Schlafly Oktoberfest | The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly OktoberfestSchlafly Oktoberfest
BA SCORE
3.59/5
515 Ratings
Schlafly OktoberfestSchlafly Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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

Added by maxpower on 10-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,440
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
515
pDev:
12.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
81
Trade:
0
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Reviews by KFaulkner:
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chip26
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Departs the bottle a clear amber hue, with a small offwhite head. Head and lacing fall away after just a few minutes. Aroma is subdued, with bready malt and fruity and spicy hops. Light bodied and well carbonated in the mouth. Taste is well balanced between a bready maltiness and a subtle fruity and spicy hopiness. Slightly metallic, but finishes clean and refreshing. Solid, if unspectacular.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, with "Bottled with love dating" on the bottom of the front label. Nice

Looks like an Oktoberfest, smells like an Oktoberfest, tastes like an Oktoberfest.

Medium amber, khaki head of moderate size, leaves a nice looking tiny bubble film and thin collar.

Bready nose, malty sweetness on the palate. Hops dry out the finish.

Hits the mark, smooth and enjoyable, respectable sessioner.

My favorite use for Oktoberfest brews is to marinate chicken and/or brats in em....

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Photo of woodencardboard
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of tfratzke
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange. White creamy head that dissipates rather quick. Good lacing. Smell of citrusy hops, some malt. Taste is malty with quite a bit of bitterness. For me, the bitterness overpowers everything else. Good carbonation. Not my favorite Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A muddled dark copper and brown pour, almost no head, can't retain what ain't there. Same with the nose. Just ain't there.

Taste, fairly average, malt forward, thin enough bodies. No real appreciable taste, plenty smooth and undercarbonated. Mildly nutty and chalky if you look for it.

Another average offering.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber to orange in color with a tiny head that disipates quickly and a slight lacing.

Aromas of bold malt, bisquit, and a slight lemon.

Plenty of malts, bread, caramel and a slight herb/floral taste, maybe tyme and a little lemon. The hops show slightly at the back end, no bitterness, just a little pepper.

Easy to drink, sweet and satisfying.

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Photo of navband
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of drn
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange color, with a half of a finger of a white head, speckled with orange highlights, which dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that settled on top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that or I’m stuffed up. I do get a few, faint notes of malt and caramel, but not much else.

Taste: What the beer lacks in aroma, it more than makes up for in flavor. Lots of malt upfront, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, orange citrus, and finished with some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some ok carbonation. Smooth. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Solid offering from Schlafly. Very tasty beer. I’d certainly get it again, next fall.

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Photo of Sara
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kgammell1
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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 nuebs
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shuls
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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