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Oktoberfest - Yuengling Brewery


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472 Ratings

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.06%

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Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.45% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: yuenglings on 08-21-2011)
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Photo of okiecajun

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Oktoberfest beer. I picked this up while traveling through Pennsylvania. I stopped to pick up regular Yuengling and saw this next to it in the cooler. It's pretty close to Shiner Oktoberfest. I was pleasantly surprised. It's like most Oktoberfest beers. It's malty and sweet. Give it try whenever it comes around in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:35:00 | More by okiecajun
Photo of barczar


3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant caramel with a foamy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Toasted bread and light fruity notes form the initial aroma, with notes of caramel and toffee adding complexity.

The fruity esters really come through in the flavor, underlying a toasted, nutty caramel malt backbone. Hop presence in minimal, slightly floral in nature. The finish is nutty and dry. That characteristic yuengling metallic note surfaces late.

Body is moderate, slightly slick, with moderate to slightly low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

If the metallic notes and fruity esters aren't there, this would be a decent beer. It's a touch sweet but not bad. Good malt character.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 17:12:58 | More by barczar
Photo of yuenglingfan101


4.94/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

great oktoberfest. Not the best i tried but very much addictive for an oktoberfest. Honestly I like this Oktoberfest better than Sam Adams. Kudos to Yuengling for another wonderful beer. I know their beer list is small but I have liked all their brews so far except 1. but i guess that goes with any brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 18:20:32 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of KYGunner


3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The coloring is a bit dull but a crystal clear dark copper meets the eye. The head mounted well in a flood of bubbles and then ebbed back to nearly no head at all.

The aroma is sweet barley, kind of damp musty earth, with a slight roasted grain.

The grain really comes out and the barley is right there with it. The grain is a little nutty, and a little sweet. The only issue would be it needs a lot more roasted character.

The feel is easy enough and despite the load of bubbling in appearance the carbonation level is really low.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 22:32:42 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Crafts_and_recreation


4.19/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a nice, rich orangey-amber color with a thin head that falls quickly and retains little lacing

S: prominent caramel and sweet malts, some notes of spice, clean aroma that's not too strong

T: sweetness of roasty malts and caramel with a crisp very slightly bitter lingering finish, pleasant upon exhale

M: smooth carbonated mouthfeel with a thin/medium body that finishes clean and a touch dry

O: this is a solid choice for a readily available (at least in my area) Oktoberfest that can be enjoyed as a session beer and is much more affordable than its many counterparts. A sweet and crisp selection that I won't say "no" to.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:52:10 | More by Crafts_and_recreation
Photo of Suds


3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An amber beer, with a slight whitish head and a clear complexion. The smell is malty, and clean, but also a little subtle. I like this beer much better than the traditional yuengling lager. Medium-light in body. Medium in flavor, but not at all bad.some bread and a faint hop flavor in the finish. Smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:21:47 | More by Suds
Photo of Beerwolf666


2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I Like Yuengling as a Brewery,and dig their Porter & Bock a lot..however I totally understand why some traditional Beer purist Slag Yuengling a lot,as much as I enjoy their Bock Beer,it is not even close to any type of traditional bock whatsoever,and I swear... to me it has a very Grapefruit like taste in the background,lol.
anyway,Yuengling "Octoberfest" is not a Bad Beer,but it is really sweet,a bit too sweet for my taste,@ least for the type of beer it is supposed to be~
it pours out a nice amber/copper color and you can smell the roasted malts right of the bat,also a bit of toffee smell in there.
the taste is pretty decent,exept for the sweetness that comes creeping in after the first swallow.
while I would have no problem drinking this Beer if someone hands me one,I personally would not buy it,or seek it out again,as I said,not a Bad Beer,but not worth looking for either,because there are so many Gr8 "Octoberfest" Beers out there.Cheers & Peace2All.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 20:05:52 | More by Beerwolf666
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint hints of burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall off-white foamy head that quickly reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts with some light hints of caramel.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light amount of sweetness as well as some hints of caramel. There is no perceptible hop flavor and almost no bitterness to the taste of this beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: While I prefer a more robust Oktoberfest beer personally, this beer was really popular with my relatives whom are not beer connoisseurs and was probably the best option where we stopped to grab some beers. A little sweeter than I prefer my beers in the style and a little too watery.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 02:13:14 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this beer up in Totowa recently, having never had this before. I'm not the biggest fan of these but every year, I give a few of these that I haven't had before a go. Yuengling's beers never really blew me away and that turned out the be the case with this as well. While this was certainly fitting for its category, there wasn't anything memorable abut this and I had to pace myself while drinking this. It went down too clean and easily, which is not quite what I'm looking for in a beer this time of the year!

