Yuengling Oktoberfest - Yuengling Brewery

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723 Ratings
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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 41
Gots: 126 | 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 dacrza1
2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

DATE TASTED: September 7, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Sam Adams lager glass... OCCASION: a beautiful Autumn football night...APPEARANCE: handsome dark amber body; steady, full effervescence; thick and creamy off-white head; slick, sporadic lacing--solid if not attractive... AROMA: bright, punchy (almost medicinal? band aid?) malts that do not distinguish themselves positively...PALATE: thinning, mouth-quenching consistency; surprisingly active at the teeth, denoting some hop presence...TASTE: doughy bread malts mesh with bittering hops to produce an ESB of sorts; a flattened profile as the glass drains--toasted cereal lacks the malt punch or sweetness that elevates better marzens... OVERALL: the sum of its parts? a reasonably drinkable, affordable fall alternative to higher-priced fests...the flipside? not festive enough, considering the proliferation of marzen possibilities at most distributors now...

Photo of Brenden
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yuengling's version of this iconic Autumn style is an amber-orange color with deep hues but lots of clarity. An off-white head is a bit sparse-looking but holds its form reasonably well and keeps a foam for the entire session. Lacing is spotty and moderate.
There's a note of caramel, but otherwise this beer is more grainy than anything in the smell. Hops are definitely not of the Noble variety, and I don't get much besides citrus from them. It's not bad, it's just too light and kind of "off."
The flavor is a bit more defined and stronger, but I still can't really get on board with the hops providing only citrus and raw, sapling-like pith against a sweet caramel and a bit of grainy, husky sort of toast. It does, whether intentional or not, have a bit of an herbal note.
The texture is not clean, and pretty grainy overall, though the medium body is good and it's somewhat smooth. Crispness adds some bite.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish orange color. Little head is featured - actually, it's just a thin, off-white film. Can't really talk about retention.

S: The cereal grain component I normally expect from a Yuengling is toned down, but not nonexistent. Touches of unsweetened caramel abound, also. Not bad for a macro-brewed marzen.

T: Flavor-wise, it's mainly cereal grains and toasted caramel malts, with a touch of finishing sweetness. That's about it. Okay, maybe not, because I'm picking up faint apricot hints. Very simplistic, but also very easy to quaff in typical Yuengling fashion.

M: Carbonation is really strong, which does a decent job of cutting through the sweet finish. Ultimately, though, it is slightly too sweet. Drinkability is excellent, at least.

O: This could have been far worse. Honestly, I like it more than Sam Adams Octoberfest, and would never refuse this. But is it a good marzen? Not quite. Go into this expecting a slightly sweeter version of the Traditional Lager and you'll probably be happier with it.

Photo of jmdavisson
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Was this just a mislabeled bottle of lager?

Photo of stannard2
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I was very disappointed with this brew. It seems to me Yuengling bottled yuengling lager and stuck an Oktoberfest label on it. A lot of breweries are coming out with there version of an Oktoberfest. One of the best that has the authentic taste is by Sam Adams. When I drink that makes me feel like it the middle of fall watching football.

Photo of bradb717
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can't just shoot it down.
The price of the beer justifies the mediocreness of the beer.
I love octoberfests in general.
Pours nicely burnt amber hue in a pint glass.
Thin head on top. Stays and develops into nice lacing on glass.
Smell let me down a bit. Little bit of roasted malt, some faint hops maybe, bready.
Mouthfeel is a little bit bitter but finishes ok at the end.
Overall an "ok" offering, but in a world full of octoberfests this one can't compete.
It may be cliche, but I friggin love Sam Adams version. Should have got that instead.

