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Penn Oktoberfest - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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very good

233 Ratings

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Illinick


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker amber golden in color with a nice sized slightly off white head that retains well. Good lacing.
S: Roasted malts, some sweet bread with some hop scents and a sort of cinnamon spice scent in there as well.
T: Smooth roasted flavors with plenty of sweet malts and sweet bread flavors and some crisp slightly dry hops to offset the sweet malts slightly. Again, there is a sort of slight cinnamon and spice flavor in there. It's hard to put my finger on. The flavors are smooth and matched well to provide depth to overcome the too often "all malt" oktoberfests.
MF: Medium and smooth!
Overall: A quality Oktoberfest with a nice flavor profile. Although I enjoyed this a bit early I'm looking forward to a Saturday afternoon in the Fall when I can sit down, watch college football and enjoy another one.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 01:06:31 | More by Illinick
Photo of Fishingforbeer


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Octoberfest is lighter than the Octoberfests I have tried in the past. The color would be medium-light bodied with a slightly malty taste that doesn't really jump out at you. I actually compared it to Spaten Octoberfest and Hackor P. Octoberfest while tasting. I thought it was better than Hacker but I liked Spaten better than both the others due to it smoothness and better flavor. It a drinkable beer though and I would like to try it on tap to get a true test.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 16:34:27 | More by Fishingforbeer
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a frothy head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Subtle wafts of toasted malt, caramel and a touch of hops

Taste: Starts out with a mouth full of caramel malt flavor; after the swallow, the modest hoppy flavors kick in followed by a disconcerting lemony but metallic finish

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better Oktoberfests out there and certainly shows off some of the elements of the style

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 00:55:03 | More by brentk56
Photo of bigdeuce


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copperish-amber color with a decent head that disappates quickly. Smells of caramel fruit, light bodied with a sweet caramel malty goodness. A top ten Oktoberfest, for sure, and is very easy to drink. Not heavy in ABV and a nice fall drinking beer. Extremely crisp and malty. Can be consumed in the summer, as it is not heavy at all. Finishes with a whiskey-like dryness.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 21:57:19 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange body, little hazy, topped by a snowcone of white fluff. Decent lacing.

Inviting bignose of hay and grass.

Strong caramel malt start, with a subtle rising tide of earthy hops which bite with a clean snap at the finish. Aftertaste a pleasing merger of the now balanced caramel and hops.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Nice traditional take by an American brewery that beats a lot of german ones at their own game.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 21:11:12 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of eze153


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest, the best time of year...

When poured it was a hazy orange color, like browing leaves on the trees, it had a good head but dissapeared rather fast. The smell was that of malts and hops like a ture German beer. The taste was excellent, one of the best Oktoberfest beers I have ever had, as it was going down it was very textured and pleasing to the mouth. It is a great beer but it can fill you fast, I could only ever drink 3 of them in a sitting, otherwise I felt like I was going to explode.

Overall an excellent beer for the season! Though it sold out early this year making it hard to come by after its release.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 18:12:32 | More by eze153
Photo of AltBock


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle that I got in the Penn Brewery's variety pack. Again the bottle had no date notched on the side and the label was off again.

Appearance: Poured a hazy gold color with a 1in head of white foam. The foam itself dissipated fast, but left some rigs around the mug.

Smell: It had an aroma of mostly malts, some hops, and with some juicy fruits in the background.

Taste: This was my first Oktoberfest, so I had nothing to compare it with. It was all sweet malts and with a dry hop bitterness at the very end. It made for a nice balance of malts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, little carbonation that all goes smooth. That dry hop bitterness lingers around for a while in the back of your mouth.

Drinkability: Although my first Oktoberfest, I was satisfied with this beer style from Penn Brewery. This could make for an affordable Oktoberfest session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 20:48:37 | More by AltBock
Photo of ski271


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex in State College. Pours a clear, dark amber with a very small, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a very thin partial film. The smell is typical of the style by being heavily malty with some very light fruit backing it up. The taste is again malt-dominant and sweet and rather one-dimensional. It has a pleasant mouthfeel and is wickedly sessionable though. Boy could I plow through some of these, but then maybe that’s because it’s a bit lighter than the average Oktoberfest. An enjoyable beer, just not a great representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2005 20:27:20 | More by ski271
Photo of tgbljb


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy, medium copper color with tannish head that quickly fell to a thin coating. Smell is minimal with a slight toasted sweet maltiness noted. Taste is smooth and creamy with toasted malt predominating. Finish is more maltiness with a slight bite present. This is a very easy to drink, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 21:40:20 | More by tgbljb
Photo of beermanbrian


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/light brown color with thin white head and nice lacing. Smell is all malt, nothing else really sticks out. Taste is also all malt, lots of it. Nothing spectacular but a good chewy malty beer. Little bit of bitter cloying on the tongue at the end of the swallow. Another decent offering from Penn who seems to make a lot of better than average beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 01:34:08 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of RoyalT


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Oktoberfest is light brown in color with a modest head that showed good retention and lacing.

Smell – The nose here is lightly-toasted malts . . . and that’s it.

Taste – The malts are a bit grainy at the taste and lack the complexity of a good Oktoberfest, but the flavor is good and satisfying.

Mouthfeel – This is just a hair bigger than light-bodied with some very modest carbonation.

Drinkability – This is really a session-Oktoberfest if there ever was one. It’s a bit lighter than I’m used to but a good drinker nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 01:53:48 | More by RoyalT
Photo of tomthumbsblues


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light tan head sits atop this copper colored beer. This head reamined on top as I finished the beer off. The smell was of malt, and contained floral and lemon hints. The taste was sweet malt which yielded to slight bitterness. The mouthfeel was bready, but there was a metallic aftertaste which I found a little off putting. Overall, a fairly good beer for its style.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 00:43:34 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of Boto


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one appeared pretty much a clear amber color. There was a strong head on it, but it went away rather quickly. The aroma was a bit light, but it was malty sweet with a hint of spiciness. A decent malt body with a touch of spices to the taste. Goes down smooth. Very drinkable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 21:55:22 | More by Boto
Photo of mattcrill


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Penn Brewing Company.

Appearance: Served in a plastic cup (ouch!). Looks copper red with a nice, filmy white head.

Smell: Served too cold so it's hard to pick up much. Some malt sweetness and a yeasty background slowly woft out of the glass.

Taste: Bread-like and wheaty with a solid malt backbone.
There is a spicy, bitter finish to it. A little on the dry side. Some clove flavors peek through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crispy.

Drinkability and overall: Highly! A very good and festive brew.
Even better served on-tap in the excellent atmosphere of the Penn Brewing Company.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2004 20:20:35 | More by mattcrill
Photo of santoslhalper


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very impressive beer indeed. Pours a nice, light copper tone with a fluffy, beautiful white two-finger head that lingers for quite a while. NIce lacing on the glass as well. The smell is nothing special, but has hints of bread and malt.

The taste of this beer is exquisite. Very full mouthfeel, with an absolutly delicious flavor. Nice amount of complexity with hints of bread and caramel and lots of hoppy goodness. Finishes very well and smooth, a tad dry but not syrupy in the least bit.

I could definitly drink this beer all day and all night. All in all an amazing beer. It's not perfect, but nothing is. I'd definitly tell everyone to try this beer. It may not be your cup tea, but I personally love it - and maybe you will too.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 23:31:37 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of heidelbeerg


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW ! This is great beer. Pours an amber tone with a rich pillow like head. Smell is nothing special. Staightforward, slighly sweet smelling malts. The taste is absolutuley delicious. Mostly a full bodied malt flavor balanced nicely by the hops. The mouthfeel and drinkability is where this beer really excels. Very rich, smooth creamy mouthfeel without being syrupy or sticky. Exceptionally smooth drinking beer. This could be pounded all day and night !

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:59:29 | More by heidelbeerg
Photo of cerevisiaephilus


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very nice, appropriate head for the style. I can just see my self in Bavaria swinging around a liter of this stuff with the frothy white pillow of head just barely spilling over the sides of my stein with two attractive young German barmaids following...oh...sorry.

Really solid Munich malt in the nose.

Great tasting beer. Very smooth and refreshing while still being rich enough to satisfy my cravings for malty goodness. I get a substantial dose of hop bitterness in this beer (substantial for a fest that is). While its certainly not 'wrong', I prefer a slightly less upfront bitterness in a fest.

The mouth feel of this beer is really incredible. One of the smoothest, silkiest beers I've tried in a while. Not even a tad syrupy, this beer still manages to have a healthy body. The way the bubbles move around in the beer also hints at the viscosity of the beer.

Really quite drinkable. I wish I had another case.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 20:45:54 | More by cerevisiaephilus
Photo of genaro


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This marzen came in a green bottle. The color was transluscent amber/gold capped by a small head. The aroma was sweet and malty with elements of caramel, floral bouquet, and a little nutty. The taste was smooth and caramelly with some hop bite.The finish was mild and dry. A pretty good, flavorful Octoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 01:29:51 | More by genaro
Photo of allboutbierge


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Märzen.

Color is of a hickory brown with an off white/biege head. Carbonation appears rather modest and is in substance as well. Bready and malty aromas dominate though paired with a modest element of sweetness (reminscent of carmel). Flavor is much the same but extremely mellow. Flavor is not overly sweet like some Märzens nor somewhat watery like others. Its just a smooth tasting brew. Mouthfeel is full but not filling. Yum.

The Bavarian flag colors on the label are a nice touch as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 05:49:10 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of goindownsouth


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good brew in the Marzen style, this bier poured a deep rich brown out of the bottle and still left something more than a lace as I finished the mug o' brew. The aroma is something of roasted matly goodness with something sweet in there for good measure. The flavor follws close behind. It is, at least in my opinion, just a touch heavy on the palate, but otherwise, one of the better Oktoberfest biers I have had in some time.


Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 22:46:53 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of crookedhalo


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orangy amber color, slightest touch cloudy, but not chill haze. Bready, malty, biscuity aromas blessed with a touch of hops. I'd underestimated this Oktoberfest a bit, favoring the German seasonals a bit this year. This one's rather solid in comparison, to my findings. Hefty malt taste interlaced with a botanical floraliness from the hops. Rather astringent and dry in the finish. Quintessential domestic Maerzen. Highly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 06:29:39 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One thing about being a “Beer Geek, is that all your friends and family while on vacation, instead of sending you postcards and bringing you back key chains and the like, not that I don’t appreciate those things more often than not bring me back beers, such is the case here.

The beer pours a dark amber to almost burnished copper color, the head is moderate in size, frothy in texture and a nice light tan color with the residual lace a fine sheet. Nose is sweet with hints of caramel, fresh and clean to the senses, start is lightly sweet and the top fair to middling in feel. Finish is perky in its acidity; the hops are mild and pleasant to the palate, a fine beer, and one of the better Oktoberfest beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 14:28:37 | More by Gusler
Photo of TinusTime


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 02:54:55 | More by TinusTime
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capital Ale House.
Note: The tap list states that the ABV for this beer is 4.5%

Wonderful brightly-colored copper in appearance. Actively fizzy in the glass. Sticky lacing leaves distinct rings in the glass. A very "fall"-looking beer. Aromas remind me of the fall as well...spice and nutmeg. A spicy, hoppy flavor with hints of caramelized brown sugar poured over roasted nuts makes for a very different and very tasty flavor. Finish was slightly dry, with a dash of spice on the tongue to tease you, begging you to take another sip. Very smooth and extremely quaffable. I see myself drinking this all day while sitting outside watching a fall day go by. Everything with this beer is well-balanced, making it a seasonal I must find on tap next weekend when we head to Pennsylvania for the weekend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2003 15:09:24 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of beergeek279


4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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