Leavenworth Oktoberfest Celebration Ale - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Leavenworth Oktoberfest Celebration AleLeavenworth Oktoberfest Celebration Ale

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Reviews: 14
Hads: 43
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 5.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xoqx on 10-06-2005

Released in celebration of autumn’s arrival, Oktoberfest is a medium-bodied bier crafted in the Leavenworth tradition. This richly amber seasonal owes its smooth, malty flavor to a large percentage of Munich malt. In the classic German tradition, we add both noble Tettnanger and imported Tradition hops for an authentic Oktoberfest hop aroma.
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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 43
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leavenworth Biers "Oktoberfest Celebration Ale"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, the label does not appear to be notched with a "bottled on date".
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Not knowing the bottling date, but aware that it's available August 15th through "Oktober", I'd imagine that my sample was about 8 months old. Other than some possible additional caramelized notes, however, I found no oxidation.

I thought it was nicely balanced, mainly displaying the malt, but also allowing a bit of hops to come through. Given the age, however, I'm unsure of just how hoppy it might be to begin with. Still, it was obvious that it's a well made beer.

What I noticed about it is that it's got a truly American feel to it, which is probably mainly coming from the malt, but that it wasn't too much so... some brewers will just use caramel malts to get the effect their looking for, but there was clearly some Munich malt used in this case. It was perhaps a little fuller in flavor and body than those of the Munich brewers, but at the same time it seems that their beers get lighter and lighter with each passing year. I found it quite enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to trying a fresh bottle this year and updating my review. (1,233 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, amber color, speckled with orange highlights, with an eighth of an finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Good and malty, with lots of freshly baked bread, black pepper, clover.

Taste: Very much like the aroma, very malty up front, with notes of freshly baked pretzels, some nicely balanced caramel-like sweetness, black pepper, finished with some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m pretty impressed with this beer. It’s from a brewery that I’ve never heard of, and is the only beer from this brewery that I know of, so to tell you the truth, I wasn’t expecting much. Shame on me, as this is a solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. I’d certainly get it again, next year. (1,077 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/2014.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and slight nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a surprising citrus zest quality I am getting on the finish in the taste.

Serving type: bottle. (629 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite drinkable malty beer of no particular distinction. Starts with some attractive foam but less retention than average. The coppery amber color is quite lovely. Not that much carbonation on the tongue especially considering how well the Germans engineer the mouthfeel.

First sip is the appealing warm, malty taste with a zing of hops. Caramel with a slight biter edge. A hint of fruit. After some sipping this seems a little grainy and murky, though it's been a few months since Oktober so maybe freshness is paramount here.

Some pleasant malt flavors but on the watery side. Worth a try next fall on tap but I would skip the bottle. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the Fish Tale brewpub in Everett. (707 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Poured lightly hazy, brown-amber in color, with a small, off-white head that had OK retention and left just a spotty lacing.

A sweet malty aroma with a nice breadiness and some spicy hops.

Flavor: sweet malts in generous portions mix with balancing noble hops that add only a slight bit of spicy hop character, but adequately counter the malts' sweetness. Simple and mild but pleasant and refreshing.

Feel: Medium body and lively, near medium carbonation.

O: Worth trying. (529 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a deep ruby amber w/ a big fluffy beige head, good sticky lacing. Nice caramel color, a little dark for an Oktoberfest.

Aroma is bready caramel malt and a hint of spice.

Taste follows nose. Heavy caramel malt with just a touch of cinnamon/nutmeg. Floral Old World hops give it a good decisive bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, drinkable, refreshing.

Overall this is a rich, flavorful, well-crafted Oktoberfest bier. (465 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark ice tea coloring the head is frothy, slight with a light tan shade and a moderate stay of execution. Visible carbonation is faint and very spacious. Lacing is light.

S: Nose is light and indistinguishable for the most part. I did manage to pull out subtle nuances of dry grains and some herbal hops upon warming but the munich toastedness that they claim dominates this beer is kept in check.

