Opa’s Oktoberfest
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

Opa’s OktoberfestOpa’s Oktoberfest
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #87
Ranked #26,911
3.82 | pDev: 10.99%
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
Opa’s OktoberfestOpa’s Oktoberfest
Notes: Formerly Moat Octoberfest / Märzen

A German-style lager. Endearing maltiness with biscuit and toasted malt notes, medium bitterness, amber in color.
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tzieser from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a .2l tall stein

L- pours deep amber in color, crystal clear (thankfully) with a modest white head that settles into a thin lacing. extra bonus points given for being well-filtered (hate this trend of hazy marzenbier)

S- sweet, malt-forward aroma, as expected. a lot of caramel-like sweetness in the nose with just a bit of bread. no noble hop aroma at all, which is a little disappointing.

T- like the aroma, the flavor is very malt forward. lots of caramel, almost toffee-like sweetness with some toasted bread. herbal hops come in near the end, providing just enough balance from being overly-sweet. pretty solid effort but nothing worth writing home about.

F- pretty light mouthfeel for a marzen especially considering the malt sweetness. this helps make it a lot more drinkable in spite of its malty sweetness.

O- great price point (I think I paid something like $9 for a 4 pack), pretty drinkable, full flavored. i'd buy this again.

Oct 11, 2019
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Boto from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can: this one pours a clear, orange hued amber color. There was a finger or so of a beige head that didn’t linger long. Malty, but not caramel. Slightly sweet and earthy nose. The taste is good. Some malty sweetness, earthiness, some toasted malt flavors also. Not bad.

Nov 01, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz. can served in a wilibecker (Thanks Rob!). Pours a copper hue with a slight haze to the clarity and rocky, half-inch, cream-colored head that slowly sizzles and pops as it dissipates into a soapy slick. Nose is malt-forward; however, not quite caramelly, and there is also a slight grassy/citrusy presence as well. Taste consistent with nose; however, the malt profile comes off a bit grainy. Not much of a caramel character and closer to skunky than sweet. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a bit subpar or a Marzen.

Oct 18, 2015
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creepinjeeper from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Octoberfest dimpled mug.
Deep rich amber. Almost no head. Biscuit/wet bread smell. Toffee notes as well. Taste reflects the same. Nice mouthfeel. This beer is helping to appreciate the style.

Sep 24, 2015
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep gold-amber color - very pretty, with no head. Smells bready with some esters. Taste is slightly astringent, not very sweet for the style, and a little alcohol comes through. Not great for a brewery with much better efforts, and low value for the high price.

Dec 12, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a tankard.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a one-and-a-half-finger width cream-colored head. Decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: Aroma is slightly muted. It's crisp and toasty, but doesn't have a huge malt presence in the nose.

Taste: Flavors include toast, biscuit and some slightly caramel-like malts. Some floral quality as well. It's refreshing and relatively flavorful, but, like the nose, it's not in your face.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than I expected for the style.

Overall: Decent marzen-type beer. Not my favorite offering from Moat, but definitely solid.

Nov 08, 2014
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Reegze79 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

One of the best domestic Marzens I have enjoyed. Found this one up in Bridgton ME on tap at the local sub shop near my Son's prep school. Rich and malty as you would expect your Octoberfest to have. Really solid body and very clean through the finish. I don't a know a lot about this brewery which is in North Conway NH but they are 2/2 with the two offerings I have sampled. Will be looking for some more!

Oct 05, 2014
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a cream head. Some lace, and a ring of retention.

Some toasted malt and some burnt sugars dominate the aroma.

Toasted malt with some toasted bread, a bit of caramel, and then it dries out. Some bread crust, a little earthy, and dried malt and bitterness at the end.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Very solid domestic version. A drop of sweetness, not over bitter. Nice complexity.

Sep 07, 2013
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viverlee from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It smells like breakfast, just not like any you’ve ever had. Wheaties in shallow pool of subdued grape juice, finished Tyler Florence style with a drizzle of hazelnut oil.

Yes, it is unusual to be drinking this style so early in the year. So yes, it is a holdover from the Fall. And yes, there is a good reason. A reason so good it deserves more time than I have at the moment, so no, I won’t be explaining it just yet.