Photo of jploving
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Saw this and decided to purchase on a whim...
Popped the top on a muggy afternoon in South Carolina and took a whif...
smells like a standard marzen...malty and biscuity....slightly sweet...
poured it into my Thomas Creek pint glass and has a standard (but nice) dark brown hue.
The body is much better than I thought it would be, matching well with the abv, and head retintion is to be commended.
Taste is what you expect-sweet maltyness, biscuity finish with a slight snap of the hops....but flavor is also not very exuberant. It is there yet, I feel almost like I had to search for it. Faint would be an understatement but "expected" may be an overstatement.
I did enjoy the beer but beleive a little more "ummpphh" in the malt-sweet catagory is necessary.
I give it a 3.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +28%

I'm surprised at the low scores for this beer. Must be the snob factor since the regular Yuengling is very boring. For a Marzen, this beer is very well crafted. Beutuful in the glass with excellent head and body. Smells wonderful. Taste is flavorful with sweetness and malt but suble and creates the sessionable drinkability you want for an Oktoberfest brew. Overall this is an under the radar brew that deserves a lot more accolades than it is getting for this style. I personally have it rated as one of my favorites out there.

Photo of philbe311
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Less than a finger's worth of lush creamy whipped off white colored head... Limited retention gives way to a sightly splotchy slightly swirled lacing... An excellent robust deep dark amber color... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation...

S - Cereal grains... Soft pretzel dough... Perhaps some simple syrup... Not much more... None of the toasted malt or carmel / toffee sweetness that I'm accustomed to in the style....

T - The palate is an exact replica of the nose... Cereal grains... Doughy bread and biscuit... Perhaps some simple syrup... Not much more... Again, none of the toasted malt or carmel / toffee sweetness that I'm accustomed to in the style....

M - Sturdy... Medium bodied... Sharply carbonated... A bit chewy... Even and consistent...

D - Meh... Pedestrian and passable at best... I really was hoping for a bit of a surprise, but didn't find one... Honestly, wasn't too much difference between this and Yuengling Traditional Lager...

Photo of streetcommander
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from Pilsner glass at 42F up to 54F.

Surprisingly true to style. I was worried it would taste like a syrupy spiced yuengling lager, but it does not. Most impressive is that it is probably perfectly carbonated and the mouthfeel is clean and not astringent.

Caramel and toasty bread. Mild sweetness on the tongue and throat but not the least bit syrupy. No overwhelming hop character. Finish is almost too dry. Uber sessionable. Lacks the depth, body and character of true craft, but damn nice for $6 a six, from a sudo-macro brewery.

Photo of Ricochet
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another seasonal Yuengling beverage. I went to the store to get a sixer of Lord Chets and they had this in it's place.

A: Dark amber with long lasting lace and small head. Fizzy with small bubbles constantly feeding the lace.

S: Sweet, boozy, large cereal note. It didn't give me the impression that this was a cheaper beer.

M: Creamy, slight burn, a bit sour at the end

T: Malty with a bit of grains, toasty. A little sweet.

O: Well, this was a good Octoberfest. It's one of the better low cost beer beverages I've had in a while and I'll get it again.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Foam
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In a few words : Yuengling lager with some caramel sweet-ness added ... very forgettable ...
Spend the extra money and buy real German O-Fest ...
The bitterness that a couple other reviewers noted is something I notice, also .
A very watered down / bland mass-appeal kind of O-Fest ...

Photo of Douse
3.89/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FYI

ABV is at 5.44
Calories is at 168

Nice drinkable Oktoberfest Brew. Tried many different Marzen Brews from Ayinger, Paulaner, Sam Adams, Spartan, Munsterfest this will keep up with the top 25 out there easily. If, you live in Pennsylvania, nice with an open fire for a fall evening as the mercury dips. Enjoy!

Photo of Samp01
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear medium coppery amber hue with a slowly fading beige head. Aroma and Taste of toasted barley, grains, caramel malt, some yeast and light fruity notes. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a toasted barley and grains, yeast some caramel flavor and some light fruity notes ending has a bit of nutty flavor. Overall a descent drinking brew.

