Schlafly Oktoberfest | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly OktoberfestSchlafly Oktoberfest

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Oktoberfest is a traditional Bavarian Märzen with a toasty malt aroma and slight caramel taste. This rich, amber lager is balanced by the use of German noble hops, while the lager yeast ferments cold and slow, creating a smooth, crisp beer.

Märzen, or Oktoberfest, has its origins in Bavaria, most likely before the 16th century. For public safety and brewing quality concerns, the Bavarian Brauordnung was decreed in 1539, stating that beer could only be brewed from September 29th (Saint Michael) to April 23rd (Saint George). Over the summer months, beers were stored, or lagered, in caves and stone cellars. The evolution of Oktoberfest came from the last brews of the year, in March (or Märzen), as these beers would be ready to drink for the Bavarian celebration, “Oktoberfest”.

25 IBU

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Photo of basaywhat
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Poured a clear copper color with a medium-to-small sized white head. Aroma is biscuit malts, crisp, clean notes, caramel malty sweetness. Taste is sweet and malty.

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Photo of LaurenLM
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite Oktoberfest! Very malty, not too heavy and the perfect amount of hoppiness to balance the bready flavors. This beer was made for fall drinking!

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Photo of morimech
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber color with a finger of head that settles to a thin cap. A little bit of lacing is left down the glass. Has a floral hop aroma along with some notes of caramel and toast. Nothing wrong with flavor that it is at least clean of any obvious flaws, but there just is not much there. Some caramel but almost a complete lack of toast. A little bit of floral flavors as well. Body is a bit thin but is nicely carbonated. Drinkable but no real reason to drink it because there are dozens of better options on the shelf.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark Amber color with a little whit head. Nose is sweet malt with floral and nutty notes. Taste caramel, nutty, hints of fruit, touch of spice. Sweet yet clean finish. If you've had one Oktoberfest beer you've had the, all. Every year I try a new brand and this year it was schlafly's turn. Pretty straight forward for the style. I enjoy them during the season but I'm never floored with them. Prost!

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Photo of teromous
2.56/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From the bottom of the front label: "Bottled With Love on 07/20/2016 06 27"

Appearance: The body is a wonderful looking orange brown color. It is noticeably good looking. The body is pretty hazy but it has a nice opalescence that plays with light as it passes through. The head has a creamy and fluffy texture with an eggshell white color. It leaves very good creamy lacing as it recedes and it maintains a short but well formed head.

Aroma: It has a very nice flowery hop aroma that hits the nose right off the bat. It has a bit of a soapy smell to it. It doesn't give off the traditional noble hop aromas but it is nice.

Taste: At first I notice a bit of alcohol which is a bit strange given the low ABV of 5.50%. There is a light bit of caramel flavor but again it is overshadowed by the alcohol quite a bit. No character from the hops are present here. There is a light bitterness but it was only really present when I was searching for flavors; that is never a good sign. No grain flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel: It is drinkable if you are not bothered by the overbearing presence of alcohol and the complete lack of body. It just doesn't have enough texture or weight to carry itself as an Oktoberfest.

Overall: This beer makes you long for the traditional Oktoberfest beers with their noble hop aromas and delicious malty flavors. It delivers nothing. It is sad when a palate cleanser is more interesting and has more flavor than an Oktoberfest. I would not recommend it and I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love it when the Fall beers are released. This brew reminds me of why. It's a rich Amber color, with a medium white head. The aroma is malty, with a hint of fruit. Clean. The taste is malty, seminary, and flavorful. Medium in body and very enjoyable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper color, 1/8" head. Nothing in the nose.

Malty, relatively thin body. Not much flavor country. Not too sweet. A little gritty, nutty. A little bit of caramel.

Straight up average.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice Oktoberfest pours a lightly hazed dark amber with a medium head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of sweet caramel, light stone fruits of apricot, and light breaded notes. Flavors follow the nose with sweet caramel notes to the front followed by sweet peach and apricot notes, lightly tart, followed by a touch of fresh bread and subtle grain notes on the back. Medium carbonation finishes a touch watery by still solid for the style. An excellent brew from a great brewery.


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Photo of BeerWithMike
1.6/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sampling right now on 11/12/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle from the Saint Luis Brewery, LLC in Saint Louis, Missouri & Stevens Point, Wisconsin (side of label). Bought the bottle just 2 months ago and had no date or "Best By" nothing. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 12 ounce flute glass.

