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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #47
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #17,947
Avg:
4 | pDev: 5%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
22
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: This amber lager was brewed with a traditional step mash process. The grist is a rich combination of German Vienna and Munich II malts that give warm notes of honey, caramel, and a fresh-baked loaf of seeded bread. Malty-sweet flavor with a crisp body and a subtle balancing bitterness.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 9/9/20; consumed on 11/6/20

Pours a heavily foggy copper-orange body capped with two fingers of fluffy, dense, slightly off-white foam: great head retention fades to a half-finger of chunky cap, a full, frothy collar, and thick gobs of soapy, webby lacing holding firmly to the glass.

Aroma opens with bready, pumpernickel spice and an airy yeast, with apple peel and pear accents and a spritzy minerality coming through softly over the middle; light caramel malts and woody wisps of pencil shavings develop on the back end, while faint apricot zest and a prickle of grass works to even the established, sweeter malts on the close.

Taste features bready yeast with touches of grassy spice and caramel malts interspersed between at the forefront of the profile, easing into firmer notes of black bread crusts over the mid-palate and into caramel sweetness tempered nicely by an herbal/floral hop tone to the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body along with a fluffy, rounded carbonation offering a pillowy texture over the palate before dissipating to a subtle grit over the mid-palate and eventually, a clean, level, and moderately dry finish; a muddled thinness threatens a crisper texture, though is never fully attained.

A disparate minerality and largely unchecked yeast aside, the foundation of this Mãrzen is largely refined and easygoing; despite this, the flavor profile is engaging yet unestablished and feeling incomplete in its expression, and the end result is thus a safe, unremarkable option for the style.

Nov 07, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber body, finger of cream head, light lacing. Toast and caramel malts to the max in the smell. Taste is much the same, starting more bitter, bready, and toasty, going to a sweeter caramel and honey note to finish. Body is medium, crisp, malty and smooth. Good all around oktoberfest

Oct 22, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a becker a clear copper with a full one finger white head atop.Big crusty bread in the nose along with caramel/nougat,more crisp than sweet.A dryer American-brewed O-fest,sharp and quite dry with underlying caramel wich is a nice role reversal.Slightly sharp in the mouthfeel but still doesn't take much away from the drinkability.Very food friendly and highly drinkable,a winner here.

Oct 07, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice autumnal copper with two fingers of fluffy head. The nose has some bready qualities but lacks the nuttiness and toastiness I like in this style. The flavor profile leaves me wanting in much the same way the nose does.

This was a nice effort. But for the price, I was pretty disappointed.

Oct 03, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber, big frothy 2.5" head that leaves really pronounced lacing. Aroma is malt-forward, hearty bread, honey, and a mild undertone of earthy hops. Flavor is more balanced than I expected from the nose - there's an initial bready sweetness that is quickly balanced by an earthy hop bitterness; finish, however, brings it back to a rich, doughiness. Mouthfeel is a low-moderate, refreshing and crisp. Very enjoyable.

Sep 26, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a golden orange color, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like rich malt, honey, baked bread, spicy hops, toffee, and toast.

I wouldn't really expect Grimm to nail this, but they did. It's got a fantastic malt backbone to it, with rich toffee, breadiness, and a slight sweetness, along a firm spicy hop character that never overwhelms. Everything is in its right place.

This is creamy, and crisp, with a great level of drinkability, and a nice smooth but dry finish.

It's refreshing to see Grimm do this one so well.

Oct 03, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

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

Review #1000. Fitting that it's a marriage of two types of beer I have really come to love; cask beer and Oktoberfestbier.

On cask @ Grimm Artisanal Ales in Brooklyn, NY.

Medium amber with a big, fluffy head. Great clarity. Bready malt aroma with a touch of spicy hops. Very smooth and malty, leading to a heavy and dry finish. Medium, almost medium-full in body.

What a cool treat to have this on cask! I wish it was just a touch light on it's feet but this is a really enjoyable Oktoberfest.

Oct 03, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Ruck, Troy, NY

A: The beer is a little hazy coppery amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a large patch of white bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has even stronger flavors of toasted malts with a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the balance between the toasted and caramel malts in the taste of this beer. It is a very good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

Sep 28, 2019
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 22 ratings