But let’s do talk about the beer. I opine regularly (some would say too regularly and others would say “opine, more like whine you fucking baby”) about balance, and my perceived perception that some beer or another doesn’t have it. That’s not an issue here. It’s delicate, just sweet, lightly spiced and almost chewy. What’s most prominent is the breadiness, generic on its own but for the Disaronno like touch.

I like all these things as much as the next man. The dilemma of course is that I want to sip, yet feel compelled to gulp. And that’s not really how I want to enjoy my beer. A bit more heft – weight balance rather than flavor balance – would make this something really special.

Beeradvocate Rating: 86*

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Hayward Abbey Rating: 88

*Based on 25 ratings.

Feb 25, 2013
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Teleweizen2 from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an incredibly clear yet deep brownish orange reminiscent of toasted and brightly lacquered wood. Two fingers worth of off-white foam on top. Dissipates slowly leaving just a few spots if lacing.

S - aroma is subtle yet sweet. Toasty and slightly grainy dark bread. Melted caramel. Hints of cookie crumbles.

T - big flavors. Fairly high yet well integrated sweetness with toasty and almost smokey overtones. Lots of caramel flavors. Hints of light roast coffee and hazelnuts. Almost like drinking a twix bar. Long toasty finish.

M - medium bodied. fairly smooth. Medium high carbonation.

O - a very nice US interpretation of a marzen lager. Flavors are bigger but still has a decent balance. This went great with some sesame chicken take out. something I would like to have again.

Nov 19, 2012
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Cavanaghty from Maine

2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: dark amber color with a white head.

Smell: I actually could not smell a lot with this beer, light hints of malts and hops, very light.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and smooth. Raosted malts is really all I could taste.

Overall: Typical Oktoberfest beer, nothing really special about this one. Mostly because I could not smell anything on this one.

Oct 08, 2012
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 fl.oz. bottle. 2012 edition. Sampled on October 6, 2012.

The pour is amber copper in color with ;pretty clean to look at with a small head that settles down after a moment or two.

The aroma smells like it should with a solid malty character up front and some breadiness too. The hop character is nearly invisible.

The body is around medium but on the smoother side

The taste starts out malty sweet with some bitterness sneaking up on the back end but ot overwhelmingly.

All in all Moat Mountain has succeeded in brewing a typical Oktoberfest Marzen but that's about it. It is likable and drinkable but it is not anything that stands out.

Oct 07, 2012
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nutmeg and bready nose and flavor is light malty sweetness, bready. Aftertaste has some bitterness. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

Sep 29, 2012
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the brewery on Sep 23rd 2012.

LOOK: Reddish sunset amber, perfectly clear, thin wisp of lacing after a fingers height of head

SMELL: Toasted bread, mild sweetness, dried grass, herbal, faintly spicy, very clean

TASTE: Smooth, light crispness, medium bodied, very malty, hay, toasty, bready, nutty, herbal hop, balanced bitterness, some hop spice, clean, semi-dry finish

Top notch, one of the best Oktoberfest to meet my tastebuds this year. Made the vacationing to North Conway that much sweeter. Great on tap and in the bottle.

Sep 25, 2012
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at La Festa in Dover, NH, and served in a pint glass. The beer pours a light orange-brown coloring, and hazy. A nice, creamy, foamy, dense white head sits atop the brew. Thick and lacing while you drink. Caramel and nut sweet nose, with a light background spicing. The beer's flavor is toastier than most Marzens, with caramel and nut sweet shining through. Spices of nutmeg and all-spice tage the end of the palate. Dark, syrupy sweet aftertaste, with a rich, almost cloying finish. Spice helps to cut the sweetness, but still a rich brew. Very tasty.

Sep 29, 2011
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Minkybut from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was orange colored and pored a fair head. Not the best for sure. The beer was bready smelling and had a nice caramel taste to it though not too heavy. Slightly sweet beginning and slightly bitter finish. I will buy again.

Dec 17, 2009
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Screw-top growler received as a gift from my friend Scott's dad. Thanks for the opportunity, Mr. Nims!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear burnished copper brew. Head recedes at a reasonable pace, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Taste follows the nose, with a bit of fruitiness in the middle, and a moderately hoppy close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is quite good as well. Flavor could come together a bit better, but still a nice representative of the style.

