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Oktoberfest - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 146
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 20.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: zerk on 10-03-2002

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 146
Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best enjoyed by Nov 15 2015 notched on label:

Pours orange amber with a lasting thin white foamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of grain (lightly caramelized) with a floral touch.

The taste is of sweet nutty grain with a floral touch balancing it in the finish.

Clean, crisp, relatively smooth.

A nice, standard O-fest.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper brown. Perhaps a bit less clarity than I'd like ... but it was served in a thick glass stein which may have muted appearance. Not as solid a head either. Smell is caramel, toffee, a touch of spice (subtle cumin). I'd like more of a bready / yeasty note. Taste follows. Feel is medium but still crisp.

A solid example though not a true standout.

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Photo of YancyUnger
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the type of beer that makes me rethink lagers. Nice subtle malty flavor. I have picked up several six packs since tasting. Upland moves up several levels with their Barrel Chested and offerings like this.

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Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown with a thin tan head. Nice aroma of toasted malt and noble hops that remind me of German Marzens. There is a bit of sweetness, but nothing like many American styles. Quite toasty with a clean caramel malt and earthy noble hops. The finish is crisp and dry with a medium feel. I'd think that Upland made this pretty well and it is great for fall.

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Photo of Prager62
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at my local store with a couple other of the style. A best by date of Dec. 2015 served in a pilsner glass.

Look- A brilliant clear copper color with a finger of quickly disappearing white foam.

Smell- Caramel, a bit of yeast perfume, and corn.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt up front followed by fresh bread. There is a bit of spiciness in the finish along with a little hop bitterness.

Feel- Fresh, crisp and simple.

Overall- This is admittedly a style I don't drink very often, but I decided to buy some singles to sample. Nothing earth shattering, just an easy drinking and refreshing beer for a fall day after raking leaves or a late season BBQ.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is malts, fruit and a hard to place spicy perfume. The flavor is malts, fruit, very slightly bitter-like and a mix of smooth and somewhat beery in the finish.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, somewhat bubbly copper with about a finger of off-white with little to no lacing retention.

S: Sweet caramel, sugar, maltiness. Decent but unmemorable.

T: Bready, malty, a bit of sweetness, and a strong taste of booze as the beer warms and on the back end. It's good, but not again, nothing I'd go out of my way for.

M: Medium bodied, and pretty much a standard for the style.

It's a decent brew, but a little disappointed given some of other Upland's other options.

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Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%

Sweet caramel malt, toasted, nutty tones, floral hops, and fruity specialty malt character form the aroma. Flavor reveals underpinnings of that fruity malt, which segue into a sweet and nutty caramel malt backbone, finishing fairly dry and a touch bitter. A bit too sweet, and the fruity character detracts. There's a slight metallic flavor that emerges late.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange, clear body, with a short white head that dissipates quickly. The lacing, given the head, is pretty nice.

S - A nice combination of caramel and bread notes, with grassy and floral hop notes.

T - Follows nose, with a bright burst of sweet malts, bread and burnt sugar, followed by a quick fade to crackers and grass, a hint of honey, then a close that keeps with cracker malts and dry, bitter herbal elements.

M - Brisk carbonation and moderate drying, but no real hop build or slick oil elements.

O - A nice take on a Marzen, it is flavorful, bright and an easy one to drink. Nice work from Upland, and one I'll pick up the next time the beer circles around.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

The grapefruit/citrus notes were much more noticeable in this beer than the Sam Adams Octoberfest, making for an overall, better fall beer. Also, comparable to Thr3e Wise Men's Antonius 1742 Oktoberfest .

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Photo of leantom
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, I have to say that this is a very nice American interpretation of the famous German-style beer. Here goes:

A: Not as much carbonation as other beers of the style. Also only a very light orange. While it has a good head, there's practically no lacing.

S: Very light, but does contain sweet caramel and wheat-based malt. It's an incredibly simple beer, just going by the nose.

T: Very sweet. Wheat malt complimented by a very sweet caramel malt. Contains some hops, but the malt is what predominates.

M: Nice and thick. Would've liked more carbonation considering the style, but the beer's still good.

O: Nice, but there are better interpretations of the famous German style of beer.

