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Yuengling Oktoberfest - Yuengling Brewery

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161 Reviews

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 830
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 36.72%
Wants: 47
Gots: 193 | 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 John_M
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - light amber pour, a hint of orange. A foamy finger of foam is sticky and a good finger's worth in thickness. A wall of lace hangs around the glass as the cap slowly recedes.

Aroma - sweet, bready, a touch of caramel. Pretty standard as OFests go.

Taste - grainy, a bit watery and even a touch twangy up front, but some malt character is there. Develops better on the swallow as the toastiness of the grain is expressed and moves in-palate. A light breadiness on the swallow, a clean finish, even an occasional touch of cinnamon at the end. Goes a little thin but has just enough taste to hold my interest...for now.

Mouthfeel - thin and almost macroish for a marzen. Body is too light for the style in my opinion, although some OFests are decidedly lighter in terms of color, body, etc. If this beer had more beef in the flavor department, I'd be less critical here.

Drinkability - all in all, an easy beer to knock back if you don't set your sights too high. A decent beer to get some crossover action from the BMC crowd.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep, clear amber-orange color. The medium-sized off-white head has a slight caramel tint and a foamy texture. Retention is fair, and a bit of soapy lacing sticks to the glass in irregular rings.

S: Firmly malty in the nose, with some robust caramel notes. Some moderate breadiness as well. Lightly toasty and nutty, with some mildly sour yeastiness in the background. Faint herbal hop notes.

T: Sweet caramel and firm grainy/bready flavors up front. Mild toasty and nutty flavors. There is a bit of adjunct flavor at play, and the typical Yuengling yeast tanginess. Hop bitterness is appropriately low, adding some faint balance to an otherwise malty and somewhat sweet beer.

M: Thin-bodied and a bit astringent. Carbonation is withering. A bit of stickiness initially fades pretty quickly and becomes quite dry.

D: This is not a particularly enjoyable Marzen. In terms of flavor, it's solid, but I wasn't a fan of the mouthfeel or lack of complexity. This also shows some unusually prominent yeast character that seems out of place.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
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 BradtheGreat7
2.76/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Okay I want to run this o-fest beer straight into the ground along with the yuengling brand, but I actually buy yuengling once or twice a year because I appreciate what they are. I own a family owned and operated business and know the hard work. However I try to make what we do better each and every day and stride for world class all the same. Could yuengling produce a better quality beer? They could but maybe they like sticking to their roots. That's okay after all. I'll just be buying more Founders and FFF at the end of the day. But here's the review.

12 oz brown bottle with a unfortunate twist cap(yuengling need to become craft if they preach craft). A gorgeous label done in fantastic autumn season color. You think you are buying Oktoberfest anyway. Poured into a standard mug.

A - a good color shade of dark orangish copper. A head that's off white and extremely thin. Gone before you take the third whiff. The entire brew is very thin.

S - actually the only thing thats worth talking of in the marzen department. Sweet bready aroma with a hint of caramel sweetness. Typical yuengling yeast down within.

T - hmm.. A lot like a bottle of yuengling lager. Actually the exact same with maybe a slight hint of caramel.

M - thin and well thin. It's an easy drinker for sure, but I guess I've been drinking hard core craft beer for too long. Call me a beer snob if you'd like, but thats how I like my brew. A pretty crisp finish with a touch of lager linger in the back.

O - while I do appreciate yuengling beers, I can't say they are my go to or even something I even think about other than that rare occasion of not having time to go to my craft honey hole. This just isn't a marzen. You could make the excuse it's a good cheap brew, but the fact is I can buy a GLBC Oktoberfest 6 pack for .75 cents more. Or 2 bombers of brauerei aying marzen for exactly the same. I respect folks buying their weekend sixer of yuengling rather than buying any AB/ Bud/ Bud light, but the truth is.. There are too many damn good beer makers personally known myself for me to call this my favorite brewer. While my appreciation is there, my Wallot will not always be. This experience actually made me appreciate what Great Lakes sends down my way and trust me, Ive bought enough GLBC o-fest to take care of my marzen fix for fall 2012. Craft guys who try this will know what I mean and understand my standards of ales and lagers. Others who switched from bud to yuengling probably won't but hey those people won't be reading and writing reviews on brews anyway. This is worth a try for most though.

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Photo of jak3676
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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 DIM
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear, light cola brown. It pours with a small, short lived head.

s: Bready, lightly sweet malt with that distinct "Yuengling" quality.

t: It has the elements of a good O-fest, just not quite enough. Pleasant sweet bread and a bit of an unclean finish.

m: Light and fizzy.

o: Not bad and a good value.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature.

L – Amber-brown color with a 1-finger cream-colored bubbly head that dissipates rapidly. No lacing. Clear with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S – Grainy, caramel, and toasty malt. Really similar to regular Yuengling lager with a little bit of caramel.

T – Sweet all the way through with mostly grainy malts with some caramel and toasted notes. Again, very similar to traditional Yuengling.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp and light mouthfeel, and a grainy-sweet and slightly earthy-bitter finish that seems to come more from grain than any hops. Malty sweetness lingers for a moment.

O – This misses the mark as an Oktoberfest and simply tastes like Yuengling Traditional Lager with a little bit more caramel malt. Instead of the rich, full-bodied malt aroma and taste that comes with good Oktoberfest beer, this is rather thin all the way through with a mostly grainy aroma and taste. Honestly, I’d rather go for regular Yuengling, but this isn't a bad beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Reaper16
2.08/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle served into a pilsner glass

Pours a light nutty brown color. It doesn't look too dissimilar from regular Yuengling, what with that amber hue and sudsy head.

