Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Horsham, England
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A cask version of the classic Oktoberfest-Märzen brewed with specially imported German malts, including Carahell and Cara-Munich for depth of colour and flavour. Noble hop varieties are added at three stages during the boil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2010
(Cask at Kitty’s, Helsinki) For a start, this is no märzen or anything I would categorise as Oktoberfestbier either. This was quite hoppy bitter. Hops almost drowned all the other aromas and flavours but some bits of malts and sweetness managed to get through. Not a bad brew but I would have liked more balanced and maltier one better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2010
Cask at CPK. Pours a clear, orange-amber with a bubbly, foam head. Grapefruit and other citrus hops are present in the nose. Flavor is lightly sweet with some bready malts, then lots of dirty bitterness. Light in body with soft carbonation. Has an earthy and dirty finish, which lasts, along with mild caramel notes. Good beer and much hoppier/less sweeter than any fest beers I’ve had before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2010
Cask Conditioned Handpump Market Porter Borough Market. A copper coloured beer with a whitish head and lace. Tons of character here although I’m not sure how close to an Ofest it is. Good fruity hops including tropical fruit notes in the nose. A full body and a similar hoppy note in the mouth. A touch heavy to be true and the flavours from the malts are very English. Liked it a lot though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2010
Cask at the Southampton Arms with LadNewton. Great lacing; cloudy, murky appearance, typical heffe-wiess, sweet oranges, toffee, caramel, good bitterness, very refreshing and well balanced hops, nicely hopped not aggressively so, very good blend of a German style for the classic craft ale session market. Expertly done . Can drink polypins of this. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2010
Cask (Angleterre, Helsinki)
Rich gold, large spongy head. Bold sweet honey and bready malt aroma. Pleasant soft carobnation, smooth palate. Quite ale-like. Rich hoppy bite - barley and liquorice. Full light grains, and a touch of milk and honey. Finish is drying, resiny, and very bitter - barky too. Some fruitiness in the aroma as it warms, and in the retronasals too. This certainly wasn’t brewed like a lager, it’s way too fruity for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7847) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2009
(Cask at The Rake, Southwark, London, 28 Nov 2009) Golden colour with frothy, off-white head. Fruity, malty nose with grapefruit, resin and fresh hops. Fruity, malty taste with hoppy notes of grapefruit, orange and pine needles over a solid malt foundation with grainy malt. More than medium body, balanced sweetness, generous hoppy bitterness. An Oktoberfestbeer with loads of citrussy, resiny hops - I guess this can only come from Dark Star. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13207) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
Cask conditioned at The Rake, Borough Market, London. Amber to copper with white head. This was very nice indeed, hoppy, fresh, tangy with a nice bready malt note. lasting on the tongue, but my lasting memory is strolling through the market behind Tom looking for a cage of beer, which turned out to be Utobeer, taking delicious gulps of this. You are going to have to work on that accent my friend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2009
Cask Real Ale 0.25L. Pale large head. Pale coppery colour. Mild nose. Some toffee and flowery hoppiness.Fruity taste. At the end mothfilling hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2009
Oct 2, 2009. Cask gravity at The Chequers, Little Gransden, Cambridgeshire, home of the Son of Sid Brewery, in 1st Chequers Beer Festival ’09. Gold with a small white head. Floral hop aroma with a hint of ripe pineapple. Sweet malty taste with a sharp bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2009
Cask handpull at The Rake. Another awesome beer form Dark Star. Some lager malts which are soft and stupidly drinkable in the mouth with some subtle hop flavours on the finish. I will try to get this again as I think I may rate this even higher. It’s just how drinkable it is with the interesting flavours in it making you want to drink it again.

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