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416. Bull Jagger Dirigo Crimson Lager

Bull Jagger Crimson LagerWith the recent news of Bull Jagger’s closing I thought I better get reviews up of their beers before they are gone for good. The Dirigo Crimson Lager is their Oktoberfest style beer.

This beer is a nice red color with an off white single finger head. Aroma is minimal but there is some sweet caramel malt but not much else. Taste is a solid marzen style lager true to style but not overly exciting. Being only 5% and a fairly small bottle this beer disappeared quickly and did not leave a lot to remember.
Pros:
True to style
Cons: Not very memorable
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Bull Jagger
Brewers Description: Our latest hand crafted offering of an Oktoberfest beer brewed in the Märzen style.

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315. Harpoon Octoberfest

I picked up the Fall variety pack from Harpoon and have really enjoyed the beer that was included. Best bet so far is the Rye IPA which I will review later. The Octoberfest is a traditional style Marzen and has plenty of malt character.

As expected it pours a deep orange with a small white head. Aroma is very balanced with a bit of hops and some malt sweetness. Overall a very appealing beer both visually and in the aroma. The beer again is very well balanced with a strong malt backbone but also a nice hop finish and a bit of dark fruit in the middle somewhere.

This is one of the better Octoberfest beers I have had – no idea how they compare to the German version but this is a solid beer that will not disappoint. 
Pros:  
Very well balanced
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 30
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Harpoon
Brewers Description: The character and complexity of Harpoon Octoberfest comes from the malt and hops.  When looking at a freshly poured Harpoon Octoberfest, you will notice the garnet-red color with a firm, creamy head.  The beer’s color is from a blend of Munich, chocolate, and pale malt.  The thick head results in part from wheat malt added to the grist.  The hop aroma of this beer is not overpowering but it is present.  Tettnang hops add a subtle spice nose that blends with the malt character.  This beer is full-bodied, smooth, and malty.  Willamettehops are used to provide a gentle bitterness and to balance any residual sweetness present from the malt.  The finish is soft and malty with a mild bitterness.

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132. Oak Pond Brewing Oktoberfest

A few weeks ago I had a string of high ABV many of which were great beers but not something I could drink on a regular basis. This one from OPB is certainly a session beer although I am not sure what the actual ABV is on this one it was not harsh and I was able to finish the 22 oz bottle very easily. Color is typical for an Oktoberfest with a small head that had good retention. Aroma was minimal but slightly sweet and taste has a solid malt character with a slight bitter hop at the end. Probably could use a bit more on the finish but it is a quality beer and something I would certainly drink again.
Pros: Easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Oak Pond Brewing
Brewers Description: Oktoberfest is a complex, malty, bottom fermented lager. It has a wealth of flavor and a slightly caramel character. Hops are used sparingly so as to provide balance to its clean personality. Aging for over five weeks gives this lager a round smooth taste. Oktoberfest is an American term for a German beer style and is meant to be enjoyed year round.

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49. Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest

I had never heard of Leinenkugel’s before and I guess I was not missing anything. After pouring this beer I thought I was going to get something of quality as the color is great, poured with a nice head and leaves a nice lace on the glass as you drink but the beer itself is poor at best. Almost flavorless, slight skunky smell and just generally poor. Not a fan and will not be back for more.
Pros: Color
Cons: Taste (or lack of)
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
Calories: 170
IBU (Bitterness): 20
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Leinenkugel’s
Brewers Description: A true Marzen-style bier – malts: blend of pale, caramel and munich. Hops: Tettnang, Perle, Cluster and Hallertau. Serving temperature: 45 degrees. Availability: September and October

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26. Samuel Adams Octoberfest (draft)

I know I already reviewed this beer but that was from a bottle and as I mentioned in my prior post draft beer is simply better. Had this beer with a nice burger at TGIFriday’s last night and enjoyed every sip (in fact I helped to finish my wife’s beer too). Perfect fall beer and great with hearty meals.
Pros: Great red color, many different flavors
Cons:  Seasonal – wish I could get it year round
Alcohol Content: 5.3%
Calories:183
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a big, rich flavor.The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter..
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20. Samuel Adams Octoberfest

I love this time of year – not only for the cooler days and nights but also for the beer. Many of my favorite seasonals find their way to the coolers in the fall and I will be reviewing them all in the coming weeks. Sam Adams Octoberfest certainly qualifies as one of the best fall seasonals. I happened to find it today tucked in behind a 6-pack of Summer Ale. I bought both 🙂 my last 6-pack of Summer Ale and first Octoberfest of the year. Looking forward to the Gritty’s Halloween, Shipyard Pumpkinhead and Smashed Pumpkin and all the others. Could be a busy fall.
Pros: Great red color, many different flavors
Cons:  Seasonal – wish I could get it year round
Alcohol Content: 5.3%
Calories: 183
IBU (Bitterness): 25
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a big, rich flavor.The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter.
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