Yuengling Oktoberfest - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 783
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 36.83%
Wants: 46
Gots: 170 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev 0%
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 kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger head with little retention and some lacing on a clear amber with golden hues body. Aroma is very simple and mostly malty with little spice or hop character to make you think of a good marzen. Flavor is a touch sour. The caramel malts do not add much sweetness. The hops are mild and there are no spices add here to make this a good one for the genre. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Tastes like old amber Yuengling.

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Photo of metter98
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a copperish looking brown color. The head was Kind of soapy looking and cream colored. The lacing and retention was minimal. The smell of the beer has some malty aromas with a touch of spice and a lager yeast in there as well. The taste of the beer is average to, seems like just a slightly different flavor than their Traditional Lager. The mouthfeel was smooth with a good carbonation and a solid dry finish to it. Overall I wasn't too impressed, it was fun to try and I was happy I did but I wouldn't have to go after this one like I do with Samuel Adams each year.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Capitalizing on Munich celebrations- it seems that this time of year, we are all a little bit German. And with Yuengling's origins in the heart of Deutsch immigration, its no surprise that this festbier emerges.

Golden with light orange hues, the colors of fall show up in lager form. Brightly clear and exuberant- its carbonation quickly builds a loose structure of foam that lasts over half the session. Light on lace, the glass becomes dotted with receding foam.

Grainy-sweet aromas are modestly of "Grapenuts" cereal and light caramel kick things off. But trailing citrus hop character shares an uncommon scent, but it does show its Americanized influences.

Its part-malt, part-grain flavor also provides a mild caramel and husky taste. Lightly of bread crust, the lager favors a rougher grain taste than the more elegant breadiness of Bavarian versions. Its balance is less herbal and more citrusy as a sharper tone emerges from its hop profile. Finishing minerally, lightly sulfury and with a grassy, stemmy hop bite- its taste is simply not as refined as classic Oktoberfest beers.

Grainy also in texture, the malt creaminess is light and its scrubbing grain and sulfur compounds keep the beer a little rough on the throat. Its hop bitterness turns mildly astringent as the beer closes with more bite than smoothness.

Yuengling's Oktoberfest is a fine beer, but its not exactly a traditional Oktoberfest- its a Oktoberfest-inspired lager that's made with common American technique, recipe, and ingredients. A nice reinvention, albeit simplified and rugged.

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Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark amber-hued body, good clarity, and capped beneath a slim, white head.

Smell: Sweetish scent, fairly tame, with light notes of toasted grains and caramel flavoring.

Taste: Crisped grains with some toasty elements to it and a light hint of caramel flavoring. Faint, vaguely herbal hops, mildly bitter. Sweetish, faintly grainy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation with some tingle to it.

Overall: The caramel taste here, it's... it's just odd, and, maybe it's just me, but it seemed to have a falseness to it, like the added flavoring to that Saranac Caramel Porter. It's not an abhorrent beer, but it sure doesn't stack up against the better examples of the style (or even the not-so-better ones).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Jason
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oktoberfest in the middle of August...

Pours deep orange amber with a thin head. Minimal lacing sticks. Nice color, wish it had more head and lacing.

The smell is of caramel, slightly nutty, grainy, with a "yuengling" house aroma.

The taste is on the sweet side with caramel and a slightly burnt, metallic aftertaste. The aftertaste brings this one down to mediocre at best. But, then, that is a "problem" I have found in general with this brewery. Thought this one might be different.

It does have a malty smoothness and the carbonation here is slightly spritzy, but not too fizzy.

The aftertaste - burnt and slightly metallic - is not so bad to kill this, but it's just a maltier Yuengling lager to me. It's just about average. Better (and worse) O-fests out there. Not bad, not great. Yuengling fans might not have as much of a problem with it than me.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Paradise, poured into a standard pint glass. Since this isn't out in bottles yet and I heard they had it on draft, I had to give it a try.

A: Clear, amber/copper colored body with a nice soapy white head on top. The dissipation was steady, and an extremely thin retention ring was left around the edges. I actually did get a bit of lace on this one which I was a bit surprised about.

S: Bready, grainy and soft caramel malts are first. A malt sweetness comes through along with a hint of bitterness and some buttery notes. It almost has a biscuit-like quality but not as much as I've experienced in other lagers. It's an okay nose; nothing is really jumping out.

