Archive for the ‘Marzen/Oktoberfest’ Category

This is one of the Fall beers that I drank in October this year (now you can tell how big my backlog is). Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The original German Oktoberfest was brewed with one celebratory festival in mind. Harpoon Octoberfest is brewed with TWO festivals in mind; our Octoberfests at our breweries in Boston, MA and Windsor, VT. We love the style and it’s a great beer for the fall season. In true Octoberfest tradition, we threw our first festival here at the brewery in 1990. There were a couple thousand people here celebrating amidst the brewing tanks. We can’t quite fit everyone in the actual brewery now – last year nearly 18,000 revelers attended our Boston Octoberfest and nearly 7,000 joined us at our brewery in Vermont the following weekend. Prost! Harpoon Octoberfest is a malty tribute to fall, balanced by a gentle hop bitterness. In keeping with tradition, it is a Marzen-style beer, brewed with abundant quantities of Munich, Chocolate, and Pale malts. Those malts provide a solid, full body and create the beer’s deep color. It is a rich, flavorful beer.”

Random: Whenever I blog for awhile, the cats want to sit on the computer.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. Despite that, it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy sienna color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had maple leaves and wood, but not a lot of sweetness, which was odd for the style. The taste was also more woodsy than sweet. It had hazelnuts, wood and old leaves. There was some maple sweetness and caramel at the end of the sip. It had a thin body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and nutty with some leaves, like if you stuck your face in a pile of them in Fall. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I had no problem drinking this beer, but it wasn’t to style at all. I would have this one again if someone handed it to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


My travel schedule at my old job was definitely something. I would fly back Saturday afternoons, after running a load out and field some calls on my ride home from the Philadelphia airport. I would have just enough time to do laundry, grab some food with Val and then head back to the airport first thing Monday morning. One of the Saturdays that I was home, we headed to a local pub whose food (and beer list) have really improved. This was the first selection that I had there.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to, ” Lagunitas Tuberfest is a head-on collision of a malty fest beer you’re chugging as fall rolls around, with the unique Idaho 7 hop. The result in your glass is perfectly put by the brewery… Zing-y. Plus a little bit boozy. 7.5% ABV if you’re asking. This is one fall lager that won’t be blending into the shelve anytime soon. Lagunitas Tuberfest is available for a limited time in 12 ounce bottles and draft.”

Random: The first time we went to this bar, we sat by a fountain that kept splashing Val. Needless to say, we never sat at that table again.

This beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose was hoppier than I expected for the style, although it shouldn’t surprise me coming from Lagunitas. It also had a touch of booze along with caramel sweetness from the malt. The taste was maltier than the nose, but still had some grassy hops. Notes of caramel, toffee and old leaves came through with alcohol. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with caramel and leaves. This beer was a different interpretation for the style and the alcohol was too prevalent for me. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Early on in the blog, I reviewed a lot of Brooklyn beers, but somehow missed reviewing this one. I needed to fill out a mixed six-pack and this was hanging out on the shelf. Keep in mind, I reviewed this one in October, so the bottle wasn’t that old. Hopefully it lives up to the hype of being one of the more solid Oktoberfest beers.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would – he threw a beer festival. Both the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest. Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, full bodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.”

Random: This is available August through October.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of toffee malt and hazelnut notes. It was definitely sweet. The taste also had a lot of nuttiness with caramel malt sweetness and almond skins. The body was think with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with caramel. A bottle of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This was a great example of the style and one that I would go back to year after year.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val is knocked out on the couch while I get through some of this backlog on the blog. Tonight’s beer is one that I was excited to try since I love Firestone Walker beers.


ABV: 5%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by our home town of Paso Robles (Pass of the Oaks). A proper German Märzen bier. Traditional imported malts offer subtle honey-like aromas with hints of Noble hop spice. The stars of this brew are the imported Pilsner and Vienna malts that offer malty sweetness that carry through to the end. German Hallertau hops add rich Noble hop character to balance this exceptional Marzen. True to Oktoberfest custom, this beer only makes its debut in September and October to celebrate the age-old German tradition.”

