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Oktoberfest - Upland Brewing Company

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95 Ratings

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 10-03-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Ncpogs, Today at 07:02 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jschott75, Yesterday at 02:46 AM
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.

MarkQ617, Saturday at 08:58 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

indy351, Friday at 03:04 PM
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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

MrLacinak, Wednesday at 09:13 PM
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DoctorEvil65, Sep 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Cris4545, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jjwisenheimer, Aug 29, 2014
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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.


Brutaltruth, Aug 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

TheWiredDJ, Aug 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Swettenham_Shire, Aug 18, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

bluejacket74, May 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

WKyle, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

nyrblue2, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

zrab11, Jan 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

ChrisWashington, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Jason, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

DaCoach81, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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3.11/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

falloutsnow, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Gonzoillini, Nov 02, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

dmfrench, Oct 31, 2013
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Oktoberfest from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.