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Yuengling Oktoberfest | Yuengling Brewery

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Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.45%

Availability: Fall

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Added by yuenglings on 08-21-2011

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is moderate, and frothy. There is no nose to this beer. The taste fairly rich. It has some maltiness to it. A nice Marzen beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Oktoberfest from Yuengling was solid....not outstanding. The beer poured a nice amber color with white head that dissipated and did not leave any lace. The scent and taste had a bready like base. Further the taste was a little dry...or at least can off the pallet dry. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Its a nice sessionable beer and fits well in the yuengling line up.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This decent Oktoberfest pours a nice medium dark amber with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick layer and very nice lacing. Nose is VERY light with light grain and sweet malts. Taste lightly exceeds the nose with toasted malts to the fore, grain notes to the middle and back, and a light subtle zesty hop note that is subtle mixing with the lager notes. Decent mouth feel with medium carbonation that finishes sweet, medium to light body, and clean with a highly session-ability. Decent brew from a very old brewery. Nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 11/7/2015 at Chelo’s, in East Providence, RI, served in a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit, lager yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and honey come in. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight from a 12 oz bottle. It's drinkable, but did not enjoy this too much. I'd take the Lager over this. It's too much of a malty, caramel "bomb". I did not enjoy the aftertaste with these malty, bready tones.

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hands down, far superior to the day-to-day Yuengling Lager, which I've never been a fan of. No wet dog smell here or the unpleasant aftertaste that I get with YL. Noticeable marzen sweetness and a cleaner finish. There are undoubtedly many better examples of the style out there, but it's a beer from Yuengling I can actually drink.

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Photo of VDJ104
4.26/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a great fall beer better than the Sam Adams version IMO. The spices are instantly recognizable and the taste while very malty is not overly sweet.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - brown color with a clear hue. No foam dome. Some lacing down the glass.

S - Dark, toasted notes at first, watered-down barley at the end.

T - Slightly toasted malt taste, but the rest is kind of like their Lager.

F - Light in body, little carbonation. Kind of tangy feel.

O - Good Oktoberfest for the money, as always with Yuengling. Certainly not a bad beer. Fans of the brewery will most definitely buy this, but you are getting what you pay for. Just adds to the credibility of Yuengling, with good reason.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased in a Wegmans mix-six pack.

This pours a medium dark amber, clear, with a one inch head, and sticky lacing.

This smells like caramel, spicing, and lager yeast.

This isn't the most expressive or interesting Oktoberfest, even from American brewers, but it's really drinkable and still quite tasty. It's got a nice fruitiness to it, from Yuengling's lager yeast. I recognize a similar flavor in their regular old lager. There's some caramel, and spicy bready flavors, too.

This is light bodied, a tiny bit watery, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is a really drinkable, nice Oktoberfest, but don't go into expecting your socks to be blown off.

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color appears dark amber; thick, sticky, foamy head. Malty aroma; caramel and hints of cinnamon; toasted grains. Carmel flavor; good hop bitterness. Medium body; warm and smooth; dry finish.

Overall, a respectable Oktoberfest beer that drinks easily. It's not trendsetting nor unique, yet a solid offering.

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Photo of drtth
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark amber color with a 1" creamy tan head that slowly settles down to a thin layer of foam on the surface and a nice ruing of leggy lacing. Sipping creates small scattered bits of lacing.

The aroma is faint and clean with a touch of caramel breadiness from the malt.

The clean, distinct flavors include the caramel and bready character with some earthy bitterness showing up in the mix.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with some light crispness from the persistent gentle carbonation. The finish is on the short side of medium and begins as the earthy, almost burnt bitterness moves in to temporarily displace the flavors from the malt, gradually disappear, and leave a touch of sweetness fading into dryness.

This is a nice beer from Yuengling and I'd have no trouble drinking another or relying on it during an evening out. That said, for me its a beer that would not be my first choice among O-fest beers or if there were beers available from places like Victory, Stoudts or Sly Fox.

