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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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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

10-21-2003 14:28:37 | More by Gusler
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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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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

09-28-2003 15:09:24 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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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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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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

09-04-2003 23:29:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

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...

05-15-2003 21:51:10 | More by ZAP
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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!
Cheers!
-F

05-13-2003 10:48:32 | More by francisweizen
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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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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

09-23-2002 13:26:19 | More by aaronh
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%

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.

09-21-2002 12:24:53 | More by oberon
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

09-21-2002 10:36:58 | More by QXSTER1
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Penn Oktoberfest from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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