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Oktoberfest - Upland Brewing Company

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80 Ratings

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%

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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Photo of Jason


3.54/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:06:36 | More by Jason
Photo of falloutsnow


3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 08:21:12 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of dmfrench


3.61/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:07:32 | More by dmfrench
Photo of Beric


3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 21:15:17 | More by Beric
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West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 20:05:37 | More by wvsabbath
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 00:52:40 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of roger617


3.59/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 19:59:11 | More by roger617
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3.5/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 16:20:22 | More by secondtooth
Photo of BEERchitect


3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 07:12:25 | More by BEERchitect
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3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber orange, some carbonation.

S-Caramel, bread and spice. Like your everyday Oktoberfest.

T-Very sweet, caramel, bread on the heavy side. Lots of malt. No bitterness and some spice.

M-Light, some carbonation and crisp.

O-A decent Oktoberfest, the spice was a nice addition.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 16:40:45 | More by rlee1390
Photo of JackStraw

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 Oktoberfest, bottled around the third week of August.

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, with a nice two finger creamy head that quickly dissipates. Something of a tiger orange color, maybe around 12 SRMs, clear body. Leaves some lacing.

S - Getting some malty and a bit of nut with a bready character. Clean without much hops.

T - Starts with malty and sweet, with some bread and spice. Very drinkable

M - Smooth medium body, if not a little watery.

0 - I don't drink a lot of this style, but this is a solid drinkable beer. I've had some that are better, but at a right price (7.49) and local (B-town) I'd drink this any day.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:13:55 | More by JackStraw
Photo of AmitC


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent fest beer. Pours like it should, with a amber color appearance. Very little head that soon dissipates. Neat bubbles and very clear transparent looks.

Smells very much like other good fest beers that i have had. Small tinge of roasted malt aroma mixed with the regular very typical lager bread crumby smell. Extremely distinct aroma of a fest beer very likable.

Taste is pretty much all smell. I do not wonder why bavarians call beer as liquid bread. Good amount of noble German hops, do not feel bitter yet can be experienced.

Very easy to drink. Decent amount of bubbles with light bodied feel.

Alcohol strength on the higher side for this style wins it the final four.

Drink it as much as you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 00:02:59 | More by AmitC
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a coppery amber with about two fingers of off-white creamy froth that sticks around for two minutes, leaving medium amounts of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels, creamy smooth texture.

Smells of light toasted bready sweetness with an herbal hopping nuance, and tastes of toasted bready sweetness with a vague grassy and nutty aftertaste. I've had worse and I've had better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 20:55:02 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Lemke10


3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a 16oz glass of this for $4.25 at Conway and O’Reilly’s in Janesville, WI in mid 2012. Pours slightly hazy in a light amber color with a classic foamy head. Mild scent of malts and spices. Taste is malty and toasty. Smooth taste that finishes slightly crisp. A little too watery though in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 19:50:33 | More by Lemke10
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South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber color with a great clarity fills the glass. Nice streams of bubbles that rippled up toward the surface gave it a good bit of depth and created a nice moderate to medium capping of white that clung to the sides for a little while before letting itself go. Muted bready malts. Hints of light grain and a touch of some light spice, but everything was too light and muted for me. Not enough in the way of herbal hoppiness or depth to keep me interested. Same could be said as I took the first sip, while not really being bad in any way, it was just rather uninteresting. Bready grains, hints of something musky, and a touch of light pine maybe, but very muted. Smooth and even taste with a clean and concise finish

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 14:31:07 | More by mikesgroove
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2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the appearance was a golden orange color. Any aroma was faint, though what did exist was mildly sweet. The taste was far from bold for a beer that is traditionally flavorful. There was a mildly sweet bread flavor that quickly faded into a slightly sour finish. Something about the aftertaste left a mild metalic/coppery taste in my mouth. Of course, this was unpleasant. Mouthfeel showed little carbonation, going down easy. By definition of the score, it is a pretty average beer with nothing that stands out in the field of Oktoberfests.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 23:27:39 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of jlindros


4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow my first Upland beer, thanks to erric for this one.

Pours a nice frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, over clear amber orange colored beer, some lacing.

Nose has light malts, soft almost decoction sweet malts, light creamy malt and touch of cracked straw. Also plenty of lager aromas, some crisp malts, and some lager fruits, touch of noble floral almost spicy hops.

Taste starts with some sweet malts, light Bavarian pilsner malts, light cracked straw and almost wheat but not quite, smooth and slightly creamy. Nice lager flavors, a bit of fruit and crispness. Also some nice hops, light floral hops, a bit spicy, nice noble hop flavors. Nice layers of soft malts, almost like a decoction. Finish has some spicy hops, a bit of bitterness, and nice creamy malts.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall I think this was very well done, I've been drinking lots of German Oktoberfests lately and this might be the best American version of a real German Oktoberfest. They got it quite close with malts, hops, and lager flavors, maybe a touch more cracked straw would really staple it. i wouldn't be surprised if they even did a decoction for this. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:00:45 | More by jlindros
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4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold, almost light amber in color. Good half finger head.