The pour to this was typical, with a nearly-clear copper hue, present head that faded quickly, and hardly any lacing to be seen. Some caramel and herbal notes in the nose, which were repeated in the taste. This was thin, not terribly carbonated, and missing the hops needed to give it a full profile. No stickiness, bitterness, or spiciness to this at all and only the creamy mouthfeel saved this from being totally unmemorable. A bit of the bread stayed around in the aftertaste, but even that faded rather easily as well.

Thankfully, the alcohol was not detectable in this and if I had another one, I'd probably kick back with it too. This is almost as mindless as a beer gets and only worth a go once if you're in the mood for near-session Octoberfest offering. Even the bottle wasn't green and not that it mattered, but I almost wanted to find something to take away from this. It's decent for enjoying the season with, but not for much else unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:53:54 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Boggdogg


3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yuengling Oktoberfest is a very good beer for the price. It pours a nice rust color with a slightly off white head and good lacing. Smell and taste are good with a slight bitter after taste of hops, but overall high quality Oktoberfest for small price. Defiantly a great beer for a Sunday of football.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:22:33 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of buschbeer


2.41/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an imperial nonic glass

A - It pours a rusty amber color. It was topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - I smell a little caramel malt and some grain.

T - I get some caramel malt and grain. It has a dry finish.

M - Moderate and dry.

O - Ever since I had a Yuengling Light I have been turned off by this brewery. I was given this beer. Otherwise I would have never bought it, and I probably won't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 17:40:22 | More by buschbeer
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled October 2013 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color with a nice light tan head. The head lasted an average length of time.

Smell: The aromas are varied, but not too strong. There is a nice hoppy aroma.

Taste: Medium-bodied taste with a nice mix of malts and hops. The hops give the beer some flavor without any bitterness, and the malts provide a balance without too much sweetness. The flavors overall are not very powerful, as is typical of an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and smooth.

Overall: Typical Oktoberfest style of beer. Both the hops and the malts flavors are mild and balance each other well. A good Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 19:32:16 | More by JJKBeerLvr
Photo of metter98

New York

3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear deep amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head that quickly died down, leaving only lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts and a bit of sweetness, but the maltiness seems to be from extracts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and rather watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but the taste seems too sweet and watered down for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:31:23 | More by metter98
Photo of DrDemento456


3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack for $7.49. Straight from the bottle.

A - I can assume carbonation is great with a solid 1/2 inch of head that clears rather fast. Has a bit of a darker hue than your average amber lager.
S - Semi skunky toasted malts and a bit of pilsner like hops. I taste.
T - A bit harsh at first with rough malty grains and bitter hops but as I enjoy a few it does come off rather sweet with just a touch of skunk in the finish the the amber lager. Not bad overall
M - Light to medium in body not very watery so on par with the style.

Overall not really worth picking up a case for but on par with the amber lager. I think I will still pick up the amber lager over this considering it easier to drink as less expensive.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 04:26:11 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of hersh500


3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuengling Lager with just a bit more mouthfeel and chewiness in the malt palate. More like an Amber vs a good craft Oktoberfest. Paid about $28 for the case, so not a bad price, but there is not enough substance to make me purchase another case. I would love to see Yuengling experiment just a little bit with their hops. No variety.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:54:15 | More by hersh500
Photo of PopeBadass


2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was excited to try this beer. Was even more excited to spit it out. Not the worst beer ever, but certainly one of the least of its kind. It makes me sad. Its tastes slightly of sweatsocks and despair. Its fine if you are into self abuse, otherwise skip it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 19:17:13 | More by PopeBadass
Photo of wsmith1625

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

If you want to pay 15 bucks for a six pack, you could find a better Oktoberfest. But for $6.99, this is an awesome beer. Deep color, creamy head, spicy aroma, and multi dimensional flavor profile. Good stuff! Pour it into a glass so you can truly appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:16:47 | More by wsmith1625
Photo of Jason


3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Clear darkish amber hue, thin lacing. Slightly sweet nose, toasted malt, faint caramel, hint of hops, clean. Big on crispness, slightly smooth, lighter bodied, grainy, mild toasted husk, feigned sweetness, touch biscuity, light hopping, balancing bitterness, drying grassy finish.

