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Köstritzer Oktoberfest | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer OktoberfestKöstritzer Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Lemke10
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a 500mL bottle of this as a closeout deal at Woodman’s in Rockford, IL in early 2012 for $1.99.

Pours a cloudy, copper color with a slight head on it. The scent is mild with grassy grains and a slight bit of spices. Taste is malty but rather watery for an Oktoberfest beer. I found some spices in the taste but not as many as I was expecting. Good drinkability and decent taste but probably one of the weaker Marzen beers I have ever had before but seeing how it’s April, I won’t complain too much.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: Crisp almost airy hop finish is balanced with bread, malt sweetness. Same with the nose. Deep amber in color, clear, with a tall foamy head and some lace. Medium body. A bit liter in mouthfeel that the Original Munich Oktoberfest.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a semi-transparent orange/caramel color with 2.5 fingers of decently thick, white head. Retention is pretty good, and the head leaves a good bit of lacing as it recedes.

S - Toasted malts, caramel, light floral hops, and an almost mineral like note, though it's not intrusive. Seems fairly simple, but mostly inviting.

T - Toasted malts and biscuity yeast dominate the palate through the climax, where the floral hops notes take over. It's far more bitter than I thought it would be, and it throws off the balance. Simple and muddy.

M - Medium bodied, thick and smooth.

D - It's o.k., but I probably won't have it again. It's imbalanced and not constructed well.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle. Pours clear light orange amber with a big creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet, almost sugary, toasted malts and toffee.

The flavor is the same - sweet sugary toasted malts with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent Oktoberfest. Too sweet and toasty for me.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"Best before" date clearly marked on label. I like to see this on German imports. This beer was bought at Coaltrain on review date for under $2.00. Poured into a snifter.

A gentle pour yields a red-tinged amber body under one finger of white head that diminishes within a few minutes.

There is very little aroma, mostly sweet light malts and slight noble hops.

The flavor is mild and smooth. Malts are on center stage and display a very nice dose of crackery, grainy, light toasty malt flavors in the aftertaste and on the back end of the flavor. There is some mild hop bitterness but less than what would be expected in a pilsener or lighter lager.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and is my favorite aspect of this beer.

Conclusion: This oktoberfest takes the mild smooth route instead of the malty-hoppy rich lager route. I like it, and it makes a nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear looking amber color with a foamy looking cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer had a good amount of caramel malt on the nose and some autumnal spices. The taste of the beer was nicely balanced between the bitterness and the malts, the spices kind of fall short for me. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable and medium bodied. Overall it's not a bad Oktoberfest but not my favorite either.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at the Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ. The title was correct, i.e., Ocktoberfest, however, they described it as a Schwarzbier in detail. Hmmm. I guess I was expecting a Schwarz then. Annoyed when they told me “oh yeah, everyone asks is this the right beer? But it is!” Um, no it’s not. Not a bad Marzen I suppose. Guess we are both at fault, them for giving the description of a different beer, me for thinking an Ocktoberfest could possibly be a Schwarz-styled beer.

Regardless this was kind of the standard fare. Clear and dark gold colored beer with a smallish cap of white head that quickly dissipates. Lacing was minimal. Mild aroma dominated by biscuity malt. Nicely bready with faint sweetness. Taste was very much the same, nice rich caramel malt character with a tasty breadiness. Nothing too big or profound, floral hops were predictably low in volume. Medium-high carbonation, somewhat creamy body with a clean, crisp finish. Drinkable, even poundable. Right in the style, which I find to be a little boring but well suited to a raucous beer hall and a gigantic pretzel.

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Photo of ahq514
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into english pint glass.

Pours a bright golden color with a slightly amber hue to it. Pours about a two finger head that eventually dissipates to a very little head. Appears to have high carbonation. Light streaks of lacing.

Has a classic German oktoberfest aroma. Sweet toasty malt with a hint of floral German hops.

I actually like this oktoberfest better than many of the other german oktoberfests. It seems to be a tad bit more malt focused. All the elements of the aroma are there in taste. Sweet toasty, caramel, biscuity malt. Seems to be a tad sweeter than others. I think the hop flavor comes through a little better than some of the other ones too. On the finish of the beer, there is a nice, light floral hoppiness that complements the beer pretty well.

