Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
Ranked #67
Ranked #25,558
3.66 | pDev: 11.48%
Feb 28, 2023
May 31, 2013
Notes: Just cause it's dark and German doesn't mean it's an alt. Based on the obscure Kottbusser style of beer, this surprisingly dry beer retains all the aroma and nuance of honey (from bees) and molasses (not from bees) creating a perception of sweetness through cool, controlled fermentation. Because we're sweet enough damn it.

18 IBU
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium bronzed, lightly golden color with a moderate off white head. SRM of 20-21.

Aroma: Strong aromas of dark honey, smoked and toasted bread, some leather and caramel malts. Earthy and smokey off the end. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors upfront of smoked honey and floral notes. Some hints of citrus. Then toasted bread, caramel with a leathery note. Finishes with a lingering floral, leathery and smokey flavor. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied, average carbonation. Relatively clean. (3.75)

Compared to Fair State Dad Hat 2/2023: Pours lighter, milder head. Stronger aromas. More smoke and leather. Less molasses and rich amber malt. Lighter, cleaner.

Overall: An interesting Altbier here. Definitely has a smoked and dark honey flavor with some floral and citrus notes. Then classic toasted breadlines with some leathery notes. Classic twist from Off Color and a nice addition to an Altbier, or rather a honey beer as it doesn't have a whole lot of Altbier flavors. It's a Dark Honey Lager as described on the can. (Rating: 4.01)
Feb 28, 2023
Rated: 3.71 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin

Nov 05, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Unknown vintage; drank 3/2/15 @ the Yarchives.

Murky brown/red appearance.

Big khaki head; decent lace.

Peanut butter, fresh earth & honey in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Honey, peanut butter & graham cracker flavors up front; eucalyptus notes on the finish.

A bit watery despite all those flavors; it's enjoyable but won't stick in your memory too long.
Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Feb 10, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by JLaw55 from Missouri

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 2.41 by JoeyJellico from Kentucky

Oct 12, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Aug 27, 2018
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
L: Dark brown, almost opaque, with a touch of light translucent brown at the bottom of the glass. Off white head with good retention and some spotty lacing.

S: Honey, caramel, chewy cereal grains, maple syrup. Smells like Honey Nut Cheerios.

T: Milk chocolate, toasted brown bread, caramel, toffee, honey, molasses, cracked cereal grains, and hay.

F: Really thin and light for the rich aroma and complex taste. Quite watery.

O: A solid beer with a lot of interesting flavors. I just wish it had more oomph.
Aug 21, 2018
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Reviewed by craigbelly from Iowa

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice dark tea color. No head or lacing. Smells of sweet malt and honey/molasses. I like how the sweetness ends with a heavy dryness. Minimum hop presence. Kind of thin mouthfeel for all that's going on here.
Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
12oz bottle into 12oz tulip. Poured a very dark brown, with a thin cap of tan head that had no retention or lacing.

First scent is roasty malts. Some sweetness behind that.

Not as much roast on the tongue, more sweetness, and a hint of spiciness.

Body was on the thin side, with a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, probably wouldn't have two in a row though.

Overall, an nice little brew. Worth a shot if you see it.
Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Buffettman2018 from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by chicagobeerguy from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a coke like brown with no head, lots of bubbles. Bready, sweet caramel hops, slight hop profile but subdued, oatmeal, reminiscent to a bock smell. This beer is quite sweet with honey, sweet and roasted malts. Highly carbonated and very sweet. Overall this beer is not bad but a little too sweet for my liking.
Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 3.51 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Dec 25, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by Bbuck1990 from New York

Nov 23, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by rarigney from Washington

Nov 16, 2017
Rated: 3.06 by Roberto11232 from New York

Oct 04, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by cwkash from Kentucky

Sep 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Whiteweasel from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Extremely aggressive head with large off-white bubbles that fizzles into almost nothing after a short while. Extremely thick opaque brown (not black) color.

S: A hearty roastiness from an assortment of grains. Caramel, dark molasses, and a bit of smoke and oats.

T: Very interesting and complex. Rich tastes of oats, roasted barley, molasses, and is almost like a lighter barleywine. Shares characteristics with a doppelbock, though notably without the savory component. Slightly herbal and earthy like a pu-er tea.

M: Very refreshing mouthfeel, lots of carbonation but with big bubbles. Alcohol is minimal, but it still has the sweetness that high abv beers tend to have. Smokey molasses mouthfeel lingers pleasantly. Clears up quickly.

Overall: A very interesting beer with a much larger presence than the mouse on its label would suggest.
Sep 13, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by Shortbox81 from Washington

Aug 29, 2017
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: It pours brilliant brown with ruby highlights under a 1" light tan foam collar with good retention.

S: rich molasses aromas, some honey, and hints of nuts, chocolate and dark malts.

T: The flavors suggest a mildly sweet molasses honey nut cereal. The bitterness is mild but enough to keep the malts, honey and molasses from becoming cloying. Scurry dries out a little on the finish.

F: The molasses and honey lighten up the beer's body while the oats add creaminess. The carbonation is average.

O: This is a perfect beer to drink while smoking a pork butt.
Jun 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is based only on observations, and will revisit as I learn more about whatever the hell "kossbussers" are. So, yeah, poured into a stange, here’s the rest: The appearance was a dark brown color ranging close to a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within a quick minute. Lacing, uh...yeah, not there. The smell, wow, uh...there’s a whole lot going on - slight smokey to meatiness with a semi-thick sweet honey to somewhat thin molasses thing goin’ on. The taste was mainly sweet with a slight smokey to honey underneath rolling into a light dried molasses flavor. There’s no aftertaste and a slight quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium. Carbonation runs really light, and I don’t mind that as it leads to a sweet sticky sort of feel slyly clinging to my tongue. Overall, uh...well, I liked it for me.
Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 3.28 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 06, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by telescifly from Colorado

May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I picked this up at my local liquor store here in the burbs since my parents were coming into town and I wanted something local and interesting for my Dad and I to try out together. This once caught my eye as being a bit off the wall for American styles and the local craft scene.

