Queen City Brewery

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #170
Ranked #29,162
3.8 | pDev: 8.68%
Queen City Brewery
Vermont, United States
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jrc1093
jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/24/20

Pours a translucent, lightly foggy orange-copper body topped with ¾ of a finger of semi-creamy, off-white foam; decent head retention yields a fuzzy, paper-thin cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and specks of blotchy lacing spread around the glass.

Aroma expresses vivid green apple, brown sugar, caramel malts to start, uniquely emulating a sort of earthy caramel apple; brown bread and touches of earthy spice develop over time, followed by a floral yeastiness coming through toward the close.

Taste opens with spiced apple peel and a flowing, fruity malt profile highlighting toasted bread and a clean minerality into the mid-palate, where further green apple notes integrate with toasted grain on the back end alongside light black bread, caramel malts, and a hint of yeastiness.

Mouthfeel offers a primarily clean, medium-light body and a rounded, moderate-high carbonation dissipating with a spritzy prickle across the mid-palate and imparting a stuff dryness carrying a smooth, malty grit through an easygoing finish accented with distant hop bitterness.

Fresh apple tones are integrated brilliantly throughout, synchronized with a spiking, lighter malt profile and even more delicate hop presence; the fault in composure is really the lack of fortitude behind the malts, which would otherwise balance the profile as a whole, but instead allows a perfectly acceptable fruity uniqueness to overextend across the entirety of the beer. As a result, it remains steady yet largely unremarkable.

Oct 31, 2020
Photo of Bierman9
Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alewife and I swung by QCB on 20SEP20 for a few, at the start of a 5-night VT vacation.... Each started with a pint of this, at $6.00.

Poured a clean, clear, medium-copper color. Had light carbo, a thin, wispy, white head, and nice lace. Aroma was of toasty malts and semisweet caramel. Body was medium, with a fairly smooth feel on the tongue.

Tasted a smidge bready, with more toast and caramel. Had a hint of hop spiciness in the finish. Solid and well made. Prosit!!

4/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Sep 26, 2020
Photo of SABERG
SABERG from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 8/24/2020 into the test glass
A - Medium amber color, wonderfully clear, excellent carbonation on full display.
Thin white cap resides through the experience.
S - Threads of warm bread , caramel, earthy hops
T - Sweet malts , a bit of herbal hops, caramel is every so slight.
M - Medium heft, light carbonation, semi sweet start, pleasant dry finish.
O - A very nice Marzen style offering, avoids the sweet trap, and I stays in a narrow true to style track

Sep 20, 2020
Photo of WoodBrew
WoodBrew from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at the brewery. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that did not leave much lace. The scent had faint malt and biscuit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet malt start and subtle yeast finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Oct 11, 2019
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek from New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a light amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like bready/caramelly malt, some light fruitiness, and a bit of nuttiness.

This is solid, if not a touch uninspiring. It's got a nice maltiness, but it's a touch watery, and doesn't feel as rich as I'd want out of the style. It's just maybe a bit too caramelly.

This is light bodied and pretty drinkable, with a pleasant crispness on the back end.

This certainly isn't in the upper echelon for the style, but it was still a nice attempt.

Sep 26, 2019
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a solid amber with a nice off-white head that lasts a good while. In the nose, it is solidly malt. In the mouth, the same, heavy on caramel. Decent.

Sep 08, 2019
Photo of Greenlabel
Greenlabel from New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to acquire a can in a trade. One of the very best Marzen-style beers I've enjoyed this year. My only regret is that it's a seasonal - seems to me that the Marzen style is worthy of more than a few months availability.

Oct 24, 2018
Photo of Lone_Freighter
Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a clear mug.
The appearance was a nice copper color with a light transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a mostly slow pace. Finger's worth of white foamy head started and slid off at a semi-slow pace, some light messy lace.
The aroma had some toast, sweet nuts, light roast, some biscuits, moderate earthy/grassiness and ended with a little bit of dried sweet apples.
The flavor was mainly sweet running through the biscuits, nuts and apples. Light caramel/toffee malts came in a semi-sweet fashion. Slight aftertaste of the malts with some of that nutty to toastiness.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Nice toast to nuttiness rolling into the finish.
Overall, very nicely done Oktoberfest well worthy of coming back to every Autumn.

Nov 07, 2017
Photo of daudelin2000
daudelin2000 from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma is slightly toasty with some caramel sweetness. Taste is very smooth. The toastiness from the aroma comes through in the flavor. Doesn't overwhelm you with walls of flavor, but is very crisp. Very true to the style. Mouthfeel is pretty full which I like. Overall, a solid beer.

Sep 29, 2016
Photo of bluehende
bluehende from Delaware

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a small sample at the brewery. A very nice Octoberfest. Very nice color and a very traditional flavor. If you can find this one I would get it as it is one of the better Octoberfest's I have had.

Oct 10, 2015
Oktoberfest from Queen City Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 25 ratings