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Photo of bwood06
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - clear, orangish amber in color with a 2 finger khahi head. head dissipates rather slowly. moderate carbonation. 4/5

S - white bread, cereal (grape nut o's), caramel, malty. ever so slight grassy hop character. 3.5/5

T - white bread. caramel. hint of toffee. ever so slight citrus hint. grassy hop finish. no lingering bitterness. every so slight butteriness. 3.75/5

M - moderate carbonation. medium bodied. somewhat chewy. finishes wet but dry. 3.75/5

O - very true to style. big bread flavor profile. malt forward. 3.75/5

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Louisville, my third rating of an Upland brew to kick-off Oktoberfest (which is really just a week in September where I drink Oktoberfests all week). I liked the color, less orange more amber than many Oktoberfests. There was a fairly strong bready flavor, some slight maple in there as well. Medium body, average carbonation. Almost a liiitttle bit syrupy on the mouthfeel. Overall above average for the genre.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Not too many O-Fests out there for me anymore, so all the better that I found this one on my local's mix-a-six rack. It pours a clear autumnal brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grass, lightly-sweet biscuit, and a touch of dry caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bready biscuit ruling most of the roost, leaving some grass and mild leaves to feed from the crumbs, an illustration of symbiosis. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid O-Fest, one of the better American offerings out there.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

An excellent example of an Oktoberfest from Upland. Beer pours a rich copper orange with
an endless pool of tight beaded white foam and great lacing. Fresh for this time of year the
nose is of caramel and rich fresh bread malts with a touch of herbal hops. Taste is most
excellent with rich caramel malts to the front and back, a nice fresh bread like flavor, and light
hops coming in on the background. A most excellent mouthfeel with solid carbonation and
a mild coating feel. Very nice. The more I have from this brewer the more I like it. VERY NICE.
A most excellent session Oktoberfest if I ever had one.


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Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled in August 2013. One of my friends gave me this a couple weeks ago. Served in a mug, the beer pours an orange/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like toasted malt, bready malt, and a bit of fruit (apple). The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some herbalness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, but I wish I would have been able to try this when it was fresher. If I get the chance to, then I'll review it again.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear pale copper hue, decent lacing. Smells of fresh cut hay, toasted bread and herbal hops. Modest level of carbonation, grassy maltiness, bready throughout, ample hop bitterness, herbal, clean, dry finish.

Hits up all the right elements for the style ... drinkable even if it does not have a huge wow factor.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Bottled July 2013
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Upland's Oktoberfest is a bready, hoppy, and slightly fruity version of the style that did not come together particularly well for me. With stronger bitterness than I normally find in the style, and less malt complexity, I'm not likely to seek out Upland's version of this style again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, with average retention of one minute, fading to a thin ring around the glass' perimeter. Lacing is minimal, a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is an light golden orange color, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent beer, fairly low in number and activity.

Aroma of lightly toasted malt that gives a slightly toasted bread scent, with slight diacetyl and fruity esters indicating too high of a primary fermentation temperature.

Front of palate is of spicy German hops with a background of toasted bread (no crusts or caramel) and light fruity esters. Mid-palate continues spicy German hops, adds mild bitterness, continues toasted bread (no crusts or caramel) and adds hints of baked sweet potato and diacetyl. Back of palate features spicy and bitter German hops over a faint base of toasted bread (no crusts or caramel). Aftertaste of mild to moderate German hop bitterness with a bit of herbal character tempered by residual toasted bread flavors.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a beer that is foamy (3/4) and smooth (1/4) on the palate. Perhaps a bit too foamy for the style, where I normally expect mild carbonation and greater smoothness rather than foaminess, as here. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sweet yet rather dry, herbal Oktoberfest.

A: Clear, slightly dull yellow-orange body with a persistent, fine, off-white head.

S: Not particularly strong... some herbal-euro hops, and some things that probably shouldn't be there, namely diacetly and APA-type hops.

T: Much better than the nose. Rather sweet, slightly bready, light malt, candied plum, strong spices, and a good helping of drying, herbal, resinous hops. Despite the sweet start, overall impression is very dry.

M: A hair on the this and light side, but not too bad. High carbonation cheapens the experience a bit. Sticks to the tongue.

O: Far from the quintessential Märzen, but a rather interesting take.

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Photo of Beric
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, 5oz sampler at Upland Production Brewery
Served: 26 October 2013

Appearance: A good amber-brown color with a nice white head producing some decent lacing. Crystal clear. A little lighter than other Octoberfests I've tried this season.

Smell: Smells clean, but indistinct. Can smell some hints of the malt, but I really just smell sweetness.

