Oktoberfest - Upland Brewing Company
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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
05-16-2014 22:01:29 | More by bluejacket74
3.54/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
12-15-2013 03:06:36 | More by Jason
3.11/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
11-07-2013 08:21:12 | More by falloutsnow
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.
10-31-2013 22:07:32 | More by dmfrench
3.81/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
10-26-2013 21:15:17 | More by Beric
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
09-25-2013 20:05:37 | More by wvsabbath
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
09-15-2013 00:52:40 | More by WVbeergeek
Oktoberfest from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.