Random: My knee is really sore. Anytime it rains, it gets creaky.

The beer poured with a two finger, off white head. It went away quickly, but still left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange with medium carbonation visible. The nose has warm notes of caramel and toasted mixed nuts. It had a bread crust note as well. The taste had a metal note up front, but it quickly went away. It also had burnt caramel. Bread crust came through next along with a touch of toasted oak. The nuttiness was there as well. It had a light body with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with nuts and oak. A pounder of this was $2.50, which came to $.16 per ounce. This beer was really drinkable and had nice flavor. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I have a lot of familiarity with this brewery, especially since Val’s mother lives in the same town as the brewery. When we go up to visit, we usually end up getting a flight at the brewery. In the summer, the place can get pretty hot since it’s a giant warehouse with no air conditioning. They’re also undergoing a major expansion, probably because they do so much contract brewing.


ABV: 5.8%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Modeled after the classic ‘Marzenbier,’ Oktoberfest style that was traditionally the beer served at the Munich Oktoberfest. It possesses a smooth, toasty malt profile with a crisp character of traditional German hops.”

Random: This is released in August ever year.

The brew poured with a half a finger of off white head that went away quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate carbonation throughout. The nose was mild, even for a Marzen. I picked up caramel, lightly toasted brown bread and nothing else. The taste had some more depth. It had the same brown bread notes along with sweet caramel malt and almond skins. It had some spiciness too along with some earthy hops at the end. The body was crisp and light with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, nutty finish. A pounder can of this ran me $2.50, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. Although this wasn’t the best beer of the style I’ve had, I would pick it up again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yes, I’m drinking an Oktoberfest that is out of season. I picked it up at a beer store and wanted to see how it was. Hopefully it’s not fallen off too much.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our most technical brew to make and one of our only lagers. The colder and longer fermentation requires precision and patience. True to the Maarzen style, copious amounts of German Vienna, Carapils, and Munich Malts lend a sweetness people ask for all year! German Tradition and Czech Saaz hops are added post boil to really authenticate this fantastic crowd favorite!”

Random: I will say that the label art on the bottle is well-done.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A very small crown was left on top of the body. The body was a clear, light amber color with minimal carbonation visible. The nose was mild, even for the style. I picked up some caramel malt and breadiness. The taste had hazelnuts and then the same caramel malt that was apparent in the nose. It then had a bitter hop note that didn’t fit with the style, that then went into a metallic note that was equally unpleasant. The body was thin and watery with light carbonation. It thankfully had a quick finish. A single of this was $1.50 ($.12 per ounce). I’ve never had a beer from this brewery, and I’m, not going to judge them on just one beer, but man, this beer was just not doing it for me. Needless to say, I don’t feel the need for another.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

This was the beer that Val ordered while were at the Fermentaria. Since most of their beers are really hoppy, this was the only beer that was even close to being in her wheelhouse (she ended up not being a big fan of it).


ABV: 6.4%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sweet Potato Bier. 6.4% Brewed with Munich and Caramel Malt as well as locally sourced sweet potatoes. Hopped with Cascade & Centennial. Sehr gut yam bier! Notes of caramel, sweet bread, earthy citrus, graham cracker, and candied yams.”

Random: We found this sweet potato mash that Target sells that has a nice pepper note. We paired it with stuffed pork chops.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy, caramel color. There was lighter than average carbonation visible. The nose had yams and mild brown sugar with toasted malt. The taste had some sweetness as well. Initially, I picked up yams and caramel malt. Then, graham cracker and brown sugar came out. At the end of the sip, there was some molasses as well, but the sweetness wasn’t the star of the show. Instead, the yams provided a vegetal flavor that was more prevalent. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation, so it wasn’t difficult to get down. The finish was very quick with brown sugar. This was a nice beer, but it didn’t impress me like the rest of their beers normally do. I’m glad I tried it, but I wasn’t left craving another one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0