Nice medium body and medium/high carbonation.

This isn't my favorite oktoberfest, but as far as German ones go I was pleased that this was a little more malt forward. A tad on the sweet side, but still very enjoyable. Would have again on a nice fall day such as this one.

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Photo of MNJR
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, good head. Smells of malt, some woodsy notes, and biscuit/sugar cookie. Tastes solid for the style. Nice rich, warming background to the clean roasted brown sugar and milk chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is chewy and smooth, without the gummy residue of some Oktoberfests. Rye bread lingers after the swallow. Very nice beer, easily in the top 25% of Oktoberfests I've had.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice amber/golden color with a nice white cap

S: Mostly malts, tad bit of honey and light caramel

T: Also mostly a malty flavor, with a little bit of hop near the finish to round it out. Pretty smooth and pleasant flavor.

M: Light to medium body, a bit thin and loses taste and appeal

O: A cut above average but search on because there are some better choices

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Yeah, the season's pretty much passed, but I'm still gonna keep trying more O-Fest brews. Besides, the woman on this new label makes the St. Pauli girl look downright homely. The beer, though, pours a clear copper topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, vague mandarin orange flesh, grass, sweet flowers, and light lemon zest. It's all sorta weak, but what makes it to my 'strils is pleasant and ever-so-slightly invigorating. The taste brings in more of the same, though with the grass, orange, and lemon all pumped up, shining now rather than simmering. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a refreshing finish. Overall, a very nice German O-Fest, one that I could easily see enjoying on a nice September afternoon in Bavaria.

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Photo of samie85
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of light beige head.

S-Smells predominantly of spicy hops with some bready and caramel malt notes.

T-Caramel and bready malts upfront with a nice spicy, herbal presence on the back end.

M-Light bodied with moderate, yet prickly carbonation with a crisp, dry finish.

D-A very nice example of the Marzen style and one I'd like to see more often.

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

On-tap at Jones Radiator in Spokane for $3 (happy hour price).

Orange-amber color, with off-white head.

Bready and nutty in the nose, with some grassy hops present in a distinctly minority capacity. This smelled like a malty beer, as it was supposed to.

Very malty tasting beer, with a slightly hazelnut-like flavor in the background. Not a flavor bomb, but it's not supposed to be.

Body was just south of medium, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

A very drinkable oktoberfest. I could see myself having a few liters of this in Munich with no complaints.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A perfect golden orange with amazing clarity. One finger white head with decent retention but no lacing to speak of. A fair amount of carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass.

S: Very biscuity and malty. Some floral hops coming through. Maybe a touch fruits.

T: Decent mix of biscuity/bready malts and floral/light citrus hops. Some touches of caramel.

M: Light to medium bodied. High carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: A decent Oktoberfest beer. Not really my style but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pilsner Haus, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear orange in color with some notes of amber and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin creamy off white head that died down and left just a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of biscuit malts and grassy hops in the nose along with notes of malty sweetness and caramel.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts along with hints of caramel malts, toasted malts and malty sweetness.
M: The beer is a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate but is very smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

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Photo of draheim
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle (best by 7/15/2012) poured into a tulip. Pale amber color, crystal clear, with an off-white 2-finger head.

Aroma is subtle floral hops and dry biscuity malt.

Taste is bready malt with a hoppy tang. Very refreshing, clean and crisp. Nice interplay beween the sweet caramel malt and bitter hops.

Overall I'd classify this as a pretty standard Märzen/Oktoberfest.

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Photo of wcintula
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a sizable foamy head atop an amber body, light lacing. The smell is ever so slightly hoppy, a little metallic with a nice base of toasty malty, caramel-y goodness. Drinks well, sweet and dry conversely but simultaneously, a good bready grain flavor to it. Drinks easily and pleasantly, with a slightly lighter body.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by says before "1/07/10" but I am sure they meant 2011. No sediment, still beyond best by date had me worried.

