Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Ãœber-OktoberfestBig Eddy Ãœber-Oktoberfest
BA SCORE
3.59/5
258 Ratings
Big Eddy Ãœber-OktoberfestBig Eddy Ãœber-Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
“O'zapft is!” It is tapped, indeed. Oktoberfest, arguably the greatest festival in the world and the beer that bears its name, was born from a Bavarian royal wedding celebration. We’re paying homage to that celebration with a bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier that can only be described as “Über.” With a tawny orange hue, toasted malts and spicy hops, our Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest is then dry-hopped for added hop complexity.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 07-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,143
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
258
pDev:
14.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 258 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A toasty and sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Toasted barley malt with a scent of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Sweet hints of sugar. Fruit hints of apple and slight dark fruit. Very light on the hops. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and toasty malt driven taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Toasted malt with sweet and bready notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains and yeast. Sweet taste of sugar. Fruit notes of apple along with some subtle dark fruit. Light notes of earthy hops in the background. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A solid imperial take on a Marzen. On the sweeter side but avoids becoming boozy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/27/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus fruit, and peppery hop aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, earth, and peppery hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a unique peppery hop presence all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheRock7755
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ri0
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz bottle into int glass. Amber and dark copper color with 1 finger tan head. No lacing or head retention. Aroma is quite sweet with heavy malts, bread, some grain and caramel. Flavor is sugary and full of heafty bread and caramel. Not much for toasty or noble hops to help balance the sweetness. The feel is medium with lighter carbonation and finishes syrupy. This beer is okay, but not what I would want for an oktoberfest.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peterb80
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. The bottling date says this one is good for another five months. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a bright copper with a half-inch khaki head that's very soda-like in its appearance and sound as the glass is poured. The head dissipates to nothing almost immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass. A crystal-clear brew, this one has lazy, intermittent visible carbonation.

S: A very nondescript nose on this one: There's a bit of an apple cider quality, some faint bread-like and sweeter malts, and just a bit of a grassy quality that might be from the hops. Perhaps a touch of raisin in the mix, as well.

T: The initial taste is slightly astringent/tart, with just a suggestion of a dry white wine or cider. There's some bread-like malt flavor, along with a bit of a grassy and herbal hop flavor. The middle moves into some sweeter malt flavors, along with a bit of raisin and clear alcohol. Just a bit of a cracked pepper quality emerges here, as well. The back end has a bit more of an overt hop bitterness to it, although the sweeter malts still have a significant presence and the clear alcohol continues to poke through. There is a bit of an off-putting boozy/astringent flavor that lingers with the aftertaste.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one brings the aforementioned astringency, a bit of creaminess in the middle, and a good shot of bitter at the close. Apart from the middle's creamy quality, this one drinks a little too flat for my liking. While there's a bit of stickiness to the close, this one is far from syrupy.

O: I don't believe that this style is for me: Leine's has attempted to mix some of the qualities of an IPA with those of a Märzen, and it really isn't a very pleasant drinking experience for me. I find that the hops bring unwanted tartness and bitterness--as well as a general muddying of flavors--to a style that should be marked by the cleanness of its flavors and its drinkability. I won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated FEB0116 at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head – virtually none – frothy white three mm ring and no layer
Lacing poor – tiny islands and very narrow partial rings of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, slight chill haze
Flavor very caramel malty, ends with slightly sour bite; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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

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

Photo of Jadjunk
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

"A bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier dry-hopped for added complexity." Brewed in the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest lager. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft as part of the Big Eddy Series, released fall 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp head of a light caramel tan complexion over a copper and burgundy body of high clarity, light to no visible carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Caramel and bread grains with a strong astringency, fairly clean and simple otherwise. Little to no hop characteristics. Potency is mild. 2.5

(Taste) A hair smoother and more pleasant than the aroma suggests, although this beer is still overly harsh and grainy. Sweet caramel grain syrups forward with a fairly smooth texture, soft lager acidity and stunted grainy back end. No hop character, notable solvent and ethanol impact, just not all that great. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, moderately syrupy, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly grainy and sweet over acidity and hop bitterness. Alcohol presence is medium and this beer suffers from the alcohol impact without much body to account for the balance. 3

(Overall) In general, this beer suffers from a harsh exposed graininess and a limited malt and hop range profile otherwise. Drinkable, but not very pleasant. The Oktoberfest beer is not a very common candidate to "imperialize", and the simplicity of the lager style in itself suggests that there isn't much that can be done with the ingredients aside from increasing the body and turning up the alcohol, a practice which nullifies the drinkability of the Oktoberfest entirely. I hope this was a one-off project, as it was one of the lesser impressive Big Eddy outings as of late. 2.75

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Big Eddy Uber-Oktoberfest
2.73/5.00

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Photo of JohnofUpton
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of NonicPanic
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of squack
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redleg411
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thgreatrandini
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beef tastes roughly like barf

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Photo of ruzzal
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler, this interesting take on an Oktoberfest pours a BRIGHT, clear, luminous orange with a tight beaded dissipating head of fine bubbles and spotty lacing. Nose of rich bready malts, light herbal hops, and moderate alcohol. Flavors are a malt bomb up front and to the sides...rich caramel notes collide with heavy sweet bread. A light cherry like quality comes through on the back and on the aftertaste with some herbal hop bitterness rounding out the flavor profile. Wet and chewy mouth feel. Very unique, although it could easily be mistaken for a wee heavy or a scotch ale.

NICE

Cheers

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Photo of jgido759
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AcuppaJoe
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 258 ratings
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