Late Harvest Lager | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional Oktoberfest beer is brewed to be enjoyed throughout the fall. Big malt character is balanced by noble hops and a dry finish. Prost!

Added by plaid75 on 12-27-2008

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 42
Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with ruby red edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Floral, earthy hop aroma with a surprisingly strong malt backbone.  Grassy with subtle pine needle character countered by a strong caramel malt presence as well as some  toffee and biscuit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests.  Still has a very strong malt profile which dominates the flavor.  Really surprising coming from this brewery.  Slightly dank and sticky but the hop flavor is a touch one dimensional and is overpowered by sweet and slightly roasted malt notes.  Grassy and floral with some dry bitterness countered by prominent caramel malt flavor, toast, toffee and biscuit.  The ABV is well masked making it easy to drink but it's a bit bland for my liking.

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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass for $5.75. Sampled 11/9/10.

A: Arrives with a half finger of off-white head that disappears quickly leaving only a thin foamy lace behind. Spare scraps of lace cling to the glass but look like they'll be sliding back down soon. The body has a amber-brown appearance and is 60% opaque

S: The nose is pretty safe and boringly lager-like. Low level of grassy, floral hops. Caramelly malts. Somewhat steely. The twist comes once the beer opens up a bit, bringing in aromas of orangey-lemony zest to compliment the light tang.

T: My first sip tasted oddly reminiscent of what the inside of a refrigerator, I'd imagine, would taste like. The rating here started at 1.5 and thankfully improved by two full points as the tanginess begins to pull out the combination of flavors.

M: Medium body with an absolutely perfect level of carbonation, lively and tingling. Finishes crisply.

D: [DRINKABILITY] While the beer is ok, the scores suffer because there is nothing interesting to offer here. Surely Bear Republic can do better than this. Nothing offensive, just nothing special either.

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Photo of sweethome
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ON tap at Hollingshead's in Orange CA - served in German stein. Deep amber color - very much to style. Little head on this one. Nose seems muted...a bit of sweet malts.

Nice, crisp entry - sweet, apple malty taste jumps in...builds out biscuit. A little bit of spicy component - probably from a light hop bill. This works - provides plenty of flavor and hits on most of what you expect for style...and just a little more - a little more in mouthfeel and bittering (though not very bitter - just more than most O'fests)

Nice beer with food.

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Photo of corylew
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a standard pint glass. Pours hazy dark amber with a small off white head.

Smells malty and sweet. The sweet seems to be a defining characteristic of this beer to me. Lots of malt but almost a sugary nose.

Taste follows suit with a malty flavor, nonexistant hops and a lingering sweet taste.

Mouth feel, despite smelling sweet, is not very heavy. Actually this pint went down pretty fast.

Overall, seems like it would be a good beer for people who aren't into hops. It's malty with no bitterness. It's good but I'm not sure if I would order it again though. It would have to be along with a pretty sad draught list.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-09 at Bull's Head in Litiz, PA (from notes)

A - Mildly-hazy, dark amber with a 1-finger head and mild lacing.

S - Mild grain and a hint of spice

T - Tastes great with caramel malt, nuttiness, spice, orange citrus and an appropriate amount of fresh hop (leafy) flavor and bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

O - A tasty fest beer. I'll have it again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours amber with a medium off-white head, some lacing.

S: Sweet Munich malt, with a hint of roast.

T: Has that Fest malty tasty with some nuttiness and some roast, a little too much for the style IMO. Some grassy noble hopping in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, fairly smooth, hint of alcohol.

O: Still looking for that really great West Coast Oktoberfest, but I'll keep trying any I can find. C'mon CA. In the end, an enjoyable solid example of the style, nothing more.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice transparent copper with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap

S: Biscuity, grains, caramel and thats about it for me

T: Biscuity, caramel hints . Lightly hopped leaving a light floral element.

M: Light to medium body, well carbonated

O: I thought this was arather good interpretation of the style. I would drink again!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Vine St. Pub and I would have liked more info about it suhc as whether it used fresh or wet hops. Based upon the name I assume it must. The color was dark orange and oily on the top, sticky lacing too. The flavor was really minty and herbal hops, I was intrigued. I swear I also tasted licorice too. This was good and unlike any lager I've had.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was a great Octoberfest, one of my favorites, I believe. Dark caramel color with a good amount of carbonation (a couple of inches). Smell was of german malt with a very slight hop aroma. Flavor was great, slight dark fruit but not so much to be unrefreshing. I was able to enjoy this a number of times over the month.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

Pours a medium brown with some rusty int. Nice off white head and moderate lacing. Smell is a bit plain with some doughy malts and hints of herbal hops. Taste is better as the malt becomes pronounced and picks up some slight caramel flavors and lots of bread. Hops are of the earthy, herbal variety. Mouthfeel is nice--light to medium body with good carbonation. Good drinkability and one of the better Marzens I've had, which seems to be happening more lately.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served to me in a tulip glass I get a very nice deep copper coloured beer with an off-white head which is leaving some nice lace on the glass.

There's some fruit in the nose, malt, obviously, and good whiff of hops.

The taste is good at first but I'm getting a residual metallic flavour which is a little off-putting. Leaving that asied it's a pretty good beer - malty, rich, nice dry finish and with more bitterness than I normally find in this style.

Good mouthfeel, medium-bodied, not too heavy.

There are better Oktoberfests around, but not too many. This one seems rather more hopped and bittered than others I've had although it's listed at only 25 IBUs.

