Oktoberfest | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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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

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Ranking:
#42,923
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
189
pDev:
16.95%
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4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: The label is suspect, simultaneously calling this a lager and an ale. Blame the TABC? Brown glass. Branded pry-off cap. 12 fl oz.

Expectations are average given the brewery. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as a Marzen per the label. 7% ABV.

Paired with pretzels.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Even consistency. Decent fullness, thickness, and softness. Retention is nice - ~6 minutes. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Deep amber with copper hues. Shockingly, there's visible yeast suspended within, and this lacks the cleanliness usually associated with the style.

Appears well-carbonated. It's darker than most beers in the style and I'd definitely call it unconventional, but it's not unappealing. Still, I'm suspicious; if there's a brewery I trust to depart from style conventions and succeed gloriously, it isn't Rahr & Sons.

AROMA: Sweet and bready, with plenty of Munich and Vienna malt sweetness, as well as some overly sweet Caramunich. It's toasty and surprisingly caramel-emphatic. It's hard to imagine swilling down a litre of this from a masskrug based on the aroma. Suggests a Marzen which is far too full-bodied and sweet for mass consumption - and in the case of this style in particular, mass consumption is exactly the point. It even veers a bit into winter warmer or amber territory. I can't say I'm thrilled to try it, but it's not off-putting, and outside of style conventions I'd even say it's generally appealing. Frankly, it has the aroma of a well-executed amber lager.

No overt hop profile, yeast character, off-notes, or alcohol is/are detectable.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Definitely too sweet, with Caramunich, Vienna malt, and caramalt dominating the malt profile where Munich malts and pilsner malts should. It's too heavy and thick on the palate, with an inflated full body that is mismatched to the shallow flavours present. Toasty and malty as hell. There's a minimal hop presence, which is apt for the style, but the yeast attenuation isn't quite as clean (i.e. high) as it should be. It doesn't scream German per se, and I have to wonder if they experimented with an atypical yeast strain.

It's generally balanced, but is far from dialed in for the style. Again, this drinks like a well-executed amber lager, not a festbier. Depth, duration, and intensity of flavour are average. I do like it for what it is, but I definitely can't see myself taking on a litre or more of this at a German beer festival - which means it fundamentally fails in its purported style. Taking it outside of style conventions, it's an approachable brew that suffers from overcarbonation. Unrefreshing.

The texture isn't quite in harmony with the taste, but it doesn't sabotage it. There's ample room for improvement.

The build as a whole has fair cohesion, but never drinks like a gestalt whole which exceeds the sum of its parts. This is a decently constructed brew which leans a bit too hard on its breadiness to really satisfy Marzen conventions.

OVERALL: The discerning drinker may scoff at it when it's taken as a festbier, but outside of style conventions it's not a bad brew by any means. Still, at best it's average. At this price point, I can't recommend it. Pretty pedestrian stuff from Rahr & Sons any way you slice it, but not undrinkable. I'll finish my glass and will soon forget it, but to its credit, it does a nice job of hiding its 7% ABV. On a final note, those familiar with Rahr & Sons' other offerings will be unsurprised by its (lack of) quality. This definitely fits into the rest of their oeuvre - if you'll forgive the pretension implicit in that phrasing.

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

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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3.44/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.04/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

A: Dark amber color. On tap in a cold glass.

S: Not much as the temperature is very cold.

T: Earthy hops, grain and malt, zest. Not much else, but a nice beer, honestly.

M: Medium dry. Not too light.

O: Nice layed back beer. Liked it overall.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Its a nice clean taste to the beer that doesn't linger like a heavier beer would very little after taste at all very smooth. beautiful dark amber color. I would buy again

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2.92/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 REVISION NOTE: got some relatively fresh 2015 Rahr's Oktoberfest on Sept. 6, 2015, and it's fantastic ... good earthy hops mixed with a ton of toasted sweet malt flavor, Vienna lager-like; as I work through the six-pack, I'll revise my original numbers accordingly, something I don't do often but this one may deserve it (original numbers 3.75/3.5/3/3.75/3=3.24)

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3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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