Brew pours a pretty deeper copper-amber in color with about a 1-finger off-white head that is typical of most of this brew style. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped...which was actually 2 sips because this was one nasty tasting brew. This isn't a old brew that I had but something wasn't right with this one and it was a drain pour after just 2 sips. Aroma was decent and of caramel malts for the most part. The taste was umm...not good as it was on the sour side and 'soapy'. Will have to try this one again sometime I guess as there wasn't a "Best By" date or anything like that and I haven't had this brew for more than 2 months tops. Anyways, have to go with a LOW number until another review at some other time. Did I get a bad brew maybe??? :/

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin, off-white head. Quite a bit of carbonation. Malty Carmel smell. A very crisp and refreshing marten with a thinner mouthfeel for the style. Malt is good with the camel taste one would expect. A pretty big bite from what seems to be the hop and bigger carbonation. Good.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice copper color with off white head and consistent light carbonation. Light alcohol smell and a little something like apricots. Taste a lot of light minimal flavors... Carmel, Orange, sweet, tang, malt, apricot... just hints of everything. A little sweet tang. Not bad. Nit a lot of spice. I'll drink again.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nicely crafted Oktoberfest with an extremely high drinkability. This is extremely approachable, even for those that are not a huge fan or veteran of the style. Smooth, malty, slightly sweet.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of oldn00b
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like there was a slight haze to this one, or not quite as "crystal clear" as a typical marzen.

Malt profile works really well but it tends toward the sweet side without much extra character. Nose is very mild but overall a perfectly fine Oktoberfest.

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Photo of schematix
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I've only had a handful of commercial marzens before but this is the least enjoyable one I've had yet.

-Drinkability. I've had 2 during the course of writing this review.
-Malt profile is good
-Pretty. Crystal clear. Obviously filtered.

Not So Good
-Massively underhopped(!)
-Unbalanced; see above
-Finish isn't smooth

It's not bad but probably won't sample again.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: September 12, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Sam Adams lager... OCCASION: Licking the wounds of a 6-0 Division 5 soccer drubbing... APPEARANCE: beautifully effervescent copper body with a sudsy, soapy, creamy head that settles neatly to a tangible ring--a picture-perfect start! Lacing is commensurate with its beer level... AROMA: soft caramel and biscuit, with a buttery suggestion; some iron/rust hints as well... PALATE: smooth, almost swift in its attempt to reach the throat; mildly effervescent,despite its appearance; weak aftertaste; definitely sessionable--almost too much so... TASTE: the caramel is the dominant flavor, though it is understated in comparison to other fests; sweet with the suggestion of apple and pear, odd in the style; some metallic Saaz ping to boot--the profile is an odd mashup...OVERALL: After having heard great things about Schlafly, I am surprised by this offering's rather askew taste profile; the body is smooth and enticing, but the payoff is a beefed-up macro rinser...

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Photo of jblake4124
2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ranks near the bottom of the dozen or so Marzens I've had this year. Odd, almost barley wine taste, almost flat in the mouth. Not impressed at all, especially compared to my favorite Oktoberfests.

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Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time for this seasonal in our area, happy to give it a try as other Schlafly products have been pretty good.

Clearly marked bottled-on date of 8/14/15.

L -- Lightly hazy amber-orange with a dense, cream-colored head that settles to a thin and persistent cap.

S -- Nice bready malts up front, light DMS, and light mild spiciness.

T -- There's a vague caramel flavor up front, but it folds into a bready, crackery malt character that's quite nice. The finish is more crackery malts and a very light hop spiciness. Aftertaste is more of the same with the light caramel fighting for a repeat performance, but not overwhelming.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to mildly syrupy with a medium body.

O -- This is a well-crafted beer and very tasty, but the syrupy heaviness in the mouthfeel would make it difficult to consume a few in a session.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When this beer hits the glass, you can almost here the polka music. A very deep orange to medium amber in color, the body of this beer gives a preview of the lightly toasted goodness to come. The 2 centimeter, off-white head hangs around a bit and laces pretty well as you gulp down this brew. When you take a whiff of the beer, the lightly toasted malts explode in a bouquet of caramel malts and biscuit-like flavors. The nose displays an underlying touch of brown sugar sweetness as well.

When this beer hits the tongue, the biscuit flavor from the malt is first and foremost. Light toasted malts are big and pretty much the only flavor of the beer aside from the slightest touch of hop balance. The back half of the flavor is a touch more on the burnt side than the toasted side, but still a mild flavor. Lingering flavor is very much a bread-like malt flavor. The best part about this beer is how it feels on the palate. It is light, yet smooth as you drink it and the result is a darker lager that drinks as easy as a pils.

