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Oktoberfest - Yuengling Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

588 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 30
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.45% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yuenglings on 08-21-2011)
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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

djrn2, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

acurtis, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

metter98, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.26/5  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.

BEERchitect, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Texasfan549, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -9.9%

ygtbsm94, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.1/5  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.

kylehay2004, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -12%
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).

ChainGangGuy, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Knapp85, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.15/5  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.

oberon, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Jason, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

WVbeergeek, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

WesWes, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

jwc215, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -9.9%

oriolesfan4, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

InspectorBob, May 29, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

weeare138, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3/5  rDev -9.9%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

tempest, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.2/5  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.

dbrauneis, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.6/5  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.

stakem, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

akorsak, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.9%

ejimhof, Dec 09, 2011
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Oktoberfest from Yuengling Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.