Newport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen Lager | Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Newport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen LagerNewport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen Lager

Brewed by:
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our most technical brew to make and one of our only lagers. The colder and longer fermentation requires precision and patience. True to the Maarzen style, copious amounts of German Vienna, Carapils, and Munich Malts lend a sweetness people ask for all year! German Tradition and Czech Saaz hops are added post boil to really authenticate this fantastic crowd favorite!

14 IBU

Added by UncleJimbo on 10-21-2002

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 72
Reviews by Cadyfatcat:
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine picked this up near the source in RI. Exp in March so this beer is fresh out the brewery.

Taste begins with clementine tartness, nice amber malts with even a hint of malted wheat character. Then washed over by well balanced bittering. The hop character may be a tiny bit too strong for initial flavoring, and is a little dull; not too much in the flavor or aroma dept. It also lacks the body of a good Oktoberfest. Despite these minor qualms this beer is overall pretty good, and is extremely smooth and drinkable. This is not a sipping beer, so it didn't last very long.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sponberg
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date code 4.223 on a shiny new label. Bright amber with a white head that settles to a fine layer of foam that just won't quit. Whiffs of corn and faint alcohol over a background of caramel apple and mild hop spiciness.

I dunno - this one just didn't do it for me. Starts out nice enough, with fruity malts and some hop spiciness, but then, just like when Wakefield is pitching, along comes a big old can of buttered corn right over the plate which quickly disappears. This mars the rest of the apple, toasted caramel and spicy noble hop flavors going on. The finish is slightly alcoholic/phenolic (a bit of tongue numbing going on), but mostly fruity maltiness with an undelying hop bitterness, finally with green apple in the back of the sip. Medium bodied and rather quaffable.

Maybe it lost something in the translation when Buzzards Bay started contract brewing it? Last time I tried it was two years ago and I recall a more impressive brew back then. Would love to try this in growler or on tap from the brewery to see if there is a difference.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color. Nice 1/2 inch head that retains fairly well for a bit.

Smell - sweet grains, toffee, caramel, mild spiciness

Taste - Sweet maltiness with caramel notes right off the bat but then it goes into a sort of funky flavor. Almost skunky. Mild hop spice. Im not digging how this beer finishes at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, not too carbonated and not flat either...

Drinkability - There are lots of better Oktoberfest options out there in my honest opinion. I could take down plenty of these if it wasnt for the finishing qualities of the brew. Maybe I got a bad bottle. I hope so. Ill try again.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: medium head, low carbonation, golden amber--almost the color of an apricot

Smell: some malt, some hops, very floral

Taste: bready, very exotic floral, sweet honey

Mouthfeel: light and sweet, with slightly sour finish

Drinkability: A lot better than I thought it would be based off of the smell. I am not sure if I love it as an octoberfest which I normally think of as having more bitterness and sharpness, but a wonderflly floral and exotic beer...One that I would associate more with late summer than early fall.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apricot colored with a beige head that rises up two fingers high and sizzles loudly back down to a fine dimpled cap. Streams of bubbles rise up quickly. No lace.

Aroma of bready malt, fruits and cinnamon.

Flavors of biscuit and toasted malt, some grassy notes, florals, and faint phenols. Also some toffee and cinnamon, but also some metallic notes and an acrid flavor that lingers.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick, but somewhat full. A little gassy, lots of carbonation. The glass is half empty and masses of bubbles are still rising up ferociously.

Average drinkability. Not a drainpour, but I was kinda looking forward to the glass being empty.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this marzen...there is a whole bunch of flavor in here.
Pours a clear golden orange with a half finger white head that melts to merely a ring of white lacing.
Aromas are bready and just a little horsey.
Flavor is full and rewarding. Sweet amber malts, light fruits like aprocotes, peaches and oranges, finally lemon or orange peel bitter hops. A little alcohol comes through in the taste as well but it is not offensive.
Aftertaste is almost clean...just a little of the sweetness lingering.
Very very flavorful marzen.

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Photo of UncleFrank
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rusty amber beer fills the glass with a great looking head that lasts with each sip.
The aroma is bready and malty with base grains like Munich. Definitely has that lager aroma. Clean
The taste is nice with a slick mouth feel and medium body making pints of this easily quaffable. The caramel is not overbearing, but does add to the malt profile. A touch of graininess helps to balance it out. The hops are mild and just enough to balance, but definitely of the German spice variety.
The finish is clean with a lingering hop spice followed by malt toastiness and a buttery slickness on the cheeks.
This is my favorite of the "Big 3" versions of the style this year. Enjoy, or since it is an Okt-Fest, Prost!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light tan head sits atop a brownish copper colored beer.
Aroma of toasty caramel malt and earthy hops.

