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Yuengling Oktoberfest - Yuengling Brewery

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76
okay

720 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 39
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.45% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: yuenglings on 08-21-2011

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Ratings: 720 | Reviews: 143
Reviews by jak3676:
Photo of jak3676
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yuengling - Oktoberfest Bottled in Pottsville, PA.

I'm really torn on this one. It's not bad, and I'm generally a fairly good fan of Yuengling (decent cheap beer - did I mention cheap!), but their Oktoberfest misses the mark as an Oktoberfest beer.

It tastes like slightly stronger/darker than normal Yuengling. I don't get the märzen taste at all. By itself, compared to other mass market beers, I'd definately give this one high marks. But I think they totally missed the style guide here. Its like Michalob Amber Bock - I don't hate it, but it's definately not a Bock beer. If it just had a different label on the front I'd probably make a point of seeking it out again. I wonder if they actually bottled the wrong stuff or slapped the wrong label on the bottle?

It's not bad, but when I'm in the mood for a festbier, this one isn't going to do it. No sign of an ABV or bottling date to be found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first O-fest beer of the year.Poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a clear lighter bronze shade with a large fluffy slightly off white crown atop.Aromas are light and clean with a hint of caramel and toasted grain.A little watery feel to it,flavors mainly of caramel and a touch of grain.It's very average and not complex but I didn't expect it to be mind blowing.Hopefully the worst Oktoberfest beer of the year for me.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz twist off bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with a burnt orange color, decent clarity. About 1-2 fingers of off white head that eventually fades to nothing.

Light mineral lager yeast with a bit of light toasted grain and light caramel, nothing special.

Mineral with a touch of sulfur lager yeast throughout with some grainy sweetness and a bit of caramel bread. Slight hints of citric hop bitterness. hHowever a little too light and lack luster for the style, carbonated like a light lager, a little overdone , but drinkable and a nice new offering from yeunling.

Photo of Brenden
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of SEGANDESTROY
4.76/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the better Oktofest beers I've had

Photo of dacrza1
2.59/5  rDev -22%
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...

Photo of beachfirebrews
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, was I surprised by this beer! I really like and respect what Yuengling puts out, but I did not expect them to come out with an Oktoberfest of this quality. I've had this on tap at a local bar several times.

Beer had a great copper color and sweet smell. The taste and quality was not only comparable to a lot of more expensive Oktoberfests I've had (I got this for $1.50 a pint, not on special!), but I think it was even better. I had a Sam Adam's Oktoberfest on tap that same night, and I think the Yuengling Oktoberfest put the S.A. to shame. Maybe I was just biased because it was a Yuengling beer, but either way, its an excellent Oktoberfest!

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - transparent amber with a soft, off white, fizzy head that quickly fades to a thin layer; tons of carbonation rising to the top

S - sweet, a bit grainy, a little caramel

T - caramel malt with some mild bitterness and sugary in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit sticky

This isn't a great example of the style, but it is cheap and highly drinkable. There aren't really any off flavors, but it just doesn't live up to the style traditionally.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Yuengling Oktoberfest
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "1423131 03:36"
$1.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

It's nice to see that Yuengling is keeping up with the times by putting out new beers. They fired one of the first shots in the microbrew revolution just by keeping their porter alive when no one else did, and they then furthered that by introducing their Black & Tan and Traditional Lager. The Lord Chesterfield didn't hurt either, and as far as I can remember, that was the first all-Cascade hopped beer to come out of a large regional brewery.

The Oktoberfest, however, falls short; but at least they've opted to go for more of a Vienna-style than just a malty-sweet golden "Festbier". The appearance is good, and the aroma is OK, but the flavor is lacking. There's some caramel to it, but overall the malt fails to display any depth of character. Some lively spicy hops bring it around a bit, and there is a touch of toasty sweet bread to it as well as a light fruitiness, but it still seems a bit threadbare overall.

Photo of jploving
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a 12 oz. glass for $1.50 at the Emmaus VFW. I figured it'd only be appropriate to have a soft pretzel with spicy mustard and chipped in the extra dollar for that.

Aside from opening with an unplease toasty corn note, this was a fine, smooth amber lager. It reminded me a bit of Beck's Oktoberfest in that it only kind of resembles the style. It's not a bad beer, but I'd never stack it up against a Paulaner O-fest. I'd say it's worth a try, especially if you find yourself in a VFW.

Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Nice malt and hop aroma
Appearance- Traditional color and minimal head
Taste- more of a Vienna style not bad but there are better out there
Palate- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall- Ok brew, I prefer their lager but this isn't terrible

Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Yuengling Oktoberfest Brewed by Yuengling Brewery with an ABV of 5.45% This brew pours out a nice brown color with a nice white head. This is a filtered brew you can see right thought it. I like the color of this brew. So far this brew is ok. The smell is rich with grains and some sweetness. The taste is rich with flavor and some sweetness at the end. Oktoberfest has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Yuengling did a real nice job with this one. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is no bad aftertaste to this brew. Oktoberfest has a clean finish to it. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out 5. This brew was better than what I was expecting. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of Treyliff
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber color, clear, with a slight orange hue. 2 inch fizzy white head that reduces to nothing, no lacing.

