Oktoberfest - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 by erz316:
Photo of erz316
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Oktoberfest day at on location. served from a pitcher into a pint glass.

A - nothing special, not really a brilliant copper colour, but nothing as dull as the brew I would go on to have. goo amount of foam on the beer, but no real good retention.

S - not much here either. maybe a mild malt presence, but as far as having anything really potent or even distinct, the beer misses the mark by a long shot.

T - the taste is a bit better than the nose. at least the malts are more noticeable than they were in the nose, and the hops are trying to make some sort of an appearance but, well there just isnt that much of an appearance to make with their flavour.

MF&D - decent feel, but I would not have this outside of the situation where I go back for their lackluster 'german' food.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of bwood06
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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.


Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of jsh420
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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

Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of lbaker
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of baugherlager
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance beautiful amber color with a mediocre head. Wonderful bready and spicy aroma, could of had a little more maltiness in the smell. Taste was sweet maltiness up front with a prickely spiciness that makes me think Tettnager hops. Mouthfeel was medium body, it coats the back of the tongue.
Was very surprised by this beer, definately a good American Octoberfest beer.

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold, creamy tan head that stayed thin, but laced the entire way down the glass. Tiny bubbles floated throughout the entire affair. Smells of biscuits and mild hops, crisp lemon, but not too strong. Taste was of malty biscuits with just enough hops for the trip down. One of my favorite beers I've had in a while, will be waiting for this next year, probably buy more.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a light pumkin orange in color and has a light white head. The smell wasn't overpowering but was pleasant, with light spicy aromas. The taste was better than some other Oktoberfests that I've had so far this year. It had good harvest flavor and wasn't too heavy on the spices. The mouthfeel was very light and smooth. I'd say this one is more drinkable than most, American, Oktoberfests. It's worth a shot.

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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 .

Photo of JackStraw
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Spidey13
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Upland Oktoberfest pours a nice clear caramel color with a small, off-white head. The nose is spicy and floral from thehops with some bready notes. Looks and smells like any good Oktoberfest.

The taste starts out very, very sweet. Shockingly so. Twangy hop notes show up afterward. There is a bit of a stale aftertaste, which might just be from the age of the bottle, but I just bought this last weekend. the mouthfeel is full; a bit slick. Carbation is medium/high.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with the beer. I've had much better Oktoberfests.

Photo of bheilman
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good marzen. THe balance of barley is good fo a really nice caramel flavor. A delicious beer but I wouldn't say it is much different than what I expected. It lives up to it's style well and is very drinkable and smooth. Try it if you like this style; it shouldn't disappoint.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden orange color with a bit of a white head and some mild lacing. Nose is a bit nutty and earthy with some bread and slight caramel in the background. The taste is slightly dry with some earth and a bit of light malt. Medium body with good carbonation. Nothing special, but a pretty decent brew.

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +19%
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!

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Oktoberfest from Upland Brewing Company
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