S- Caramel and toast with a noticable but not overpowering noble hop pressence.

T- Malty sweet, caramel and toast flavors abound yet stay mellow enough to enjoy without pretense. Virtually no hop bitterness but there's a good amount of hop flavor to go around. Finishes sweet without being cloying.

M- Smooth and rich while retaining quaffability. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Easily one of the better Domestic Marzen's I've had and it can easily hold it's own against it's German counterparts. I think I'll have to go grab a sixer of this before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 21:50:35 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of doughanson78


2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received in jmarsh123's Music LIF.

A: Super clear copper color. Almost no head or lacing.

S: Not a big aroma on this one. What little I do get is very malty with hints of bread. A little bit of spice.

T: Follows the aroma, as in not real big. Some light sweet malts, a bit of spice in the middle, and finishing with a light wet grass profile. Not a bad taste at all, just way to light.

M: Light bodied, but not watery. Lower carbonation. Light creaminess.

O: A very easy drinking beer. Had to really struggle to taste anything. Still not really a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:25:51 | More by doughanson78
Photo of tommiller819


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fresh growler into a 16 oz goblet.

A: About a finger of off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly with only a bit of lacing. The beer pours a clear dark amber.

S: Mostly malts, with a bit of spiciness. Has some cinnamon and apple notes to it. Very nice.

T: Up front it's a nice Oktoberfest with some slightly fruity flavors and just a bit of alcohol warmth, but like many Upland beers, there is a strange aftertaste to it that I'm not too keen on. It could be the hard water around Bloomington, I don't know.

M: Good carbonation, not too harsh, but a bit syrupy.

Serving type: growler

10-02-2011 21:43:49 | More by tommiller819
Photo of jsh420


3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

bottled sept 2011

pours clear dark golden copper with a 1 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of apples bready malts

tastes of earthy hops and sweet bready malts

mouthfeel - rather boring flat medium full body

overall - there are much better marzen brews on the market - hell SA oktoberfest is better

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 05:52:37 | More by jsh420
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upland Oktoberfest

Pours a light clear copper color. Aroma of bready, munich malts and all due sweetness. In the taste, mild toasted malts, leafy, tea like hops and a superior balance. Mellow malt flavor of biscuit, sweet bread and toffee. Finishes crisp and clean. Light bodied feel. Overall, a really nice Oktoberfest, drinks easy enough to be considered a true festbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 14:57:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this Oktoberfest pours brilliantly clear copper color with a thin white head that quickly diminishes to a thin rim. The aroma is very clean moderately-high warm toasty, biscuit malt. The flavor is medium-high toasty, cracker-like malt with hints of honey sweetness with just enough medium-low hop bitterness to balance nicely. Additionally a bit of spicy hop flavor is evident, subtle but there. The beer finishes slightly dry, with a bit of malt lingering on the palate, refreshing yet interesting. The carbonation is moderate and body medium. Overall this is nice Oktoberfest, I'd gladly drink this again, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 00:45:41 | More by uwmgdman
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with bottled on date notched on label: poured a very appealing, clear and dark golden hue with a small, sustained and creamy white-head.

This one has a stronger aroma profile than the typical oktoberfest lager; rather pungent spicy and perfumy malt with a very odd but faint skunk-like aroma.

The flavor has a very refreshing, somewhat thick malt profile that is more than balanced by a nice noble hop presence. There is a bready, yeasty aftertaste.

This one has a rather thick, syrupy mouthfeel that somehow remains quite drinkable. The carbonation is restrained with a medium body.

My first oktoberfest of the season from a local brewery, this one is quite substantial for the style. While not a classic quaffer because of its heavier body and ABV, it is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:54:23 | More by jkrich
Photo of mynie


3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 on tap at the Tour de Upland pre-party.

Pours amber with a decent head, maybe a little light-colored for the style but nothing offputting.

Smells like cereal grains with a decent pinch of hops thrown in. Off for the style, I think; not very sweet, bocky, or nutty. Closer to an American All Malt than a marzen.

Tastes like it smells. There's a wee little bit of malt sweetness and then a floral hop profile that's pleasant enough but basically overrides everything else. It's not a bad flavor at all, but it's completely inappropriate for the style.

What is it that makes normally solid great lakes-region brewers incapable of brewing a marzen? Do they really think that their customers will demand excess hops in every single beer they brew?

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 12:16:32 | More by mynie
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Oktoberfest from Upland Brewing Company
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