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Penn Oktoberfest - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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241 Ratings

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | 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 genaro
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

genaro, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

allboutbierge, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.


goindownsouth, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

crookedhalo, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Gusler, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of TinusTime
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

TinusTime, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

beergeek279, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Darkale, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a tinted ruby copper tone and forms a nice full cream colored two finger sized head leaves scattered thickets of lace. Aroma has a nutty warming malt sweetness with some flowing hallertau hops nice floral and distinct. Flavor profile consists mainly of toasted nuts over a trickle of brown sugar sweetness all created by German malts this is one nice beer, one of the better Oktoberfests I have tried so clean and crisp with body a rare combonation for most American O-fests. Smooth creamy mouthfeel what a nice sipper this is a great beer, courtesy of an authentic German style brewery medium body a few notches below robust. Drinkability is definitely where this beer holds supreme just an awesome beer perfect for the turn of the season it has my approval.

WVbeergeek, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly old...freshness date marked for Feb (it's May)...maybe that explains the cloudy appearance to this...bronze colored but the cloudiness is a turnoff...also not a bit of head, lace, or anything on this...smells a lot like the Marzen minus the hop presence...all malt...caramel...and like the marzen a fruity, apple note...Mouthfeel is about right...medium and sweet but not oversweet....taste featured a nice maltiness..leans on the caramel malts, but the fruitness is there too....to me this tastes like an ale...on the long finish some german hopping makes itself known...
Maybe it's the age of this beer, but it really doesn't taste bad...just not up to par compared to a lot of the other 'fests I've had...

ZAP, May 15, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an above average Octoberfest beer from the local Penn brewing company. This beer was freshness notched for Febuary 2003 but it still tasted fresh to me! It poured a wonderful dark amber, copper colour with a small head with decent retention. The aromas were heavy on the malt and light on the hop. The mouthfeel was heavy, but not too heavy and the drinkability was great!

An impressive beer from Penn brewing!

francisweizen, May 13, 2003
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

WilliamPhilaPa, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice copper color with amber highlights. Wonderful sweet malt aroma keeps me coming back to this beer every year. This year's Oktoberfest seems to have slightly more hop bitterness and a more subdued malt sweetness compared to previous years, which actually makes the beer more drinkable. The sweetness is still there, and it finishes very clean. All in all, a very good beer.

aaronh, Sep 23, 2002
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of the better american variety not to sweet.Liked its color(not as dark as some american varieties.)Nice and malty one of the better American styles liked it alot.Really good on tap.A good anice like finish really makes this quite quaffable and makes you want more.

oberon, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of QXSTER1
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a wisp of a white head that falls but laces nicely down the glass. Clean, concise, sharp malt with a balance of German hops that goes down easily. Medium bodied with no heaviness which puts it on the light side of most Octoberfests. No faults with beer, but no jaw dropping highlights either. Another of the line of clean German lagers from this Pittsburgh brewery.

QXSTER1, Sep 21, 2002
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Penn Oktoberfest from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.