This beer pours a dark brown (with a bit of copper to it) hue that is somewhat hard to see through but seems clear/filtered. Carbonation is moderate and the head is a khaki color, creamy, and dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. 4/5 The aroma is of moderate intensity and is evenly balanced with just a slight lean towards the sweet end of the spectrum with malt notes of grain, Hawaiian sweet bread, molasses, honey, hazelnuts, and baker's chocolate. None of these are particularly sticky sweet, they just bring out a light sweetness that is multi-layered. Earthy, grassy, and herbal hops come through, balancing the malt profile and lightening the aroma. The molasses and honey both come out more strongly as the beer warms (not so much early on when the beer is colder). 3.5/5 The flavor, as with the aroma, is evenly balanced with just a slight lean toward sweet with malted barley, Hawaiian sweet bread, hazelnuts, and baker's chocolate starting things off. The hops ease in with an earthy/grassy/herbal profile that brings any malt sweetness back down to Earth, although there is a bit of a chemical note that comes in with the hops. The molasses and honey from the aroma don't really come through for me in the flavor. The finish is moderately short and is somewhat faint with the malt, instead of the hops, coming through more strongly here and easing the flavor of the beer out the door. Bitterness is mild. 3.5/5 This is a light to medium bodied beer that has faint carbonation that comes across more as a tickle, and is slick but chalky on the tongue. It is not drying per se, but not wetting or coating either. The mouthfeel disappears quite quickly from the tongue after swallowing. 3.75/5 This is a very interesting beer with a multi-layered aroma and flavor, although neither are particularly strong. However this does make for an easy drinking beer that is quite versatile. 3.5/5
Mar 15, 2017
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at HopCat Chicago, served in a 14oz tulip glass. Reviewed live at the bar.

The beer pours a dark brown color, red hues, almost a cola brown, opaque with a thin, khaki head, hardly a finger that struggles with retention and lace, though a nice ring of head clings to the circumference of the glass. The aroma is pleasant, dark malts, rich and grainy, brown sugar, light chocolate, strong honey lingers with some caramel. The flavors match the nose well, lots of rich and hearty dark grain, bready and chewy with brown sugar, light chocolate, caramel with a really nice honey finish that helps to balance the beer nicely. The mouthfeel is good, coats incredibly well, smooth medium body that feels really full yet smooth and gentle with a creamy finish.

Verdict: A nice Altbier from Off Color. Nice and hearty without being too big and bold, easy drinking and definitely hits the spot on a cold afternoon. Nice complex flavors out of a seemingly "little" beer.
Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 3.41 by carrollmel7 from North Carolina

Feb 04, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Well this is the most different beer from Off Color I've had. Everything else is a tart/sour lactic kettle sour feel to it, this is one that is just a straight up traditional for the most part alt from my perspective.

Pours brown. 1/2" off white head. Better than average retention. Aroma hits the darker malts but not quite roasted feels, instead this has more of a darker honey nut Cheerios vibe to it. Slight woody impact.

Taste is smooth, backend mouth feel dry, nutty, malty, toffee. Tiny bit of dark fruit feels throughout. Carbonation on point. Unsweetened cola feels as well.
Feb 03, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by mudROCK from Illinois

Dec 04, 2016
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Reviewed by SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours from the bottle a dark brown with ruby highlights and a light tan, creamy head that fades to a skiff and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is nutty and chocolate and a hint of dark fruit and brown sugar. Very tasty. Nuts an chocolate with a hint of fruit. A dry and slightly bitter finish is quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium, soft and smooth
Well carbonated. Excellent.
Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by Haybeerman from Colorado

Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by Sappyjoker from Illinois

Oct 18, 2016
Rated: 3.21 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

Sep 26, 2016
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Rated by kwalispecial from Maine

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark color, nice smell, almost no head. Rich flavor, not bitter, some taste of honey and malt, but not too sweet.
Sep 19, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Sep 18, 2016
Rated: 4.7 by Jvanve02 from Illinois

Sep 15, 2016
Rated: 4.32 by evanwoertz from California

Sep 10, 2016
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz. bottled on 19 May 16

Pours dark reddish-brown with a quickly dissolving frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like roasty toasted malts, chocolate, dark nutty coffee, plum, cherry, fig, apple, pear, some honey, molasses, oat, vanilla, mild spice, with woody earthy herbal grass. Tastes like roasty toasted malts, chocolate, dark nutty coffee, pear, apple, plum, cherry, fig, some honey, molasses, oat, vanilla, mild spice, with woody earthy herbal grass. Feels light-medium bodied, crisp with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice brew.
Sep 06, 2016
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look: Pours a hazelnut hue with a one finger, cream colored head.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee, roasted chocolate malt, molasses. Notes of fudge and toasted bread.

Taste: Flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate wafers and burnt toast upfront. Molasses is prominent but not overpowering. An understated and creamy oatmeal flavor lingers on the finish with more notes of smokey toasted malt and nuts.

Feel: Crisp. Medium body, light carbonation. Bittersweet and roasty, but not taxingly so on the palate.

Overall: Very refreshing with lots of roasted chocolate malt and nutty, smokey flavor. I very much enjoyed this.
Sep 05, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Sep 02, 2016
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