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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
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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WheelsPSU, Aug 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

52P48, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

MikeConklin, Nov 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Garlicjosh, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

JunkYardJake, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of kernalklink
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seasonal was well done. A great color out of the tap, nice carbonation and a biting mouth. The flavors are well segregated on the tongue- nice sweet caramel malt with a slight hop in the back- very clean. I usually like more flavor in an Oktoberfest, but this brew was as refreshing without the more pronounced profile. A good choice from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet.

kernalklink, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: A mix of a light amber / dark copper color, with a good amount of fast-rising carbonation visible. This beer pours with about an inch of smooth head that falls down fairly swiftly yet leaves a spotty layer atop the beer. It leaves a very thin layer of lacing on the glass that slides back into the beer after a minute.
S: Warm and sweet caramel malts are quite strong, with an underlying earthiness/fruitiness to it that really fills the nose. The smell is sweetish and pleasant, but finishes somewhat plain and weak.
T: Sweet up front with a hint of buttery breadiness. The middle is slightly more fruity but without any hop bitterness. Finish is soft and sweet as well with some interesting floral tastes.
M: Soft and manageable for the most part, but it leaves an odd tingle in the side of the mouth during the finish.
D: Really good. Pretty tasty and easy to swallow. I could easily drink a few of these in a row.
Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nothing is truly outstanding, but it's a good solid example of this style that features a smooth malt character with a tiny hop taste.

LeftyBWS, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of emsroth
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

emsroth, Sep 17, 2012
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!

garcia2a, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of bmills1608
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Drafting Room Exton.

Deep red/brown color, even a bit dark by American Oktoberfest standards. Finger thick head fizzles away rather fast. Nose is a little muted, but some aromas of dark malts, fudge and fruit. Flavor was very full, pleasing, with a lot of mouth filling richness. Lots of chewy malt and actually quite a bit of fruity flavors as well. I was surprised at how fruity and spiced tasting this O-fest was, I almost thought they crossed the tap lines with a "Brewery name escapes me" Winter ale that was right next to the Lancaster tap handle. Quite a full bodied, rich O-fest overall. Mouthfeel was fine and malty slick with moderate to low carbonation (nice!).

Finished with residual malt sweetness and pumpkin pie spice. Overall - I somewhat stylized version of your typical O-fest, but in a good way. Really nice richness and malt punch dominate this well crafted brew.

bmills1608, Nov 05, 2003
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3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

weller1js, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of BeerIsland
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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

beerfinder, Tuesday at 03:52 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

racingkenny14, Sunday at 05:10 PM
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

sbart518, Sep 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

doc17325, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Woodysbeard, Nov 18, 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 HossMcGraw
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a little disappointing to me as I love this brewery and I love O-Fests. The color was the normal dark amber, very little head, no lacing. Smell was quite hoppy with a little malt in the background.

The initial taste was quite hoppy with a little bit of malt base. Seems too hoppy for the style. Very clean and simple. Actually tasted very similar to another one of their beers, the Red Rose Ale. Maybe they could switch up their hop varieties or something.

Mouthfeel was thin, but drinkability was pretty high. Overall, worth a shot.

HossMcGraw, Sep 12, 2006
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

jholland, Friday at 02:32 PM
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

DougAppleby, Sep 01, 2014
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

OhNo789, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of dananabanana
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

dananabanana, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of BravoTwo
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
Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.