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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Added by champ103 on 10-08-2009

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Photo of atsprings
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade! 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that diminishes to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight toasted malts and not much else. The taste is a nice amount of toasted malts against a subtle but present Noble hop backbone. The beer is nice and light bodied with smooth carbonation and a touch of dryness. This is a nice demonstration of the Oktoberfest style.

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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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 11.20.10. Pours a clear, light copper color with a decent sized cap of tan foam. Fades fairly fast to a thin coat and does not leave any lacing.

Nose is nutty and caramel maltiness, pretty standard marzen smell. Not overly sweet with a little bit of toast. Clean, fresh...pecan-esque nuttiness is the differentiator here.

Rich malts get sweeter on the palate but still leaves room for plenty of toast and roasted nuts to shine. Glimmer of hop bitterness on the finish is a nice touch. Plenty of flavor here and the body is certainly not thin. This is a good beer, and I think the best of the 4 bottled Oktoberfests that hail from Texas.

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Photo of Plokhooy
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty typical for a "fest" beer. The color, taste, and texture are what you would expect. The quality that mkes this one a bit different from the rest is that it is a bit lighter than most, making it even more drinkable in the warm Falls in Texas.

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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 beeragent
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium copper, forming a 1/2 inch off white head, with no lacing.

S - Aroma is very malty, with a strong caramel malt presence and a slight grainy note.

T - Caramel malts and bread taste coat the palate. The hops are noticeable in the finish, being more floral than spicey. Very refreshing and more what an Oktoberfest tastes like.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very clean.

D - IMO this taste more like a traditional Oktoberfest, and not what alot of microbreweries are trying to pass as an Oktoberfest. Great full flavor and body. One of the better Oktoberfest biers available!

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
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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Photo of wagenvolks
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint. Best by 11-04-10.

Pours a crisp, ruddy-copper body with good clarity. The crackling sawdust head retreats quickly to a thin wisp and ring of tiny bubbles, methodically supplied from trails of carbonation rising up from the laser-etched bottom. Great aroma: nutty Vienna malts, brown sugar, squash and other Autumnal veggies. Light doses of German hops and yeast add a hint of spice to the background.

Crisp and semi-fruity up front with floral hops, browned apples, and nutmeg. Malts bring toasted bread and nuttiness mid-sip, as well as some caramel and light toffee notes. Great balance overall. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly on the tongue with a bit too much carbonation, but otherwise solidly sessionable. Real Ale continues to please with their seasonal releases, and this is a solid addition to that lineup with the Oktoberfest. Now, bring on the Shade Grown Coffee Porter!!

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is quite hoppy: herbal, floral, noble and outshines the softer malt, which is slightly chocolaty. Smells good.

Pours clear amber straw, moderate head, lighter than typical. Looks pretty good.

Tastes moderately more hoppy than the nose advertised. Malt steps up, but does not win the balance. Not very sweet, mild hop bitterness. Softly nutty, oily mouthfeel. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

I really like it, it has way too much hop for style.

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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 drunkboxer1
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Saucer. Was eating a brat sandwhich. Smelled decent, noticable Munich Malt, maybe a little flowery hops. Tastes mildly sweet and caramel-like, some muted noble hop flavoring. Not bitter in any sense. Very close to style I think, similar to Spaten's version in flavor profile but a maybe a bit heavier. Had this after 512's "One" so maybe the flavors seemed weaker compared to that, but overall a good beer.

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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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