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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Port City Oktoberfest is a traditional Märzen style lager, brewed with all German malts and hops. This beer is amber in color, with malty, gently sweet flavors of crusty bread, leading to a clean dry finish with a touch of noble hops. Our Oktoberfest is served in the ’keller’ or ’Zwickel’ style and is unfiltered.  Prost!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1248) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
When breweries make exactly-to-specification Oktoberfest/Marzen brews, they tend to still be pretty boring. I would say Port City Oktoberfest is definitely to-spec all the way, however, it is not boring. That’s not to say it’s exciting, either. I do get genuine characteristics of the style, which I appreciate, and no off-flavors, which is also quite nice.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 8/26/14 and cost $2.80 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Pretty shade of copper, nearly crystal clear with visible carbonation. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Mild overall, though there is distinct maltiness in the nose. Slightly sweet and a hint of spice.

Taste: This beer is made with all-German ingredients and they’re definitely noticeable. Vienna, Munich, Pilsner and Caramunich malts are noticeable – if you’ve got a discerning palate. Probably not as sweet and complex as I’d prefer, though it definitely has an authentic taste all around. Less toffee and caramel and more biscuits and toast. Dry, slightly spicy bitterness through the middle due to the Noble hops with a clean aftertaste. For a 3-month-old bottle, Port City Oktoberfest has held up pretty well since most brews of this caliber would be quite tangy by now.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel is exactly what I expect (and want) in an Oktoberfest. Crisp for sure, but in no way watery or thin. Smooth going down with just a slightly residual hop aftertaste (otherwise it’s pretty much completely clean). Pretty efficient at 5.5% ABV, which is the ideal weight for the style. An even lighter body would be nice, but I’m not complaining.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydslip (202) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Light amber beer with a medium foamy eggshell head. Weak nose of dough, honey, and caramel, but you have to search for it. Flavor is slightly sweet with toasted bread, caramel, and almonds, which is followed up by a subtle bitterness. Pleasant enough, but nothing really stand out. Kind of safe and non-descript.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TylerGreenDC (392) - - SEP 25, 2014
On draft. Toffee aroma. Flavors of butterscotch and toast, a bit of sweetness. Fizzy mouthfeel, strikingly fizzy. A good Oktoberfest, and one of Port City?s best beers.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (899) - New York City, TURKEY - SEP 23, 2014
Drought. Amber color with creamy beige small head, light doughy aroma, low carbonation, slightly bitter hoppy taste, long finish. Nice but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2364) - New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottled. Brown clear orange pour white head. Standard issue marzen. Not too bad. ......

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Nice, general, all-purpose octoberfest that I had this year. Not at all memorable, but a decent example of the style. On another note, I kind of like the minimalist style of the branding of Port City. Either that, or it is the general, run-of-the-mill design by committee that so often occurs in the DC-area.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. It pours a hazy, ruddy amber with a small off white head. Slight caramel and bread nose. Light fruitiness with toasted malt, bread, and light caramel notes in the flavor. Light balancing bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Decent.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3578) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Alexandria. Pours brown with a very thin head. Has a bit of a musty bready smell. Kind of dry on the tongue. Finishes clean. Not a big fan of Port City and this one’s not changing my mind.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScottWallace82 (71) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle into a glass. Pours a hazy amber color with thin, fast dissipating had. Mildly malty aroma. Nice mouthfeel with no harshness. Malty with notes of honey. A very nice, easy to drink märzen.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1359) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Appearance: clear copper, with one finger of tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma: caramel, toffee, toast, a hint of nuts and grassy, herbal hops. Taste: toasty, with brown bread, caramel, a hint of brown sugar, and a decent hoppy bite to clear the palate. Finish: crisp and smooth, with a bit of lingering toast. Notes: Perfectly acceptable.


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