Overall, I love me some fall beers and this one does not disappoint. Schlafly has delicately balanced the darker flavored malts of this beer with a light drinkability that is very well done.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean amber, with nice off-white head. Loopy lace.

Aroma: Caramel and biscuit malty, really pretty expected and true to the style. Pleasant.

Taste: More of the caramel/biscuit malts, with a touch of fruitiness in there. A perfectly drinkable and enjoyable Oktoberfest — maybe not to the same quality as a true German rendition, but nonetheless, one I’d not hesitate to enjoy again.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head that doesn't last long

S-Rather malty, some spice, caramel, toffee and some orange.

T-Nice malty caramel. A tad bit of orange. Not much in the way of hops, but for a malty brew it is not offensive.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Much better than I was expecting, especially given I am not too fond of the style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper color, though it's not the most clear (chill hazed?) Not much off-white colored head, not even a finger's worth. And even that retains poorly. Not a very attractive brew, that's for sure. (2.5)

Aroma: Smells like a marzen. No seriously, it does! There are plenty of caramel malts, balanced by a gentle wave of noble hops. A vague hint of diacetyl actually adds instead of detracting. Not much else stands out, though. (3)

Taste: Tastes like one, too! It starts with a healthy note of caramel, while it finishes slightly hoppy. Much like some marzens (Sam Adams' octoberfest comes instantly to mind), there seems to be a slightly higher amount of diacetyl compared to others. It doesn't seem to be the most balanced example, either - the maltiness is slightly obstructive. (3)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, while retaining the heavier feel of a proper marzen. Carbonation is slightly high, also style appropriate. It goes down fairly easily, though it lacks the effortlessness of the better examples. (3)

Overall: Average beers like these tend to leave me void of words. There really isn't much good or bad to say about it - it's just another marzen in a sea chock full of marzens. Try it or not, I don't really care that much. (3)

2.98/5: Eh, it's okay...

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a fairly vigorous head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear orange copper. The beer smell is very hoppy for an oktoberfest. The smell has orange hop notes and yeasty, bready malt notes that mix well with the hops. The beer taste is a bit hoppier than I'm used to for oktoberfests. The beer has a bready and malt taste that is topped off by a very orange and tangy hop taste at the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth with carbonation but not usually as thick as the better oktoberfests. Overall, an okay but there are better ones.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured a decent 1/2" head which went away fast and left minimal lacing. First aroma is of sweet malt and honey. Color is a cloudy orange-tan. First taste is crisp with a well balanced blend of hops, yeast, malt and a touch of caramel. Flavor overall seems well balanced and maintains its crispness throughout. About half way through, there is a touch of bitterness aftertatste but it is desirable and makes you want to drink more. Overall, a good beer with lots of flavor that still seems to remain light and crisp and most definitely is a beer to drink anytime, any season, anywhere !!!!!

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a light amber/caramel color. Small whit head. Not much lacing to speak.

Smell is big on caramel malt. Big sweet caramel smell.

Big caramel malt taste upfront. Nice roasted malt flavor mid-palate. Finishes a little with a nice caramel malt sweetness that lingers. Not too much else going on here.

Mouthfeel is light. Slightly creamy.

Not too much going on here. Good beer, but a little to much toward the sweet caramel flavor.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a 20 oz. shaker glass.

A - Pours a glistening golden copper into the glass. A four-finger head of egg-cream white, dense pillowy foam slowly collapses, leaving patches along the sides of the glass. Eventually, the beer is left with a solid layer of lace across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a vibrant apricot orange and rather cloudy, with a swirl of suspended trub floating in the middle.

S - Rich notes of toasted malts and caramels spill out of the bottle on the pour. In the glass, the nose is fresh whole grain toast with a light fruit marmalade. Notes of richer caramels emerge from the backgound.

T - Toasting is a bit darker on the tongue. Crunchy toasted barley malts are featured, with soft caramels in the background reminiscent of a decently torched creme-brulee. Hints of orangeish sugars sneak out on the tongue after the swallow. There's noticeable floral/herbal hops in the finish that keep all but the sides of the tongue clean.

M - A touch on the fizzy side, with moderate carbonation. Feels a bit dense and chewy in the mouth. Moderately light body with a comfortable structure. Finish tapers off from the quaff and leans a bit drier than to be expected.

O - This is a quite enjoyable Marzen; definitely one that can be sessioned. The slant toward a bit fuller toasting than is typical for the style really keeps the sugars at bay without turning the beer into a hop-forward brew. While there really isn't anything particularly distinctive, it's the balance and toasting that make this the kind of beer that's a comfortable go-to within the style.

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