Oktoberfest | Baron Brewing

18 Ratings

Brewed by:
Baron Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by xoqx:
Photo of xoqx
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a delightful märzen, orange-amber with an off-white head that sticks around and leaves heavy lace. There is a lot in the nose here, scents of honey with floral and fruity esters and a biscuity theme. The taste is caramelly, fuity, with even a hint of orange perhaps. This is chewy, yet clean and not cloying. This is a fine beer with rich complex malt flavors and high drinkability.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of warriorsoul
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to skyhand for this nicely timed offering...
Pours a fairly clear copper color with a full finger of off-white head...leaves behind some decent lacing too.
Caramel malt, earthy yeast aroma with just a touch of spice.
The taste is where this one stands tall...very well balanced with just enough sweetness to make this brew too drinkable. Less spice in the flavor...more of a roasted taste that I found to be real enjoyable.
Mouthfeel thicker than average and the carbonation was right where I like to see it...finished very clean.
Real impressed with this o'fest...I could drink this one all season long.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a coppery orange color, with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Aroma of nice, sweet caramel malt and a good dose of fruity hops. Palate is sublime - an excellent blend of sweet malt and mellow hops. Notes of sweet fruit (apricot?) come through mid-palate, followed by a good dose of bitter hops on the finish. Body is a little thin, but then again that's to be expected in a marzen. Overall, an enjoyable beer that is an excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of livingregret
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 22oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a slighty hazy orange colour w/ no head

Smell: Sweet caramel malt and a touch of fruit. Some honey mixed in

Taste: Little spice, but a good balance between sweetness and bitterness. This is a very standard Oktoberfest

Mouthfeel: Goes down easy enough w/ little carbonation

Drinkability: The problem w/ this particular Oktoberfest(and this brewing company is appears) is that this is a nice average beer. Nothing outstanding and there are plenty of other Oktoberfest w/ more "omph" to it

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Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Reidrover
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper beer , nice sized, frothy light tan head. Very soft toffeeish malt nose, almost English like, fudge like. Taste toffee, green apple peel,slightly floral, small hopping at end. Ok on the palte, easy enough to drink. I found this a nice easy to drink beer, but for some reason i thought this was an ale not a lager..oh well it is still OK.

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Photo of froghop
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper with a very thin white head, and almost no lacing.

smell of nuts, caramel, malt, and a touch of citrus.

taste is of caramel, slightly metallic, malt, a touch of cocoa, and a little roastiness, ends slightly dry.

overall pretty good for one of the first oktoberfests of the season.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.45/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006, previous review was last years brewing.

Nice malty aroma with very little hops. Very clean fermentation, no esters or yeast. Really nice clean malty lager aroma.

Great amber color and very clear. Starts with a big head that fades to a thin layer that last througout the glass and leaves behind some lacing.

Good malty flavor with a nice dose of munich malt flavor. This year there is good hop bitterness on the back end to keep the beer refreshing and crisp and not sweet. Otherwise it's a clean fermentation like a german lager should be. No fruit or esters or yeast, just malt and hops. There is no hop flavor which is also appropriate for a festbier.

Medium bodied but not heavy. Great carbonation level makes it very lively and enjoyable.

So last year I didn't like this offering from Baron, but I'm willing to give any local brewery another shot. Whatever tweaks they made in 2006 are right on. I'm still at my german bar that has this and another Octoberfest on tap. Because the actual German import isn't particularly fresh, this is hands-down the winner. Very nicely done.

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Photo of brentk56
2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pous a cloudy amber color with a very modest head despite the hardest of pours; not much retention or lacing

Smell: While there is a hint of the malt I would expect from an Oktoberfest, the predominate aroma is sour and slightly fruity

Taste: Like the aroma, the sour and lemony flavor overtakes the malt and lingers long after the swallow; tinny aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very low carbonation

Drinkability: Something seriously awry with this beer; I don't think the brewer was trying to brew the first Lambic Oktoberfest, but that is what was produced and it was not a marriage that ever should have been consumated

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Photo of loren01
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color, good sized frothy head and good lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is sweet and nutty with a lager yeast scent
T: Sweet, malty and nutty flavors, finishes almost sour.
M: Medium bodied beer, low amount of carbonation.
D: Strange sour aftertaste does not fit the style however it didn't totally turn me off to this beer. I don't know if this was intentional or not...I'm guessing not but regardless I would like to give this beer a second chance at some point on tap.

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Photo of philbertk
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Baron Brewing Company--Oktoberfest--2006 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV--20 Est. IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Light lacy head. Clear bright thin dark amber color. Mild hop malt front. Crisp smooth mild toffee caramel cherry mellow lager body. Smooth lingering sweet breadfruit mild hop clean refreshing end. Mild. Sampled 8/27/2006.

Baron Brewing Company--Oktoberfest--2007 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.00% ABV--20 IBU's Est.? (4.0 / 5.0) $3.99 Each. Mild lace head.Clear bright deep amber color. Crisp mild malt hop front. Cloying dry sweet mild toasted caramel fruit smooth malty Fest body. Clean crisp mild hop evolving malt spice end. Roger's 5. Sampled 10/2/2007.

