Oktoberfest | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by champ103 on 10-08-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
220
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
27.86%
 
 
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Reviews by AustinBeerLvr:
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is apparently Real Ale's first lager. For that, I think they definitely get some brownie (beer) points for a very solid effort. They were obviously going for old-school Bavarian Marzen authenticity, and judging by all the major factors, they have done a damn good job.

Pouring this beer into a dimpled mug reveals a light copper, orange color, with a good amount of head and lacing. Again, about what you would expect from an imported Marzen from Munich. Speaking of imports, since this brewed just 40 short miles down the road from Austin, you don't get any of those off-flavors or aromas that arise as a result of a trip overseas. Instead, this brew is packed with sweet bread flavors, caramel, moderate to heavy toasted malts, and a nice moderate finishing from the hops to keep everything balanced. Residual sweetness rides through in the finish, but is by no means overdone. Nice medium mouthfeel. Just a tad overdone on the toasted maltiness that is picked up during the first few sips, but after you get a little more used to it, it blends nicely with the overall character of the beer.

This is one of those brews that if I were judging strictly by BJCP guidelines, I would say we pretty much have an absolute winner. That said, the flavors are all spot on, they just don't quite meld together perfectly enough for me to give this one a higher rating. Still, a very good example of the class Marzen style, and best of all, freshly brewed nearby Austin, so no need to worry about being burned by a stale six pack.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of goochpunch
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours out a deep amber. Smells toasty, grainy, and cardboard-y. That toast and graininess is way up front in the taste. I get some of the classic Marzen flavors underneath that: some breadiness and caramel sweetness, but the initial characteristics take over. Mouthfeel is kind of slick and the carbonation is too sharp. This isn't particularly good; not at all, really.

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Photo of Ford
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Oktoberfest beer.

I'll say as far as Texas versions I prefer Saint Arnold's version over this one, and Karbach Karbachtoberfest over Saint Arnolds.

This one seems to have the most bitterness, though it is still smooth overall.

An easy to drink beer and certainly something to look forward to come the fall each year.

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Photo of puck1225
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a somewhat cloudy dark golden into a pint glass. Not much head, thin lacing. Very malty, a tad bitter, and a little fruity sweet. Kind of a mixed bag. Not bad,but better Octoberfests available.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of phatsmackey
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the Rockwall Flying Saucer. Pours orangish amber, about like you would expect an Oktoberfest to look. Smell is malty with a little sweetness. Taste is similar. Not the best Oktoberfest out there, but a good representation of the style that will not disappoint you.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of valkyre65
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Djenx
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of TipsyCyclist
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of dgrauwiler
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of Dwtucker90
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Jacobus79
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of dumptruck81
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of erushing
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of hoppy91
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Oktoberfest from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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