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Oktoberfest - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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 Texasfan549
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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!
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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.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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...

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of xnicknj
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cbutova
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Chugs13
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Oktoberfest from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.