Yuengling Oktoberfest - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 724
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 41
Gots: 129 | 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 oberon
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep amber color with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring there is a one finger white head. The head has good retention but does eventually fade to leave a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of a sweeter and toasted malt base. The sweetness is of a more toffee nature while the malt is of a bready smell with notes of some light roast.

Taste – A caramel sweetness and a roasted malt are the first to meet the tongue. Toward the middle the sweetness fades some with the beer becoming more crisp in nature. More toward the end some hop flavors come to the tongue. These hop flavors are lighter in nature and are largely of an earthy nature. In the end there is a bit of resurgence of some sweetness as well, leaving a rather pleasant sweet and roast flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is on the lighter to medium side with respects to its body and has an average carbonation level. The body would have been better suited by a bit more creaminess (letting those roasty and lightly hopped flavors really be detected by the tongue). Even with this said, it was fairly good overall and really quite nice.

Overall – Living in Pennsylvania now and having greater access to Yuengling’s many brews, I really have come to appreciate what they offer. It is a good product at a great price. Like their year round beers their Octoberfest is no different. While not the best per say, for its price to quality ratio, it is one of the best. It has good flavor as well as a nice color and smell. I say it’s a job well done by Yuengling. (1,640 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed brew with reddish-brown hues. Poor head retention. It didn't pour much of it anyway.

Toffee sweet aroma to metallic dark lager malts. A sprite spearmint-like hop pervades the nose in hints.

Still somewhat thinly malty for an Oktoberfest, but showing toasted caramel grains, huskiness, and menthol hops. Light tobacco note. Steely finish.

Burpy beer with bountiful carb. Body is a bit thin. Manageable drinkability.

Decent stab by Yuengling. I'll be fine and dandy finishing out the six-pack. (503 characters)

Photo of Schmidts
4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber red gold with a small 1/2 inch head.
Smells of sweet malts.
Very refreshing beer with a nice malt and mild hop hit flavor.
Very clean and smooth in your mouth.
Overall I give this one a 4.5 like all yeugling beers it has a specail flavor that fits yeugling beers.
This is another winner for America's Oldest Brewery! No brewery is more American than Yeungling!! (373 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Autumn amber in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, frothy, off-white foam that slowly reduced to a foam ring at the top of the glass. Sweet toasted malt, nutty, and earthy grass aromas. Smooth, delicate feel with rich, pleasant carbonation. Sweet toasted malt flavors up front into the middle. A sharp, bitter hop character from middle to end. Bitter flavor tapers quickly allowing the sweet maltiness to shine through again at the finish. Finishes with a sour biscuit flavor on the tip of the tongue and a lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. This was a better than expected offering from Yuengling. (624 characters)

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

Very nice orange red dusk color.

Muted caramel sweet malts faint hops. Very clean.

Mild toasted caramel malts with a nice quick hop flavor in the finish.

Full bodied but not heavy. Smooth finish.

Good Oktoberfest. What I love about Yuengling is that they really put there own spin on their beers. You can tell it is a Yuengling beer. (363 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  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. (860 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a becker.

Pours a deep copper colored brew with a two finger inch thick foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smells bready with sweet toasted caramel malts and a hint of hops.

Tastes of toasted malt up front and a very mild earthy hoppiness. None of the flavors really make a statement though.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable brew, but it just seems to be lacking any real punch. An easy drinking brew though. It is good to see Yuengling trying some other styles, but it could use a bit more. (540 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy copper beer with a thick, foamy head that leaves lots of lacing. Has a leafy, bready aroma with notes of caramel. Flavors of tea leaves and light butterscotch with a yeasty aftertaste. Body seems a little thin but this is a great example of Oktoberfest beer. (264 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of Dodt
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

always like to try new things from one of the nations oldest brewery. couldn't find it last year on tap , glad its in bottles this year. nice copper color and aroma that has a good hop presents. glad to see the fine people at yuenling trying something different would love to see if they did a cream ale in the near future. (323 characters)

Photo of adam42381
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/20/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel color with gold highlights and a 1 finger foamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Malty with sweet lager notes. Subdued aroma.

