Oktoberfest | Real Ale Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
227 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
OktoberfestOktoberfest
BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by champ103 on 10-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
227
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
14.76%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Jacobus79
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of Dwtucker90
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

One of my favorite times of year is when the Marzen/Oktoberfest styles come out.

Real ale is known for some really exceptional beers. This one is a very nice red to golden tone with a nice long lived off-white head that settles slowly and leaves an adequate lacing down the glass.

The nose is a nicely done spiced hop with malty undertones that have that classic Oktoberfest character. There are hints of apples, raisins, bread and lime with a touch of grass and bready notes mixed in.

The taste is dryer than a typical Oktoberfest style and is very pleasant with a crisp clean flavor experience that fades to a nice somewhat bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is nice and rich as this style should be allowing you to fully experience the flavors.

Overall another extremely fine offering from Real Ale. I highly recommend it.

 831 characters

Photo of mvreeland
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

A: Beautiful deep amber color. Very clean- and clear-looking. A normal pour resulted in a thin layer of head (a little too thin) that quickly dissipated.

S: The maltiness of this brew jumps out at you immediately. Hop scent is veiled almost completely by the malt aroma, which is heavy on the crystal. This is exactly how I want a Märzen beer to smell.

T: What can I say? The taste does not belie the scent. This is an absolutely fantastic example of festival beer: wonderfully malty and sweet but not cloyingly so.

M: Medium body, light-medium carbonation. The heavy-handed malt flavor lends a feeling of thickness to the beer.

D: The beer is perfectly drinkable and really quite enjoyable. Overall, I would rank Real Ale's version of Märzen as among the best American attempts at the style that I've ever tried. I was thoroughly impressed.

 898 characters

Photo of mjurney
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Rich amber color, clear. Lots of bubbles. Foamy head.

Aroma:
Malty. Caramel. Some fruit.

Taste:
Malty up front with a spicy at the back end. Very nice malt character, toasted, nutty, biscuit, slight caramel. Hop is mild almost towards medium, I'm getting spicy with touch of earthy.
Body is medium. Carbonation is nice.

Finish:
Smooth finish, slight earthy-malty aftertaste.

Overall:
Probably the best Oktoberfest I've drank.

 441 characters

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.56/5  rDev +27%

Photo of RicoFalcon
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Buttstallion
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Vipsanius
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%

Photo of JayS2629
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spot on to style. Clear golden, copper color with a medium head, nice retention, and walls of creamy lace.

The aroma is malty with faint earthy and spicy hops. Rich caramel, toffee notes, and bready backbone.

Awesomely delicious, malty, sweet but not cloying, rich caramel, toffee and honey hints. Big bready backbone, faint earthy hops in the finish. Nicely balanced. Touch of warmth.

Slightly warming, rich and medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink. Awesome beer.

 471 characters

Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review for BA!
I've been looking forward to trying some Real Ale Oktoberfest since I missed out last year--I was living in San Antonio during the summer of 2010 but left town mid-August. Right around the time Real Ale released this. Glad to say that I'm back and able to try it.

Purchased a six pack today and came home excited to try it--but held off until nighttime. Poured into a Ranger Creek nonick glass. First impression was the full head that formed (foamed?). Tantalizing! This quickly dissipated but beer kept a thin layer of bubbles at the top.

Under the indoor light of my place the beer appeared a clean, copper-amber-caramel color. (I know there's a whole debate over color terms and I will admit I haven't followed it. Point is, it looks good.)

There's a nice, mild, malty-sweet aroma to the beer. Nothing overpowering, nothing out-of-place. Same for the taste. That caramel-malty color/smell is definitely present, without being overly sweet or heavy. An easy sipper and one which holds up nicely after half an hour. Really, a solid choice and once I would/will have again. Over the past year I've falling quite in love with just about everything Real Ale does. This is proving to be no exception.

 1,225 characters

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 2-19-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of foam, great head retention, copper color, nice lacing ring with a good amount of carbonation present

S - Malty, caramel, not much of a hop nose

T/M - Medium bodied, malty brew that was thinker in taste then I would have first expected. Slight sweetness, not overly powerful

D - This was a real enjoyable brew, malty, not overly sweet but really refreshing, too bad I only have the one got this one in a trade. I will for sure have this brew again; I would for sure trade for it. I highly recommend this brew

 596 characters

Photo of ByMySword
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of TejasMtnBiker
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Fakexican
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of lsiberian
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Danielbt
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweethome
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a stubby cocktail glass in my hotel room. Dark amber color is a little darker than tradition - but I could really care less. Very little head. Nose is muted, but a sweetness comes out. A hint of toast.

Velvet entry...so smooth, yet rich, carmel maltiness folds out over the palate. Lush and full of sweet maltiness. Crisp flavors, yet full bodied. No hops evident in flavor, but they are there cleansing the palate of the sweetness on the finish. The flavor hits the best of the tradition in my view.

An excellent interpretation - brings home the german roots of this are of Texas. Bravo! Finally - I taste great beer in TX!

 639 characters

Photo of gtermi
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle today of this because it has been screaming my name. The appearance of this beer is very nice. Has a dark caramel color and doesnt have much head after pouring. The smell is very nice, can get some wheat scents from it, very pleasant and makes you want to drink the beer. The taste reminds me a lot of german beer. Real Ale, like most of their beers, knocked this one out of the park. The mouthfeel is nice, the beer is tasty and it seems like a true Oktoberfest beer.

 486 characters

Photo of allengarvin
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour of this clear, copper-colored beer resulted in little head, and that faded away within moments. The aroma is nice though, with nice lightly-toasty Munich malt, much better than many domestic oktoberfests. Good flavor as well, with emphasis squarely on the malt profile. Hop presence is restrained, though bitterness is enough to keep this from being a particularly sweet example, and to dry out the finish.

Very good style-appropriate offering from Real Ale.

 476 characters

Photo of pnelting
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of S1lverf0x1955
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of jkn09
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for another Texan beer.

A: The pour is a dark amber color, one could call it copper, I suppose. The head is initially a thin layer of khaki foam, but soon dies down to almost nothing.

S: The hops are mildly spicy with some definite earthy notes. A fair amount of lager yeast follows. As the beer comes up to temperature, I get more of the rich bready character and a hint of caramel.

T: This one opens up with the dense breadiness I was expecting. Some nice spice flavors to this beer as well, I seem to pick up some nutmeg. The sweetness is moderate with a mild bitterness to compliment it all.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of rolling carbonation.

D: A really good beer. Before I knew it my glass was empty and the bottle was gone.

 768 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Oktoberfest from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe