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Penn Oktoberfest - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 17
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, deep golden-colored lager fest bier that is exceptionally smooth and mellow. Uses two-row malted barley and a combination of roasted malts. Highly rated by the National Tasting Institute.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

09-19-2012 23:03:22 | More by wattoclone
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vwbus7

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.6%

08-05-2014 01:33:24 | More by vwbus7
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Pskiv

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-08-2011 15:30:04 | More by Pskiv
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StretchZep

Ohio

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-31-2011 18:34:30 | More by StretchZep
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +25%

11-06-2012 21:03:42 | More by RBorsato
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BenderRodriguez

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25%

04-29-2013 22:11:58 | More by BenderRodriguez
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Freggs

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25%

11-03-2012 01:22:58 | More by Freggs
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +22.4%

This Oktoberfest pours a brilliant golden amber that's as clear as can be. It pours with a one finger loose head, but the carbonation in this beer is vigorous and quite well spread. It's quite a beuty for the eyes.
This beer smells faintly of biscuity malts. Not much Hop's detected either. As far as aromas go this is very light but straight forward and simple.
The taste of the Oktoberfest is amazing. I'm loving how awesome the finish to this beer is. It comes in the mouth biscuity and slightly sweet. Really comparable to a hot cereal served cold. And in the finish I'm getting one of the best maltiness I've ever experienced in an Oktoberfest.
The mouthfeel is very light and a bit thiner than others in the style. This however makes it too easy to drink.
Thanks PBC for making yet another awesome beer. I've never been disapointed yet.

10-11-2010 23:16:19 | More by cooch69
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%

Pours orangish bronze with a white head that soon becomes a patch. Minimal amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is grainy - carmelish - malty - slightly grassy.

The taste is of rich, fresh, caramelish malt. Slightly nutty and bready. A spicy Hallertau hop bitterness balances out the sweetness of the malt to give it a refreshingly dry finish.

Medium to full bodied, it has a wonderfully smooth texture with just the right amount of malty sweetness lingering on the palate.

This is a wonderful, highly drinkable, interpretation of the style. This is what an O-fest is all about! A rich, carmelized malt-accented, Hallertau hopped (though hops play an appropriately supportive role), incredibly smooth, This is one that I would definately love to stock up on for the O-fest season!

09-12-2007 22:16:52 | More by jwc215
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-08-2012 04:07:31 | More by reitzbrewing
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Saxboy10

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-28-2014 03:55:41 | More by Saxboy10
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jrgpitt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

10-07-2012 16:10:22 | More by jrgpitt
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envinoveri

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

10-04-2013 19:38:19 | More by envinoveri
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leweascoba

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

10-20-2012 00:56:31 | More by leweascoba
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jaredtuk

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-18-2012 19:00:56 | More by jaredtuk
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bob5958

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

A really good beer, well worth the wait each year. There is a definite roasted barley flavor that is neither overpowering or burned tasting.
It's a very smooth drinking beer with just a bit of bite. I happen to be a fan of most of their beers, but this is one of their best..
I think what most impresses me is the flavor that you immediately taste. I was completely unprepared for the very pleasant flavor.

11-01-2008 00:25:56 | More by bob5958
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Johnwf110

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-03-2014 20:21:27 | More by Johnwf110
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. Color is amber, with a good head. The smell is a slightly cereal malt. The taste has a decent malt sweetness, but provides a nice hop bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is very smooth. As for drinkability, could drink these all day!

Well, maybe I'm a bit biased, but Penn certainly makes one of the top Oktoberfests of the year. I'll certainly have as many of these as I can, and I'll certainly look for this next year.

09-23-2003 03:10:47 | More by beergeek279
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trafordboy

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle and poured into my favorite beer mug. Color is amber, with a good head. The smell is a slightly cereal malt. The taste has a decent malt sweetness, but provides a nice hop bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is very smooth. As for drinkability, could drink these all day!

