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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%


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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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler into pint glass.

A - Clear deep amber with a titanic white head.

S - Toasted sweet malt, light floral hops, hints of caramel and nuttiness.

T - Sweet, bready caramel malt throughout, slightly nutty. Earthy hops add a touch of bitterness. Finishes with a nice roasted wood flavor.

M - Extra smooth, light-medium body, crisp carbonation.

O - Decent octoberfest. A little watery, but it has good flavor and balance.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2012 21:58:59 | More by mooseo
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2010 13:10:47 | More by JunkYardJake
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shertz

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler that was just filled within the hour at the Brewery. For $7/growler, can't beat it. I'm becoming a big fan of Oktoberfest beers. Let's see how this one line's up while watching College Football.

A-No head whatsoever. Golden color with a hint of red throughout.

S- Not a whole lot of nose on this one. Some sweet caramel malts and a little spice. A few citrus hops also.

T- Taste is a lot more complex than the Apperance and Smell. Some sweet malts, spices, and apricot aftertaste. Has a nice floral hops taste in the middle. Very good and different than other Fest beers I have had lately.

M- I think this is a little thin. It might have lost a little carbonation after filling the growler. Nothing special in the mouthfeel.

D- The website says 6.5% though I don't notice any alcohol. Very drinkable in my book. Not my favorite Oktoberfest beer, but for the price and availability for me, can't beat a growler. It does have quite a bit of difference than Stoudt's or SA's, which is nice.

Cheers Friends,
Scott

Serving type: growler

09-15-2007 23:02:58 | More by shertz
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delta490

Virginia

3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 17:17:49 | More by delta490
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jak3676

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 23:24:09 | More by jak3676
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 22:28:07 | More by garuda
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:49:16 | More by chefhatt
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +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. 

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:49:53 | More by AdamBear
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emsroth

New York

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 22:07:38 | More by emsroth
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 14:45:10 | More by thecheapies
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 03:26:16 | More by DrDemento456
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 21:00:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
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JMWEB2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 20:23:15 | More by JMWEB2
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 02:23:51 | More by FickleBeast
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 23:43:38 | More by SolipsismalCat
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:14:25 | More by Knapp85
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee and berry notes. The taste is caramel, toffee, faint nutty notes and leafy, butter hops. A fruity finish. Medium bodied. A decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:21:29 | More by CuriousMonk
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:53:15 | More by beerman207
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

This brew is a deep, hazy, burnt orange, aged copper in color and boasts a fluffy one-finger thick white head that fades pretty quickly, leaving minimal lacing, but forms a few floating clumps.

Smells of sweet toasted caramel malts and fresh baked bread.

Tastes of sweet toasted caramel, bready wheat and a twang of earthy hops.

Medium-light in the mouth, crisp and refreshing.

As expected for the style, this is a highly drinkable brew. Easily enjoyed by anyone who enjoys a Vienna Lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 21:18:13 | More by ujsplace
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 17:09:14 | More by mdaschaf
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Florida9

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 01:43:14 | More by Florida9
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 16:46:03 | More by bonkers
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weller1js

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:25:00 | More by weller1js
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:02:44 | More by micromaniac129
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 20:00:52 | More by bigfnjoe
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Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.