Oaktober | Karben4 Brewing

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Brewed by:
Karben4 Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 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.

Added by Ri0 on 09-24-2013

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Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shy5
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drew26
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marticusrex
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
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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3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives looking very much like a glass of whiskey in a snifter once the modest head fades and the few streaks of lacing disappear

Smell: Toffee and woody tones

Taste: Toffee and woody tones lead, with earthy elements adding some complexity; a hint of the whiskey appears in the finish along with the grainy tones and a bit of lager twang

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Extra points for creativity here as this is a malty, woody treat; certainly not your father's Oktoberfest

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4.92/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Karben4's taproom. Full pint poured into a Karben4 snifter 9/14/2014.

A- Dark orange-brown body, as expected of an Oktoberfest style beer. Half finger white head with short retention time, not a lot of lacing to speak of. [3.75]

S- Whoa. Whiskey, oak dominates on the nose. There isn't a lot of underlying malt sweetness to be had in the nose- very oak-forward with whiskey. It's like smelling a shot of Scotch. Not bad, but it's not what I expected. [3.75]

F- This is quite good. The toasted amber malt sweetness comes forward quite well and plays well with the oak, vanilla and the whiskey. There is a nice overall breadiness that makes the whiskey flavours seem unreal, like they don't belong in this beer. At the same time, it's really quite different. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, very dry with a strong whiskey finish. Reminds me a good bit of sipping on a single malt scotch. Surprisingly for a 5.7% ABV beer, this is damn whiskey-forward, but in a good way- all the flavours of whiskey but without the ABV. Very nice. [4.25]

O- Very interesting beer, never had anything like it before. If you like your scotch with a bit of carbonation, this could very well be the beer for you. [4]

Final score: 4.075

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BearEssentials
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Sweeter than the breast milk of a Cambodian immigrant;)

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Great Beer!

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.16 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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