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Penn Oktoberfest - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

233 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an amber color with a little bit of an orange hue. Upon serving there is a one finger white head. The head persists for quite some time, eventually fading away to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very malty and grainy smelling overall with just some lighter hints of sweetness. A lightly roasted malt aroma creates the base of the aroma with some smells of biscuit and a grainy bready smell mixed within. A light caramel and spice aroma are there as well, giving it a slightly drier Oktoberfest aroma overall.

Taste –The taste, as one may expect from the nose, is a bit on the drier and maltier side. It begins with a little bit of caramel sweetness mixed with a nice roasted malt and crackery flavored base. As the flavor advances, the caramel fades while some spice flavors of some nutmeg coming to the tongue. The roasted flavors increase to some extent with a little bit of some other lightly sweetened fruit flavors of apple and pear mixing in. In the end, a grassy and herbal hop flavor develop giving it just the right hint of bitterness to create an overall roasty and still moderately drier malty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are appropriate for the style and make for a rather easy drinking Oktoberfest.

Overall – A rather decent Oktoberfest overall. A little more on the maltier side with a decent balance of spice and roast to create an enjoyable beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 00:23:34 | More by Darkmagus82
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-25-2013 00:11:01 | More by Morey
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americanjones

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-23-2013 18:22:52 | More by americanjones
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kushlash23

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-21-2013 18:11:47 | More by kushlash23
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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-20-2013 18:26:31 | More by Griggsy
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-16-2013 03:06:47 | More by nosavingsaccount
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a golden amber color, massive head, poured out almost all head, had to wait for it to settle, big marshmallow texture to it, thick lacing too.
S - Lager yeast, barley, bread and biscuit malt, no hops.
T - Taste is very much on the lager side, with a ton of biscuity malt flavor, tastes like im eating pilsbury crescent rolls. A weird soapy bitterness comes in at the end.
M - I cant get that soap taste out of my mouth, very clingy.
O - Over the years I thought this was a stellar octoberfest, but coming pack to it after having a substantial palate shift in the last year or so, its definitely not the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 17:47:12 | More by Omnium
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-13-2013 23:06:48 | More by Pensfan0782
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-08-2013 22:34:20 | More by JohneHoodlum
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This brew pours a brown/orange color with a small white head which dissipates quickly and virtually no lacing.

The smell is sweet malts and grains. Roasted toffee and bread, maybe some spices such as nutmeg and cloves. The smell reminds me of pumpkin pie.

The taste is sweet malts with a light hop backbone. Fall spices and toffee are also present. In spite of the apparent complexity this beer does not really "pop".

The mouthfeel is smooth; a little bready. Goes down easily, no aftertaste.

Overall this is a decent Oktoberfest style but I have had better. I would not turn it down if offered but I would not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 20:54:16 | More by microbrewlover
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squirreljr

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-30-2013 22:29:09 | More by squirreljr
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Poured this beer rather aggressively to generate a nice head. The head lingers for a short time and is a nice barely off white color. The beer is a little paler than most other Oktoberfests that I have seen. It is a light brown amber color with tiny hints of orange shining through the color when held up to the light. The aroma is slightly biscuit-y aroma with hints of sweetness that shine through. This beer was pulled out of a cooler so it is a little cold and kills the aroma a bit. There are some caramel sweet notes coming through as well. The flavor is light yet very rich. It is a spot on Oktoberfest flavor, but not quite as heavy on the toasted roasted flavors as some I have had. The initial flavor is smooth and slightly metallic, but that quickly gives way to that "traditional Oktoberfest flavor" and ends with a hint of bitterness from the hops that balance out the beer perfectly. The "traditional" flavors I'm referring to are malty graininess with rich flavors of toffee, biscuits, and caramel. THE MF is lighter in body that other Oktoberfests I have had and finishes medium dry, but certainly not a dry beer.

I was surprised by the flavors of this beer and the ease of drinkability. With the lighter color and smell I was expecting a lighter brew, which this was in a way, but it was also spot on and perfectly balanced for an Oktoberfest. This is a damn good Oktoberfest. I'm glad I picked up a case of this. Good work Pennsylvania Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 13:22:45 | More by jifigz
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52P48

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-27-2013 19:24:35 | More by 52P48
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-27-2013 15:02:08 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Drinking_Mantis

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-16-2013 03:08:37 | More by Drinking_Mantis
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Dapper_Dan_Man

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-03-2013 22:55:26 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-29-2013 14:53:54 | More by dgherm
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-22-2013 00:18:47 | More by WOLFGANG
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muddkicker

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-13-2013 18:58:56 | More by muddkicker
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-09-2013 23:08:31 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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billbeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-10-2013 03:10:39 | More by billbeers
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-18-2013 02:47:43 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

05-15-2013 17:05:15 | More by twenty5
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BenderRodriguez

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-14-2013 01:50:32 | More by randylangford
Penn Oktoberfest from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.