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Red Baron Octoberfest | Bristol Brewing Company

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Red Baron OctoberfestRed Baron Octoberfest

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beergoot on 10-07-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 26
Photo of sjdevel
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not very much foam after pouring from a 12oz bottle. 1 finger head that vacates quicly, but lacing continues for a bit. Hazy deep orange color.

Not much of an aroma. Some caramel malt and fall "harvest" scents. Slight fruity notes.

First hit is some hop bitterness that leads you to a strong yeasty/grainy/biscuit flavor. Some sweet caramel and malt flavors follow. It starts to fade into a dry and fruity (slight grape hints) and earthy hop flavors.

Medium bodied, but closer to the lighter side. It feels a bit flat and thin.

Decent Oktoberfest. Better than some American ones that claim to be authentic. This, to me, had an authentic taste closer to Paulaner and Hacker Pschorr.

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Photo of JCBears
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Not great looking kind of bland. Hits the marketing crowd. S: bitter smelling around the edges not appealing to me personally T: bitter but not bad. There are hints of outside sweetness. F: goes down quick kind of glad for that. O: not something I would buy nothing to do with Germany

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

Smells of light caramel and a slightly toasty caramel malt, backed by a slightly higher than average hop presence. A bit "darker" in aroma than the typical Vienna Lager, rather more like the wider style of Marzen. Either way, it traditional enough and quite pleasing.

The malts take a slightly more caramel-y take, but are toasty and crackery enough to be well within the lager guidelines. The hops add a lightly earthy and moderately spicy lift to the flavor, and contribute a nice heft to teh flavor.

This is good this year, and I would gladly drink it again. Better than I remember from previous years. A very nice local lager.

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Photo of 19SKHJR57
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Brassy-gold, with a half inch of off-white foam. Good lacing.

S - Aroma of slightly sweet malts combined with dry toast and faint caramel.

T - A little boozy, lightly caramel, and pretty dry. Plenty of lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Low to moderate carbonation. Medium bodied overall. A little more dry than I'm used to for an

O - Somewhat better than last year's 2014 version. I really miss Bristol's 2012 and 2013 takes on their
Red Baron Octoberfest lager, however. They were far better than the 2014 and now the 2015 batches.
Not bad, though. But Bristol should be praised for not following the crowd by brewing a sticky-sweet
concoction so prevalent with this style.

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Photo of spoony
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

From a 355 ml bottle (label notch says bottled in fourth week of August 2014) into a tulip.

A-The head builds slowly to a creamy, nearly white finger of foam. The head fades to a cap after a minute and leaves some fine lacing on the glass. The beer is brassy, dark amber and mostly clear. Not much visible carbonation.

S-The aroma opens with malted barley grain and stays malty throughout. The beer is somewhat earthy instead of sweet, however. I sniff some cocoa powder, hints of dry grass, and dusty barley grain.

T-The taste is similar with earthy, malted barley grain being the dominant flavor. There is a bit of molasses sweetness, but this beer is still dry and earthy for the style. The finish has just a hint of hoppy, dried grass bitterness.

M-The feel is robust with lower levels of carbonation.

O-This is not a bad fall/marzen style, but not my favorite. It lacks the tinge of sweetness that I enjoy in a marzen and the earthy flavor is just a bit dull for my preference. That being said, the beer has a good, hearty body that feels right at home on a crisp fall evening.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

as far as true to style goes, this one is right on, a Vienna lager all the way. clear medium amber on the pour, temporary white head. a nose of lager yeast and sweeter malts, with a toasty element and a decent hop balancing act. its not all the way there though, as the malts run a little thin, the hops don't really amount to much in the flavor, and the finish is a little metallic. however, this is another Bristol beer that's affordable and pretty drinkable as they go. its well carbonated, and appreciably medium bodied. I like what I have in my glass here, and I wish people would give these guys a little more credit. a serviceable seasonal here.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a nice bright copper-orange with a thick cream colored head that slowly recedes. Nice sticky lacing coats the glass.

The beer smells malty, buttery, with toffee notes.

The beer starts with your typical sweet caramel experience from the malts. But then a sweet peach/apricot body comes to fruition. After that, a drier, hop finish solidifies this beer as a nicely layer, well-balanced Oktoberfest. A really diverse beer, this one.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this beer. Sure, it’s not a liquid caramel explosion, but it’s got a lot to dissect in the taste profile, a good fruity sweetness, and a very clean finish making this one easy to session. Delicious.

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Photo of beergoot
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-gold body; thick, sudsy white head; lots of carbonation. Earthy scent, kind of grassy; bright malt. Crisp, dry body; light feel; soft. Light malt flavor; light cracker; nice bitterness with a subtle, lingering malt sweetness at the finish.

An enjoyable lager. I wouldn't judge it to be a classic Oktoberfest-style beer -- too light and crisp overall (whereas I think of a Märzen being a bit more malty, darker, and sweet). Still worth checking out and knocking back a few when a light lager is called for...

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Red Baron Octoberfest from Bristol Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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