is well balanced as well with just the right amount of hop bitterness to set off the subtley sweet malt.

Overall, this is a great well balanced lager. Nothing about it stands out too much, but I think that's kind of that point.

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Photo of joe1510
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz Can

Another big thanks to Patrick for this guy! Two Roads Marzen glows bright orange in the glass.A little haze throughout the body diffuses the light and creates that glow. Carbonation rushes from what seems like every surface of the glass to the slightly dirty white foam. The head grew to two fingers on the pour and ever so slowly receded to a thick crown over several minutes. Good looking beer this is.

Ok2berfest brings the malt. There's a touch of somewhat spicy brown bread, some soft toastiness, and some earthiness for good measure. Cereal grains bring some sweetness, not much. The hop profile is somewhat buried but what's there is a touch on the herbal, spicy side of the spectrum. Mild alcohol fumes add some depth.

The flavor is much the same. It's a little sweet off the bat with the cereal grains and white bread. A little spiciness pops up in the middle through the finish with a spicier brown bread and herbal hop spiciness. The flavors run together a bit but it's still vivid and bright. This is good.

The mouthfeel fits nicely. The body is a tick shy of moderate in weight with a snappy carbonation that pushes the beer through at a quick clip. It's nicely dry on the swallow with a soft lingering bitterness that boosts the drinkability quite a bit. This is an easy beer to plow through.

This is a nice solid take on an Oktoberfest from the guys at 2 Roads. It's clean and bright with a nice dryness and drinkability that goes on for days. I could certainly drink more of these in the future. Thanks again, Patrick.

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Photo of bluehende
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beersilio
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rojohns22
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vgahunia
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice clear light amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has light malty and bready hints
T-The taste follows the aroma with light malty and bready flavors
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice Octoberfest beer

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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