S- rich malt, Toast, butterscotch and a bit of sour apple.

T- Sweet malt, typical Octoberfest style. Nutty, with a bit of herbal hops, finishes bready and slightly tangy. Good linger.

M- light-med body, med-low carbonation, fizzy and foamy mouthfeel.

O- this is a very drinkable brew, not quite as good as other American Octoberfests but not bad at all. Would go great with a good hearty meal.

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of redhorse107
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of the better Oktoberfest brews on the market! Best served in kegs!

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is also very malty, some sweetness, a touch of hops, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Samp01
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear medium coppery amber hue with a slowly fading beige head. Aroma and Taste of toasted barley, grains, caramel malt, some yeast and light fruity notes. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a toasted barley and grains, yeast some caramel flavor and some light fruity notes ending has a bit of nutty flavor. Overall a descent drinking brew.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A growler filled at the HopShop. Only $5.75 for a fill? Sign me up.

A: The octoberfest is a coppery color, amber like, well lager. The clarity is nearly perfect, the darker hues lending some haze. An off-white head, I'd go so far to call it a pale copper color.

S: The lager has a malty aroma, bready and lightly toasted. A very mild, light octoberfest. Considering the source, that seems about right. The nose isn't as rich as Lager, for those seeking a comparison point.

T: Malty, the chewiness stands out immediately. Lightly toasted, the flavors are mild. Hops are nonexistent. So I'm torn here. The beer wants to express more flavor than Lager but it just can't. Very drinkable, I had several pours from the growler, but the flavor isn't intense enough.

M: Easily drinkable, the complexity is a little lacking though. The Yuengling house flavor runs through the beer, a welcome addition but keep your expectations in check.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stays around a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like caramel and toasted malt, along with a little bit of toffee. It tastes like toasted and caramel malt, and also some earthy/grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. It's easy enough to drink! I think it's a solid Oktoberfest brew, and it's priced right at $6.99 a six-pack.

Photo of UnderPressure
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Orange amber color. clear. Thin fizzy head.

Sweet, grainy, malty aroma. Faint spicy hops.

A combination of pale and roasted maltiness. Some hop bitterness.

Light bodied, fizzy, with a somewhat dry finish.

This is exactly what I expected in an Oktoberfest from yuengling. Decent beer, not to threatening to light lager drinkers.

Photo of philbe311
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Less than a finger's worth of lush creamy whipped off white colored head... Limited retention gives way to a sightly splotchy slightly swirled lacing... An excellent robust deep dark amber color... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Cereal grains... Soft pretzel dough... Perhaps some simple syrup... Not much more... None of the toasted malt or carmel / toffee sweetness that I'm accustomed to in the style....

T - The palate is an exact replica of the nose... Cereal grains... Doughy bread and biscuit... Perhaps some simple syrup... Not much more... Again, none of the toasted malt or carmel / toffee sweetness that I'm accustomed to in the style....

M - Sturdy... Medium bodied... Sharply carbonated... A bit chewy... Even and consistent...

D - Meh... Pedestrian and passable at best... I really was hoping for a bit of a surprise, but didn't find one... Honestly, wasn't too much difference between this and Yuengling Traditional Lager...

Photo of bourbonbock
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a clean pub glass and got the following.

A. Crystal clear body with a nice amber color and one finger of off white head that recedes quickly to a cap. It looks a little watered down and clear.

S. I smell caramel, raisins, and a slight yeast aroma.

T. The flavor on this has two layers of malt flavor with a little cracker taste and a little nuttiness.

M. Thick and sticky but not a residual sweetness and slightly overcarbonated.

The old standby beer produces another affordable, easy drinking but not spectacular beer. I would definitely pick this up again.

Photo of smakawhat
2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass. I didnt even know they made an Oktoberfest.

Really nice looking beer. Deep dark copper red and brown body, little rising carbonation, but a real nice fluffy and creamy head. Off tan white, lots of retention, pretty aggresive and dark looking beer.

Nose is really odd for a marzen. Mud. Dirt. No deep malt presence, a little bit of sweetness and yeast stickiness.

Palate really emphasizes the dirt aspect. Body is perfectly fine, coating and full, taste is right out of a sandbox and turned garden. Lots of dirt and earth, not in the hop vein. Weird sticky off putting lager yeast that seems common from Yuengling.

This is one weird Marzen, where is the malt and bakery like presence?? really not interesed in having this again at all.

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Yuengling Oktoberfest from Yuengling Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.