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Penn Oktoberfest - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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255 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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.
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Photo of bigdeuce
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of eze153
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of ski271
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of heidelbeerg
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 !

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.23/5  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.

Photo of genaro
3.97/5  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.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.


Photo of crookedhalo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of TinusTime
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of Darkale
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.04/5  rDev -20%
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...

Penn Oktoberfest from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.