Rocktoberfest | Diamond Bear Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Arkansas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.98%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malt Varieties - 2 Row Pale, Munich, Carapils, Caramel 40
Hop Varieties - Perle, Hallertau
Original Gravity - 13.5*P
Bitterness Units - 32
Packaging Options - 12oz Bottles, 1/2bbl, 1/6bbl

Added by JudgeRoughneck on 12-12-2005

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 45
Reviews by jcdgoad:
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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best beer that I have had by Diamond Bear. It is a bit sweeter than Sam Adam's Octoberfest, and it is much more drinkable. This is the second year that this has been bottled. If you are in the Arkansas area I highly suggest that you try this beer.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a light, almost-orange color. Has about a 1/2 inch of soft head that thins out but never disappears and leaves a noticeable lacing. Fragrant nose that is malty but a little hop citrus back there somewhere.

Taste is a little on the sweet side, but balaced with the bittering hops. Light hints of carmel and honey with just faint wisp of the citrus I reffered to earlier. All around a very balanced brew with a crisp finish. Very refreshing and excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lively.

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3.74/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque amber color with a thin head.
Getting some wet hay and grapefruit smell.
Moderately malty first, then some bitterness to round it out. Simple, but hits the notes for the style. Has an interesting bitter/pine aftertaste.
Medium body with moderate carbonation, though it has a fizziness to it like seltzer water.
Fairly average beer.

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Photo of drakulya
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness dating lets me know was either bottled in July or is good until July of some unspecified year ( I'll presume the former )

Pours an effervescent caramel with a pinky of sand colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Pears, metallic hops, plums & toasty malt

T: Follows the with a lovely toasty malt baclbone & some woody & herbal hops up front. Slight oaky dryness meld with caramel, some plummy notes & ever so, slight metallic hop twang, plus a hint of pear juice & breadyness. Finishes fruity, toasty, & dry with herbal/metallic hops providing nice balance

MF: Medium bodied, soft carboantion, love the balance here, does thin out a touch as this warms, the only factor keepong me from giving this a 4.5 here

Easily one of the best Marzens I've had in a long while. Will pick some more given the chance. The malt forward stuff from this brewery are their stars IMO & this the best one I've tried so far. Well dome Diamond Bear!

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Jonas!)

Appearance: The pour is an amber and copper color with two fingers of head; the retention is low as it's gone fairly quick. The beer is quite effervescent. There are some lose pieces of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The nose is lightly sweet with caramel and munich malt coming out. Low hop aroma; the hops seem mostly there to bring down the sweetness. Not a terribly complex nose, but who said simple is a bad thing?

Taste: My first sip was surprisingly nutty; I'm not sure where that came from, but it didn't seem to come out again after that. Malt starts out the tasting with more slightly sweet caramel malt. The hops are providing a mild bitterness to the beer. A little hop flavor does come out at the end of the tasting contributing some earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation for the style, medium bodied.

Drinkability: This is a well put together beer from Diamond Bear. It's an easy beer to drink, though I'm not too often in the mood for multiple Marzen's in an evening.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a rich, rocky off-white head that is very sticky and lacy. Color is a light copper hue. Crystal clear. Aroma is mostly malty with Munich malt and a bit of caramel with a light touch of noble German hops. Flavor is rich and malty with a bit of alcohol sweetness and low hop flavor and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is on the high side. Overall, a very technically accurate and tasty Märzen.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, slightly dark, burnished copper. Bright and clear with lots of rising bubbles. Large, off-white (slightly golden) head settles to a cap and then patches while leaving pretty darn good lacing.

S: Aroma is pretty clean. Malty sweetness with caramel notes. Faint noble hops.

T: Palate is significantly more expressive than the nose. It manages to be both distinctly sweet and almost bracingly bitter. It starts off with a hit of sweet dark, German malt (munich) with lots of caramel notes. This is quickly overtaken by a robust dose of hops - spicy, herbal, a touch fruity, and grassy & earthy in the background. Malty and bitter then compete for prominence in a long finish.

M: Ample carbonation helps carry the just medium body, tingles the palate, and helps an initially sweet brew manage a semi-dry finish.

D: Sort of a study in contrasts in that in seems to lack a distinct middle or backbone. This does not detract from it though. The interplay of sweet, caramel malts and spicy, noble hops is rather appealing and keeps you coming back for more. And, at 6.2 percent, I can see how this would get the "fest" started & keep it going.

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Photo of CraigTravor
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Nharrel001
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome choice, rocktoberfest has a caramel darker beer taste with the crisp hoppy taste of an IPA.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Flying Saucer, Little Rock, AR

Pretty typical märzen. Poured amber with a receding white head. Caramel malts on the nose, and similar in the taste with some earthiness, and a bit of hop bitterness in the end. Medium mouthfeel; decently drinkable.

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Photo of akinsja
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1493rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

2012 bottling
Thanks to Thebishopco for this

App- A deep rich mix of copper and ambers. Good density in the middle with a bit of yellows on the outside. A small white head with a 1/4".

Smell- Its a good solid malty, small spice oktoberfest. The smells are a bit small but blended well together. Not a stunner but solid.

Taste- I enjoyed this but not even close to an import oktoberfest. A small spicy malty flavor with touches of a spice.

Mouth- A light body with a semi light medium carbonation. A residual malty backbone is there.

Drink- I traded for the state tick. It was nice to get AR. This was a nice Oktoberfest just needs a bit more.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lahoi
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good for its style. Nice head, nice lacing, nice color. Malty, a little citrus.

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Photo of MJ64
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Rocktoberfest from Diamond Bear Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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