Oktoberfest | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 09-19-2010

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 131
Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.03/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

A: Pours a nice amber-brown, with a good light head. Left a fair amount of lacing down the glass.

S: Floral notes. The last thing I personally want out of a marzen. Beneath those, toast and yeast, which I would expect.

T: Floral notes confirmed - there's definitely some amount of resiny-flowery hops in this alleged marzen. The bready malt one expects as the base for this style is present, but for me, buried beneath the perfume.

M: Creamy, smooth, and full - Hinterland nailed the mouthfeel for this one.

O: I was disappointed to find an appreciable amount of hopping done to a marzen, hence the lower score. I will not repeat this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is toasted bready malt and not much else.

T- The taste like the aroma is malty with a touch of bitterness from the hops in the finish. This one is a tad hoppier than a traditional Oktoberfest. I don't mind an Oktoberfest with a little more hops, but it would been nice for the beer to have a stronger malt backbone.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not my favorite Oktoberfest out there but it isn't bad either.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I left it out of the cooler for a bit first. Poured with a smallish, cream colored head that soon settle to a small island, a broken ring, and no lace. Color is a clear red orange amber with a bubble trail. Aroma is malt, fruit, hop, caramel. Flavor is much the same as nose with hops and sweetness standling out with a little tang. Body and carbonation are ok. Finish is like flavor, a little on the short side, and a hint of alcohol. More hoppy than a traditional Okfest.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely carbonated golden yellow. Thin lacing across the top. Nose is biscuity an spicy hops. Flavor is lacking any characteristics of an oktober. It is closer to a pilsner or kolsch. Light malty body with some spicy German noble hops. Thin body with a lot of carbonation. Missed the mark on this one. It didn't taste all that bad but, Oktoberfest?

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Review #1800. A new brewery 'round these parts, their O-Fest made a debut at the latest Bliss tasting. It pours a mostly clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of rather light tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, light greens, grass, light orange peel, and a few drops of maple syrup. The taste focuses instead on toasted wheat, walnut, and orange rind, whilst the rest of the aforementioned elements play around very quietly in the background. Most of the these other pieces, though, do not come through amidst the maw of grain and nut. It's a bit much, frankly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, an okay O-Fest at best. I hope the other brews we've got from this brewery work better for me; we'll just have to wait and see...

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on September 10, 2011. It pours orange-amber with a reasonable head that does not last long. The aroma is of malts and perfume. The body is a little thinner than I might have liked. There is a rather odd overripe fruit character mixed in the with the malts and perfumed hops.

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Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear light copper in color. Forms an extra thin fizzy head that quickly fizzes away to absolute nothingness. No lacing.

S: Muted, but what is there is caramel malt and some light grassy hops.

T: Caramel malt. Toast. Mild metallic bitterness. Malty with very little hop character.

M: Medium body with lower carbonation makes this beer feel thicker than it is.

O: A decent, drinkable O-fest, though I felt it was lacking in character.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler filled a couple days ago, poured into a highball shaker.

A - Pours a light caramel gold and brown. A one-finger head of loose, cream off-white foam quickly dissipates, leaving a coating of soapsuds bubbles across the surface followed by spotty fine lace, along with a coarse, thick ring around the sides. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is rich golden orange/brown and slightly opaque, but not cloudy.

S - Nicely toasted malts mixed with light caramels. Hints of toffee and a touch of butterscotch. Nose is pretty soft in the glass, but pleasant and lingering when it appears. As it warms, the toast comes forward and gets a bit darker, along with hints of wild floral hops and a bit of orange rind.

T - Initial taste on the tongue is true to the nose, but the same hops faintly detected are more present and forward as they follow in behind to provide balance. Echos of light caramels in the finish, with just enough herbal hops to keep the palate clean. This profile is pretty straight-forward and simple, in a good, enjoyable way.

M - Decently fizzy. Moderate carbonation. Body has a bit of substance with good structure. Components are properly integrated. Finish is short and leans a touch drier than the taste would suggest.