Well, maybe I'm a bit biased being from Da 'Burgh, but Penn certainly makes one of the top Oktoberfests of the year. I'll certainly have as many of these as I can, and I'll certainly look for this next year.

10-05-2008 23:12:34 | More by trafordboy
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

Probably the best domestic Oktoberfest ive had so far this year. Pours a medium tea colour with a nice white head that lasts and laces well.. Typical malty sweetness on the nose with just a hint of hops.. Drinks smooth as silk. Malty goodness all the way down with enough hops to keep it from getting too caramel sweet. Mouthfeel is so good it wants me to put on my lederhosen and yodel. Maybe a bit a bit more malty than the German Oktoberfest beers, but those seem to be getting lighter.. This one went perfectly with a simple dinner of boiled potatoes, Raclette cheese and brown bread.

10-09-2003 02:54:55 | More by TinusTime
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Darkale

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

Slightly yeasty aroma with a hint of cheddar cheese! Orange-brass body, very clear, with a nice tan head that dies quickly but leaves good lacing. Very chewy in the mouth, but also slightly gritty. Sweet and slick tasting, with a bitter aftertaste.

I like this Oktoberfest. It has a slight sourness that is reminiscent of a good English ale. I'm not sure that's a good thing for an Oktoberfest, nor am I sure that it's not a good thing, but I don't care either way. I like it.

09-15-2003 13:18:49 | More by Darkale
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jkrich

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date; purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.
A deep, clear, golden to light amber color with minimal head or lacing with a plethora of bubbles - very attractive in a stein.

Beers smells of spicy hops and bready aromas. There is almost a slight wine odor.

The taste is of sweet, tangy malts with some hops in the background; this is a well balanced beer has the flavor never becomes cloying. Almost silky smooth on the palate with minimal carbonation.

Oktoberfest beers seem to have become lighter in color over the past few years. This beer, among others, proves that lighter color does not mean less taste. This is an extremely drinkable and balanced version of an oktoberfest - after all, you want to drink several at the festivals.

09-13-2007 23:06:23 | More by jkrich
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quasimoto

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

Its a crystal clear light copper color that has a nice little stream of carbination bubbles that constantly rise from the bottom. There was a faint white fluffy head that left no lace around the glass. It might be the glass has some junk on it, but Im not sure. The aroma is of deep sweet malty bready notes that that really dominate. There is a little bit of hop, but it only lends a ever so slight spicy character. There aroma reminds me of what a caramel orange would taste like. Maybe a slight chocolate note as it warms. This is a really sweet bready beer. The flavor is a wallop of of malts that really come through. The hops are also a little bit more apparent in the taste. Very nice touch. The body is spot on with the light mouthfeel, but the flavor is so strong that it makes it seem bigger. I really enjoy this beer. It is now atop my list of instant classics.

04-12-2007 00:47:54 | More by quasimoto
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fascistfaction

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

An excellent Oktoberfest beer. You can not go wrong with any of Penn Brewery's beers and this along with the Munich style helles are my favorites. As a bonus, the place is less than five miles from my home (still too far to stumble druken home though).
Poured into a boot shaped J/R's (the place for ribs) now in its eight year in service mug:
A = Lots of head (aggesive pourer) that tapered off leaving a nice two finger white head with very liitle bubbles of carbonation.
S = like a beer should smell like...GOOD
M = malty with a few hints of citrus
D = well, I have a case of it and if my liver does not give up before my Zocor kicks in...very drinkable.

09-22-2007 00:14:24 | More by fascistfaction
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

(Freshness date is notched for March) -- Appearance: Pours a nice dark copper/amber color with a nice creamy beige head that has good retention. On the nose there is the aroma of bread and a some caramel sweetness. On the palate more of the same, some caramel sweetness (less then the seasonal marzen), bready, malty and hints of Bavarian Hallertau hop bitterness come through near the end. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Great brew with great drinkability. A big Prosit to Aaron for sending a variety pack of brews from the Penn brewing co.

03-08-2003 16:35:23 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Penn Oktoberfest from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.