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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

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Added by beergoot on 10-07-2012

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some caramel. The taste is malty, caramel. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of ColoradoRich
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjdevel
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -24.9%
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 +12.9%
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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3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 19SKHJR57
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
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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3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of spoony
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

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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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of unshodjogger
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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Red Baron Octoberfest from Bristol Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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