O - While there's really nothing distinctive about this beer, it's a nice example of how a straight-forward approach to a traditional style can be enjoyable to drink. The bittering hops give it a bit of an American feel, as the finish is pretty short of the typical Marzen sugars, but that gives this beer the advantage of being easy to session as well as pair with fall grilling items. I like the Marzens that feature a generous Munich grain bill. This one goes in the plus column.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of pounders of this bad boy at TW for a song probably because its past Oktober. Well that doesn't matter let's try Oktoberfest in March, as March is appropriate for a Marzen style, and give this brew a whirl. Popping the top I get a deep malty, like the center of malted milk ball, waft. Pours to a slightly cloudy deep yellow with a creamy head that recedes to a quarter inch. On the taste this brew has a very good malty backbone, nice biscuit flavors, not overly sweet for being mostly on the malty side. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Taste is consistent throughout with only a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. A great brew for the style, a sessioner without a doubt.

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Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle thanks to BeerFMAndy, totally unsolicited, and for that I thank him immensely.

Pours clear golden with a small white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

The aroma is pretty nice but a little grainy with pale malt and slight floral and grassy hops.

The flavor is decent. A little more hop-forward and less malty than I'd like maybe. Pale malt, orangey citrus, and grassy/earthy notes.

Fairly crisp with medium-light body and good carbonation level.

A solid but not great Oktoberfest overall.

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Photo of jkrich
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. undated bottle: clear, deep golden to copper with a nice, creamy off-white head.

Very typical, rather average aroma for an oktoberfest: solidly malty and perfumy with just a hint of noble hops.

Flavor begins with the standard malty, sweet flavor with hints of molasses. A very faint fruity flavor is evident in the aftertaste. Despite the emphasis on malt, the lager never becomes cloying.

Perhaps the best characteristic: rather thick bodied on the palate with a very pleasing, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this was enjoyable, but it did not really stand out from all the oktoberfests this season.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a decent beige head. Some slight lacing.

Some decent depth in aroma, with sugared toasted malt, some fruit, some herbal notes, and some raw grain. I kept getting a grapevine element in this one, which threw me a bit.

Decent toasted malt, brown sugar, but this one dries out quick. Toasted grain leads to some bitterness and husk. I wanted a little more complexity in the malt up front, but this still works. Not super complex, but tasty.

Medium bodied, good structure.

Overall, a decent one. A little more on the coarse side than I wanted, but a good Fall beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber-golden color, thin white head dissipates pretty fast and thins right out.

A sour malty effect in the nose, sour-earthy hops, with olives and subtle spices, veggies and clean sparkling spring water edge.

A light amber-style malt flavor, rich and pretty complex with a earthy hop balance. The hop flavor is really the star of the show here, hearty and fresh hop flavor's. The malt is a bit thin but it works.

A light to medium feel, moderate to subtle overall.

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Photo of KDawg
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from tap into a pint glass. Pours dark orange color with a nice and foamy head.

There is very nice balance to the aromas of grains, amber notes, crackers and some bits of navel oranges as well.

medium bodied with a good smooth feel though it is slightly lacking on the mid. Balanced with straightforward flavors of grains, amber notes and some navel oranges.

I enjoyed this. A quality marzen that hit the spots I was looking for.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try the 16oz. bottle of Hinterland Oktoberfest. The beer pours a clear orange copper color that produced a great sized white foamy head with good retention behind it. Minimal lacing. There was a nice aroma. Dry, with a crisp rustic thing going on. Hints of a nuttiness like walnuts. The taste followed the smell. A good nutty presence. Finishes dry and lightly malty. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel was good, decent carbonation and balance. Dry, but has a smooth crisp feel. Overall, it is a decent american made Oktoberfest. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack of this last Saturday (10SEP11 - $10.99 for 4x 16oz bottles) and proceeded to try a couple later that afternoon.

This Ofest was a clear, medium-copper brew, with scattered but steady carbo present. head was wispy and thin, the foam mostly congregating at the rim of the glass. Lacing was OK, but not top-shelf. Aroma was enticing, with toasty malts, a hint of sweetness and some bready character. Body was a solid medium, with a decent feel on the tongue.

The flavor started off with a bit of caramel and some toasty malt action, with a pleasant sweetness level. The finish has some floral hoppiness, but also with a slight touch of fruitiness, somewhat like green apple. If not for that fruity quality this would have been better received. Prosit!!

3.68 rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hinterlands Oktoberfest pours a nice clear amber with a thick robust off white head and some
great lacing. The nose is pretty straight forward. Toasted malts, caramel, and light herbal
notes from the hops. Flavor profile is pretty standard, which is NOT a bad thing. Good malt
background with toasted caramel malts and a bitter hop finish. More hops than a standard
Oktoberfest, but not too far out of the ball park to question what it is if you were handed it
blind. Good carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel that is very nice and highly quaffable.
A solid offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending this brew out my way. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a single-finger head to start out with. The head is quite bubbly and not terribly dense. Some large bubbles of head stick to the sides of the glass. Nose is good with some nice earthy hop notes. There is a good dose of bready malt as well as some light caramel notes.

