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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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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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Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a decent foam cap

Aroma is malty, but there is a bit of fruit to it. Gives off a sweetish aroma.

Taste..yep. Certainly some fruity aspects to it..gives off a sweet taste blending with the malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Well done. And because of the mouthfeel and taste, this is a very drinkable beer. Can't even taste the 6.5% alcohol

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler picked up at the brewery in Lancaster.
Pours a beautiful deep copper color with great clarity that I like to see in my lagers. Head is big and retention and lacing are good. Smell is malty and bready with a little corn mixed in. Tastes pretty good with a fairly complex malty flavor. Also some corn and some earthy hop flavor. Finishes rather bitter for a lager. Very crisp and lively mouthfeel. Pretty solid lager from LBC.

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ultimate
3.64/5  rDev +4%

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

12oz bottle from Octoberfest sampler poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Burnt oragne color with a 1/2 inch off white head. Light hue for the marzen style.

S: Good German malts, caramel first and foremost. Seek em out and you find some bitterness from the hops. Overall, average to moderate sweetness.

T: German flavors here. Warming, nice but average across the board. There is a solid burnt smokiness becoming apparent as it warmed.

M: Pretty thin texture. Awfully smooth and a nnice spicy bite out of nowhere.

D: High drinkability if not a bit average and run of the mill. Nice surprises here and there but not a bad job by Lancaster. Its well rounded and holds its own.

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

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Munich malt scent along with a dry fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It's light and dry with a moderately malt flavor. It goes down smooth with a clean and somewhat fruity finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good Oktoberfest. It could use a bit more malt flavor, but it drinks quite well regardless.

Photo of garcia2a
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a leftover from last September, but still tasty. Nice reddish coppery tone, with light carbonation and a decent head that left a nice lacey coating.

The bouquet has a lot of malt, mixed with toasty grains and caramel undertones. This goes right to the heart of the taste, toasted malt, caramel and an interesting grainy finish and aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is decent as this beer is not as heavy in body as some more malty fest beers. This is a drinkable beer and an enjoyable beer, great for the fall,not a 97 degree day. I would say that for what I believe was their second bottling of this beer, a decent effort!

Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a clear copper with a fizzy white 2 finger head. The aroma is pretty typical, sweet, bready. It taste like it smells, sweet with bread notes, light on the hops with a semisweet finish. The beer is full bodied, well carbonated and easy drinking. A typical marzen, it is solid but will not blow you away.

Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%

Copper in color. Bready nose that was also a touch tart. The flavor profile follows the nose. Semi-dry finish.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts off really well but declines as it gets warmer. It first gets a slight astringency, I believe from alcohol. As it gets warmer, butter tastes dominate.

Nice copper color.

I would have to say that this is a pretty decent Octoberfest compared to all the Marzens I've had lately. Not at the top, but a pretty decent one worth having.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Some lacing.

S: Caramel malt and some yeast. Spicy hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Spicy hops. Toasty finish. Mild flavor overall.

M: Light to medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Soft carbonation.

O: Looks nice and smells interesting. Very drinkable. Solid lager.

Photo of dexterk1
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of thain709
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A pretty transparent, yet bright golden orange/amber body...a small white head forms and disappears quickly...a ring floats around the edges and leaves some lacing

S - Very complex on the nose...lots of sweet malts dominate...but there is some yeast, grain, and a faint hop presence

T - The taste comes up a little short compared to the nose...the sweet malts are not lacking up front...they have caramel and toffee flavors...the toffee shines through a little more I'd say...the Earthiness stands out in the middle of this beer...tastes of grain and corn (yes, corn) are present...coming together it tastes of a buttery biscuit...the hops show up for a second at the very end to provide that quick bitterness

M - Medium bodied...a little thin, yet crisp and refreshing

D - A very unique take on the style...I haven't had anything taste like this before...and I'm not complaining...this is not my favorite style...but I would drink more than two of these in a night

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.

Photo of jhammel01
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange color with a TON of carbonation....It looks like soda. Head retains but a little bit but then dissipates....no lacing at all...carbonation seems to have gone down as well.

Not much in the smell...Just a bit of caramel..I havent picked up much in any of the oktoberfests this year.

Tastes of solid caramel and malt. Its very much up front with a bit of cinnamon as well. Finishes with a strong backbone of toffee.

Nothing ground breaking but its a very good oktoberfest....Another good one from Lancaster Brewing co.

Photo of AdamBear
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-nice amber with a very thin white head

S-creamy caramel. Smells more like an amber lager than an Oktoberfest. Some butter. 

T-comes in with a creamy taste of caramel and autumn spices. Has a matching after-taste. Decent flavors and strength. Not an Oktoberfest.

M-medium crisp carbonation with a crisp finish

O-well this isn't an Oktoberfest. I don't think lancaster was trying to brew a beer for people who like the style. I think it was their goal to brew a beer that reminds the locals of their colorful autumn. As a random autumn beer, it's not too bad. 

Photo of beerman207
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from PA

A: Dark brown - small skim coating on the top of the glass

S: Malt, spice,

T: Malt, sweet, some hops, spice

M: Carbonation is kind of high for the style

D: i think this is a good beer overall. Just a little bubbly. Good offering from Lancaster

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 beerfinder
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of GreenMind
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BravoTwo
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear, amber-copper coloration with a thin non-lingering head

S - Malted smell, clean and uncomplex, with a small whiff of hops.

T - Good tasting brew, which has clean malt flavors and little hop flavoring. Clean taste with refreshing flavors.

M - Mild carbonation, and a thin mouthfeel. Not bad, just nothing really striking.

D - Easy drinking. We drank this while we were brewing an all-grain Baltic Porter, and it went down easily all afternoon. A good sessionable beer.

Photo of racingkenny14
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
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