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Oktoberfest - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-24-2012

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Clear amber pour, about a half finger of white head. Retained pretty well.

Aroma, caramel, malt, yellow raisin. Not real potent though.

Taste, malt, much more toasty. Toffee and toasted malt, a little bitter chocolate. Some herbally bitter hops.

About mid bodied, correct carbonation. Drinks very easy.

Maybe a little sharp with the bitter, but overall this was pretty nice.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep rusty garnet with a thin foamy white cap. Mild lace left behind. The nose is sweet and bready. Notes of caramel, coffee cake, light mineral aromas. Decent body. Moderate heft with ample carbonation. Light bubble play on the tongue.

This beer is a bounty of sweet malts, as expected with this style. The flavors are all pronounced, rather than muted as many of this genre can be. Big flavors of toffee, biscuits, and a mild fruity quality closes it out. The flavors all work together, making this a well-balanced beer. A good Marzen that I'd get again for sure.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09/09/2014 update: Has nobody tasted this yet this fall? I was again surprised how flavorful and quaffable this is. Just malty enough with a hint of sweet caramel and a brambly aftertaste. $3.19 fo 22 oz at the Fred Meyer supermarket. Such a deal!

Lovely dark amber in the narrow Crooked Line tulip. Fine, creamy carbonation with nice lacing down the glass. A pleasant woodsy aroma. Sudsy with a full mouthfeel.

Caramel taste but cut with a bitter flavor. Bitter and tangy from the start, which counters the malty sweetness. Taste bigger and richer to go with the fairtly robust alcohol. Bitterness all the way through the flavors, but not at all the flowery IPA sort. More earthy and woody.

Outstanding example of this often-insipid style. From the 12 oz bottle bought at the new Ralph's supermarket in San Clemente, which has quite a few 12 oz singles.

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Photo of generallee
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams tasting glass. The label lists the abv at 6.7%.Appearance:The body has a nice amber color with good clarity and a small white head. The head settles down quickly and just a light ring of foam remains. Smell: The aroma has notes of light grain, fresh bread and light caramel like sweetness. Taste / Palate: It has a nice mild bready and caramel maltiness up front and mild dry leafy hops with a slight earthy character in the finish.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy, golden/amber/brown color with orange highlights, and a quarter of a finger of off-white head, speckled with more orange highlights, that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, with notes of caramel, toffee and floral notes of clover and parsley.

Taste: Very malty and bready up front, like fresh pretzels, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, finished by some beautifully balanced hoppy bitterness. There’s a long finish to this beer too. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.7%, there is just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I have to admit that Pyramid is one of my least favorite breweries, as they’re beers tend to be too hoppy for my taste. That being said, their Oktoberfest beer is really good. It’s beautifully balanced between the malty and the hoppy. Very, very tasty!

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Photo of jesseejames
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer for its class. It has a nice nose and a wonderful malty taste. It seems to lack a head but perhaps that was because it was poured in a hurry into the glass. I was served this beer and did not pour it myself. I liked the wonderful fruity aroma of this beer and will drink more of it when it is available.

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Photo of obrike
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single at HEB in Round Rock.

Dark abmer/honey pour in my 512 pint glass. Decent head, but faded pretty quickly. Specks of lacing and a very thin off white head remained for duration.

Clean malty scent...a bit of carmel and spice...maybe nutmeg or cinnamon...a little faded though.

Malt is certainly pronounced on the taste...right in front. Crisp, clean, toasty caramel, lightly hopped for balance...but a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Certainly does not throw off the feel though. This one is uber smooth...goes down easy. I also like the extra kick of booze in this one.

Pyramid did an admirable job with this Marzen...one of their better brews.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice slightly hazy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight touch of hops, slight touch of citrus, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, with some citrus/caramel notes. Medium body, nice crisp feel. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, I think it's ABV is alittle high for a Marzen, but...