Oct 12, 2009
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moat Mountain actually brews this year round which I think is awesome. Lively orange with a small white head. Retention is pretty weak though not necessarily shameful for the style.

Smells of bready malt with a tinge of marmalade sweetness. Taste is similiar bready malt with orange marmalade sweet but highlight of this beer is in the spicey, hop hinted swallow. Carbonation is right on.

Oct 12, 2009
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GarthTaargus from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is one I have been wanting to review for a while now. Of all of Moat Mountain's solid beers, this is the one I most look forward to. Each Fall I find an excuse to drive up to North Conway and fill my growler with this delicious lager.

Opa's (Grandpa's?, I think) Oktoberfest has a beautiful amber color, like John Hammond's cane, in Jurassic Park, as well as an off-white head like so many raptor skulls. Poured into a dimpled SA O-Fest stein, it exhibited a Tyrannosaurus two-finger head, as fluffy as the aforementioned Scot's beard.

The smell is great as well with hints of cherry as well as the expected bready malt.

Taste follows suit. It has a nice mild sweetness in the middle, followed by a pleasing mild bitterness on the finish. Tons of malt throughout. Finishes clean and snappy.

Mouthfeel is really spot on here. It reminds me of the way a cold Coca-cola felt in the mouth on a hot summer day from childhood. Refreshing, yet substantial. Perfect amount of carbonation; enough to entice the tongue but not so much that it feigns dryness. The mouthfeel adds very much to--

--The drinkability, which is substantial. A perfect balance of sweet and bitter, and substance and fluidity. Drinkability is paramount with this style, and drinkable this is.

Good stuff... my favorite Oktoberfest from NH and beyond. If you visit Moat Mountain, the malty beers are where these guys really shine, IMO... their Square-Tail Stout is a fine Irish dry Stout as well.

Sep 21, 2009
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mshallah from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fabyan's restaurant in Bretton Woods,NH. Looked darker than most mass produced o-fests just the way I like 'em. The malt flavor that dances on the tongue is superb. Just enough toasted malt flavor with ample sweetness provided by the darker malts and bittering hops to battle against them drawing to a bittersweet and yummy finish begging the next sip. The best Marzens for me this year have been local and very big beers for the style.

Oct 12, 2008
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Moat Mountain.

Appearance was a clear dark amber with a thin white film of a head.

Scent was mildly toasty, grassy and herbal.

Taste was toasty, bready, malty, nutty. Well balanced, not to sweet. Slight herbal hop note and bitterness. Somewhat bitter finish.

Mouth was a clean and crisp medium.

Very drinkable.

Nice solid marzen.

Oct 06, 2008
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jsouza from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew while on vacation in the N. Conway, NH area. Nice little brewpub. Great color (dark copper) and taste. Not much of a head. Slight alcohol aftertase on the finish. Still, an excellent beer and one that helps cheer you up after all of the recent NH rains! Can't wait to go back and get some of their other offerings!

Aug 19, 2008
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plaid75 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt and an herbal hop.

The taste was likewise upfront malty with some caramel and smoke notes. A spicy hop rounded out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and brewery fresh marzen.

Aug 12, 2008
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albern from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had this Marzan at the American Craft Brew fest in Boston. The ABV is listed as 7%. This was the best Octoberfest/marzan style that I tasted at the festival and very much worth seeking out. There is a large mouthfeel, a nice carmelized taste, and most impressively it lacks that cloying sweet flat almost cola syrupy taste of most other marzans and octoberfests. According to the brewer, the beer goes through decoctation, so what is left is a very nice caramel slightly honeyed taste. It is decently carbonated, the appearance and aroma are all about right. There is plenty of head on the beer as well. I will re-review this beer once I find it in bottles.

Jun 22, 2008
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as Opa's Octoberfest; maybe they thought Marzen was too hard to pronounce. On the other hand, if they're using the term Opa, they should probably spell Octoberfest with a k, not a c. This was a pretty good beer. It was a dark amber with a small head in my 20oz glass. A nice malty aroma, with a hint of spice. Taste was a crisp malt, with some late hops. I thought I could also taste a little cinnamon. Very nice body, good to drink.

Oct 18, 2006
Opa’s Oktoberfest from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 73 ratings