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Oktoberfest | Upland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by zerk on 10-03-2002

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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 153
Reviews by AmitC:
Photo of AmitC
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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 tyleeis
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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 dsauter
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Bingja18
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zachpaschal
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dirtylou
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottled 8/07, bought a 6 pack at belmont beverage while i lay around in my hotel in south bend

appearance: pours into hotel tumbler, clear cola-amber body, very light beige head with no lacing...quite bubbly and very clear

smell: big malty nose, a touch woody, caramel, bready

taste: pretty good oktoberfest, big caramel malt backbone with very little trace of earthy hops, woody, a touch metallic, bready, slightly buttery, cola-esque

mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light body

drinkability: just fine

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Photo of Austin2012
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap...

A- Poured a golden orange color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Light lacing on the glass.

S- Toasted malts in the front of the beer. There was a light off aroma that I couldn't quite put my figner on. Grassy hops in the backing of this balances out the aroma quite nicely.

T- Grassy hops with some bitterness in the front of the beer. The toasted malts kick in the middle of the beer with a light sweetness as wel. There is a light hop bite in the backing of this beer that balances out the beer from the malts.

M- Medium mouthfeel to the beer. Carbonation is good for the style. Grassy hops left on the palate with a toasted malt and light alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors were well balanced and crisp. Alcohol not very drying on the palate.

D- This was a good beer. The ABV wasn't the highest but...even this made it a couple and done. I really like this beer even though I'm not the biggest Oktoberfest style fan.

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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 nyrblue2
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tourdot
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 jsh420
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of all of the seasonal brews and Octoberfest brews I have tried so far this one may very well be my favorite. Though I couldn't enjoy it to the fullest in a pint glass, I still was very fond of it. Taste of strong, not sweet, malt. A distinct flavor that blend with the also powerful hops present, and an ever present taste of alcohol in the aftertaste, reminding you of the strong ABV. Another really good brew by Upland, as usual. I can't wait to finally try the Chocolate Stout this upcoming season...

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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fast fuzzy head only reaches an inch and a half of off white foam that settles to a half inch with good retention. Body is a deep honey orange amber tone classic for the style. Nose has hints of German style wheat and a backbone of mineral based malts. Enters the mouth with hops and creamy wheat based malts fill in the middle of the palate. On the last half you really get that yeasty German lager feel. It is this feel that hangs on to the back of the tongue and includes a bit of bitter bite to create the mouthfeel. Could ust a bit more malt balance for my liking. Solid drinkability.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. Bottled on Aug. '09 Notched on the label. No other info.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a thin off-white head. Moderate lacing for it's small stature. Medium retention.

S - To quote my friend Todd, "it smells kinda' farty." The instant fartiness calms down and changes to an earthy toasted malt base with a good hop presence that's also earthy with a slight grassy nose.

T - The toasty malts contribute more to the aftertaste than the initial flavor of the beer. The flavor leans more towards the hoppy side with grassy notes and a crisp bitterness.

M - Initially sweet that turns bitter and dry on the finish. Medium-bodied and smooth despite the tingling carbonation finish.

D - The crisp, clean hops totally help it here. A good underlying malt base keeps the hoppiness balanced and vice versa. A few of these wouldn't last long around me in the fall.

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Photo of lbaker
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, let me start by saying I tried this beer for the first time at Upland's Oktoberfest in 2009. I had it on draft, and if anyone is looking for an awesome Saturday in the Fall get your ass to Upland. Secondly, I'm reviewing this beer because I stumbled on a hidden 6pack of it a local beer store. Its got a bottled on date of August 2009, so not the freshest...but we can always re-review this great brew next Fall!

(a) poured the bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Pours a medium-dark carmel color with a little carbonation. Not a lot of head, good lacing left behind. A little more see through than most Marzens. (4/5)

(s) I really feel like this is the only area the beer stands to improve. A great Oktoberbest embodies all that we love about Fall...I just wish this smell brought to mind those same memories. The beer even smells crisp like Fall, but those German hops should be a little easier to pick up on. Could be a little too cold, not like I remember it on draft. (3.5/5)

(t) Excellent taste. Perfect amount of hop and a crisp bite to each sip. Taste is almost sweet and you can definetly pick up those Bavarian malts. (4/5)

(m) Hits the palete pretty good...just wish it had more follow-through. The hops and bite hit you up front, just wish there was more to finish it off. (3.5/5)

(d) Marzens/Oktoberfests are my favorite beers because Fall is the best time to grab a great beer and hang outside with friends. With that being said, I expect a lot for the drinkability. I want something I can drink plenty of and plenty with. This Oktoberfest is a great beer and a great replacement if Sam Adams keeps diluting its on Fall brew year after year. (4/5)

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Oktoberfest from Upland Brewing Company
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