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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 5
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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3.72/5  rDev +6.3%

dexterk1, Sep 11, 2014
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. 

AdamBear, Sep 18, 2012
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...

dacrza1, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

DrDemento456, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

beerfinder, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Boone757, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

GreenMind, Sep 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

racingkenny14, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

HRamz3, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of beerman207
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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

beerman207, Feb 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Goobastic, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of jhammel01
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

jhammel01, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of micromaniac129
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifullly bright clear copper colored beer with a big white head when poured vigorously. Fades vigorously too, to just a thin wispy veil.
Very low carbonation.
I can pick up hop presence but of no distinct flavor and sweet malt pulling up the rear.
Nice malt flavor, sweet tasting from Vienna and Munich malts. Barely any hops to speak of, but it isn't suppost to be a big player.
Smooth and clean, a nice lager style.
Myself, I think it could use a bit more carbo's and be a little more aggressive in the hop area.
Drink well my friends

micromaniac129, Sep 29, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

BravoTwo, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of thecheapies
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery gold color. About a half-inch of a dry, settled head. Almost static surface. 3.5

Toasted malts, rolled oats, whole grains, and some very light candied fruitiness. Nicely kilned and very fresh. 4.0

Brute malts with husks, roast, and metallic flavors. Tandem hop and roast bitterness. Very dry with a wheat bran-like flavor. Bitter and tangy in the finish with steely notes and overall crispness. 4.0

Well-carbonated with some palate-breaching effervescence. The thinner body has trouble keeping up. 3.0

Pretty solid American Oktoberfest. I would recommend it as such. 3.5

thecheapies, Sep 12, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A rich copper color with a head that fades to a ring.

Theres not a particularly strong aroma to this beer, light floral hops and bready malts.

Malt is in the forefront with a tea like hop for balance. Has an assertive roasted character and at times tastes nutty. Tastes like a solid marzen/Octoberfest should taste, due attention is paid to the malt body and this beer is well balanced.

Medium to full bodied and smooth.

A very sessionable Octoberfest here. Worthy of the purchase.

Stinkypuss, Sep 12, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Dodo2step, Sep 17, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is from the bottle to a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pour is a planin copper color with a short one finger head that disappears pretty quickly and leaves a faint/scant ghost of a skim on the surface; body is clear and shows moderate carbonation; no lacing, just an oily film on the side.

Smell: Smell seems a little off - initially on the open I thought it was a bit skunky (uh-oh!), but fortunately that fades (phew!) and now there is a bit of an acidic apple-like smell, as well as some sweeter malts backing it up. Odd.

Taste: Actually, no too bad. That apple flavor is definitely there, but it's more slight on the palate than in the nose; nice and sweet malts give off a nice balance, but there is also a nice biscuity or sweet-bready quality as well that adds a filling aspect to it.

Mouthfeel: Body is lively, yet smooth with the carbonation; body is full, yet not thick and heavy; the drink itself is a little slick and slippery and manages to leave a mild coating on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Ovearll, not bad. But I've definitely had better Oktoberfests that didn't have strange fruity and acidic flavors sneaking through them. I'll give it credit though, it tasted fine and I could have drank a couple more if I had to.

bamadog, Sep 21, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

BeerIsland, Oct 05, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While at the brewpub I noticed many customers ordering this. Clear bronze in color with a short 1/4" head. No noticeable lacing. The aroma is of malt and mildly nutty. The flavor is large on roasted malt, while nut, caramel, with very little bitterness bring up the rear. As the beer warmed I noticed a hint of spiciness coming through.

The mouthfeel is smooth at the start with a crisp finish were the malt and caramel lasted long on the tongue after swallowing. Nicely drinkable and I guess others felt so as several other customers kept ordering these one after another.

Gavage, Nov 04, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color. Forms a fizzy head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Earthy caramel malts.

T: Sweet caramel malt. A bit earthy with some fruitiness. Low hops and bitterness. Lighter flavored than most Oktoberfests

M: On the lighter side of medium. Appropriate carbonation.

D: A good Oktoberfest. Personally I like the lighter feel and malt character.

Florida9, Oct 20, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 28, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a pint glass, it had a nice 2' white head on top of a nice copper/amber color body. The smell has a nice malt aroma and that is about all i get out of it. The taste is very nice, it has a good sweet malt flavor to it, then a little hop come in. This beer is very well balanced, the mouth feel is really good, rolls off the tongue nice with no aftertaste. Overall this is a good octoberfest beer.

chefhatt, Oct 18, 2012
Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.