Frankenmuth Oktoberfest | Frankenmuth Brewery

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Frankenmuth OktoberfestFrankenmuth Oktoberfest

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Frankenmuth Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.27%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Todd on 09-27-2004

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Brianz81
4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of Michigan's best Oktoberfest brews. I would say that it's got a good mix of caramel and bitter flavors. This is a great standard Marzen. It really holds true to the basic flavors you'd expect, with no surprises. That being said, that's also why it's a bit boring to me. It's a great beer, and really captures the traditional taste, but it's a little lack-luster. If you want a true and genuine Marzen Oktoberfest that's very predictable, this is for you!

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of bluHatter
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber, red with a sticky white head that leaves nice lacing behind.

S: sourdough, yeast, a little malt.

T: Fruit, sweet floral malts with a satisfying sour, bready finish.

M: Crisp, clean with perfect carbonation.

O: One of the better oktoberfests I've had the pleasure of tasting. I love visiting the town of Frankenmuth, but - oddly enough - I had never tried one of their local brews until now. I've been missing out!

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Photo of GRPunk
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Siciliano's mug. Surprised it was a twist top after prying it off.

A- A 1-finger, khaki head settles to a ful film (about 1/4-finger). Clean, copper body showcases medium-heavy carbonation. There are some awesome sticky rings left behind on this one.

S- It comes off as very balanced at first. Sweet, bready/doughy malts mix with light, leafy hops that are crisp and slightly spicy. It could be a little more robust, though warmth helps in that regard.

T- More caramel than the aroma suggests. There's also a bready or doughy quality to the malt profile. The malts are nicely balanced by plentiful (for the style), spicy hops. It does stay on the malt side, as it should.

M- Great feel. It's clean, yet toothy. Full bodied with medium-heavy carbonation. Just what I look for in the style. Dryish finish.

O- It's a good example of the style. There's more balance than the very common caramel-malt bombs I've run into. Frankenmuth continues to sell me on the idea that they can put together some great German style beers. This one is very sessionable. It could become a "go-to" Oktoberfest for me.

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4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 3.75/5
Pours a slightly clear perfect copper color. There was about 1 finger of head on initial pour, dissipates to almost nothing with in a minute. Visible carbonation is qutie sparse and rises up at an average rate.

Smell - 3.9/5
Sweet maltiness, some fruitiness (cherries and apples?) as well. Perhaps a little bit of breadiness. Overall the aroma is fairly nice. I would have liked the smell to be a bit stronger, because as it stands, the smell is quite subtle.

Taste - 4.1/5
Sweet maltiness, with an orange-citrus taste to it. Definitely has a fairly fruity taste to it, perhaps even a little tartness. Interesting for an Oktoberfest, but I like it. Perhaps a mild and subtle alcohol taste, which does not intrude on the rest of the beer. It's hard to define this beer, other than to say it seems like a slightly fruity version on a standard Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Medium to full bodied--much closer to the full bodied than the medium. Simultaneously crisp and creamy in a very unique way. The beer itself is thick and creamy, but the carbonation is fairly high intensity, and gives a bite/kick to the tongue, create a sensation found more in crisp beers. Overall, I really love the mouthfeel. This is one of the nicest mouthfeels I can remember in a beer.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall, this was a great drinking experience. I was very happy with this beer, and it turned out to be a great Oktoberfest beer which stood out from other Oktoberfests, because of its unique flavor and unique mouthfeel. I definitely plan on drinking this again at some point in the future.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of matt20102
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly straight-ahead beer. While there isn't anything particularly spectacular about it, this beer is well rounded and very enjoyable. Pours with a half-inch head which dissipates into a thin head and good lacing. Flavor is predominantly of malt- perhaps vienna- with an unusually subtle hop bitterness to keep the malt sweetness in check. The carbonation is slightly lower than most commercial beers which allows the malt flavor, rather than the hop presence, to dominate. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mitchster
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a friend in our homebrew club. 12oz bottle, 5.27% ABV, 27 IBU. No ingredients per the website or label.

Pours out to a hazy copper, forming a small off-yellow head with average retention and sparse lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is interesting...kinda like soapy caramel and munich malt. The mouthfeel is bright and crisp with a medium body. The taste is peculiar but starts with a soapy hoppiness, then is followed by some pleasant minerals, leading way to a nice malty middle with some grainy huskiness and then a pleasant light bitterness. Well balanced. A touch of sulfur in the very end.

Pleasantly surprised...this is a nicely balanced and slightly toasty easy to drink oktoberfest. I would probably drink this again, and considering the fact that I generally don't like oktoberfest's, this is quite the compliment.

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3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. 5.27% abv and 27 IBUs.

Pours a clear, clean, rich copper. Finger of light beige head. Some lacing. Decent mix of hops and malt on the nose. In fact, this seems a little hoppier than most examples. Still, there is some cookie-ish malt to contrast with the herbal, slightly citrusy hops.

Crisp toasted grain up front. Soon changes over to caramel and cookie dough sweetness. Herbal, spicy hoppiness comes in mid-palate to contrast with the malts. Some cooked vegetables as we near the finish. Lingering graham cracker and caramel. Medium-bodied, with a slightly slick feel. A nice, tasty O-fest!

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Photo of warnerry
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with more than a finger of creamy tan head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Toasted grain and caramel malts are predominant. Also some spicy hops. Smells pretty good, clean and simple.

T - Spicy hops are more prominant in the taste than the smell. Still, nice balance with the toasted grain, with the caramel malt taking a back seat. More spicy hops than my favorite Oktoberfests, but pretty enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a crisp, dry finish.

O - Doesn't standout in any particular way, but a pretty good beer that I would have again.

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