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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 10-31-2003

Oktoberfest uses seven different malts and three varieties of imported and domestic hops, as well as an authentic Bavarian lager yeast. This beer is full-bodied with a nice malt sweetness.
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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 81
Reviews by bmills1608:
Photo of bmills1608
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Drafting Room Exton.

Deep red/brown color, even a bit dark by American Oktoberfest standards. Finger thick head fizzles away rather fast. Nose is a little muted, but some aromas of dark malts, fudge and fruit. Flavor was very full, pleasing, with a lot of mouth filling richness. Lots of chewy malt and actually quite a bit of fruity flavors as well. I was surprised at how fruity and spiced tasting this O-fest was, I almost thought they crossed the tap lines with a "Brewery name escapes me" Winter ale that was right next to the Lancaster tap handle. Quite a full bodied, rich O-fest overall. Mouthfeel was fine and malty slick with moderate to low carbonation (nice!).

Finished with residual malt sweetness and pumpkin pie spice. Overall - I somewhat stylized version of your typical O-fest, but in a good way. Really nice richness and malt punch dominate this well crafted brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Drafting Room in Spring House, pours a deep copper with a pretty large head that leaves pretty quickly,aroma is sweet and a little grainy.The taste is pretty well rounded lightly sweet with some soft bittering with light toasted malt flavors.A solid beer with no spectacular qualities but still pretty good.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For those of us locals who endured LBC's "Oktoberfest" offerings in the past, this is a remarkable and welcome change. Bill has kegged a really nice beer that has some complexity and balance. It's a sweet beer, make no mistake; you might have to watch out for yellow jackets if drinking it outside. It looks pretty nice in the glass with a fluffy, large bubbled head on top of deep amber. I liked the fresh malty nose. I wouldn't say it's the best 'Fest I ever had but it's very good. Somewhat evocative of this year's Steg Fest. LBC's assimilation of the Franklinfest has been kinda wierd since Bill resurrected the beer, three different names for the same stuff gets folks confused. He told me the O-fest on right now is the Franklin and I said thanks. Check this one out soon.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poppin' with flavor much like the version I tried a few years back called Franklin Fest. Pours a copper amber hue with a bright light cream colored head with minimal lacing after each sip. Aroma brings out deep caramel malts with a slightly tart sourdough bread presence and light herbal hop backing. Flavor coats the mouth with a sweet initial fruitiness with a welcomed soothing caramel nut finish, herbal hop flavors roll. Drink this one warmer it really opens up the flavor profile, Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonated softly with a nice semi sweet roundness that treats the palate right. Drinkability overall is pretty killer one of those dessert island Ofests, one of the best of the season thus far and I've had a quite a few to compare this one with.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to THECPJ for this one!

A: Pours a clear orange/amber color with a smallish head. Head dissipated quickly, very little lacing.

S: Very malty, hints of caramel. Also a little bit of doughyness.

T: Taste similar to the nose. Also get a grainy taste as well.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Overall, it was good, but not memorable. Would probably pass in the future to try something new.

Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

DATE TASTED: September 7, 2014... GLASSWARE: Saranac willibecker...OCCASION: PSU-Akron--too close for comfort... APPEARANCE: beautiful copper brown body; teeming with miniature bubbles; creamy off-white head--looks great before it label... AROMA: lush, creamy malts--hazelnut, fresh bread and sweet mats make for a welcome invitation... PALATE: medium-bodied and meaningful, substantial as it vacates the mouth; properly scaled with a nicely timed aftertaste...TASTE: intense caramel ad sweet malts overwhelm with flavor; hops are subtle; as fall as it gets!...OVERALL: true to form, Lancaster delivers on a sweet, crisp football pairing--as per the style, reasonably big and malty but sessionable...alcohol is balanced and patient...distinguishable from other marzens? not so sure...

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lancaster- Oktoberfest

Picked up a single at Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- Golden copper brown with a frothy white head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Strong caramel malt with a light earthy hop aroma.
T- Big strong caramel, butterscotch malt. Sligth touch of vanilla and woddsy hop.
M- Creamy and sweet. Malt dominates throughout.

Overall- Delicious beer, could become cloying after a few but otherwise total session beer here. 1 of the best Oktoberfests I've had this Autumn.

Photo of emsroth
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

App: Great orange-amber. Not much head, but I try not to deduct for that.

Smell: Toasted caramel with mineral undertones. Sweet, herbal hops.

Taste: Mineral hop and grain flavor at start. Ends with clean, not cloying caramel with slight herbal hop.

Mouthfeel: Light medium munich body with a crisp, dry finish. Tight carbonation that cuts through the chewy caramel.