The aroma is fine, I suppose. A little below average for the Marzen style. Lots of nutshell aroma. Pecans, mostly. It smells a bit dusty.

The flavor is all wrong. It tastes mostly like Yuengling lager. Yuengling must be a base recipe for this Oktoberfest or something. There's some nutty flavor here, but nothing of the grassy hop note that I associate with the style. Really, this is very awful. And I like regular Yuengling!

Overall, this beer flat misses the mark. This is a brief review from me, but there isn't much that I can say here. It doesn't come across like a Marzen. This is difficult to drink.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2012: Pours a deep copper-amber with good head. Smell is faint malt. Taste is very smooth, like a Yuengling Lager with a hint of Oktoberfest. Easy drinking and value priced.

2013: Decent Oktoberfest, Not as good as most U.S. versions, but still drinkable. Somewhat watery, but malty with a bitter finish. Not as good as the 2012 version due to more bitter finish. I hope this trend of over-hopping beer styles that were created to be not hoppy ends sooner than later.

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Photo of chrisjduncan
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apparently, this year is the first at least for a mass produced Oktoberfest and I have always had a soft spot for Yuengling as it was the first beer I ever loved. Add that into how much I adore Oktoberfest and the season and imagine how excited I was to see this hanging out at my local Total Wine.

Poured a good dark orange with a wonderful head. Aroma was a little plain if almost non-existent but the look was impressively beautiful. A fan of spicier Oktoberfests, I wasn't entirely thrilled with the taste, although it did absolutely nothing wrong. It was better than the average Oktoberfest, but not by a whole lot. The mouthfeel was terrific though as it flowed smoothly down, no weird aftertaste and just the right amount of carbonation. A good representation of the Marzen style and hopefully they continue next year as this was a decent entry. Plus, who doesn't love a family operated brewery like Yuengling?

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass, color is copper, head is light tan and lingers nicely, carbonation is just enough to see some effervescent bubbling.

Smell is mild malt sweetness, maybe a touch too much caramel but not bad - light hop notes.

Taste is pretty clean, crisper malt flavors with some caramel and light biscuit, some light grainy adjunct finishes, but pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel is right where you would expect a yuengling brew, maybe a touch crisp but to style.

Overall, served cold this beer is great, you can pick out the adjuncts as it warms some but I think this is better than lager.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
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 kaufmaal
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep orange color, a think head that holds its own, and the sweet smell and taste of malty, buttery corn.

While their new Bock entry was for me a disappointment, this Oktoberfest is one that is remarkably simple and straightforward in what is sets out to be, and not too shabby tasting, either.

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Photo of Maltoftheearth
2.01/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a complete turd. It's a Yuengling lager with a bit more malt. Period. If they used Nobel hops you would never know. This beer is a serious let down. A cheap way to market different beer. A loser to stay clear of. No, on second thought, try it and have a laugh. Terrible effort.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that thinned out leaving a few thin waves of lacing.

S - sweet and malty.

T - sweet malt taste upfront with just a little bitterness before finishing sweet.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a decent beer.

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Photo of Morey
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt red-orange color with a finger and a half of khaki colored head following a medium aggressive pour. Settled to a thin layer after only a few minutes. Not much retention or lacing on the glass throughout.

Aroma: Caramel Malt, Toasted Grain, Corn, and a subtle hop character.

Taste: Nice caramel sweetness up front. There's also a touch of hop bitterness towards the middle that adds some balance. A pretty clean finish with some mild lingering bitterness and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not too bad actually. Definitely a bit more flavorful than the original lager. More malts and hops. Not top-notch within the style, but drinkable for sure.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a darker orange/amber. Puffy 2 finger white head.

S - Caramel malt, fresh breads, and a tinge of estery spice.

T - A little bitter at the beginning before turning a bit sweeter in the middle. Caramely taste with a bit of lager bit.

M - Crisp and carbonated. Leaves the mouth a tad dry however.

Overall - Pretty decent beer here. It's not outstanding, but it's a simple, solid brew.

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Photo of havanowoncheese
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew surprised me. I poured into a nice clean pint glass.

The color is a really gorgeous amber. The head is really quite nice and a nice tan color but dissipates somewhat quickly.

The beer smells really nice with a nice aroma from the hops. A smell that truly entices one to drink the beer which is what the smell should do.

The taste is quite nice. Nice malty and a respectable hop presence. Not as hoppy as the typical Maerzen style but not bad at all. It has a nice clean finish.

Mouth feel is great. Its a nice medium bodied brew and nice and smooth so it goes down easy.

Not the best Maerzen style i have had but its a nice and tasty brew and at a price of around $7 a six pack one cannot go wrong with it. For me it exceeded my expectations and i think is well worth a good drink.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear amber orange, orangish gold head dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of rich caramel malts along with toffee and buttered bread.

Coppery bready malts , brown sugar and a whisper of nutmeg.

Medium body with light stings of carbonation in the throat.

This is surprisingly good. Not the best marzen but better than I assumed from a brewery that hasn't branched out into seasonals before. It goes down really easily and has an interesting taste. I think I would have this again and I hop Yuengling considers other seasonals moving forward.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Yuengling Oktoberfest from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.