Baron Brewing Company--Oktoberfest--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) No sediment. Foamy thin mild lace off white head. Clear thin bright rich dark amber color. Mild hop delicate malt ester front.Mild cloying dry sweet slightly toasted thin malty smooth caramel Fest body. Refreshing smooth mild hop end. Nice easy Oktoberfest. Sampled 9/20/2009. $3.99 Each.

Baron Brewing Company--Seattle, WA Baron Oktoberfest 6.50% ABV. 20 IBU's. Cloudy dark amber color. Thin head. Delicate sweet fruit mild hop front. Smooth fruity Marzen body. Mild tangy malt spice end. A little too sweet and fruity. (3.0 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/25/2010.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Murphy's tulip pint, Baron Oktoberfest is a murky copper with a small off white head with larger bubbles and little last.

Smell is soft, caramel and toast. Served fridge temp, a dirty graininess comes out as it warms. This beer is best served cold.

Taste is ok, sweeter, caramel and brown sugar, leafy hops, a bit phenolic, a tad tinny as well. Other pretty simple, but I appreciate that it is in the old style at least and not a blonde.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, amplified by the flatness.

Drinkability is not bad. At first sip I thought I didn't care for it, but it grew on me...the flacidness actually makes it rather drinkable - it would be no problem guzzling this by the 1 liiter stein, if that was what the party called for. Still, this is basically average at best and not worth seeking out.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Baron is a newcomer across the border here in Oregon, but is a brewery from which I've sampled before and with which I've generally been very pleased with; their (German-styled) offerings are welcome in a market with relatively few representations of these styles (US-made versions, that is...). This is a 22 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass.

Listed at 5.5% ABV on Baron's website.

A: Amber/brown, shaded with a light ruddiness. Very clear, and capped with about 1/2-finger of densely-bubbled ivory head. Little rising carbonation. Head fades away quickly to a star-shaped film, stretching to athin ring encircling the glass...

S: Quite malty, full of baked & buttered biscuits. A bit sugary with caramel, some flowery honey. A bit of orange-blossom in the hops.

T: Maltiness - more baked bread, vague toasted nuts, caramel. A touch of lemony souring and an herbal, gently spiced hopping that balances nicely. Clean finish with a faint trailing bitterness.

M: A bit low on the carbonation, giving a rather flat mouthfeel. Slight spicing gives a dryer finish, offsetting a mild sticky sweetness.

D: No high praises in any category, but ultimately an extremely easy to drink Okto/Märzen. Flavors and aromas are good and that matters. This would pair well with brats and kraut, a very good version of a likable and easy-to-consume style...

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Photo of cswhitehorse
2.21/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The Oktoberfest poured a reddish brown color with a quick dissipating head. It was small single finger in depth and there was not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma was malty and real yeasty. The taste was pretty fruity which was unusual to me for this style. In the mouth it was extremely sour and more like a Farmhouse than an Octoberfest. I was not impressed and would not buy it again.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If someone told me this was imported from Germany I would believe them. Fortunately I know better. The body is golden bronze and quite a looker. Head is an inch of thick cream. Nose is a bit of sugar and caramel. Taste is more of the same with a bit of grain in the finish. Very sweet and tasty. Mouth is smooth. This is a beer that could be shared with people who arent BA's and enjoyed by all immensely.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.41/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Foggy pumpkin orange infused with caramel apple reddish brown. For whatever reason, there wasn't much head generation. What appeared is a slim slice of ecru colored froth that looks like a bar pour rather than a bottle pour. Lace is pretty scarce as well.

Should an Oktoberfest be sour fruity rather than sweet and malty? The answer, of course, is no. There's none of the usual toasted earthy nuttiness that most (make that all) beer of this style ought to possess. Needless to say, the aroma doesn't bode well for the flavor.

Things are a *little* better on the taste buds. At least now Oktoberfest is recognizable as an Oktoberfest. Underneath the unripe apricot sourness is a ghost of a decent version... that has about as much body. A hint of orange marmalade-covered toasted bread is the only flavor link to the stated style.

As noted above, the body/mouthfeel is seriously lacking. It feels like it'll have a watery finish, and then surprises by stopping just short. We're talking 'toe on the line' short. A pathetic amount of carbonation is a major problem as well.

Baron Pilsner and Baron Schwarzbier may have been little better than average, but they were amazingly delicious and delightfully drinkable compared to Baron Oktoberfest. For a brewery that prides itself on 'German Style Beers', they sure as hell dropped the ball on this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a tiny, pitiable white head.

Smell: Faint, malty aroma with a bit of green apple.

Taste: A meager amount of caramel maltiness. Hint of apples. Weak floral hops. There's a tartness on the tailend of the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Meek and mild, it lacks any of the richness, depth, or even downright deliciousness that this style can possess.

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Photo of julian
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark amber color with medium clarity. relatively decent off white head that disappears pretty quick.

Smell: malty caramel aroma with a lager yeast essence

Taste/Mouthfeel: sweet, malty, caramel, with a mild yeast/lager taste, possible corn adjuncts. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and great overall feel/aftertaste.

Drinkability: pretty high for an Oktoberfest, one of the better ones I've had this season (even though it's November).

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Oktoberfest from Baron Brewing
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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