Photo of delta490
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a nice deep amber with a creamy white head that lasts a while and leaves lacing. There is very little to the aroma aside from a slight sweetness. Taste is pretty much the same, with nothing distinguishing to it and a little bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is better, with a little bit of carbonation and a nice smoothness. But pretty bland overall, unfortunately.

Photo of UnderPressure
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Orange amber color. clear. Thin fizzy head.

Sweet, grainy, malty aroma. Faint spicy hops.

A combination of pale and roasted maltiness. Some hop bitterness.

Light bodied, fizzy, with a somewhat dry finish.

This is exactly what I expected in an Oktoberfest from yuengling. Decent beer, not to threatening to light lager drinkers.

Photo of admccabe
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- I poured from bottle to a pint-glass, had a finger head. dissipated slowly.
S- I honestly can't describe the smell of this beer.
T- Creamy, nutty, caramel taste. Very pleasant to me. This may be popular with those who enjoy porters or stouts (which I usually don't).
M- Left behind a nutty/caramel taste that stayed.
O- Overall, I like this better than a lot of other Oktoberfests I've had. Would I buy more than a 6 or 12-pack of this? No. I think it was a good beer considered it was simply a seasonal offering from Yuengling.

Photo of chefhatt
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i poured this one into a pint glass, It has a brown color body with no head just a very thin lace around the top. The smell is faint of malt. The taste is very sweet malt almost honey sweet. Mouthfeel is watery and light and overall i don't like this one too much .I wasn't impressed at all.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with off-white head. Limited lacing.

Smell is sweet honey, malt, all-spice and a little pumpking.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Honey and a hint of cinnamon comes through. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is watery. Very light with medium carbonation.

Overall this was just fair. Woudn't buy this again.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

A-burnt orange color with a finger of head that disappears crompletely rather quickly

S-mostly just some sweet malt

T-some sweet carmel malt

M-light carbonation fairly thin

O-nothing special but really no flaws

Photo of shand
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling Oktoperfest pours a burnt orange color with a finger of head. The aroma is sweetly malty. The taste is kinda like an amped up Yuengling lager actually, especially on the finish where it has a bit of that watery taste. The malts are more full, nuttier, a bit sweeter than the OG Yuengling. The nuttiness is most apparent on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and the drinkability is great. Overall, it's a tasty beer that really is quite reminiscent of the original Yuengling lager.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a clear medium amber gold, building a creamy white head, about one and half inches high. It dissipates within a couple of minutes into good lacing on the glass.
The smell is of malt, some banana and bread.
Tasting the beer, the malt and some banana flavors are up front. More malt and some caramel in the middle, and than some faint hops and more malt in the end.
Medium bodied, easy to drink beer. Nothing special, but also not a bad beer!

Photo of cpolking
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tone77 for this brew! The beer pours a deep copper, dark amber in color. There is a half-inch of thick, somewhat creamy, off-white head.

The aroma is malty and tangy, toasted and lightly nutty.

The taste is malty, roasted, toasted, a bit nutty, a light tang, and a moderate bitterness on the finish. A very drinkable Oktoberfest offering.

Photo of Onenote81
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Do my eyes deceive me? Does that say "Yuengling Oktoberfest?!" Um, yes, please!

12oz bottle poured into a conical pint. Pours a tawny dark rusty amber with a small sheet of lace atop. The nose is fruity with notes of banana, stawberry - though faint at that. Toffee and caramel sweet aromas round this out, with a touch of ethanol. A different aroma, but not offputting.

Smooth clean mouthfeel, that begs to be gulped. Spot-on carbonation gives the beer enough girth to satisfy me. Sweet caramel and toffee flavors, light fruity back end. Bready finish. Alcohol adds just enough zip to bolster this beer. A total malt-heads dream. Really a good beer. I expected to find some major flaws in this, but I couldn't really find any. A well-made beer, perfect for the cooler months ahead.

Yuengling Oktoberfest from Yuengling Brewery
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