Deschutes Oktoberfest
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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This year’s version of Deschutes Brewery’s Oktoberfest utilizes German Pilsner and Munich malts, as well as German Perle and Hallertau hops. This year, we tried a very traditional method of acidification in our brew kettle. We used a sour wort strain we received from the Distelhauser Brewery in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany. Say that after a couple of pints…we grew this mixture or organisms in 4 gallons of our unhopped Mirror Pond wort and added it directly to our brew kettle for a refreshing, zippy finish on this beer. IBU’s 58

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (6189) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Tap at Muddy Pig. Clear amber orange pour with a small white head. Pretty sweet, plenty malty, and maybe a touch thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BK7 (733) - Turner, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2012
On tap at Venti’s South. Toasted nuts and sweet malty caramel. Smooth drinking brew but a weak finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1897) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Imperial pint at Ventis Taphouse in Salem. Deep copper coloured beer, small off white head. Aromas of biscuity malt and hazelnuts, hint of grassy hops. Nice smooth caramel flavours,grassy hop bite in the end. Nice enough on the palate..smooth ,lowish carbonation Very enjoyable marzen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
22415brewery (371) - redmond, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
On tap at Fremont Oktoberfest, Seattle, WA out of the woody truck. First I need to say that I really really really wanted to like this beer. Unfortunately the Fremont oktoberfest was crowded with a lot of awesome beers...let alone oktoberfest lager style beers. This beer was average at best amongst the finest amber lagers. Aroma was slightly toasty with a hint of sweetness. It poured a respectable light amber in color with a fair bit of microfoam. It tasted fairly flat however, missing the mark on the rich maltiness that oktoberfest is known for. Instead I tasted a fair bit of burnt toast and a flatness about the malt. Finishes fairly flat with a mineral component.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (4978) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2010
On tap at the Tacoma Craft Brewers Festival
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice aroma with good roasty malt and light hops. The flavor was terrific. I liked the finish of this beer. As usual Deschutes does not disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Deschutes Brewery--Bend, OR--Oktoberfest . 5.00% ABV. 25 IBU’s? Thin lacy head. Clear pretty bright gold color. Crisp pilsner like hop front. Mellow sweet slightly tangy zesty Pale Marzen Fest body. Hint of lingering malt mild citrus tangy Fest end. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest 9/24/2010.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Reserving judgment until I can try again because I had the second to last pint before the line blew, but this was very unlike a marzen. Too lightly colored and the taste was kind of flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (2415) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2010
On tap at the brewpub in Bend while waiting for a table. Crystal clear golden copper color with a small thin quick off white head. Like the previous raters I pick up toasted malts with bready notes and honey. Light, crisp an some nice flavors. Good for the style, but not too terribly interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Draught @ Bend brewpub:   Pale amber, translucent, little head, very little in the way of carbonation.   Grainy nose, mealy, fairly hefty.   Comes across as a bigger German example.   A little too mealy on the tongue for my tastes.   Clean on the backside, good body and mouthfeel.   Solid example, bigger and heavier but very German like.   I suppose that the heavy mealiness somewhat kills me tho.   Bigger in body than most.   Clean, just heavy mealiness that I don’t really care for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Date: September 20, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub, Portland
Appearance: clear gold, fine beige head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: light sweet bready malt aroma
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of bready Munich character, light earthyness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

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