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Oktoberfest | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
rahrbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TexIndy on 08-16-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,648
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
189
pDev:
16.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
Gots:
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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by tubeyes:
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mora2000
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is actually fairly nice, with some caramel and toffee notes. The flavor is not too great. There is nothing wrong with it, it is just very bland. I get some toffee and bready malt, but that is about it. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I had heard the beers from Rahr's were better after they renovated their brewery, but this is the same, bland beer that they have always brewed.

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Photo of randal
1.95/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Rahr you got me again! I used to buy the blonde lager quite a bit when it was $6.99 and at that price accept the occasional flat or sour bottle. Now that Rahr beers are priced in line with Great Divide, Sierra Nevada and others I don't take the chance however I saw the Oktoberfest and being a sucker for something new picked it up.

The description on the bottle says a large fluffy head - I was greeted with a dismal off-white scum, kind of like what you see lapping at the edges of Lake Lewisville. The beer itself was murky and uninspired. A marzen lager should snap and this just squatted listlessly in my glass. The taste was faintly malty with a touch of sweetness but I was distracted by an overriding watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of whoneeds8
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I originally bought a 6 pack that was obviously bad. Contacted Rahr's and someone from the brewery drove from Ft. Worth to North Dallas to check it out, and then after tasting a few of the beers he replaced the store's supply with fresh from the brewery beer. BIG PROPS to Rahr's for that.

So I'll be reviewing the fresh beer.

Poured in a pint class to a very nice amber color with a small amount of of white head, with minimal lacing.

Smell is ok, nothing great (but not as bad as the first beer I opened that was bad).

Taste is also ok. I've been drinking many different Oktoberfests this fall and I would have to say this is not a very good contender.

Rahr's customer service is top notch. However, they need a little work on this seasonal.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer mug. Light amber color with a thin head that recedes quickly without leaving lacing. Nose of bready malt and something sweet like toffee or caramel that is subtle. Definitely tastes better than it smells with spicy hops, beady malt, and a little toffee. Spicy hops leave a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation, right on point for the style.
There are better Oktoberfests out there. This one got a little hop happy and deviated from what I expected. I finished it but am not going to be getting it again.

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Photo of skillerified
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a delicious looking beer-bottle brown with red highlights around the edges. Turns a little redder in stronger light. Limited head with no retention and pretty much no lacing. Lots of carbonation. Good color, but the lack of foam hurts.

All chocolate and caramel. A little toasty. A nice smell. With much agitation, some hoppy (spicy, piney) notes just peek through.

It's like dipping your tongue in carbonated liquid chocolate. Some toasty caramelized notes come through here and there too. A good taste, but nothing to write home about.

Fairly light on the palate. Good crisp carbonation prickle. Actually reminds a little bit of Rahr's Ugly Pug, which I find quite tasty. It's lighter though. Mostly sweet. Just a little bitter bite here and there.

Tasty. I won't have trouble finishing my sixer. But I have to think there are better Marzen/Oktoberfest brews out there (I haven't tried too many myself).

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Photo of willyumlong
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a few of these at the brewery last night. Medium dark amber color poured with almost no head but good lacing. Very clear.

Nothing too special or strong on the smell.

Tastes like a standard oktoberfest beer with a mild malty flavor and a bit of caramel. Very slight bitter aftertaste.

A little bit thicker than others but smooth and dry.

Pretty nice beer to drink I had three. Not sure the ABV but must be decent as I could feel it pretty good by the last one. Overall not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From tasting notes 09/21/17, had on-tap at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill in Dallas, TX airport

Appearance - Served up in a pint, clear and rustic orange in color. No lacing.

Smell - Aroma has an odd vegetal quality to it; almost corn-like. Hint of caramel. Faint grassiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel character upfront that is quickly undercut by a funky corn-like character. Hints of grass and floral hop notes. Finish is mildly bitter with the grassiness.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with slightly bitey carbonation. Slick drinker that goes down easy, in the least.

Overall - One of the more sub-standard oktoberfests I've had. I'll finish the pint, but I'll avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of dgrauwiler
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of zimm421
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Has a below average tan head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave any lacing to speak of. Appears a brown color with some haziness.

Nose is full of coffee and other malts. Just not what you expect from a Marzen. Some sweetness from the caramel malts. Taste is very similar. All sweet, no balancing factors. Just not right for a Marzen. The flavors were decent, but just doesn't fit into the style.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. Too thick and heavy when going down, again, just not quite right. Overall, a decent brew, but nothing above average. Got stuck drinking this all of last week because it was the best they had to offer where I was staying. Don't seek it out..

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Photo of wilfonzo
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of needMIbeer
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejfreed
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of erushing
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very brilliant amber color, which shines in the light. Little foam. Very sweet malty nose, and loads of esthers. Quite buttery malty taste, and a lot of caramel in the mix. Sweet finish, with just a nutty hint of hop at the end. Very good,.

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Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Masonamas
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bmurray10
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BrewAskew
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a generous head that falls to a thin layer and laces a bit. Orange-amber color. Aroma is sweet and slightly toasty Munich malts. Flavor is mild and deceiving for a 6.7 abv beer. Subtle arrangement of malty, biscuity goodness balanced by clean and floral but nondescript noble hops. Light mouthfeel for the style but acceptable. Overall a very tasty, technically accurate O-Fest.

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Photo of FredGherkin
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of LacquerHead
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this at a BBQ in Texas. Poured this in a large mug.

It poured an amber color with a light tan head.

S: not very strong, some malt aromas - nothing to outlandish.

T: Not bad. It seemed like a typical Oktoberfest beer. Some sweet malt flavors.

Overall: For the price, $8.00/six-er, this was a fairly solid Oktoberfest beer. It didn't knock me over with taste, but I found it to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out like a dark, raspberry flavored iced tea with a tiny head that fizzles quickly into nothing. Smell has some nuttiness from the malts and a brown sugar aspect to it, but this is all drowned out by a harsh graininess and a weird butter/rubber band medley that I can't put my finger on. This odd characteristic comes out right at the gates in the flavor accompanied by heavy toast and even a bit of roasted malt flavor, it seems. The graininess shows up in the middle along with that weird rubber thing (which stuck around all this time). Finishes sticky sweet with a touch of marshmallow flavor. Mouthfeel is awfully light and prickly with a stickiness that follows each sip. Not impressed at all. I was really hoping for a good local O-fest.

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Photo of Sazz9
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Oktoberfest from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 189 ratings
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