Revolution Oktoberfest

I’m now trying to tackle a giant backlog of posts on a new computer. The keyboard on the new Mac is definitely a different feel to me, so hopefully I get used to it really quickly. It does load webpages so much quicker though, which is absolutely amazing. My first Revolution beer was one I had out in Ohio. I was impressed by their stuff, so I’ve now started seeking them out.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Classic German-style Oktoberfest Lager that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty, malt flavor. The addition of traditional German Magnum and Hersbruker hops provide a crisp balanced bitterness and spicy/earthy aroma to round out this robust beer.”

Random: This beer comes in at 25 IBUs.

This beer poured with a huge, three finger, light tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright mahogany color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with a lot of brown bread. It had some apple cider and grass as well, along with light molasses. The taste was a bit more herbal than the nose. It started with some grass and a touch of basil and quickly went into brown bread and molasses. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy and herbal. A can was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer had some nice flavor and sweetness, but it wasn’t a best in style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Fat Heads G’Suffa!

This was a beer that I tried at Memphis Taproom, which could be my favorite beer bar in Philly. The service is always solid and the food is amazing. If you find yourself in the area, it’s one of the few places that I could highly recommend, especially because of the smoked coconut club. It was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and is one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. The sandwich is completely vegan and the smoked coconut reminds me of bacon.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imported German malts give this Fest Bier a chestnut red color. Nice aromas of toasted grains with a crisp, crackery malt flavor which is balanced by imported German noble hops. Smooth and highly drinkable.”

Random: This beer comes in at 25 IBUs.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, cream-colored head. It hung around for awhile and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and a warm orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grain and some brown bread and malt sweetness. The taste started with brown bread and quickly went into a grainy sweetness. There was some apple peel apparent as well. The body was on the lighter side of the style with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with sweet grain. This beer didn’t pull any punches, but went down easily and would pair well with food. It’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Harpoon Octoberfest Beer

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.

harpoonoctoberfest

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

Lagunitas Tuberfest

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.

tuberfest

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to beerstreetjournal.com, ” 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

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

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.

oktoberfest

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

Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest

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.

oaktoberfest

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

Two Roads Ok2berfest

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.

ok2berfest

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