Taste controlled by a sweet, biscuity caramel malt flavor. Earthy hops attempt to balance. Fruity flavor present as well.

Mouthfeel just a tad thin and watery especially towards the finish.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid oktoberfest offering.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for providing the sample!

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Photo of rjm0715
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of edchicma
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber..very little head. Very light malty aroma...very light fruity undertone. Sweet and malty on the front with a hop bitterness that is light, but remains in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit oily..not overly pleasant. Drinkability slightly above average as taste offsets the oiliness slightly.

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Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bonbini26
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Track 84, warwick, RI 11-17-08

This version of the their oktoberfest was brewed with Thomas Tew Ruins Soaked Oak Chips

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper/amber color. Nice 1/2 inch head that retains fairly well for a bit.

Smell - sweet grains, toffee, caramel, mild spiciness

Taste - Sweet maltiness with caramel notes at 1st, finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, not too carbonated and not flat either...

Drinkability - Pretty easy drinking Oktoberfest, not a bad one, but ive had better, i was expecting a little more the Oak Chips, but it was a letdown

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Photo of Walleybeer
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this one out late night as I was finishing wrapping gifts. Served cold and in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/21/2009.
The pour was nice, copper colored amber with a good clarity to it and lots of carbonation bubbling up towards the surface. A nice head of white caps the top for about a minute or so before receding back and leaving a broken crown of lace across the top. Aroma starts out nicely, interesting mix of grain, light citrus notes coming through now as it warms, but also some off notes. Grapes and musky aromas now coming to the front. This carries over almost exactly into the flavor. It just seems to start out nice, but goes south towards the mid palate. Lots of grain notes, hints of musky touches, light fruit notes and a touch of caramel. Nice carbonation here, though the overall feel comes across a touch light for me, it still manages to do the job.
Overall it was nice, but there was just something off about it that caused me to not enjoy it nearly as much as I would have liked to.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of db12
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BColton1
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of tzieser
1.95/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

i picked this up since i remembered it got pretty good reviews and it's a local brew. gotta support the locals!

a: pours a very dull, cloudy peach color (similar to the label). not what i'm looking for.

s: smells like....grapes and citrus. what the hell? isn't this supposed to be a "marzen-style lager'?

t: wow....and not a good "wow!", more like a "wow...ugh". this is really a festbier? am i missing something? sweet, but not caramel malty sweet like marzens should be. grape juice sweetness, with hints of orange peel. oh dear god this is awful. i really wanted to enjoy this too. i'm pretty sure this is infected. if not, they really fucked this one up big time.

m&d: unpleasantly slick mouthfeel, with lingering tartness (no marzen should be tart). i might return this six pack. that would be a first for me.


i think i'd even take a michelob marzen over this one. at least that doesn't taste like sparkling cider/grape juice. I loved Newport Storm Kim. That stuff is fantastic. This get the idea.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. A nice dark amber with a slight head. Aroma smelled slightly oaty or other grains. Taste was pleasant, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very small hint of citris in the back. Flavored of malty slighty roasted grains. Very easy to palate and drink. Not an earthshattering flavor, but very good going down. Felt good in the mouth, coated nicely.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance - Clear light copper color. Small pond fromed and stuck around. Few strands of lace but at all actually.

smell - Spices, hops, caramel.

taste - malt, caramel tate, but ends with a bitterness sourness taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium bodied

drinkability - Not a bad beer, but not the type of Octobergest I am use to. I didn't like the almost sourness taste. I see others have reported the same.

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Photo of MikeC1959
2.24/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of Jwillyb
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Diacetylkid
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample arrived here thanks to Brewfan.

Pours a clear orange tinged gold beer with a nice white head.

Smell is very malty with lots of toasted malt and grain scents. Good bready yeast scents and citrus hop scent just barely detectable.

Taste is sweet and malty as expected with a good herbal hop flavor in the finish. Lots of toasted malt flavor and a faint acid edge in the finish. Bitterness builds as you drink this one. Nice Oktoberfest beer that escapes the common flaw of being too sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is very good. I could see buying this if it is ever sold in California. A tasty not too sweet Oktoberfest.

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Newport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen Lager from Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 113 ratings