A - Pours a nice hazy burnt orange. With very little head that turns to a moderate lace.

S - First whiff was toasted malts and caramels but as it warms you get more caramel and hops in the nose.

T - Comes off rather sweet with a strong caramel and toffee sweetness and an underline toasted malt base. Mild hops provide a light bitterness and goes down rather smooth.

M - No ABV? True to the style it drinks with a medium to light body so it has to be under 6%

D - Wow even weeks beyond expiration and it drinks amazing. Brewed in possibly September it kept very well and even today I would consider getting a 10 dollar sixer. Prost!

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; clear amber with a sticky white head and patchy lacing.

smell; roasted malts with some sweetness and grassy hops.

taste; very good and true to the style. The malts have a caramel/toasty sweetness more like Köstritzer Schwarzbier than other Oktoberfest. IMO this is a good thing but keeping the style in mind, it's a little off. Although malts are most dominate, as they should be, hoppy herbs come out in the finish. Bitterness is low, yet the malt sweetness is by no means cloying. A delicious beer, and taste like what it is, an Oktoberfest brewed by Köstritzer.

mouthfeel/drinkability; rich and almost creamy, with a thin finish. Crisp and refreshing and great for much drinking.

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Photo of barknee
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aromas of butterscotch, respectably generous lacing and a unctuous mouthfeel equate to a more generous Oktoberfest brew than most on the general market.
One of the most important aspects of a Oktoberfest brew is the ability to drink huge quantities without pause or exception; with the calculable weight of this brew, drinkability is a bit retarded due to the big malt character and comparative weight of the brew for its style.
Either way, this is still great drinking fest bier; a bit hefty but nevertheless delicious.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is a light copper with a slight white head and not to much lacing. Nose brings some caramel and bread; also a slight nutty character. The taste is mostly some lightly-toasted bread with a hint of caramel. Good feel and carbonation. Fairly plain, but quite quaffable.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/26/09

A - pours a clear copper color with just a layer of fine bubbles resting on the surface

S - light malt aroma, some toasted breadiness as well

T - light, bready, seems watered down

M - light, crisp mouthfeel, decent carbonation

D - not that great of a flavor, easy to drink, you just don't want to drink much of it. Definitely not worth another try.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Sam Adams pint, 'Best before: 01.07.10'.

I'm drinking this five months past its prime but it's still good with a crystal amber body and a creamy, healthy head the color of an old book's yellowed pages.

Buttered bread, saltine cracker, and nuts.

This beer is now dominated by nutty flavors. Rich, buttery nuts and bread are complemented by some salinity to make up the malt. Hop flavor is nowhere to be found (recognizeable bitterness) but the yeast is clean and saltine-like. Altogether this is warm and comforting and an acheivement for a non-Doppelbock lager. It pulls all this off with very low sweetness.

In the mouth it is full, and more importantly rounded. There is a full malty but savory body with ample carbonation.

This is probably the most comforting and best lagers that I've ever drunk. It's making me want to attend Oktoberfest even more.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surprised I've not reviewed this one, I have had it a great many times.

A - Rich and brilliant golden hue, translucent and slightly brassy, with a finger of slippery white foam.

S - Bready and grainy aroma with slightly caramelized or honey overtones, tempered by a metallic hop bitterness and slightly detectable alcohol.

T - A very solid German beer. I could definitely drink this by the liter. Apparent sweetness and breadiness is quickly trumped by a strongly bitter hop (for a lager) that continues into a dry and bitter finish with a vaguely notable alcohol presence. The beer has very good dynamics.

M - Average (good) lager feel, weight, viscosity. Suitably carbonated.

D - Very drinkable, as a fest beer should be.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear light amber color pour with a big frothy lasting head , some spotty lacong left , medium to high carbonation. Aroma is bready and nutty , hints at some of the familiar lager notes ,and faint fruity tones.
Flavor is toasty , nutty , breadcrust , hints of fruit and butter , slightly grainy at the finish but not too bad , lightly sweet , light bitterness , quite balanced , medium body , smooth mouthfeel and an easy drinker so I would deem it sessionable all in all not too shabby .

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