Taste: Now, compared to the nose, the taste of this one is great. One of the best Oktoberfest's I've tried this season (I'd rank it about on-par with Sam Adam's Oktoberfest). Nice maltiness that isn't too light but also not too roasty. Not overly bitter but not overly sweet. Great taste, now only if the nose could match!

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, though a bit watery. Had a nice body on the tongue though, even if it was just a tad thin.

Overall: One of the better Oktoberfests I've had this season. The winner is still Victory Festbier, though this one is easily in the top 3 right now. A good seasonal offering and one I would recommend trying if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type -Bottle

Appearance - Amber tan, golden brown, not much of a head nor lacing.

Smell - Classic german malts, yeasts, caramel, nuts, some brown sugars, a funky hop aroma also.

Taste - Starts off with malts, bready yeasts, then some nice grapefruity hops near the finish. Some sugars add sweetness to this crisp, clean smooth beer. Some nut, lager malts and more caramel come out at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat the tongue with caramel and nut. The palate gets the sugars, yeasts, and some hops. The aftertaste is sweet and malty.

Overall - Not bad at all. Its not overly complex nor anything groundbreaking, just a good example of the style and very easy to drink and enjoy. I would try more from this brewery for sure.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant copper hue with a large off white khaki head, fine even lacing billowing head that's what I'm talking about. Aroma toasted caramel notes, hints of nuts, and dessert breads. Flavor is crisp complex lager clean finish, malty bread notes, earthy hops to balance it out. I like the nuttiness and the dry components that settle on the palate between sips, ample carbonation feels great going down highly drinkable with well hidden alcohol. 6.8% abv is barely noticeable, refreshing drinkable lager. Overall a really nice drinking lager, I'm glad I picked up a whole sixer this is my first introduction to Upland brewing.

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Photo of roger617
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into pint glass.

A: 3.25 Light golden with 1 finger of frothy head that reduces quickly and leaves some lacing.
S: 3.75 Malty, caramely and sweet. A little bit of hop aroma, but faintl in the back ground.
T: 3.5 Malty and sweet, very smooth and balanced. The hop presence is there but not that strong.
M: 4.0 Smooth, carbed well. Lingering mild dry after taste that leaves a strong malty flavor on your tongue.
O: 3.5 A very good Marzen, not the best I've had this year. The hops even just in the background don't seem to compliment the beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clean amber with thick white suds but only a thin wisp of lace.

Nose is malty and grainy with tones of caramel and toffee. Pretty well a spot-on representation for a Bavarian-style Oktoberfest.

Taste is nice and well-rounded, with more of the malty toffee notes. The sweetness is up front, but it's not overbearing at all. I also get a slight citrus hop hint near the finish. A solid and enjoyable Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gaining inspiration from southern Germany, but brewing with techniques and ingredients that are common to American microbrewers, Upland's Oktoberfest yields a richer oktoberfestbier that hinges on American amber caramel character.

Deep golden to light copper in color, the beer pours brightly clear and caps with a foamy white head that struggles with its retention but somehow manages to lace with intricate patterns before the foam falls. With a bit more retention, this could be a really nice looking lager.

Clean caramel and mild cashew nuttiness leads the aromatics with light touches of freshly kilned barley and slight whiffs of butter lying closely behind. Bread crust, mild sulfurs, and a subdued herbal hop presence rounds out the relatively clean scent.

Caramel sweetness is even more pronounced in taste that it was in aroma. With honey-like floral presence in taste, the sweetness of the beer is looming while the more finesse grain sweetness and supple malt elegance is somewhat lacking- er, covered up by sheer caramel sweetness, leaving the taste largely one-dimensional. Even the light earthy and spicy bitterness of hops pale in comparisons and do little to support the malt.

Medium bodied, yet seemingly full for Oktoberfest- the beer is moderately bodied compared to amber ales. It's malt sweetness coats the mouth and reluctantly lets up; leaving the sweet sugary textures to gravitate to the mouth and preventing the thirst quenching property that's best of authentic German oktoberfestbiers. Lingering sweetness only waivers as mild alcohol warmth and slight acidity come into play in its shy finish.

Upland basically gives the Oktoberfest type of taste that is constant for American made versions, which are becoming vastly inferior to the traditional versions of Bavaria. It's odd that as contemporary Munich versions are getting lighter and lighter, American micro versions are getting sweeter and sweeter.

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