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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%
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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Photo of OhNo789


2/5  rDev -43.2%

11-20-2013 02:49:25 | More by OhNo789
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.35/5  rDev -33.2%

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.

10-11-2008 23:44:02 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -32.4%

(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.

10-27-2009 03:11:02 | More by TLove
Photo of Seanibus


2.53/5  rDev -28.1%

This actually winds up coming out like a light pumpkin beer, although I see no evidence they were actually aiming for that.

Pours clear copper with fizzy carbonation, though the head collapses with dismaying rapidity. The aroma is strong at first - honeyish and spicy, though it fades incredibly fast, leaving only the slightest whiff of malt. The flavor is a bit better, round with some clove and cinnamon coming from the malt. The finish, however, is a bit bitter and sour. The mouthfeel has some of the creaminess one gets in a pumpkin beer.

This one doesn't do it for me - it doesn't have any of the crisp snap of a well-executed Oktoberfest. It feels flabby and round and the satisfying malt burn turns quickly into a sour aftertaste.

10-05-2009 21:35:09 | More by Seanibus
Photo of jackorain


2.58/5  rDev -26.7%

This beer looks good and like an Oktoberfest should 2 finger head goodretention and lace. However the aroma and flavor were off. Too yeasty, almost hopless

Very fizzy wuth a light body.

I really wouldn't persue this in a bottle again. I've had many a beer at the Brewpub and on tapother places and tmost lancaster offerings are fine products, however, most of there contract brewed bottled stuff is not the same quality.

04-02-2008 17:21:52 | More by jackorain
Photo of neobassman


2.65/5  rDev -24.7%

This Lancaster brew was a gift from a recent house guest. Frankly, I expected more from this brew, though I appreciated my friend's hospitality. Color is amber, almost copper. Pours with a modest head that does not linger. Not much lacing. Smell and taste were consistent with each other - a hint of hops, some malt, and some not very pleasant cider-like flavors. Mouthfeel was not noteworthy. As this beer warmed up from refrigerator temperatures, it grew less pleasant. The color and light hops are characteristic of Oktoberfest beers, I believe. but it did not have a full, lusty taste that I had hoped for.

11-09-2007 02:54:01 | More by neobassman
Photo of mempath


2.73/5  rDev -22.4%

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

10-18-2009 18:03:55 | More by mempath
Photo of ejimhof


2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

12-25-2012 18:39:11 | More by ejimhof
Photo of aszatk01


3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-02-2013 20:15:55 | More by aszatk01
Photo of Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-09-2012 17:18:24 | More by Damian74Shensky
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

10-11-2012 00:21:13 | More by joshtoberfest
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-10-2012 17:19:43 | More by bonbini26
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

08-06-2013 21:06:17 | More by mpalestino
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

08-25-2012 01:57:38 | More by Steinberger
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-12-2014 01:59:18 | More by scottDC
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-12-2013 21:35:54 | More by twenty5
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

08-16-2012 17:24:00 | More by marty717
Photo of Knapp85


3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

This brew pours out as a copper color with a decent head on it. The head settles not really leaving a lacing. The smell is mostly malts, not much spice or hops in this one. The taste is kind of bland for an Oktoberfest brew. I wasn't really getting much an autumn feel from this beer. The mouthfeel was light and had some carbonation in it. Overall not nearly the best Oktoberfest beer out there.

05-20-2011 00:14:25 | More by Knapp85
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

10-22-2009 22:16:48 | More by beerthulhu
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

09-17-2012 22:07:38 | More by emsroth
Photo of jak3676


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

Lancaster Brewing - Oktoberfest

Overall - another mediocre märzen. This one may have been past it's prime too - I got medium head with an agressive pour, but it faded quickly without any lacing. The beer did have have a nice redish-copper color, and it poured perfectly clear. Taste was OK - a bit malty, but slightly off somehow I don't know how to describe. Not bad, but I won't seek it out again - I'd probably prefer a Sam Adams which is generally my idea of a middle of the road Oktoberfest.

Bottle says Wilkes-Barre, PA (I'm assuming that's near Lancaster?) There's no sign of an ABV on the bottle or cap. The bottle has a few stamps on it - 20512, 14960K+ and 15/21/174/12/11.38/S - not sure if anyone can get a bottling date out of that or not.

11-18-2012 23:24:09 | More by jak3676
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%

The last beer of Augustfest. 12 oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Pours a lighter copper color. Not much head, it starts off as a one finger offwhite color, before fading to a thin collar in no time. Not impressive looking.

S: A bit hoppy; it's a little earthy and grassy, suggesting a healthy bill of noble hops. The toasted, caramel malts are typical, but there's a touch of nuttiness to the aroma I find myself enjoying.

T: Less caramel-y than other marzens, this eschews the typical profile for more of a nutty toffee presence. The hops only come through as a grassy crispness on the finish. It's OK, but not as enjoyably drinkable as others in the style, likely due it's flavor profile being somewhat buttery.

M: Typical of a marzen, this has a neutral, nondescript finish and a bit of lingering sweetness. Could be a little less heavy on the palate, though. Well carbonated.

O: Probably my least favorite of the five, though it's not terrible - just uninteresting. Nor does it have the drinkability I expect from a good marzen, either. I like it better than Heavy Seas' version, for what it's worth.

08-27-2012 21:00:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of dananabanana


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

A: Translucent, yet dark, brown. Very little head. No lacing.

S: A little wheat, but not too strong.

T: Hoppy bite. The aftertaste is a sweet wheat.

M: Sort of caramel. Well-carbonated.

D: Very heavy, but in a satisfying way.

Overall, it's solid, but it's unremarkable.

11-14-2008 16:43:05 | More by dananabanana
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

09-15-2012 03:33:27 | More by chim52chim
Photo of IPAchris


3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-29-2013 17:55:15 | More by IPAchris
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Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.