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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 180
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 180
Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
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.

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Photo of weller1js
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
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

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of jhammel01
3.73/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of TLove
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at the brewery.

Yellowish orange with a rough, strewn head that disappears very quickly. Overly carbonated and kolschy, this beer possesses a slight note of honey in the body, along with orange citrus and papaya. Sweet malt, grainy taste, which sits rather oddly to me. Finish is timid. Light in hops. Strong in alcohol, but hidden well. Crisp, but a bit syrupy and light in body.

I expected a lot more from a brewery in one of the biggest, most traditional German-descendent communities in the country. Really unremarkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of mempath
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

deep amber color with almost no lacing and a head that dissipates fast. smell is a bit sweet, a honey-malt sense that some may like, but too much for me. taste is...well, the first taste is simply on the sweet side...next one, after a bit of warming reveals a hint of muscatel...something i like, but if it's muscatel/muscadine, give me more. mouthfeel is fairly carbonated but oddly thin and 'chewy'...not sure what it wants to be...for me, not super drinkable. not a session FEST beer as i would expect...i really love Lancaster's Hop Hog and other offerings, but this isn't their best. for me. it might be for you. i would HAVE to have a big sausage sandwich with this. plenty of mustard. something to make this something worthy of washing it all down

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Photo of thain709
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This actually winds up coming out like a light pumpkin beer, although I see no evidence they were actually aiming for that.

Pours clear copper with fizzy carbonation, though the head collapses with dismaying rapidity. The aroma is strong at first - honeyish and spicy, though it fades incredibly fast, leaving only the slightest whiff of malt. The flavor is a bit better, round with some clove and cinnamon coming from the malt. The finish, however, is a bit bitter and sour. The mouthfeel has some of the creaminess one gets in a pumpkin beer.

This one doesn't do it for me - it doesn't have any of the crisp snap of a well-executed Oktoberfest. It feels flabby and round and the satisfying malt burn turns quickly into a sour aftertaste.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
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...

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...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with no head. The smell is of sweet roasted malts and some floral hops. Taste is of sweet roasted malt, and a caramel note malt as well. The hop presence is midway through to the end and light and of citrus hops. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Overall it is a solid to above average drinkable beer. It has a good round flavor but not spectacular.

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Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer presents a clear amber visage, without much to foam to speak of. Mostly malt in the nose, bread and caramel. Rolls across the palate fairly well. Toasted, slightly sweet malt flavors upfront. A bitterness, along with a prickly carbonation, rise toward the end providing some nice balance.

A fine and drinkable, but not outstanding, beer

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Photo of dananabanana
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of odietrying
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a 5 oz. sampler glass.

A: A clear, dark copper color. Thin head, strong and thick lacing.

S: Floral notes.

T: Sweet malt, somewhat bitter finish. Well-balanced.

M: Smooth, well-carbonated.

D: Not a huge fan of it overall. I suppose it fits the style, but I wasn't impressed with any particular aspect. I probably wouldn't reach for another if I had other options.

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Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.