Oktoberfest | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of harrymel
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Best by: 29OCT11

A: pours a orange hued brown ale with near excellent clarity and a transient light beige head. A speckled mirror sheen remains outlined by foam. No lace.

S: smells like grain and some alcohol surprisingly. A hint of floral tones.

T: sweet, nutty, oxidized. Not too impressive. Should have some sweetness here.

M: medium bodied with light carb.

O: not privy to this one. I like marzen, but this was over oxidized.

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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 SWMeyer4141
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Boulevard tumbler.

Appearance-Brownish red body with about a half finger off white head. No lacing, No retention. Kinda dull looking.

Smell-Lots of malt. Some light floral notes and

Taste-Nothing about this beer screams Marzen/Octoberfest/Fall beer. Some sweet malts upfront with some breadiness and a light hop finish. Just a traditional lager to me.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, medium carbonation

Overall-Sisyphus, Pheonixxx, Devils Backbone...Love their seasonals. This one though I'm not sure waht they were thinking. Nothing about but this beer screams octoberfest.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark honey amber color with a off white soda like head that is gone in about 2 minutes. No lacing at all. Smells very malty with faint hops. Smells like cinnamon, bread, and caramel. Smells a lot like capirotada. Hoppier then I expected. Seems a little off balance. Taste bready, bits of caramel and spice, with an off sour background that lingers for awhile. Mouthfeel is boderline watery with high carbonation. Drinkability isnt too high. The alcohol isnt really that high but the beer seems unbalanced. I remember this beer being a lot better. Although its been a couple years. I might have bought a bad bottle. Maybe not.

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Photo of zander4dawin
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark amber beer with a thin head. Darker than most oktoberfest beers around. Has a little more of a tasted taste on it. After taste has a burnt malt taste that comes off a little odd and lingers for a while. Comes off a little thin on the body. Overall a decent marzen beer but there are better options out there.

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Photo of burnerfinger
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from the 12 ox bottle into my new belgium gobllet:

a: nice caramel colored brew with tannish 2 finger head, not much lacing. not very clear at all. head settles quick...

lite malty smell, nothing further.

t a bit mettalic and understated on the taste as well...

nice body, good carbonation.

Very drinkalbe that much I can say...
not as bad as a macro but getting dangerously close IMHO

a bit bland, not really quaiifying as a oktoberfest to me. enjoy if you can!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade with mattisloco. Thanks Matt!

Poured into a standard American pint glass.

Appearance: Typical pour netted a short, white layer of foam, which quickly receded to a thin crown. The body is surprisingly cloudy and orange-amber in color. Spotty lacing. Not really sure what this beer's faults are, but it generally just doesn't look right. Whatev.

Smell: Loads of caramel and bread crust, followed by sugar glaze and a candied orange-like component. Very sweet and a little odd.

Taste: Caramel and residual malt sugars jump out at me first. There's also a solid grainy backbone and a pinch of lemon and salt. A touch of soy sauce maybe? Oak and toasted wholegrain bread combine nicely in the aftertaste. Kind of a wild ride, but all-in-all decent, I suppose.

Mouthfeel: Malt-forward, lightly carbonated, and medium-heavy in terms of body. The combination of flavors really takes my palate for a ride. Finishes on a sweet note.

Drinkability: I'm not sure how much age factored into the equation here, but I've kept this beer refrigerated since I acquired it this past fall. This is a strange beer; a very different (putting it nicely) approach to the style.

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Photo of nhindian
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a narrow stein!

Bottle provided as a generous extra by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Pours a dark amber with nice golden highlights to it. Builds about two finger's of cloudy head which diminishes pretty quickly. Can see a heavy carbonation in this beer and it's clarity is visually appealing. Moderate lacing.

S - Smell is extremely bready and very strong notes caramel. Mildly spicy and even a sense of skunk to it.

T - Taste is full of the dry biscuit bread notes that were so apparent in the nose. Outside of that, there's little going on with this beer besides a slight spice and bitter hop finish. A bit bland and a tad buttery as well.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy with surprisingly little carbonation. This beer is thick, each sip is like taking a big bite of bread. I could see it pairing nicely with a meal, but it's a bit heavy for nighttime drinking. Finish is short and underwhelming.

D - Drinkability is low. The flavor profile isn't much to get excited for, and the thickness just kind of kills it for me.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to AttitudeBrew for this bottle.