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No pyramid hating here. From a bomber, and pours a burnt reddish copper color and pillow head that lingers until last sip. Taste is malty, slight spice, toffee, and a hint of bitterness. Larger yeast is welcomed and appreciated in this beer. Good beer and great price.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a hint of red. Low white head that made a sticky ring around the glass. Only lightly carbonated.

S: Barley and malt. Sweet with honey and molasses and brown sugar. Caramel and a touch of smokiness.

T: Similarly to the smell, malt and molasses, though, the taste is much more acidic and tannin with charred oak and vanilla reminiscent of a bourbon, maybe even some nutmeg. Woodiness continues with a fresh wet cedar and some hazelnut. Finishes slightly crisp with lemon and a touch of grapefruit. I heard some bad things about this, but it hits a nice variety of flavor profiles that appreciate.

M: Medium dry, but. Not overpowering. Not too chewy considering the flavor profile. Slight hay, dried grass and dried leaf aftertaste from the obvious dry hopping. Though, it does not feel too strong, the dry hop was balanced nicely with the other flavors. The aftertaste also has a sweetness to it, but I can forgive it for the full was of the other notes.

O: Fuller flavor than I expect from a okto. I heard some bad stuff about this one, but I disagree. As an Oktoberfest, it may be a bit much, but as a brown ale (or even an stronger amber), this is a solid choice if you enjoy a strong hop backbone.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, light brown color. Crystal clear. Off white, dense head. Leaves some raised ringed lace after the initial sips.

"Deep" toasted caramel malt, slightly sweet.

The flavor is dryer than the smell. Nearly no hop. The finish is mildly sour. Plenty of biscuit and toasted bread to the flavor. Rich body with a low carbonation.

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Photo of Spikester
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber almost brown with one finger of off white head. Head departs after about 5 minutes leaving a tiny bubble dense curtain of lace.
Smell is toasted malt with a small amount of earthy hops.
Taste is rich roasted malt flavor with just enough earthy hops to keep this from being overly sweet. Malts dominate for sure but there is a good hop backing that makes it more like a dark chocolate effect on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is chewy with the carbonation adding some spicy zing.
Overall this is a very nice beer and would be a good cross over beer for the mostly timid. Great value beer as well.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mammoser's in Hamburg,NY.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter copper color with 1/2 finger white head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled.Alot of caramel in the nose with some underlying toastiness,as with many American versions of the style caramel sweetness dominates.The caramel is pretty big on the palate but maybe just a little more subdued than alot of the before mentioned American versions,there is a grainy and toasted element to the flavors of the beer as well.Not to complex and a tad sweet but I have had worse O-fest beers than this,not something to seek out but I wouldn't pass it up either.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, an 'Autumn Lager', with little further info proffered on the label.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and somewhat wispy off-white head, which leaves some low rocky shoreline lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of crisply biscuity, and somewhat bready pale malt, an edgy nuttiness, wayward caramel notes, a slight metallic astringency, and mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more pleasantly soused bready and softened biscuity malt, a still restrained touch of caramel, fruity yeast, black pepper aerosol, some dry, flaky nut crunch breakfast cereal, a significant flinty minerality, and very tame earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are indeed present, but kept to a low, dredging and echoing hum, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, no particular interruptions there, ein Freund. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit, caramel, and cereal components all coalescing to show us who really runs things around here, to the heady disapproval of the lingering booze esters.

Overall, a so-so Oktoberfest - a tasty enough malt profile, but that metallic character gets a tad tiring by about half bottle - not something that you want to hear about a style that inherently encourages repeated refills. Perhaps the West Coast, for once, suffers a bit of a lost in translation effect, being as far from München as they are.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Pyramid Oktoberfest in a grocery store. Poured in to my Odessa Deutsches Fest mug.

Pours a deep copper/bromze color, clear with a creamy off-white head.

Smell is faint and generally non-descript. A faint sweet malt aroma perhaps.

The taste is pretty good, a sweet malt and vegetable flavor. perhaps a hint of pumpkin or squash on the flavor. Mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying. All in keeping with the style.