Photo of mempath
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

deep amber color with almost no lacing and a head that dissipates fast. smell is a bit sweet, a honey-malt sense that some may like, but too much for me. taste is...well, the first taste is simply on the sweet side...next one, after a bit of warming reveals a hint of muscatel...something i like, but if it's muscatel/muscadine, give me more. mouthfeel is fairly carbonated but oddly thin and 'chewy'...not sure what it wants to be...for me, not super drinkable. not a session FEST beer as i would expect...i really love Lancaster's Hop Hog and other offerings, but this isn't their best. for me. it might be for you. i would HAVE to have a big sausage sandwich with this. plenty of mustard. something to make this something worthy of washing it all down

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd guess that this is Franklinfest with a more seasonal name; and that this Franklinfest is the same Franklinfest that I used to enjoy so much from Independence Brewing Company. Well, not exactly. But it's pretty close to how I remember it. Yes, very close indeed. Anyway...
Lancaster Brewing Company delivers a very well-made and exceptionally drinkable lager in their Oktoberfest. It's clear, deep amber body displays glowing orange and golden highlights at the sides and base of the glass. The creamy white head holds rather well and leaves tiny spots of lace as it descends. Toasty maltiness dominate the nose, spritzed with floral hops. It's smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled and restrained carbonation that just lightly tingles the tongue. Munich malts appear upfront in the flavor, mildly toasty, and lightly sweet, along with a bit of caramel. Towards the swallow some floral and grassy hops enter, and then the malt disappears except for a toasty edge in its dry, delicately bitter finish. Well-balanced, clean, and quaffable, it has just enough maltiness and toasted/caramelish character to keep it interesting while still remaining very drinkable. Many breweries over-do their Oktoberfest with too much malt flavor and body, but not this one. Kudos!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a good looking traditional copper with good carbonation. The head is almost 2 fingers with a fluffy light tan head that fades slow and leaves some lace.

The smell is sweet and lightly fruity malt with a gentle hoppyness.

the taste follows but the sweet fruitiness over powers and caramel that I really like in this style.

The mouthfeel is less the medium body, the carbonation is very good.

The drinkability is ok, I love this style but this one just does not speak to me. MK

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells malty with some hints of caramel. Taste is mild with some maltiness, not a very strong flavor. Feels medium bodied and goes down rather well. Overall this is a fairly enjoyable brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a orangish-amber with a bready and frothy sandstone colored head 2 fingers high that displayed poor retention lapsing within a minute of the pour to a skim covering. The lacing was clean while the visible carbonation was light and sporadic.

S: light toasted grains with a faint dry flowery hopping. A fresh woodiness and a dried apple skin fruitiness is also present.

T: The flavor comes off a bit more fruiter then I was expecting with dried apples skins and light dried grains along with hints of fresh pear juice. The fruitiness was big and wet in the beginning overshadowing the malting which is suppose to be the main focus here. A bit fruity and lacks a good dry toasted malting makes this hard to appreciate per style. The finish finds trace amounts of sweet toasted grains on the fade but was to light and late to make amends.

M: perhaps the best part of this drink, was full bodied with a creamy smooth texture and a very light carbonation.

D: Drinkability was slightly below average with only fair enjoyment per style. Would not be my interpretation or one I could imaging drinking in multiples. Drinks more like a fruity ale and lacks a dry toasted bready warmth and ease of drinkability. Worthy of a pint and that may be it, move on to a more suitable marzen for your mass consumption and authenticity needs.

Photo of philbe311
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A fingers worth of uber-fizzy light tan head rapidly fades leaving an uneven minimalistic lacing... A tiny bit of carbonation rises throughout, some very slow and some moderately paced... A light to medium copper color with some red accents... Completely translucent...

S - Toffee... Caramel... Some grainy characteristics.. Pineapple... Gelatin... Floral aroma reminiscent of easter...
Bubblegum...

T - Not as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe... Bubblegum... Peat... Fig... Strong wheaty grain presence at finish... A slight medicinal taste rises as part of the aftertaste...

M - A tad of carbonation at first sip... Light to medium bodied... Ever so slightly syrupy... Quite smooth...

D - An average at best Marzen... Slightly unique in terms of aroma and taste, but neither in a positive or negative way...

Photo of TLove
2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at the brewery.

Yellowish orange with a rough, strewn head that disappears very quickly. Overly carbonated and kolschy, this beer possesses a slight note of honey in the body, along with orange citrus and papaya. Sweet malt, grainy taste, which sits rather oddly to me. Finish is timid. Light in hops. Strong in alcohol, but hidden well. Crisp, but a bit syrupy and light in body.

I expected a lot more from a brewery in one of the biggest, most traditional German-descendent communities in the country. Really unremarkable.

Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Clear copper hue with a one finger off-white head. Slowly settles to a thin cap.

Toasted grain with a touch of hoppiness in there, well balanced, but very light. Not as sweet as some Oktoberfests.

Slightly sweet and roasty malts, with a little bit of brown sugar. No bitterness to be perceived. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is some lingering toasty grain. Seems like there is a bit of smokiness in there as well. Not so much like a Rauchbier, but it's a flavor that I noticed.

