Octoberfest | Free State Brewing Co.

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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
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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

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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

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4.56/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear deep mahogany copper color. A cream colored foamy head recedes to a chunky film as light lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is rich. Sweet caramel all the way, with a hint of cinnamon and spices.

The taste is exceptional. Deep, rich melted caramel and malts encompass most of the profile, while a faint cinnamon spice coats the finish. Very clean, warm, and delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly dry.

Overall, this is always good. Great combination of spices and sweet malts.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

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 Dansting
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty stoked to hear that this was going to be bottled. One of my favorite seasonals from Free State.

Poured as 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This beer pours a caramelized sugar amber with a decent 2 inch head that quickly faded away into just a subtle ring of foam on the inside of the glass. Normally, the perfect pint allows for nice head retention but the nucleation point did nothing for this one. The aroma is nice and malty. Up front notes of toffee and toast followed by just a hint of caramel and roasted grains. The flavor is very similar. Toasted bread and toffee are the dominant flavors. Really the only difference is at the very tail of the flavor profile, just a hint of cocoa powder hits the palate. Perfectly simple. Nothing that bogs down the crispness and cleanness of a good lager. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated, just a hint of dryness at the finish makes you want to take another sip. Overall, I think this is a fantastic Oktoberfest. One that I look forward to much more, now that I can take it home with me, without having to drive to Lawrence and grab a growler.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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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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4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery.

Pours a deep caramel red, with a medium head that doesn't leave a huge amount of lacing. Not bad though. The color is really great. Very clear, but dark.

This is a great smelling beer. Delicious caramel malts, light noble hops, faint biscuit, some sugar.

This is an amazing Octoberfest. Might be the best tasting Octoberfest I've ever had. It has the same taste profile any other Octoberfest has, but it has a much more intense taste. I'm not sure I can put it into words, other than Free State expertly lagered this beer. It's very crisp, very clean, yet very sweet with a bitterness from the noble hops that perfectly counterbalances the sweet biscuity malt.

Despite being around 6% alcohol, and despite being a darker lager - it's perfectly sessionable. A very easy, very delicious beer you can pound with ease.

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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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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%

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

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