Overall a drinkable autumn lager. I think there are better Oktoberfests out there, but I would not turn this down.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 120112.

A: Pours a clear dark copper ruby with a 1 finger off white head. Fizzles away after a minute. A little bit of visible carbonation. No lacing.

S: A little bit of dark fruit from the malt. Slight carmel.

T: Pretty nice malt forward taste. Hits all sides of your taste buds. A smooth carmel characteristic. Pretty well balanced out with hops at the end.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Low carbonation

Overall not a bad new oktoberfest. Lacks a little oomph but pulls through in taste.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a somewhat clear, reddish copper with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Very little in the way of lace. Spotty, at best.

Smell - Bread and honey at the forefront. Sitting beneath is subtle caramel and just a touch sour.

Taste - Bready character to start, with hints of honey and caramel. Finishes with a hop presence that's grassy and earthy in bitterness, and just a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. A touch of buttery smoothness, goes down fairly easy. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall - A fairly good Oktoberfest. Drinkable, and somewhat enjoyable, but it's not a must have.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy caramel and a slight grassy hop.

The taste was dominated by roasted malts, a touch of burnt sugar and a touch of grass.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty brawny malt bomb.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white heads dies down to a thin lacing above an almost clear amber copper colored beer with a bunch of sediment hanging with in.

A lightly roasted caramel malt accented with a slight sour grain and citrus hops aroma.

Sweet caramelized grain malts with some light sour hops tagging along in the taste of this Oktoberfest.

A dry aftertaste with some of the sweet caramel grain malts sneaking in and staying around on this medium bodied beer.

A decent Oktoberfest beer but not quite enough there, I would like the taste within this beer to be a little bolder and fuller, then this would be a real winner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then there are some sweet flavors caramel, some spice and some fruit that come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better options in the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the Pyramid Autumn 12 pack tonight at the 16th st Albertsons... on sale this was $12... not bad!! Poured into my slim tulip... thin white head.. the brew is clear orange.

the nose is toasty fairly clean maltiness.. some minor spicy hopiness...

Flavor is about the same... toasty/slightly nutty malt is the only real player.. just enough hoppiness to make things come around to balanced..

seems pretty ordinary... but sometimes ordinary is great when it is cheap.

This brew is NEVER going to play on the same field as the Continental examples... but it is pretty okay for what it is.... Don't Hate.


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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 9, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for a variety 12-pack price of $14.99 on Sept. 9, 2012). Finger of head. Poured a dark caramel, amber with off-white head. Very bubbly. Retention was frothy on the top, none on the sides.

Smelled roasty nuts, lots of malts, toffee, slight caramel and slight chocolate.

Taste wasn’t what I thought it was going to be like. Got smoky ash tray, fire, smoother than I thought, toffee, light roasted nuts. It bit plain at the end.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Went back and forth on this beer, but ended up settling on these ratings. Better than the Sam Adams Octoberfest I’ve had in the past.

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Photo of papat444
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, Enjoy By 121213.

Copper-amber body with pillowing foam, average retention. Very malty aroma mixed with autumn spices, nutmeg among others. Flavor is a bit too spiced with an astringent bitterness in the finish. Bit heavy handed, would have enjoyed it more if it were more nuanced.

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Photo of isualum12
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

smmoth beer.
smell- hoppy with a burn smell coming off
color- copper yellow fire color
taste- combo of lager and hoppy.
mouthfeel- smooth and dry
overall- I like this beer. It honestly didn't start well but this beer grew on me in the 8 oz pour I had. I really liked it....

Keep up the good work Pyramid....

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Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an amber-brown brew with a full and off-white head. Mostly clear...maybe just slightly hazy. The smell is grainy...wet hay and some hops. A bit of alcohol and malt in the smell as well. The taste is malty and sweet in front, with a full hop presence in the mid-taste. It is well balanced, and aggressively hopped for an Oktoberfest. Full in body, with a lingering sweetness and bitter hop flavor. All in all, I though it was respectably good, but not outstanding.

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Oktoberfest from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.