T: The flavor came off a bit washy to me at first, a bit metallic but only slight with dry grains. Some toasted nature creeps in but not really dominating, faily restrained. Some soft herbal hops do come to light but are much more pronoucned after the swallow saving this from a below average score. A bit of off flavor of tea tannins rears its ugle head suggesting this isnt as cleanly brewed as finer german counterparts in terms of malt bills.

M: Some toasted slickness, medium body, quiet carbonation.

O: Overall it takes a few sips to warm up to this, it does improve slightly but pales when compared to finer examples. This really isnt gonna put the germans out of business in terms of cleanly brewed malt forward octoberfest and the noble hops really dont shine through and seem kinda faint and old. A bomber quickly becomes tiring about midway through. (1,269 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a clear rich bronze color with a half finger white head that lingered for a bit.Fruity esters and caramel malts dominated the nose,pretty aleish in the nose.Lightly toasted with caramel not being to overbearing on the palate,fruity with a light hop presence.Not a bad little seasonal ale,could drink a fair amount of this. (343 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy reddish amber color with a 1" head that lasts a long time. Thick lace develops.

Smell: caramel and some earthy tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, apples, a moderate earthiness, and a decent bitterness creates a simple but tasty oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: this beer is very easy to drink and on a nice fall day could be consumed all day long. Nice flavors and very satisfying. (524 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Malty aroma has an undertone of spiced apple and just a hint of caramel. Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a decent light tan head. Flavor is mainly malty with caramel and fruity hints, a bitter undertone and a touch of woody hops. Texture has about average body, not much fizz. Overall, fair to middlin’ and good for a party. (328 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium golden amber with just less than an inch of slightly off-white head that had good retention and just a little lacing.

A fairly neutral, balanced aroma greets the nose, a mild grainyness the outstanding feature. The flavors are very similar, just fuller and more present.

The body is on the lighter side, but still full and pleasant. Drinkability is very good, having a session with these while enjoying the waning days of summer would be a pleasure. Worth trying, and maybe a little effort to find. (541 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The latest offering on my home system, purchased in a 5 gallon bullet keg. Pours a bright orange hue, topped by a sizable white head that leaves some nice lacing as it recedes to a thin halo. Aroma of sweet, bready caramel malt, a touch of fruity hops, and just a hint of astringency. Palate is well-balanced and a touch sweet - light, honey-ish malt up front, balanced by a richer, bready malt character and a subtle hoppy bittering towards the back of the mouth. Finish is rich and full of sweet caramel malt.
The body is thin enough to pass as a traditional lager, although the robustness of the flavor and the generous carbonation do not belie the status of this beer as a red ale. Overall, a highly drinkable treat that has not lasted long at my place this fall. I'll definitely get another keg of this next year. (819 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed a pitcher at The Viking for $5. Wasn't sure If I've had this before, but if I did, I didn't review it.

Poured a hazy golden-amber color, with about two inches of creamy looking white foam that hung around for a while.

Moderately sweet, fruity and slightly roasty in the nose. No really hoppy scents jumped out at me.

The taste starts out with a fruity sweetness. That fruitiness is held in check and kept from being OTT by a roasty background that is otherwise unobtrusive.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

An outstanding session beer. Not a huge flavor bomb, but my interpretation of the style is that an O-fest shouldn't be too much of one, but should be faiarly easy to drink. This one succeeds in spades. (739 characters)

Photo of xoqx
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This arrived a very cloudy golden-amber with a nice off-white, almost orange-tinged, creamy 1 finger head that lasted half the pint. Good carbonation bubbled throughout consumption.

Smell – A very fruity nose mingled with malts as expected for the style. The smell was very pronounced and was discernable from the moment the beer was set on the table. The brewer says they used Tradition and Tettnanger hops for an authentic Oktoberfest hop aroma, but I didn’t really detect hops in the smell.

Taste – Wonderfully balanced with a great medium roasted, robust malt body that has a light hop finish. It’s an ale, not a strict Oktoberfest, but tastes and drinks similar to the style.

Mouthfeel – Medium and chewy

Drinkability – This is a very enjoyable beer, indoors or outdoors during this time of year. (832 characters)

Leavenworth Oktoberfest Celebration Ale from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.