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Photo of schwansmantr
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look- Dark"burnt" copper with a 2 finger off white head with light to moderate retention.

smell- Aroma of toasted caramel malts. Faint hops are noticed, and something that reminds me bread crust in the oven just before my wife makes stuffing.

taste- Early malt sweetness and flavor is surprisingly full bodied despite the lightness on the feel. Toast, caramel, Very clean a crisp

Feel- is light to maybe medium and is very drinkable with a crisp bitterness at the end with a fast dispersal.

overall- This is a great beer especially for the price as with all Yuengling beers. A great value without the loss of quality in taste and I would recommend it to any one.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Superbly balanced. Wonderful full taste. I believe they need to put all their beer in brown bottles. I do not believe green bottles do anything good to any beer I have tried. This Octoberfest was tasted alongside several German Octoberfest versions. I will not say which ones. It held its own, in my taste. A very good and very good tasting beer. Wonderful.. Thanks Yuengling!

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Photo of Urk1127
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

-Dark brown. Darkest Oktoberfest I've seen to date
-Big roasted malt, like a burnt pretzel dough, some grain
-Sweet caramelized sugar, heavy roasted grains but not overly sweet but at the same time has a bite to it. Nothing crazy
-A bit dry, medium feel, like i said wasnt overly sweet but left a grainy feeling

-very solid Oktoberfest. Ive youve had other options from yuengling, you could tell they made this one too

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from that packie across the border.
Deep golden color smallish white head. Smells a bit like the regular stuff, but maybe a bit sweeter. Nothing to go out of your way for here.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yuengling Oktoberfest - A pretty decent brew. It's got a great caramel color and frothy head, but no staying power and no lacing. I didn't find anything distinctive about the smell and was only marginally impressed with the taste. The mouthfeel was better than most and overall it's better than good, but I've had some better o-fest beers. I'm a fan of Yuengling's offering, just not so much on this one.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice head that dissipates quickly. Beer itself is a fairly dark amber. Smell and taste have a very nice caramel malt note but not much in the way of hops. The taste is the best part of the beer even though it needs more hop character. Still tastes better than the regular version. The feel is medium bodied but lacks some character in that it has weight but not thickness. Overall, one of Yuengling's better offerings.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Third bottle from the six-pack; can't find a bottling date or best-by, though on closer inspection I did find a long string of incomprehensible numbers hidden away in black print on the bottom of the bottle. Weird.

Speaking of the bottle, it's got a pretty nice label. The beer itself looks pretty nice as well -- pours orangey in color, settling into somewhere in the range between orange and brown once in the glass, with a decent bit of light tan foam on top. Foam hangs around much better than the standard Yuengling lager, which always seems to have a head that vanishes really quick -- not this one, there's still a decently thick layer on top even after I've taken the time to take a picture, upload it, post it on "What Beer Are You Drinking Now?", and start to type this review. It's pretty clear, and there's a good number of rising bubbles coming from the bottom. As I drink more, I notice that it's leaving a pretty nice set of trails on the sides of the glass as it goes.

The smell, like the appearance, is a lot like an upgraded version of the standard Yuengling lager -- a lot less of that weird "hair salon" type smell, and a lot more nice maltiness going on. It's bready, a bit sweet, and almost caramel-y on the end.

Taste matches the smell pretty well -- lots of maltiness going on for sure. The "hair salon" smell's influence on the flavor is so slight as to be almost nonexistent; it's just barely noticeable at first but quickly gives way to malt before it can overstay its welcome. Very bready, a bit sweet, and I think I'm picking up just a bit of a dry spiciness at the end that makes me think of European hops (which would be the appropriate kind for an Oktoberfest beer, I'd imagine.) Flavors are sweeter at first and in the middle, but shifting more toward dry at the end as the bread/grain sorts of flavors and slight spice take over, which is interesting and seems to work pretty well.

Feel is pretty good overall, too. Not amazing like the Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest I had earlier in the season, but still good. Easy to drink pretty big gulps of this one, while at the same time not feeling *too* thin or approaching watery. A pretty nice balance there.

