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Oktoberfest | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,968
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
51
pDev:
6.43%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though I drank this over 3-4 months old but it drinks very great. Smooth take on the style full of sweetness to counter the roast and sour dough bread flavors. Would love to drink more of this next season!

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Photo of djrn2
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mjtucci
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and sweet bread. Nice roasted malt and toasted caramel taste with a balancing bitter bite.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrc1093
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No canning date

Pours a clean dark copper with around a finger of thin, off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves minimal specks of lacing.

Aromas of detailed but gentle roasted malt sweetness, nicely refined, and leading to smooth, lightly toasted toffee, black bread crusts, bits of caramel, and even some vanilla on the finish; malty sweetness is present but not cloying in the least, and presents an almost dessert-like bouquet for the style.

Taste sees a bit more char come to the malt, which carries over cleanly to the ensuing notes of toffee and caramel; although now more subdued, the sweetness finds a good place as a balancing factor against the fairly robust roastiness of the profile.

Mouthfeel carries a firm, medium body with a nice lightness on the palate; light-medium carbonation tags along well; pleasantly dry throughout, especially considering the sweeter elements in the profile; mostly crisp, and goes down nicely.

Very well-done “American style” take on a Märzen; malty sweetness is used to its advantage and balanced smoothly with the roast, while trending toward dry as opposed to cloying really boosts the drinkability; good flavor, and a pleasing overall approach to the style.

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Photo of prisdefer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DefenCorps
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from ABV.

A clear amber with a thin offwhite head with decent retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is heavily caramelized Munich malts, dark wheat bread, a light earthy hop character. Very clean. On the palate, this beer opens mildly sweet with sweetened toasted dark wheat bread, clean and rather deep with some mild pumpernickel bread, a slight raisin note, a little bit of brown sugar before a moderately bitter hop character that's mildly earthy and mildly minty. Even a little bit of orange is present. Sweet on the finish, sweeter than appropriate but still pleasant, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. Solid.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jboadway
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried in a flight at brewery, probably my favorite American Oktoberfest yet

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ddtbrennan
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious!!!

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 21, 2018... OCCASION: Battlebots before an odd Penn State Friday night fight against Illinois... GLASSWARE: Penn State pilsner...pours a bronze, dark orange amber body, with a casual effervescence that builds a two-finger head that diminishes to a thin, detectable strand of off-white bubbles.... caramel malts make an immediate impression, while the toasted oats are almost overdone--or is that chestnut? Light suggestions of rye and nut make this a different breed of Fest--will it taste as such? its palate is smooth, textured with an effervescent finish that lingers a bit longer than the usual lager.... toasted malts and nutty overtones abound, suggesting more of a brown ale, but the drinkability is decidedly lagerish... raw vegetable and a bit of citrus add some nuance to what is a tasty, rewarding beer for a late September evening... better perhaps than the sum of its parts... another nice draft from Alesmith...

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(on tap at The Cambridge... served in a shaker pint, one that may have been pre-chilled)

Brilliantly-clear, dark gold liquid; big pad of frothy foam (I do believe bartender said keg had just been tapped...) ... toasted sugar and toasty bread crust of the nose, hint of dry grassy grain ... clean, dry, bold malt foundation, bright pop of honey and sweetish cereal grain in the aftertaste - on overall taste more indicative of neatly brewed American take on the style (though German ingredients in recipe wouldn't surprise me) ... definitely some lean muscle to its body; the finish is super light and clean; little exposed alcohol presence ... I could see grabbing another one of these, but in a proper vessel please

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Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with a subtle haze but has some clarity to it; small off-white head that fades leaving decent retention and okay lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Lots of caramel along with some toffee. Hints of apple. The flavors basically follow the nose. More caramel and toffee. Some bread and grains. It's on the sweeter side, but nothing cloying. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick and easy to drink.

This is a solid Oktoberfest beer. It's a little rough around the edges, but it's still nice and enjoyable. Not bad at all. I like it.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 7/20 (sigh):
Pours a coppery amber with a decent initial head, but with large bubbles that fall fairly quickly to a medium-ish collar. Some lacing, but not much.

Nose is caramel malt with nice medium toasted bread aspect and a little hint of spice.

Taste relies a little too much on the malt for my tastes, and while it is a tad sweet, it's not overly sticky or cloying. If there's any lean to the hops, I might say citrus, but I'm sort of left searching for it. Fo instance, a warmer beer seems to have a little bit of a berry jam note to it. There's just a little bit of tickle from the carbonation.

The taste follows the nose on the malt characteristics, but misses a bit on having an interesting hops counter. Overall, a little on the sweet and light side, but clean. If you are okay with a little maltier Oktoberfest, you might enjoy this one more than I did.

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Photo of jmarko579
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prototypic
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Oktoberfest from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 51 ratings