A- Pours a hazy amberish color with light orange hues to it. One finger white foam shows light retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Bready caramel malts in the front of the aroma. There is some light toasted malts as well with a hint of little nuts and hops.

T- Bready malts in the front of the beer showcase a caramel malt that becomes the backbone throughout the entire beer. A toasted middle to the beer brings in a light off buttery tone as well. Mild spiced hops in the ending gives way to a corn like grainy final flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium and light for the style I think. Caramel malts with some light toasted flavor to it are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly grainy flavor, light alcohol, and toasted malts. Flavors were well put together for the style although the overall flavor could have popped more. Light buttery undertone in the middle is the only off flavor in the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is drinkable but average at best. I personally enjoyed the ABV being as low as it was. Alcohol never really became overpowering. Flavors could have been a little more but average and doesn't leave you wanting more.

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Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pilsner glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Decent retention with some lacing. Color is a golden amber. Active carbonation.

Aroma: Biscuit malts and butter flavors. A bit of skunk shows. Grassy hops. Some caramel shows as well.

Taste: Bready, biscuity, and malty. Some grassy hops show. A bit of caramel. A hint of skunk barely shows.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some roast to it.

Overall, a fairly average octoberfest. Somewhat drinkable, but I wouldn't want too much of it.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed December 15, 2011. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Pours a nice active 1/2 inch head. The carbonation appears intense on this with bubbles coming up quite actively. The color is a nice Tawny brown and damn does it look enticing, no lacing.

S: A pleasant sweet maltness rises. A nice bread and caramel come out and it's smells nice for its smooth style.

T: A toasty caramel came at me head on. It comes sweet, but a nice bitter lingers on the tongue for a bit.

M: This hits the tongue really carbonated. This feels quite watery as well which is quite a turnoff for me.

O: The consistency is what I disliked about this beer the most. The taste was solid, but I doubt its something I'll pick up again.

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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 JonathanCrites
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this in October in Fredericksburg. I love the Real Ale family of beers and had a hard time finding this in stock in Houston. According to the packaging this was brewed in the Bavarian style using Munich and Vienna malts.

A - Poured a clear copper color in my pint glass, thin white head with little lacing.

S - I got malts, toast and a little bit of hop in the nose.

T - Smooth transition from malts up front to a little bit of hops in the back. I tasted metal in the finish (from the hops I think).

M - A little chewy in the mouth, went down easy.

D - I thought the drinkability was good, was not too filling and would great as a festbier in New Braunfels or Blanco.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 8 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.4 L Hutthurmer mug.

Small light tan head. Well carbonated. Clear copper color. Aroma is of lightly toasty malt. Starts sweet, malty and nutty. Becomes more astringent and bitter through the middle and finish. Slightly spicy finish with a lingering malty aftertaste. Medium body, moderate ethanol.

I liked this one a bit more than A did.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: too foggy
Smell: Smelled like rotten flesh when it was in the bottle, but better out of the bottle
Taste is good. A bit nutty.
Mouthfeel is pleasant
The beer is a bit average and I don't think most people would pick up on the subtle nutty aftertaste.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JJFoodie for this!

Pours a medium copper color, with a slight tan finger of head, and a little bit of splotchy lacing.

Aroma is slightly bready, but mostly nutty, malty sweetness.

Taste is a bit biscuity, with some nice sweet malts, some nuttiness, slight bitterness and maybe even a tinge of citrus.

Feel is crisp, creamy, light, but with substance.

Pretty good drinkability. Drinking a couple would be cake.

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Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A small white head forms and recedes in an instant. Very light lace is left behind.
S: Grainy, cereal, and sweet caramel malt.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt, grain and cereal. Some caramel, and light hops linger.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Kind of watery though. Not hard to drink. I have sessioned this several times since it was released.

Not bad. Just kind of bland. Something that is worth a try, but not one of Real Ale's better beers.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11.11.11...interesting. Poured from 12oz bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- Pours a ruby copper color with one finger head that dissipates quickly. A small ring around the outside of the glass remains that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of malts and some bitterness from the hops.

T- Really malty. You can really taste the darker malts in it and there isn't much hop presence.

M- Pretty heavy but its expected from the malt.

O- This was pretty decent. I think it was a bit heavy.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to exiled for this extra. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Amber orange red. About a finger of off white head. Some soapy lace, fast fading, no cap.

