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Octoberfest | Free State Brewing Co.

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3.82/5
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126 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
freestatebrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a smooth, malty lager fashioned after the famous Octoberfest beers in Munich. Each year around this time, the Germans celebrate the anniversary of the marriage, in 1810, of the Crown Prince of Bavaria. Huge crowds pile into Munich to imbibe the pride of the cities breweries by the stein full.

Free State's Octoberfest is made from Pilsen malt, caramunich malt, lots of Munich malt, caramel pils malt and aromatic malt. These combine to provide a light amber beer with a smooth, clean malt character that comes through clearly. The hops are Perle for bittering and Hersbrucker for a mild aroma.
(O.G. - 13.5P/1054. Hops - 20 IBUs)

Added by beernut7 on 10-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,679
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
126
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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Enjoyed on tap at the St. Andrews golf course in Overland Park, kansas.

Pours a clear dark amber. Slight white head. Subtle malt aroma.

Lots of malt, reminds me of a rustic dark wheat bread. A little bit of hops. Very rich. Full mouthfeel.

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3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: amber but almost brown dark for the style
S: rich and roasty malts and grain
T: the malts and grain give it a hint of sweetness with a nice roast. Earthy hops on the end with lingering roasted malt flavor.
F: Rich alittle heavy for the style. Carbonation is average but alittle harsh like colas.
O: First off I like a malt based beer this is my type of marzen. It is a little malt heavy, it has some carbonation bite. If you want a marzen a little rough around the edges due to roasted malt give it a go. It is not the most balanced but it works and I love the roasted earthy rustic taste.

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4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stella Artois Tulip.

Light burnt orange color, 2 fingers of fluffy, semi-stable head, gradually receding to a half finger. 20% opaque.

Aromas of yeast, dough, amber malts, nutmeg, and toffee. Difficult nose.

Flavors of some fall corn, spice and malts, namely nutmeg and cinnamon, with barley and oats; some leafy, hoppy qualities, and rough pumpkin rind.

Feel is quenching and wet, with apt carbonation and a semi dry finish.

Definitely "okay". Like Sam Adams' Octoberfest if Sam Adams did it correctly. I was expecting better from the reviews, but this is just another simple fall lager that does the trick on a less than par level.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Octoberfest from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 126 ratings
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