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Oaktober Ale | Karben4 Brewing

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4.04/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States
karben4.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hiking in the bluffs of Devil’s Lake State Park during the first weekend of October is one of the greatest treasures available. This ale, fermented at near-lager temperatures, is an attempt to capture that magic in a glass. Soft toffee notes are wrapped up in a blanket of the flavors of fresh baked bread. The whole experience is accented with a pleasant and subtle woodsy experience provided by a whiskey-soaked blend of French and American oak. Try it for yourself and see if you can fight the urge to jump in a freshly-raked pile of leaves.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,168
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
44
pDev:
15.35%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Scubon1c
1.42/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This "Oktoberfest" beer if you want to be so generous is a failure. It's as if the brewmaster had a recipe for a great Oktoberfest but instead of brewing w water they chose to use cat piss and 3am vomit as a substitute mixture.

Don't waste your time if you like a traditional Oktoberfest

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Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ton of flavor how low the abv. The oak is awesome. It adds a nice amount of wood and vanilla flavor. Easy drinking with a big flavor and nice smooth feel. Caramel, bread, oak.

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Photo of npendres
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffSK
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danmullens1
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shy5
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakea
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SCW
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drew26
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marticusrex
2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer the first year Karben4 brewed it and I was stunned. Went back to try it again this year (which I believe is the 3rd time (?) its been brewed) and I was not impressed. Not sure if my tastes have changed, or if Karben4 has lost some of their quality control while increasing their output.

The pour looks beautiful, nice and clear and a nice orange hue. Aroma is nice as well, woody, roasty malt. Taste is where this all goes downhill. I know they brew this as an ale instead of a lager and I'm not sure that's working well for this beer anymore. Has a slightly sour, acrid like taste. Just way too harsh instead of a smooth drinking Marzen. Hops are present, in fact way too present, it overwhelms what "oakiness" is there. I think I'll stop here.

I'll always love their mainstay "Fantasy Factory", but I was very disappointed with this beer. I think they should brew it as a lager going forward. Wanted my money back.

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Photo of Westuh
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cheesy26
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of WiscoTerr
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev -1%

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Oaktober Ale from Karben4 Brewing
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 44 ratings