T: Sweet and slightly toasted caramel malts come through first, with the sweetness lasting through mid-palate. Darker breads, a touch of honey and a really crisp spice note are towards the end. It's extremely easy drinking, not heavy on anything in the flavor profile that would make this a turnoff.

M: Bubbly, prickly and on the lighter end of a medium body. The finish and linger is clean and crisp, having a nice cut after the beer leaves your mouth.

It's probably one of the most sessionable Oktoberfest beers I've tasted, albeit not the most flavorful. Everything is here though that you'd expect for the style but it's not overdone, if anything understated. Easy drinking, crisp, clean and quite refreshing. A solid first attempt at the style. Then again, I think they do lagers quite well.

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Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for giving me a growler of this. Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear amber color. A finger of off-white froth sits atop the brew and recedes down to a thin film across the top. A light swirl brings back a finger of yellowish froth and leaves spots of lacing on the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is sweet with caramel malt, lightly biscuit-like with a touch of butter. Sulfur runs throughout with a bit of a mineral component. Some herbal to floral hops are present providing a nice contrast to the sweetness of the nose.

The taste is caramel malt, a bit bready with a very mild sweetness and buttery aspect. A touch of sulfur that was evident in the nose is also present in the flavor. Herbal hops are evident with a bitterness much more bold than I was expecting for a Yuengling offering. The aftertaste is a bit mineral like which is exaggerated by the sulfur inclusion.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Very crisp and easy drinking, the alcohol is very well hidden. This was an interesting take on the style and worth a try but not something I would go out of my way for to have again.

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

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, pilsner, Munich, and crystal malt scent; sweet and malty with a touch of bread-like character. The taste is average. It has a faint malt character with a thin, dry finish. It goes down quick and easy with little complexity. The mouthfeel is average as well. It's a light and easy drinking beer with good carbonation. It has little mouthfeel and seems too thin and lacking for the style. This is a non-offensive seasonal that's easy drinking, but nothing to boast about.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
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 smakawhat
2.79/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Oktoberfest

LOOK: 12 oz brown bottle. Pours a light amber color. White foam, active carbonation rising.

SMELL: Bready malts, mild sweetness, lager yeast.

TASTE: Clean lager flavor, some caramel, well balanced, good caramelized malt notes. Mild leafy hop flavor but not very bitter at all. Possibly some munich malts employed to give it an authentic taste.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, clean finish, very drinkable.

OVERALL: An enjoyable Oktoberfest style beer from America's oldest brewery. This tastes like a fuller, maltier, cleaner version of Yuengling's standard trademark lager beer. I look forward to drinking this around the late summer and fall months for years to come. Certainly one of, if not the finest Yuengling brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.92/5  rDev -12.6%
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 weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm glad Yuengling took my advise on brewing this beer in my Yuengling Bock review from a few years back. Good job, guys...I'll take a bonus check when time allows. :)
Appears a semi transparent amber color with a fluffy, off white cap that slowly fades into a mild head and color. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly baked bread, caramel, toffee, light grass, and hints of sourdough. Freshly cracked Munich malt.
Taste is of the aromas with a malty blast of bread, caramel, toffee, and a gentle tartness with an earthy/hoppy grass note found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, fresh, and authentically German in nature.
Very well done for a Pennsylvania, larger brewery. $7 for a six-pack? Sold.

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Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kegler's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some roasty malt and some sweet baked fruit flavors. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there was a lot more flavor than I was expecting (especially given that this is a yuengling product). The beer is a bitg sweet and malty, but I don't mind that so much in a marzen. There's a kiss of bitterness on the finish, which helps to balance the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a moderately long, fairly clean finsh.

Another simple, uncomplicated, easy to appreciate beer from Yuengling. Can't imagine choosing this over a German version of this beer, but I thought it enjoyable and eminently drinkable. Not sure I'd ever order it again, but I enjoyed the glass I ordered at keglers.

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and pacing.

The smell featured caramel and bitter adjuncts.

The taste likewise consisted of a sweet caramel malt coupled with an earthy bitterness and boiled corn.

The mouthfeel was thin for the style.

Overall a below average octoberfest.

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Yuengling Oktoberfest from Yuengling Brewery
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