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Schwandtoberfest | Bauhaus Brew Labs

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3.86/5
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53 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bauhaus Brew Labs
Minnesota, United States
bauhausbrewlabs.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
What the hosen is Schwandtoberfest?! In a word: magical. This Bavarian style festbier is a true family tradition featuring rich, toasty malt balanced by a crisp hop bitterness and floral hop aroma of tangerines and orange blossom. This beer is the only excuse you nee to don your finest pair of lederhosen.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,033
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
53
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of jkblr
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned August 2018 poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp 5.7% ABV 27 IBU per can. The beer pours mostly bright brownish amber with bronze highlights. The head is light khaki in color and recedes to a rocky cap leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is mild with toasted bread notes being the most prominent. The taste is deeply toasted malt up front with mild earthy hop flavor and bitterness taking hold in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, highly carbonated and dry in the finish. No off flavors or defects. Overall, very good. A highly drinkable beer with the malt bill of a Marzen and the body of a festbeer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 11/3/18.
“Canned 08/01/18” on bottom of 16 oz can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Medium amber, slight effervescence, chill haze.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive center pour), dense, light tan, excellent retention, slooowly diminishing to a three to eight mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete rocky layer. Head retraction generates a band of tiny bubbles.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide sheet of tiny to small bubbles.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Malt and citrus floral.
Flavor – 3 – Very weak malt, a bit sweet, ends with just a bit of dryness and a hint of hop bitterness. No alcohol (5.7% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – An unremarkable marzen.

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Photo of einman
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear, copper hued body; thick, creamy and lasting head; fine rings of foam mark the glass. Excellent toasted grain aroma; sweet; a bit herbal or grassy. Malty, lightly roasted grain taste; elements of toffee and caramel; medium hop bitterness. Heavy, thick body; chewy; warm with a nice blending of hearty sweetness and mildly prickly dryness.

An excellent example of a traditional festbier, rich and malty throughout with a fine, leveraged hop bitterness that highlights but doesn't dominate the beer.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, syrupy smell. Slight carbonation, nice Oktoberfest taste.

Draft at Newt's in Rochester, MN

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Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Demi
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This beers stays with the trend of making beers that appeal to my sensibilities. The nice lager character stands out on this one. So clean and smooth. What a great mouthfeel. Darker than many for this style (a brown version of garnet) with a solid almost tan head. Rich, but not over the top, malt character in both the taste and aroma. Nice toasty taste. Some dense bread and a bit of sweetness. A slight yeasty taste show as well. Blends just fine. Subtle hops but really in the background, overall. Some soft drying on the finish and a slight lingering of bitterness.

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Photo of jmarko579
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another example of why Bauhaus is a rock solid brewery. It's traditional, but fresh; thanks to the lack of trans-Atlantic shipping. It's big on bready caramel, with hints of toffee and candies apple. The finish is balanced with an edge of herbal hops. I'll have another.

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Photo of ryancl
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raisingfable
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced Marzen. Solid malt backbone of bread, caramel, biscuit and cherry. Decent level of noble hop spiciness and bitterness at the crisp, dry finish. Some light citrus notes as well. Very well executed overall and balances the sweet and the bitter better than most Marzens. Actually, it is kind of a cross between a Marzen and a Festbier.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Perfumey, fruity, spicy aroma. A touch phenolic. Bready and a touch earthy. Caramel, apricots, toasted bread, oranges. Herbal, fruity hops.

Pours clear copper with decent-sized off-white head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Flavor leads with bigger malt character. Caramel and toast. Oranges. Balancing bitter hops, somewhat spicy.

Juicy and full. Medium full body with medium low carbonation. Somewhat rich but finishes dry with linger bitterness.

Though a touch phenolic, otherwise a pretty good representation of the style. Not under-hopped, overly sweet, and doesn't lack malt complexity like many domestic versions of the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper-colored, thinnish, milky white, lace-leaving head.

Grassy, hoppy nose stands on top, just over the herbal malt character, just a little sweet.

In the mouth, sweet malt reigns, with hops keeping taps on it all. Slightly higher hop presence makes the difference with this one. Definitely not a traditional style marzen bier, but not too far away from it, either. Crystal malts in this one? I can't pick them out, but it's an interesting mix.

It has two things going for it: It's a good beer, and you can drink it.

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tyecko
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant copper orange producing a 2” cream colored persistent, clingy foam cap. The cap takes 3 minutes to dissipate to a thick, sudsy film.

S: Malty, bread crust nose with herbal spice perfume. Clean fermentation character, no DMS or diacetyl, no fruit. Medium malt and medium low hop aromas.

T: Big creamy malt flavors with a light kettle sugar sweetness. Caramel flavors border on butterscotch. Malt forward with medium malt, medium low hops, low bitterness. Clean fermentation character.

F: Medium body, medium, low carbonation.

O: A well made, easy to drink Oktoberfest.

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Photo of mkhartnett
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Sweet malt, grass, earth.

Taste: Sweet caramel followed by grassy and citrus hops. Caramel and earth in the finish. A little hoppier than most octoberfests.

Overall: Picked up a 4 pack of this local even though I'm not the biggest octoberfest fan. I enjoyed this one as it was a little hoppier than most o-fests, but still felt like a fest beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsprain1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-clear copper. Minimal head to head. Stays at a slick.
S- clean on the nose. Malty and a little sweet, but quite mild aroma.
T- malty, sweet, bready, a wee bit of fruity mess. Definitely better as it warms a touch.
M- fairly long finish which is nice. Not particularly smooth. Found the carbonation a bit harsh.
O- a decent Octoberfest, but not outstanding. I've enjoyed several of their beers but I don't think this quite lives up to, say, Stargrazer or Wagon Party.

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Schwandtoberfest from Bauhaus Brew Labs
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 53 ratings