Decent Oktoberfest which aligns with the gereral style. I felt that there was a bit of "sweetness" that was missing that I usually find in this style.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

Bottle irs really cool looking. I am wondering why it isnt posted on here.

A- Pours a claer fire orange color. somewhat clear yet opaque at the same time. Its a deep fire orange color maybe.

S- spicy malts and floral hops. i can also get clove and/or anise. I might be mistaken but it has a very spicy aroma.

T- german malts mixed with floral hops and i think that is a pumpkin spice in there as well. It is very unique. I also think there is anise as well or some spice to that effect.

M- spicy and an explosion of malts and hops. Very intriguing and interesting. I dont know if i like it or not.

D- seems to be a good session beer. This would be good for when you are our raking leaves and need a cold one.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info. Thanks to NeroFiddled for this brew!

A - The well carbonated beer pours out a deep amber-orange color with a very small and poorly retained head. All that's left is an off-white ring of foam and not a trace of lacing.

S - Sweet toasted malts with a generous dab of honey is further sweetened by a hint of dark fruits. A touch of plum and raisin. A very timid nose of hops can be found lurking delicately behind the malts.

T - Sweet and toasted malts like the aroma with a minor fruit kiss to them, the flavor is more crisp than the nose lets on. The honey dab is still there but finishes with a strong, but not bitter, hop flavor.

M - A bit over carbonated since its pretty fizzy on the tongue and sharp on the finish, it's a medium-bodied oktoberfest that's crisp and refreshing but sweet too. Dry to the finish.

D - Very good balance between nose and flavor as well as malty and crisp/dry. A bit over carbonated but the beer is definitely headed in the right direction. A good first brew to have from Lancaster.

Photo of Billm67
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a nice coppery clear color with a nice foamy top that clears out quickly without a trace on the glass

The smell is a nice full smell, but somewhat average.

The taste is good that starts out with just a hint of fuirtyness and then turns into a roasted carmel ending.

The mouthfeel is medium with a full body taste. Not heavy, but not watered down either.

Drinkability is good although with the alcohol content I'm not likely to frink one after another all night.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty good looking crisp amber colour with a frothy white head that quickly dissolves, leaving virtually no trace of itself on the glass.

The aroma is malty and sweet from caramel and perhaps a touch of chocolate. There's a faint earthiness in the mix here from hops that are also a bit floral at times.

The flavour is similar to the aroma but blends the sweetness of the caramel and the earthiness of the hops a bit more. There's definitely much more of a grainy feel/flavour here as well. Mouthfeel is fairly nice although a bit light at times.

This one is a good stab at the style overall. I've said before that I'm not a huge marzen fan and that still holds true, but I've been lucky enough to find some good ones this year. Whilst this one is near the bottom of the list of the good ones I've found, it's still on the list, which is a good thing. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of mooseo
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler into pint glass.

A - Clear deep amber with a titanic white head.

S - Toasted sweet malt, light floral hops, hints of caramel and nuttiness.

T - Sweet, bready caramel malt throughout, slightly nutty. Earthy hops add a touch of bitterness. Finishes with a nice roasted wood flavor.

M - Extra smooth, light-medium body, crisp carbonation.

O - Decent octoberfest. A little watery, but it has good flavor and balance.

Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

...This is now being offered as the year round Marzen at the brewery.

Appears a red brown color with nice 1 inch head that sticks around for a minute and solid levels of lacing and medium carbonation. The smell is of nice, German malts and a fruity sweetness mixed with aromatic crisp hops.
Taste is smooth with nice rounded malts and a pleasant, mild hoppiness that compliments the beer well. This is one of the smoothest versions of this style you will have.

Finger licking good.

Photo of kernalklink
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seasonal was well done. A great color out of the tap, nice carbonation and a biting mouth. The flavors are well segregated on the tongue- nice sweet caramel malt with a slight hop in the back- very clean. I usually like more flavor in an Oktoberfest, but this brew was as refreshing without the more pronounced profile. A good choice from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Agressive pour gave a small head. Little lacing. Orange amber in color.

3.0 S: Sweet caramel and some sourness much like a sour wine. A bit of floral hops to round it off.

2.0 T: Really sour for a beer. Tastes like a cheap sour red white with a bit of Japanese sake mixed in. Interesting but not good and terrible for the style.

4.0 M: Easily the best part about this beer. Creamy and smooth and largely chewy. If only it tastes better.

1.5 D: It's hard to get through even one of these.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a distinct amber brown color with a great amount of head. Not very distinct to most of the style.

S - Smells of caramel malt, Toasted malt, a distinct hop presence and some toffee.

T - Don't want to say it's the best oktoberfest but is has a nice sweet flavor, middle ground is loaded with toasted malts, and the hops has a clean lager taste.

M - Light to medium very good beer.

Overall Lancaster makes good beer and this is no Oktoberfest to pass over, Great beer overall.

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Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.