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Oktoberfest - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 12.2%


Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Wasatch on 08-24-2012)
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: A rustic autumn orange pour is a translucent amber in the vessel accompanied by a bready-frothy light tan head of 1 finge statue. Light to medium rise of effervesce with a modest lacing that was spongy and speckled in coverage. Nice amber color, modest head and a strong carbonation with some lacing earns a tick above average here.

S: Toasty caramel, some nobel green hops of light intentions. nothing much else here.

T: Flavor was a bit of sour caramel twang, metallic and tinny with some moldy hops. Flavor seems a bit off, toasted but very tinny.

M: Highly carbonated soda syrup, a bit of sour twang on the tongue, tinny some caramel greenery.

O: Overall flavor was disjustice to style, a return to the old ways of pyramid, cannot recommend and not impressed. Off flavor, tinny sour stingent malt and a pass/drain pour before middrink.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:24:25 | More by beerthulhu
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cbutova

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First brew from Pyramid, seems to finally have invaded MA.

A- Pint glass pour with a ruby red body and a light tan head. Retention is good but it all falls dramatically to a small ring and very thin cloud. Just a few spots of lace on the glass.

S- A simple mix of buttery caramel malts, nutty hints and some dark fruit. Takes a lot of effort to pick up.

T- A nutty, spiced raisin presence fills the palate with some of the aforementioned caramel and buttery hints. Some Euro hops, a bit spicy and herbal/floral.

MF- Right in the middle of watery and creamy, the body is of light-moderate thickness. Carbonation level is moderate and there is a decent bitterness.

Average Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 01:26:50 | More by cbutova
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a slightly hazed caramel color with some beige head resting on top. Spotty lacing dots the glass while drinking.

Earthy, leafy hops in the nose with some toasted bread crust. Malty and slightly sweet with some caramel.

Light leafy hoppiness up front washed away by a wave of roasted malts. Bread crust, biscuit and caramel with soft sweetness. A hint of pumpkin and spice. Finishes with malty sweetness.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, bubbly and crisp on the palate. This is a great example of a completely average Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 01:27:16 | More by xnicknj
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colts9016

Idaho

2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger head that is frothy and creamy. The head is off white and left a little lacing on the glass. The head has really good retention. The color of the beer is medium dark copper color with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is close to opaque; however, some carbonation bubble are visible.

Nose: A rich roasted malt and toasted malt aromas with some yeast. The hops is a bit fruity with some citrus notes.

Taste: Medium roasted malt with toasted flavors. Some bread and yeast notes. The hops is fruity and has some citrus and floral notes.

Mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, slightly astringent, and creamy.

Overall: The beer is a descent example of Oktoberfest. I would have like to seen a deeper malt character. The hops in the beer is a tad too strong for a rich creamy and smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:55:44 | More by colts9016
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Slippinghalo

California

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice Autumn, clear, lager appearance with a finger-width tan head

Slight roasted malt smell with grassy notes

I feel that the sweetness was hacked by the bitterness of the hops at the end. It was balanced and the alcohol taste was covered nicely.

The mouthfeel was what would be expected of a lager. It was full in front and crisp at the end.

Overall, it was okay, but I didn't get the typical Oktoberfest/Marzen that I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 04:22:15 | More by Slippinghalo
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Zorro

California

3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear copper colored lager with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells malty and perfumed well with floral hops. Toasted grain and some burnt sugar with grassy yet flowery hops.

Starts out malty with a solid bitter snap in the finish. Tastes much like it smells. Some toasted grain and a caramel flavor. But it has the taste of a generic Marzen.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is pretty generic Marzen. Wouldn't do much for another but I will be finishing them all with no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 23:58:11 | More by Zorro
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riored4v

Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, frothy off-white head. Clear, burnt copper/amber colored body. Good lacing.

Aroma was a bit earthy and metallic. Some bitterness with a mellow maltiness. A bit chocolatey.

Taste was floral upfront that faded to a earthy bitterness. Some light malty sweetness. Hints of chocolate. Slightly roasty. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/light body with medium carb. Crisp finish.

Okay for an oktoberfest. Needed more body and maltiness and little less bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 00:45:54 | More by riored4v
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyers N.Salem store. $2.79 Dark copper coloured ale with a large thick frothy eggshell head. Deep surprisingly pleasing malty aromas...caramel, nutty etc Taste is all malts deep and satisfying to begin with then gets a tad too sweet . Slightly cloying palate but not too bad.Average Oktoberfest

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 22:11:10 | More by Reidrover
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TheMarkE

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Everything that should be in an “autumn lager” is there, but they just didn’t get the subtly nor the complexity into it that the better brews have. Plenty of caramel malts, with hints of pumpkin and hops for balance. Very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 23:44:41 | More by TheMarkE
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:36:53 | More by Suds
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Halcyondays

California

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, I'm glad Pyramid ditched those stupid sport labels, going back to basics,

A: Pours amber with a mild white head. Poor head retention, no lace. Good enough colour.

S: Toffee, cracked barley, cereal.

T: Nice taste of Munich malt and cereal. Bit of cloying sugar. Heavily malt oriented.

M: Medium-bodied, very frothy, creamy feel.

O: It's rare enough to find a new Oktoberfest beer in the Southland so I picked this up. The flavours are good and sometimes Pyramid can be found for $4.99/6er so this could be a great play at that price.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 03:40:46 | More by Halcyondays
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isualum12

Idaho

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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....

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:29:10 | More by isualum12
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 16:13:52 | More by papat444
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BucannonXC5

California

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 03:43:44 | More by BucannonXC5
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 07:00:10 | More by JohnGalt1
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 21:39:19 | More by LXIXME
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:09:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 20:28:25 | More by plaid75
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TheSixthRing

California

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:20:27 | More by TheSixthRing
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 12:46:56 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with one finger of thin, foamy, wispy off-white head, which leaves some low shoreline lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of crisp biscuity, somewhat bready pale malt, a slight metallic astringency, and mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more decently bready, softened biscuity malt, a touch of caramel, some dry, flaky breakfast cereal, a significant minerality, and very tame earthy hops.

The bubbles are present, but kept to a low, edgy hum, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, no interruptions there. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit, caramel, and cereal components all coalescing to show us who really runs things in this affair.

A so-so Oktoberfest - a tasty malt profile, but that metallic character gets a tad tiring by about half bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 04:13:56 | More by biboergosum
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CloudStrife

New York

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:42:03 | More by CloudStrife
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RJLarse

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:25:27 | More by RJLarse
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:15:59 | More by smcolw
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Spikester

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 05:41:41 | More by Spikester
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Oktoberfest from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.