Taste: Sweet German malt and typical Oktoberfest flavors. Not complex by any means, but it has a pretty good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could have a few without much difficulty.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. Not the best Oktoberfest, but it's definitely worth trying. (622 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very nice deep burnished orange, although with very little head and no lacing. Decent sweet malt aroma with a slight leafy-caramel tone. Decent flavor, very sweet lagerish malt; very clean and crisp; decent fall flavor but nothing deep. Goes down very very smoothly. On tap at McClafferty's Irish Pub. (310 characters)

Photo of beachfirebrews
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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! (653 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear amber. Head is small and disappointingly short lasting.
S- The aroma is fairly heavy on toasted bread, with a light nuttiness and a very light caramel presence.
T- A touch more complex than the aroma indicated. It's still primarily toasted breadyness with a nutty character. There is a light bit of caramel to it. The finish has an odd mineral like note.
M- Medium-light body. Carbonation is lower than style standard, but that didn't seem to be a hindrance here.
O- Easily approachable and easy drinking. Not the most exciting beer out there but I could enjoy drinking this all night. (602 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling Oktoberfest sits somewhere between a very dark orange and a light brown in color. The head is creamy looking ad has some good retention and lacing.

The aroma has light floral elements too it, a good bit of malt and a hint of that Yuengling yeast.

I'm surprised by how much I like this beer. I drank quite a bit of it while kegs popped up around town; for the price it was excellent. Light, floral hops lead things off, followed by a malt base that is slightly light itself, but still more powerful than the hops. The malt is grainy, a bit toasty, and lightly sweet. The finish has the same yeast flavor that all Yuengling does. This Oktoberfest almost taste like someone took the traditional lager and tried to make it taste more like beer, which is good in my book.

Very light body, moderate carbonation.

I drank a lot of this stuff, and I think it is quite a good beer for how cheap it is. I wish it would replace the traditional lager, but something tells me that is a pipe dream. Yuengling Oktoberfest is a decent beer, with all of the right flavors, but it still kind of tastes like watered down Fest bier. (1,125 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
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). (788 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rich amber - slightly darker than the lager with tan head.

Little sweet caramel and roasted malt in the nose with bitter herb.

Taste similar to the lager but better. Has some caramel and bread notes of the style, with a nice bitter hop flavor - bitter herb. This is a very good beer for yuengling, but closer to average in the style. (346 characters)

Photo of malloyca
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with minimal head. Slightly sweet and toasted malt aromas carry over to the palate in a restrained and well balanced way, with a little of the metallic bitterness that resembles some of the flavors in regular Yuengling Lager. Moderate carbonation and medium body make this go down easy. Very solid. (323 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Maggie's on the River in Watertown, NY.

A: Served a copper color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Mild caramel aroma with some fresh grain and a bit of spice.

T: Has a mild caramel sweetness with some biscuit. A light bitterness with a fairly clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Easy drinker, nice seasonal beer. (360 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap while visiting family in Pottsville. The pour is light orange, decent head. The aroma is faint, sweet. I quite honestly thought this was their lager for my first pint. The flavor is sweet, not real complex, grainy. The body is medium/light, good carbonation. An easy drinking beer, it went well with my appetizer, but it drinks like a sweeter and heavier version of their lager. (396 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-dark amber with a creamy cream colored head

S-faint smell of light and sweet barley. smells like an adjunct.

T-comes in with a bitter taste of roasted barley and some honey. the bitterness is actually pretty sticky. the after-taste is matching with more of a taste of honey. the after-taste is long lasting. there's a lot of good creaminess and woodyness to it.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is more drinkable than water, basically one of the purposes of the style. i actually love this. i really want to find a case of this. it doesn't fit the style guidelines to a T, but its a loose interpretation, and a good one. flavors are pretty decent. (677 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (932 characters)

Yuengling Oktoberfest from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.