Octoberfest
Free State Brewing Co.

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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #63
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,994
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.18%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
136
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Free State Brewing Co.
 
Kansas, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  26
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: 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)
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 136 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Bierwolf:
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Bierwolf from Missouri

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nov 24, 2014
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MTNboy from Germany

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Sort of a bronze amber colored body. The head might have been a half inch or so. The lace was very spread out.

Smell: A very floral aroma for a Marzen. It did have some biscuit tones though.

Taste: A bit corny at first with some grass and grain tones followed by some floral hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin with some carbonation bite.

Overall: It is a good beer but an alright Marzen.

Jan 26, 2012
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marc77 from California

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pellucid dark bronze, covered by a lanky, but well retained cream white head. Sparse lace remains. The aroma is comprised of soft biscuit and nutty melanoidins. Subtle herbal hop undertone. Clean and tame aromawise. Gentle bready sweetness upfront leads into buttery, slightly sharper, toffeeish Caramunich and mild hop bitterness combination. Agreeably mellow, sweet (non diacetyl) butter tinge. Grassy, tracely minty, Hersbrucker hop flavor. Soft on the palate, but pleasantly dextrinous and lightly viscous in mouthfeel. Finishes clean, with quickly fleeting hints of brittle. Very well rounded and highly drinkable. A bit shy in malt depth, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. A well executed "lighter" example of the style.

Oct 18, 2003
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beernut7 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter orange color with a thin lace on the glass. The aroma is slightly bready. Nice bitter quality on top of a lightly biscuit malt flavor. This is one of the closest American representations I have tried compared to the German imports.

Oct 13, 2002
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Suds from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful amber gold color with a tall white head. The aroma has a clean maltiness and a few grin notes. Medium in body, balanced, with plenty of complex malt notes. Full in body, and the hops come out in the finish. Not bad at all. Very drinkable.

Sep 24, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a crystal clear amber color. There was a small off-white head on mine. It left some lacing. It has a nice aroma. There are some roasted malts, toffee and a hint of nuttiness. It has a bit of a dry taste. Nice maltiness and bitterness. The nutiness makes a slight appearance in the taste. Nice.

Oct 23, 2009
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper color--nearly brown. Clear. Excellent starting head which leaves some initial spotting on the glass.

Strong, sweet caramel nose. All malt.

Round, fully toasted, but not burnt, malt with lots of residual sugars. I don't get any hop whatsoever. The finish reminds me of toffee with dark toasted bread. The body is thinner than I expected but appropriate for the style. Neutral carbonation. Short aftertaste.

Sep 02, 2018
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Dansting from Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewpub. Pours a clear copper color with a nice white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, with a strong caramel presence. Flavor is a nice blend of sweet malt and hops. A solid offering in the Oktoberfest style. No wonder this is considered by many to be the best of the style in the country.

Oct 18, 2007
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 19, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 2nd week of December...

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Toasty, grainy, some perfumy hops

T: Toasty malt, grassyness, a touch of grainyness up front. Some pear fruityness as this warms, a touch of biscuitty malt. Finishes crisp, dry, fruitty & refreshing

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice balance

This is a well put together Marzen, easily one of the better ones I've had in a few years

Aug 16, 2012
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Sep 22, 2014
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Aug 20, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice burgandy/copper color with a small, foamy, egg shell white head. It left behind soapy sheets of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and bready malt. Some earthy notes, too.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and toffee. It had a little bitter spice kick.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay Octoberfest beer. It won't blow you away with flavors or aromas but it is solid and very drinkable.

Sep 28, 2008
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jhawkjedi from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Nov 24, 2011
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JEdmund from Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive bronze color; smells light, but a bit sweet; taste has a lot of toasted grain flavor mixed with a honey sweet biscuityness; bitterness is low; mouthfeel is full (I would like it a little thinner to up the drinkability); overall this lager packs a bunch of flavor in a balanced and drinkable beer, making it very approachable

Sep 07, 2009
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rclangk from West Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8/2019 Hays, Kansas

Aug 24, 2019
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Tone from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint caramel malt. Fits the style of a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight yeast, slight hop, slight sweet malt, and slight caramel malt. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Nov 18, 2011
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange in color,with a medium tan head. Smells of solid Munich malt. Taste is bready, syrupy flavors, followed by a grassy, lemony hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a tiny bit tart, but nothing bad. Mouthfeel is rich, low carbonation. Overall a solid beer I would get again.

Sep 01, 2011
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udubdawg from Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Sep 17, 2014
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TastyIsBeer from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jan 31, 2012
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ryancl from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 22, 2018
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Kahlerbock from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Nov 26, 2012
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kguyty from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Jun 14, 2014
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mojohawk21 from Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 11, 2019
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SafeAtFirst from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into an Irish pint glass.

The appearence is a copper-orange hue - very clear. The aroma is a light bread, a little butter, and a slight earthy/grassy hop smell. The flavor is excellent. It starts out with a slightly sweet biscuit flavor with some roasted malt and butter/nut flavors coming out as it warms, it finishes with just the right amount of hop bitterness to give this beer a near perfect balance and a crisp clean finish. The mouth feel is medium light, maybe a little lighter than some.

Overall this a great octoberfest, I've sampled a few varieties the last 2 weeks (SA, Spaten, Saranac) and this is my favorite so far. I think I'll be making quite a few stops at Free State in the coming weeks.

Sep 23, 2007
Octoberfest from Free State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 136 ratings