Overall, this is probably my second-favorite Yuengling beer so far, just short of the Summer Wheat. While this one doesn't really stand up to Sierra Nevada's collaboration Oktoberfest, it's still definitely good enough to be worth a try if you see it around; I'm glad I picked some up. For $7.40ish a six-pack, it's certainly worth the price -- a nice step up from the regular Yuengling lager, while not being so drastically different that fans of Yuengling's regular lineup won't be able to appreciate it. Here's hoping the new winter seasonal IPL keeps up the pattern of really tasty but also really affordable seasonal beers from this brewery!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nothing is going to supplant their Lord Chet in a CAN for me, but this is a really good second, even if it does come in a bottle. I CAN't really say that I am sorry to see the Bock go away, either.

It comes in a screw-top bottle, so it was simply Twist! and let fly with a heavy-handed pour. I was a bit aggressive as evidenced by the sudden appearance of three-plus fingers of fluffy, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was a gorgeous Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet, but not cloying. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching, but not quite achieving, creaminess. Taste was very caramel-like, with a breadiness that held the sweetness in check. Finish was semi-sweet with a lingering caramel flavor. I could drink this all during the fall, and as proof, this is my fifth since it hit the market at the beginning of the month (today is M, 14 Sept 2015).

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Photo of Slatetank
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I tried this side by side with 3 other American made Oktoberfests, this was enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a stange.

The color is medium amber with bone white head and fine bead with very good retention and lace. The smell has a strong caramel sweet odor at first followed by diactyl which gets more noticeable as it increases in temperature until it overtakes the smell. The feel is sweet with high carbonation and low bitterness with diacetyl and quick ending semi-dry finish.

The taste has some caramelized sugar and lightly sweetened cereal type malt flavor or adjunct with husky dry taste mid palate. The slight woody earthy element comes in which is almost undescribable in an odd sweet taste. There is no bitterness to balance and odd corny diacetyl mix of tastes which overwhelm as the beer is consumed. Overall not recommended unless you are desparate to have one. The most lackluster of lagers I have tasted let alone festbiers. This is flawed in too many ways ...it seems to get worse as it goes from cold to cool and the diacetyl increases with a sweet corn-pop quality I disliked.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Blue & Grey Bar & Grill in Gettysburg, PA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, nut, and burnt caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it's a bit boring for an American take on the style.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First Okto of 2015, poured into a pint. Comes out a clear light amber with a quick head that fades, minimal lacing. Smell is pretty sweet, mostly malts and toffee. Basic blast of sweetness on the tongue, a touch caramel, finishes wet and a little bitter. Grain husk in the middle when warm. Easy to drink but I passed on having another, wasn't expecting much from Yuengling but I think I would take this over their standard Lager.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange color. Rocky off-white head retains well and leaves small clumps of lacing on the glass. Good clarity.

S: Malty sweet, light toast and crust, drizzle of treacle, faint fruit skins, very clean.

T: Early malt sweetness and flavor is surprisingly developed. Toast, caramel, treacle, grain, vague fruit skin. Very clean. Grassy/metallic hops peek out too. Drying finish goes grainy.

M: Medium-light body with a bit of syrupy/firm malt texture. Highly effervescent with a deep crispness that aids drinkability.

O: There's a bit more to it than I was expecting, but this is still pretty no-frills and simple. It is easily crushable, so it has that going for it. For the price and availability you could do worse. But you could also spend an extra buck or two and do a lot better. Put it this way: I would not seek it out, but I wouldn't mind it in a pinch.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice copper color. Decent head retention.

Aroma of toasted caramel malts. Faint hops are noticed, and something that reminds me a bit of hard well water.

Sweet and lightly toasted up front in the flavor, with a quick flash of hop taste that fades out to a long-lasting bready flavor. Smooth and soft on the palate while still remaining nicely carbonated.

This Octoberfest is not going to knock your socks off, but its worth a try.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours crystal clear light copper with a bubbly head that recedes quickly. Smells of honey, grain, stale, stinky hop bite. Taste is corn and malt graininess with some honey and caramel sweetness. Dry bitter finish. Fizzy and watery, a little light-textured for the style. Decent brew. A bit easier drinking than most craft oktoberfests.

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Yuengling Oktoberfest from Yuengling Brewery
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