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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%
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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4/5  rDev +13.6%

08-24-2012 21:00:03 | More by bubseymour
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

08-21-2012 05:57:54 | More by JeffTheJuice
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-19-2012 16:26:40 | More by Goobastic
Photo of Rojada1988


4/5  rDev +13.6%

08-19-2012 07:33:32 | More by Rojada1988
Photo of marty717


3/5  rDev -14.8%

08-16-2012 17:24:00 | More by marty717
Photo of mcouillard


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-12-2012 22:55:46 | More by mcouillard
Photo of gwags3


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-05-2012 03:34:36 | More by gwags3
Photo of Mudawg

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

01-14-2012 21:39:26 | More by Mudawg
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-10-2012 17:19:43 | More by bonbini26
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-07-2011 01:50:22 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of JMWEB2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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


3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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

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


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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


3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

10-20-2010 01:43:14 | More by Florida9
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

10-18-2010 13:10:47 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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

3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

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

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


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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

09-17-2010 20:00:52 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

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

11-09-2009 10:03:55 | More by kshankar
Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.