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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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80
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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: oberon on 10-31-2003)
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%

Pours reddish copper with an off-white head that soon descends to a slowly disappearing thin cover.

The smell is of caramel and graininess. Slight spiciness in the back.

The taste is of carmelized grain. Slightly nutty, it has a malty character with a touch of spicy hops. Malty sweetness in the finish. Simple, but tasty. Robust.

It's medium-to-full-bodied. Smooth.

This is a nice O-fest. Malt-accented and smooth, it is a well-crafted brew that hits the style with exceptional authenticity. Very quaffable. (Could use better head retention, though.) A good one to put in a line-up of O-fests!

jwc215, Oct 06, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

mikerems, Oct 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Woodysbeard, Nov 18, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

NJpadreFan, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 12, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.
Served as a deep copper color beer with moderate slightly off-white head.
Smell is malty with some caramel notes present.
Taste is appropriate for the style, with the presence of roasted malt, caramel and toffee found.
Finish is light, for this style of beer, and very refreshing.
A very middle-of the-road example of the style. Great drinkability,

tgbljb, Oct 29, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev +16.6%

...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.

weeare138, May 29, 2005
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

Billm67, Feb 20, 2008
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

bubseymour, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

shockrocker65, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Rojada1988, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

John_Squires, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

jagada, Oct 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

JeffTheJuice, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Barnsley, Jul 30, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

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!

NeroFiddled, Oct 09, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

Served on tap just the other night at Ale Mary's in Baltimore. Poured the expected nutty brown with a decent half finger of off white foam. Light malt aroma.
Nice chewy malty brew, not overly complex and virtually nonexistent hops. Finished clean and a little dry. Went well with several different foods.

This made it quite drinkable. Though not on par with the Germans overall, it was still worth several.

Dithyramb, Sep 19, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

This has a decent, but not thick, white head that lingers for a good while. There is a good, malty nose and a beautiful copper color to it. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with an extremely malty finish. This is one of those rare seasonals that I hosetly wish would be brewed year-'round. Drinkable? Hell, yeah!

woodychandler, Dec 28, 2004
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: A mix of a light amber / dark copper color, with a good amount of fast-rising carbonation visible. This beer pours with about an inch of smooth head that falls down fairly swiftly yet leaves a spotty layer atop the beer. It leaves a very thin layer of lacing on the glass that slides back into the beer after a minute.
S: Warm and sweet caramel malts are quite strong, with an underlying earthiness/fruitiness to it that really fills the nose. The smell is sweetish and pleasant, but finishes somewhat plain and weak.
T: Sweet up front with a hint of buttery breadiness. The middle is slightly more fruity but without any hop bitterness. Finish is soft and sweet as well with some interesting floral tastes.
M: Soft and manageable for the most part, but it leaves an odd tingle in the side of the mouth during the finish.
D: Really good. Pretty tasty and easy to swallow. I could easily drink a few of these in a row.
Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nothing is truly outstanding, but it's a good solid example of this style that features a smooth malt character with a tiny hop taste.

LeftyBWS, Oct 09, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

bmills1608, Nov 05, 2003
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3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

SixpointJMH, Nov 17, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 28, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

Served on tap into a mug club mug.

A- pours a clear shade of amber with a one finger white head. Looks nonoffensive and very nice

S- not much, as per the Lancaster norm...getting hints of cinnamon and pumpkin though. Could use a lot more nose

T- yummy...pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg are what I'm mostly getting. Very malty

M- good feel, super malty and low carbonation

D- you don't get the 6.5% in this at all, it really sneaks up on you. Super drinkable O-fest

bigfnjoe, Sep 17, 2010
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Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.