Octoberfest | Free State Brewing Co.

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118 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
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of crow
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1angrydwarf
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joe_recker
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TonyTwins
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jw4free
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Myboymi
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcb
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nuebs
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mflamar
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aphamer
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpuetz
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Emersonio
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour: On draft at The Anchor in Wichita, KS. Poured into a nonic pint. Appearance: Copper in color and clear. Very minimal head. Aroma: Very malty, bready and doughy. Taste: Lighter in malt than on the nose. Hop notes are detected with the characteristic bite. Aftertaste: Sweet and light on the backend. Very bready as well. Overall: Easy to drink and true to style. Good. 3 out of 5.

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Photo of arc3636
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rymurr72
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chucker17
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DelMontiac
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found Free State Octoberfest in Hank's beer fridge, LOL! The 12oz bottle pours a very nice copper-orange color topped by a finger of white foam. Classic malty doughy slightly citrus aromas abound from this beauty. Flavors follow the nose, but slightly grain forward and with vanilla notes making this brew seem about as fresh as it could be. Any fresher and you'd burn your tongue. Nice slippery silky feel with a medium-full body. I have to put this Marzen in my top three hands down. Maybe top two. Ayinger will always be number 1 in by book. That should say it all. Excellent job Free State. See ya October 5th in Lawrence! Drink good beer. -DelMontiac

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Octoberfest from Free State Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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