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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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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Drafting Room in Spring House, pours a deep copper with a pretty large head that leaves pretty quickly,aroma is sweet and a little grainy.The taste is pretty well rounded lightly sweet with some soft bittering with light toasted malt flavors.A solid beer with no spectacular qualities but still pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2003 04:01:48 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd guess that this is Franklinfest with a more seasonal name; and that this Franklinfest is the same Franklinfest that I used to enjoy so much from Independence Brewing Company. Well, not exactly. But it's pretty close to how I remember it. Yes, very close indeed. Anyway...
Lancaster Brewing Company delivers a very well-made and exceptionally drinkable lager in their Oktoberfest. It's clear, deep amber body displays glowing orange and golden highlights at the sides and base of the glass. The creamy white head holds rather well and leaves tiny spots of lace as it descends. Toasty maltiness dominate the nose, spritzed with floral hops. It's smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled and restrained carbonation that just lightly tingles the tongue. Munich malts appear upfront in the flavor, mildly toasty, and lightly sweet, along with a bit of caramel. Towards the swallow some floral and grassy hops enter, and then the malt disappears except for a toasty edge in its dry, delicately bitter finish. Well-balanced, clean, and quaffable, it has just enough maltiness and toasted/caramelish character to keep it interesting while still remaining very drinkable. Many breweries over-do their Oktoberfest with too much malt flavor and body, but not this one. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 01:09:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 22:31:02 | More by WesWes
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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish copper with an off-white head that soon descends to a slowly disappearing thin cover.

The smell is of caramel and graininess. Slight spiciness in the back.

The taste is of carmelized grain. Slightly nutty, it has a malty character with a touch of spicy hops. Malty sweetness in the finish. Simple, but tasty. Robust.

It's medium-to-full-bodied. Smooth.

This is a nice O-fest. Malt-accented and smooth, it is a well-crafted brew that hits the style with exceptional authenticity. Very quaffable. (Could use better head retention, though.) A good one to put in a line-up of O-fests!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 21:42:25 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poppin' with flavor much like the version I tried a few years back called Franklin Fest. Pours a copper amber hue with a bright light cream colored head with minimal lacing after each sip. Aroma brings out deep caramel malts with a slightly tart sourdough bread presence and light herbal hop backing. Flavor coats the mouth with a sweet initial fruitiness with a welcomed soothing caramel nut finish, herbal hop flavors roll. Drink this one warmer it really opens up the flavor profile, Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonated softly with a nice semi sweet roundness that treats the palate right. Drinkability overall is pretty killer one of those dessert island Ofests, one of the best of the season thus far and I've had a quite a few to compare this one with.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 14:10:15 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2004 16:06:01 | More by Gavage
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a decent, but not thick, white head that lingers for a good while. There is a good, malty nose and a beautiful copper color to it. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with an extremely malty finish. This is one of those rare seasonals that I hosetly wish would be brewed year-'round. Drinkable? Hell, yeah!

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2004 14:39:59 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 18:36:11 | More by stakem
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

...This is now being offered as the year round Marzen at the brewery.

Appears a red brown color with nice 1 inch head that sticks around for a minute and solid levels of lacing and medium carbonation. The smell is of nice, German malts and a fruity sweetness mixed with aromatic crisp hops.
Taste is smooth with nice rounded malts and a pleasant, mild hoppiness that compliments the beer well. This is one of the smoothest versions of this style you will have.

Finger licking good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2005 18:42:48 | More by weeare138
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 22:16:48 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 00:39:17 | More by Stinkypuss
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 22:45:37 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 23:21:05 | More by tone77
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.
Served as a deep copper color beer with moderate slightly off-white head.
Smell is malty with some caramel notes present.
Taste is appropriate for the style, with the presence of roasted malt, caramel and toffee found.
Finish is light, for this style of beer, and very refreshing.
A very middle-of the-road example of the style. Great drinkability,

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2006 20:17:37 | More by tgbljb
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 23:44:02 | More by DavoleBomb
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lancaster- Oktoberfest

Picked up a single at Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- Golden copper brown with a frothy white head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Strong caramel malt with a light earthy hop aroma.
T- Big strong caramel, butterscotch malt. Sligth touch of vanilla and woddsy hop.
M- Creamy and sweet. Malt dominates throughout.

Overall- Delicious beer, could become cloying after a few but otherwise total session beer here. 1 of the best Oktoberfests I've had this Autumn.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 01:42:11 | More by NJpadreFan
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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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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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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
Appearance: Pours a clear, clean, lucid, tawny, ruddy, orange hue with a minimal head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Taste: Light-to-medium-bodied flavor, not too heavy on the malts or taste... The typical Oktoberfest bread and butter nuances were there, yet wholly unassertive...
Decent-level of drinkability...
Average, more or less...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 23:36:28 | More by dsa7783
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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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 01:26:44 | More by philbe311
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BeerSox

Virginia

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

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Clear copper hue with a one finger off-white head. Slowly settles to a thin cap.

Toasted grain with a touch of hoppiness in there, well balanced, but very light. Not as sweet as some Oktoberfests.

Slightly sweet and roasty malts, with a little bit of brown sugar. No bitterness to be perceived. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is some lingering toasty grain. Seems like there is a bit of smokiness in there as well. Not so much like a Rauchbier, but it's a flavor that I noticed.

Decent Oktoberfest which aligns with the gereral style. I felt that there was a bit of "sweetness" that was missing that I usually find in this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:56:29 | More by BeerSox
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Oktoberfest - fresh as it gets straight from the source.

This is not a bad Oktoberfest but as much I look forward to the flavorful creamy festbiers of the season I am a bit disappointed with Lancaster Brewing Company inventiveness in this years brew. It is a straightforward representation of the minimum requirements to meat the style, IMO.


Appearance: Served in a large mug a dark amber copper color with moderate lacing and decent clarity through the translucent beer.

Smell: Clean and lightly malty with a hint of grain and German malts but very little spiciness.

Taste: Very simple flavor of German malts and grain with a splash of caramel and the slightest hint of spice. Nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Very crisp, almost too crisp, but pleasant.

Drinkability: This is certainly a sessionable poundable guzzler beer built for the masses but 'complex and interesting', maybe a question. It may be partly due to the fact that they serve the beer far too cold and I actually did not have time to let it sit for an hour. We'll give it another shot but, from time to time a guzzler is appropriate and for that time ...

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2006 09:09:51 | More by Phatz
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Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.