S: The aroma is actually rather strong. I can smell the beer and it's sitting a solid foot away from me. Loads of caramel malt and spices. Some hops can be picked up as well. Buttered bread crusts come to mind. A faint skunkiness comes through with each whiff.

T: Crisp malt and bread crusts. Distinct graininess that's giving off a corn vibe like any typical lager. Moderate spices. Just a touch of hops.

M: Medium body. Smooth carbonation.

D: Well it's a Marzen for sure. Nothing really stands out but fitting for the style.

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Photo of kevinv
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark copper with a thin off-white head that quickly fades.

S - Toasty with notes of caramel and butter. Mild hops.

T - Slightly sweet malty taste with notes of spices. Caramel and nutty characters that came through in the smell shine in the taste too. Light hop bitterness and roasty notes in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-to-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation seems to be a bit high and it feels very bubbly on the tongue.

D - Drinkability is OK. Pretty average Octoberfest.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having their Altbier I'm expecting them to tackle German styles well.

Pours a clear deep orange with an off-white head. Retains well and leaves some lacing.

Breadiness upfront with some sweeter caramel in behind with some spicy and herbal hop.

Lightly toasted bread and caramel. Low bitterness with some herbal and earthiness to it.

Sturdy bodied with plenty of carbonation to move pleasantly along the palette.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of both Oktoberfest style beers and Real Ale, so I imagine I have a winner with this one. Let's see...

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with a small head of off-white bubbles that was very active and almost fizzy for about 20 seconds. Then, it was gone. There doesn't appear to be many bubbles rising to maintain the head, so the beer looks pretty still right now. I have been drinking a lot of Spaten and Paulaner Oktoberfest here lately, and they have a really creamy head with some lacing. That is not here with this beer unfortunately.

Aroma: I initially got some sweet toasty malts along with a defined chalky/minerally thing going on from the water. The aroma is still pretty toasty after the beer sits, but it is not like I would expect an Oktoberfest to be in that it is more honey-like sweetness with a bit of citrus thrown in for good measure.

Taste: The flavor is more in tune with what I expect than what I got from the aroma. There are some Munich derived toasty notes in here and the beer is ultimately balanced toward the malt. The minerals that I got in the aroma are present in the flavor as well. They come across quite dry and are to the point that they are accentuating the hops and giving the impression of a dry almost "powdery" film on the back of the throat and this lingers for a while. It suffers from a lack of carbonation that hurts as much as anything else. It is getting a bit of a winey impression as it warms.

Opinion: Well...I must say that I am a bit disappointed in this beer. I would suggest that they clean up the water first before doing anything else. This beer leaves the wrong impression in the nose and on the palate for this style. It is an OK beer, but doesn't really fit in a category with the overall balance and presentation that it has. I wouldn't mind trying it on tap where the carbonation can be controlled a bit better, but I don't have too high of hopes for this one unfortunately. Sorry, Real Ale guys....

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Photo of GregSVT
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours an amber orange with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Not getting much from the nose...mostly sweet malt and a bit of toffee.

T: The taste is much better than the nose. Lots of sweet malt, toffee, and caramel with a slight hop presence on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied which coats the mouth pretty well.

D: This is tasty but not the best Oktoberfest I've ever had. I would recommend this for someone that likes sweet malty beers.

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Photo of roblowther
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like it should. Orange brown with a tint of copper. The head is white but dissipates a bit quickly. Smells malty but then has sort of a wet grain funk, a bit sour towards the end. Taste is much more balanced & much less sour than the smell. Nice carmel malt, just enough sour to balance it out. Orange notes, slight pepper in the finish and I am happy to report my boys (I'll take credit, being Texan) in Blanco have put out another winner. Mouthfeel is buttery soft, a tad undercarbonated. Drinkability is good, the balance lets you pick up another glass pretty easily. There is a slight metallic aftertaste that isn't ideal. Still, a nice interpretation of the style. Very traditional and when it comes to Marzen, I think tradtion is just fine by me.

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Photo of GANIMAL
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden, amber color. Great color and light head.

S - Very light citrus smell.

T - Light citrus enjoyable flavor, great aftertaste.

M - Very light, great drinkability

O - Great overall light oktoberfest. Light and tasty, but missing a punch to seal the deal. If you're looking for a nice, light, easily drinkable oktoberfest, try this one!

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