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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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: 86 | Hads: 186
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a translucent copper, faint head that fades quickly.

Smell is a sour caramely, with a hint of malt.

Taste is of sour caramel and malt, sweet smooth taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated.

Moderately drinkable, not sure if I really enjoy the sour caramel flavoring.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of treyrab
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

6.5% on the Lancster Brewing website....Poured into a pint glass...

A: Beautiful pour! Clear copper with a nice three finger creamy tan head! Nice carbonation creeping up the glass as well.

S: Smell is of sour caramel surprisingly. A very sour smell that caught me off guard. There is also a metallic hint in the nose as well.

T: Very interesting sour caramel as well. The sourness really hits you hard here with a tad of metal in the taste as well, but that is minor. Otherwise, the caramel taste is nice, but the German hops I was expecting were not there.

Overall, an interesting Oktoberfest that comes with an interesting sour malt flavor

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

Bottle irs really cool looking. I am wondering why it isnt posted on here.

A- Pours a claer fire orange color. somewhat clear yet opaque at the same time. Its a deep fire orange color maybe.

S- spicy malts and floral hops. i can also get clove and/or anise. I might be mistaken but it has a very spicy aroma.

T- german malts mixed with floral hops and i think that is a pumpkin spice in there as well. It is very unique. I also think there is anise as well or some spice to that effect.

M- spicy and an explosion of malts and hops. Very intriguing and interesting. I dont know if i like it or not.

D- seems to be a good session beer. This would be good for when you are our raking leaves and need a cold one.

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Photo of marcpal
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Octoberfest sampler poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Burnt oragne color with a 1/2 inch off white head. Light hue for the marzen style.

S: Good German malts, caramel first and foremost. Seek em out and you find some bitterness from the hops. Overall, average to moderate sweetness.

T: German flavors here. Warming, nice but average across the board. There is a solid burnt smokiness becoming apparent as it warmed.

M: Pretty thin texture. Awfully smooth and a nnice spicy bite out of nowhere.

D: High drinkability if not a bit average and run of the mill. Nice surprises here and there but not a bad job by Lancaster. Its well rounded and holds its own.

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Photo of dsa7783
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...

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Photo of BeerSox
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.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of jackorain
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer looks good and like an Oktoberfest should 2 finger head goodretention and lace. However the aroma and flavor were off. Too yeasty, almost hopless

Very fizzy wuth a light body.

I really wouldn't persue this in a bottle again. I've had many a beer at the Brewpub and on tapother places and tmost lancaster offerings are fine products, however, most of there contract brewed bottled stuff is not the same quality.

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Photo of Billm67
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a nice coppery clear color with a nice foamy top that clears out quickly without a trace on the glass

The smell is a nice full smell, but somewhat average.

The taste is good that starts out with just a hint of fuirtyness and then turns into a roasted carmel ending.

The mouthfeel is medium with a full body taste. Not heavy, but not watered down either.

Drinkability is good although with the alcohol content I'm not likely to frink one after another all night.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a good looking traditional copper with good carbonation. The head is almost 2 fingers with a fluffy light tan head that fades slow and leaves some lace.

The smell is sweet and lightly fruity malt with a gentle hoppyness.

the taste follows but the sweet fruitiness over powers and caramel that I really like in this style.

The mouthfeel is less the medium body, the carbonation is very good.

The drinkability is ok, I love this style but this one just does not speak to me. MK

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty good looking crisp amber colour with a frothy white head that quickly dissolves, leaving virtually no trace of itself on the glass.

The aroma is malty and sweet from caramel and perhaps a touch of chocolate. There's a faint earthiness in the mix here from hops that are also a bit floral at times.

The flavour is similar to the aroma but blends the sweetness of the caramel and the earthiness of the hops a bit more. There's definitely much more of a grainy feel/flavour here as well. Mouthfeel is fairly nice although a bit light at times.

This one is a good stab at the style overall. I've said before that I'm not a huge marzen fan and that still holds true, but I've been lucky enough to find some good ones this year. Whilst this one is near the bottom of the list of the good ones I've found, it's still on the list, which is a good thing. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BravoTwo
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of neobassman
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Lancaster brew was a gift from a recent house guest. Frankly, I expected more from this brew, though I appreciated my friend's hospitality. Color is amber, almost copper. Pours with a modest head that does not linger. Not much lacing. Smell and taste were consistent with each other - a hint of hops, some malt, and some not very pleasant cider-like flavors. Mouthfeel was not noteworthy. As this beer warmed up from refrigerator temperatures, it grew less pleasant. The color and light hops are characteristic of Oktoberfest beers, I believe. but it did not have a full, lusty taste that I had hoped for.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, amber color with a small eggshell head that maintains.Mild lacing on the glass.

Nice caramel malt aroma with just a hint of herbal hops.

Taste is fresh and caramel malty with a light herbal hop flavor. Finishes quite clean and somewhat bland.

Thin body, mild carbonation.

Easy enough to drink, it's a competent Octoberfest. Worth a try if you run across this.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light amber color, moderate off white head. Fairly tame with some mild grainy malt and a little hint of caramel. Very smooth and drinkable - somewhere between a classic marzen and the lighter versions produced by the Munich breweries for the Octoberfest. It probably falls more on the commercial side of mass-market Octoberfest, but it is unfair of me to compare it to the cream of the crop. Do it if the price is right.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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

Golden colored beer with average aroma.The taste is sweet with an aftertaste of what I think is pumpkin.No bitterness and nothing to offend any of the senses.I would buy this product again and recommend this to all my friends.I am eager to try other beers from this brewery!!

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Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.