The taste brings a pretty nice caramel character along with some slightly-toasted bread and a bit of bread crust. There is a slight earth presence in the taste as well, though not as much as there was in the nose. The bread continues to come through into the finish, which is slightly dry and pretty nice overall. Good light-to-medium body with nice carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice oktoberfest that I'm glad i got to try. It sticks within the style fairly well but adds a bit of an American twist with more hops than most traditional German versions, though it's not overly hoppy.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. I tilted the glass at first, but straightened it when it looked like the head was going to be pathetic. The color is medium caramel with amber tones. A cluster of bubbles topped a decently dense, two-finger thick head that dissipated quickly to leave the cluster of bubbles floating atop the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is robust. Lots of toasted and sweet caramel, plus a lot of earthy hop action. There is even grapefruit in there. Grapefruit from a märzen? Who knew? Needless to say, it is very reminiscent of amber ale.

Taste: The mouthfeel is really thin, but the flavor delivers something special. Sweet and toasted caramel are balanced well with earthy and grapefruit hoppiness. The hops do not really offer a massive bite, but do enough to let you know you are drinking a beer. Frankly, it does border on that hairspray-tinged-burnt-hair taste, but it is on the better side of that border.

Drinkability: Robust and a tad hoppy for a märzen. Tommy likey.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a clear dark golden with a finger of white puffy head.

S - Smooth toasted malts, light hops, some yeast in there as well.

T - Nice flavor of toasted malts, light hops. Mid palate getting light toffee and carmel flavors. On the aftertaste more hops and malts.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

O - A really good oktoberfest! Cheers!

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz bottle into my Cheers drinking mug.

A) Lighter amber to orange. There was a half finger of off white head. Minimal retention and lacing. Nice though....

S) Nice malt, light spice, mild hops. A sticks and leaves Earthy quality to the aroma.

T) Malty, but not as sweet as many of the O-Fests I've had recently. This has the earthy quality mentioned above. There is some serious citrus peel, orange peel if I'm being specific.

M) Lighter medium, moderate carbonation. This is quite pleasant, a somewhat dry finish. The citrus peel lingers for a bit.

O) Nicely done Hinterland. I enjoyed your take on this one. I would gladly recommend this brew.

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Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pilsner glass, deep golden amber in color, white head receding to a ring around the glass, don't care for the haze but that's not really a knock imo

s: grainy, somewhat sweet german lager malts, bready and crackery, light caramel, leafly with a slight papery hop

m: carbonation low-medium, maybe a touch on the light side, body light-medium with a sugary slickness

t: crackery, bready munich malts, light caramel, sweet, hops negligible - just a touch grassy, pretty nice, dig the malt presence, but would like a touch more hop bite at the end to clean things up (gonna stick that to the mouthfeel)

d: a nice o'fest that's easily drinkable

shipped southward by dirtylou - thanks brah!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a tall but thin head consisting of large whispy bubbles.

The smell is toasty and grainy malt bill.

Taste is caramel, toast, and a grassy hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, a decent Octoberfest that I'll try again. BTW, love the pint bottles.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured a nice copper color, no noticeable head, with just a few small streams of carbonation. Aroma was earthy, slightly sour. Hints of malt in the background. Flavor was a bit burly, but not overwhelming. A strong eartlhy oaty taste. Coated inside of the mouth nicely, just a tad more carbonation would have been appreciated. Overall a pretty decent beer. Price was reasonable, and it was a respectable representative of the style.

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Photo of steveh
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to find this in the Flatlands. Haven't had a Hinterland brew in a long time. Nice 1 pint bottle, no freshness date.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a touch of amber. Sudsy and firm, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- Mildly spicy hops with a touch of bready malt. Some DMS with warmth.

T -- Bready malts up front, the mildest touch of roasted malts in the middle, finishes with a good balance of spicy, bitter hops. Hops linger into the aftertaste, but not overpowering.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and silky with a dry finish and a light-medium body.

O -- A very tasty beer, if not balanced a shade toward bitter for the style. A hop-lover's Oktoberfest, but the Malts are clean and rich.

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