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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: 6
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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 odietrying
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a 5 oz. sampler glass.

A: A clear, dark copper color. Thin head, strong and thick lacing.

S: Floral notes.

T: Sweet malt, somewhat bitter finish. Well-balanced.

M: Smooth, well-carbonated.

D: Not a huge fan of it overall. I suppose it fits the style, but I wasn't impressed with any particular aspect. I probably wouldn't reach for another if I had other options.

Photo of weller1js
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a clear copper-orange with light carbonation, light off-white foam and lacing.

smell: earthy harvest malts and light scent of spices.

taste: begins clean, malt-harvest flavor quickly presents itself, malty flavor somewhat clashes with a spicy undertone, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.

drinkability: not an overly impressive Märzen, the harvest malts are pronounced, but its bitterness detracts from the style.

Photo of goblue3509
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with no head. The smell is of sweet roasted malts and some floral hops. Taste is of sweet roasted malt, and a caramel note malt as well. The hop presence is midway through to the end and light and of citrus hops. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Overall it is a solid to above average drinkable beer. It has a good round flavor but not spectacular.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer presents a clear amber visage, without much to foam to speak of. Mostly malt in the nose, bread and caramel. Rolls across the palate fairly well. Toasted, slightly sweet malt flavors upfront. A bitterness, along with a prickly carbonation, rise toward the end providing some nice balance.

A fine and drinkable, but not outstanding, beer

Photo of dedrinker
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light amber color, moderate off white head. Fairly tame with some mild grainy malt and a little hint of caramel. Very smooth and drinkable - somewhere between a classic marzen and the lighter versions produced by the Munich breweries for the Octoberfest. It probably falls more on the commercial side of mass-market Octoberfest, but it is unfair of me to compare it to the cream of the crop. Do it if the price is right.

Photo of GregStoner
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is pretty mild, some toasty bready malt but not much else.

First sip is... kind of buttery, with a decent amount of sweetness. Minimal hop flavor and mild bitterness. Finishes on the sweet side.

All in all, not bad - but nothing spectacular. I'm pretty sure the buttery flavor is unintentional. That being said, it doesn't ruin the beer, but I would prefer that it finishes a little dryer.

Photo of garuda
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazed copper body, white head has some retention and lacing.

S/T - Toasted grains, baked bread, nothing in the way of hops, just a touch of bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium/light body, medium carbonation, finishes clean, smooth going down.

O - Easy drinker, but there are other marzens out there with a deeper flavor/aroma profile.

Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap yesterday at their brewpub and it was completely different froim last years leftover bottled version that I am reviewing today.

Initially pours a 1 finger head that quickly releases to a thin film. Orange/amber semi transparent and clear color.

Huge malt sweet nose on this, lots of toffee and/or caramel smell.

Taste is crisp but very sweet. It has just as much toffee character as the nose would invitingly portray.

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 treyrab
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

6.5% on the Lancster Brewing website....Poured into a pint glass...

A: Beautiful pour! Clear copper with a nice three finger creamy tan head! Nice carbonation creeping up the glass as well.

S: Smell is of sour caramel surprisingly. A very sour smell that caught me off guard. There is also a metallic hint in the nose as well.

T: Very interesting sour caramel as well. The sourness really hits you hard here with a tad of metal in the taste as well, but that is minor. Otherwise, the caramel taste is nice, but the German hops I was expecting were not there.

Overall, an interesting Oktoberfest that comes with an interesting sour malt flavor

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 delta490
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner style glass. Poured a clear amber with almost no head and no lacing. Aroma is simple, with malty notes of biscuit and a little bit of fruit. Taste is about the same. Not much depth to it. A little hint of carbonation and a thinner mouthfeel. Not bad, but unexciting when compared to its German counterparts.

Photo of JMWEB2
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Copper color, head disappears.

S: Great malty smell upfront, some sweetness.

T: Carmel flavor dominates the malt I had smelled at first, and there buttery quality. Smoother Oktoberfest.

M: Nice and crisp, drinkable.

O: I like its drinkability, its not the best Oktoberfest, but by no means the worst.

Photo of chim52chim
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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