Oktoberfest - Upland Brewing Company
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by uwmgdman:
4.13/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
09-06-2011 00:45:41 | More by uwmgdman
More User Reviews:
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
3.88/5 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
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-25-2013 16:20:22 | More by secondtooth
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
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
09-26-2007 01:44:02 | More by dirtylou
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-03-2010 08:38:38 | More by alleykatking
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
3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
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
09-25-2011 05:52:37 | More by jsh420
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
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...
10-12-2006 02:20:54 | More by thebarnesbomb
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-10-2009 01:17:32 | More by SPLITGRIN
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
10-27-2009 02:55:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
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)
03-04-2010 00:03:54 | More by lbaker
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
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
11-05-2011 14:31:07 | More by mikesgroove
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
09-26-2006 17:46:07 | More by baugherlager
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-27-2012 16:40:45 | More by rlee1390
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
11-22-2005 23:11:10 | More by HoboAGoGo
Oktoberfest from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.