Not half bad, drinkability is pretty high and with this beer being clean and all I'd certainly go back for more.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 01:43:23 | More by Jason
Photo of jjboesen


3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As we all know, Yuengling is America's oldest brewer. Now they have crafted this seasonal, something that they have not done before as I can remember. In any case, this can be best described as an average expression of this style that hits all the buttons: it has a dark copper color, minimal head; there is an initial apple nose along with a sweetish caramel subtlety. Not bad, not great - a Goldilocks beer: just right.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 22:57:11 | More by jjboesen
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

DATE TASTED: September 7, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Sam Adams lager glass... OCCASION: a beautiful Autumn football night...APPEARANCE: handsome dark amber body; steady, full effervescence; thick and creamy off-white head; slick, sporadic lacing--solid if not attractive... AROMA: bright, punchy (almost medicinal? band aid?) malts that do not distinguish themselves positively...PALATE: thinning, mouth-quenching consistency; surprisingly active at the teeth, denoting some hop presence...TASTE: doughy bread malts mesh with bittering hops to produce an ESB of sorts; a flattened profile as the glass drains--toasted cereal lacks the malt punch or sweetness that elevates better marzens... OVERALL: the sum of its parts? a reasonably drinkable, affordable fall alternative to higher-priced fests...the flipside? not festive enough, considering the proliferation of marzen possibilities at most distributors now...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:10:00 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Brenden


3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yuengling's version of this iconic Autumn style is an amber-orange color with deep hues but lots of clarity. An off-white head is a bit sparse-looking but holds its form reasonably well and keeps a foam for the entire session. Lacing is spotty and moderate.
There's a note of caramel, but otherwise this beer is more grainy than anything in the smell. Hops are definitely not of the Noble variety, and I don't get much besides citrus from them. It's not bad, it's just too light and kind of "off."
The flavor is a bit more defined and stronger, but I still can't really get on board with the hops providing only citrus and raw, sapling-like pith against a sweet caramel and a bit of grainy, husky sort of toast. It does, whether intentional or not, have a bit of an herbal note.
The texture is not clean, and pretty grainy overall, though the medium body is good and it's somewhat smooth. Crispness adds some bite.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 20:44:32 | More by Brenden
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish orange color. Little head is featured - actually, it's just a thin, off-white film. Can't really talk about retention.

S: The cereal grain component I normally expect from a Yuengling is toned down, but not nonexistent. Touches of unsweetened caramel abound, also. Not bad for a macro-brewed marzen.

T: Flavor-wise, it's mainly cereal grains and toasted caramel malts, with a touch of finishing sweetness. That's about it. Okay, maybe not, because I'm picking up faint apricot hints. Very simplistic, but also very easy to quaff in typical Yuengling fashion.

M: Carbonation is really strong, which does a decent job of cutting through the sweet finish. Ultimately, though, it is slightly too sweet. Drinkability is excellent, at least.

O: This could have been far worse. Honestly, I like it more than Sam Adams Octoberfest, and would never refuse this. But is it a good marzen? Not quite. Go into this expecting a slightly sweeter version of the Traditional Lager and you'll probably be happier with it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 23:57:49 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of stannard2

New York

2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I was very disappointed with this brew. It seems to me Yuengling bottled yuengling lager and stuck an Oktoberfest label on it. A lot of breweries are coming out with there version of an Oktoberfest. One of the best that has the authentic taste is by Sam Adams. When I drink that makes me feel like it the middle of fall watching football.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:26:49 | More by stannard2
Photo of bradb717


2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can't just shoot it down.
The price of the beer justifies the mediocreness of the beer.
I love octoberfests in general.
Pours nicely burnt amber hue in a pint glass.
Thin head on top. Stays and develops into nice lacing on glass.
Smell let me down a bit. Little bit of roasted malt, some faint hops maybe, bready.
Mouthfeel is a little bit bitter but finishes ok at the end.
Overall an "ok" offering, but in a world full of octoberfests this one can't compete.
It may be cliche, but I friggin love Sam Adams version. Should have got that instead.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 21:12:32 | More by bradb717
Photo of jploving

South Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Saw this and decided to purchase on a whim...
Popped the top on a muggy afternoon in South Carolina and took a whif...
smells like a standard marzen...malty and biscuity....slightly sweet...
poured it into my Thomas Creek pint glass and has a standard (but nice) dark brown hue.
The body is much better than I thought it would be, matching well with the abv, and head retintion is to be commended.
Taste is what you expect-sweet maltyness, biscuity finish with a slight snap of the hops....but flavor is also not very exuberant. It is there yet, I feel almost like I had to search for it. Faint would be an understatement but "expected" may be an overstatement.
I did enjoy the beer but beleive a little more "ummpphh" in the malt-sweet catagory is necessary.
I give it a 3.25

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 16:24:15 | More by jploving
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