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

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Clear amber pour with a nice fluffy khaki head. Nice malty and grainy aroma, grains and biscuits with a grassy spicy hop profile. Flavor is bready malts, toasted grains, and caramel with a lightly citric and grassy hoppiness that takes over in the finish. A very full-flavored, well-balanced lager. Super drinkable.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at the Draughthouse in Austin.

What an absolutely beautiful beer! Dense, creamy custard foam holds court up top and refuses to budge, lasting throughout the entirety of the drink and coating the glass with thick lacing. Body is crystal clear with a vibrant, copper-orange hue. Spicy, hoppy aroma, with a subtle Oktoberfest base. The hops are citric and floral, with a healthy backing of amber malts and breaded yeast.

I wish the flavor matched the aroma, but unfortunately it falls a bit thin on the palate. Not bad, just not a standout for the style that I've grown accustomed to with Bear Republic. Body shows medium thickness with a smoothness that dries out towards the finish alongside a twang of spicy, rounded bitterness. Overall, a good (if not great) O'Fest. Perfect complement to this cool weather we've been having in Austin.

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Photo of peterjk
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Amber with red highlights, a little cloudy, persistent thin tan head.

S: Sweet fruit notes of tangy apricot and ripe banana, lots of earthy and herbal hops notes.

T: Very balanced for Bear Republic. Good malt character up front with flavors of tangy apricot, earthy fig. The hops kick in mid palette with earthy flavors and finish with a crisp bitterness.

M: Rich creamy mouthfeel up front with small bubble carbonation on finish.

D: A balance and flavorful beer, pretty mild and drinkable for Bear Republic. There is too much lingering hops bitterness for my tastes.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange color with a white head into a pint glass. Aroma is of citrus and floral hops and biscuit like malt. Taste features citrusy grapefruit and some sweet malt. Pretty balanced here, and features much more hops than normally associated with the style. The balance reminds me more of an ESB, and a bit on the hoppy side for that. Still a decent beer and an easy drinker on a summer evening.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft, this beer had a nice puffy white head, a solid small-bubbled mass. Displayed good retention, pretty good lacing. Cloudy to the point of being nearly opaque, the beer itself was a light muddy brown with hints of yellow and orange.

Fittingly subdued aroma for a lager. Grains, some spice. Light caramel malt.

Goodness, is this really from Bear Republic? While I generally like their offerings, I had lately become a bit concerned that each of their beers - no matter the style - seemed to have big, standout hoppiness. Not so here, though there is a nice, subtle hop profile. Chocolate malts, as well as hints of caramel. Nuts and grains. Hops evidence themselves some light citrus and leafiness. With the malts, the citrus presents itself as a sweet orange. Finishes fairly dry.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Goes down easily. Smooth, befitting a good lager, with a very full flavor.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this growler w/ me. Poured chilled into a double walled tumbler.

A golden brown w/ minimal white rign for head which clings to the glass leaving a wispy pattern on the surface of the beer.

S - A sweet malt aroma w/ caramel fruity notes. The nose has subtle nut odors w/ toasted essence that has a biscuity hint.

M - A moderately full feel w/ toasted texture, slight dry malt feel w/ moderate carbonation and a minimal spiciness. The sweet malt elements contrast the dry earhtiness well

T - Dry toast and sweet malty layers are nice showing a complexity you may not see in most American lagers of this style. The flavor combo has subtle twiggy hop flavors that parallel the toasted grain and yeast flavors. The texture is almost a standout here with the flavors coming in later in echoes.

The drinkability is very good w/ a abv you wouldn't guess from tasting this. The flavors are subtle, perhaps even subdued, but as you drink more the malts really begin to shine and encourage repeated tastes.

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Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Brilliant copper with medium creamy white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Light fruity (green apple) notes with hints of sweet biscuit and a bit of citrus.

T-Sharp fruity and floral hop character with caramel malt sweetness and biscuit muscle, resulting in a well-balanced flavour. A bit of honey sweetness in the finish

M-Medium body quite sharp with a crisp finsih.

D-Bear Republic makes quality brews and this one is no exception. An excellent hopped up marzen with plenty of flavour and body to keep things interesting and quaffable. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA on 1/5/09.

A - Beautiful rustic autumn orange/amber-tinted body with one-finger creamy white head that settled into a ring of retention and left a bit of lacing around the glass. Plenty of swirling bubbles of carbonation darted throughout the body.

S - Sweet and fruity nose with hints of bread, caramel and tree fruit, especially ripe pear and apple, as well as a hint of citrus.

T - Opens with a crisp, fruity hop character with plenty of caramel malt sweetness and hefty bready notes, resulting in a well-balanced flavor. A honey sweetness persists throughout, and finishes with a grassy hop bitterness with some juicy citrus notes.

M - Soft and smooth texture with a slight oily slickness. Carbonation is moderate, but not as prickly as the aforementioned bubbles would suggest. Finish is crisp, clean and refreshing with a slight bitter hop bite on the palate.

D - This is an excellent, quaffable session lager with lots of flavor and a superior clean, crisp character. I wouldn't expect anything less from Bear Republic.

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Photo of hopdog
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at The Drafting Room in Springhouse, PA.

Poured a medium and cloudy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toastiness, grainy, citrus, and some wet leaves. Tastes of grains, citrus, some toastiness, and caramel. Lighter earthiness too.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured solid sweet malt with a touch of flowery hops.

The taste consisted of robust sweet malt, some honey and caramel. Some flowery hops cleaned up the flavor.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and robust beer.

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Late Harvest Lager from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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