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Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
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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TLove

District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -32.4%

(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.

10-27-2009 03:11:02 | More by TLove
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -22.4%

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

10-18-2009 18:03:55 | More by mempath
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

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

10-13-2009 21:12:34 | More by thain709
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

10-08-2009 00:43:09 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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Seanibus

California

2.53/5  rDev -28.1%

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.

10-05-2009 21:35:09 | More by Seanibus
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

09-21-2009 03:09:33 | More by bamadog
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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...

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

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8%

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.

09-12-2009 00:39:17 | More by Stinkypuss
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

08-30-2009 23:21:05 | More by tone77
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

08-12-2009 20:05:59 | More by goblue3509
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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

05-01-2009 23:07:16 | More by BeardedBoffin
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dananabanana

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

11-14-2008 16:43:05 | More by dananabanana
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odietrying

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

10-27-2008 01:29:59 | More by odietrying
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -33.2%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

10-09-2008 01:09:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

10-04-2008 22:00:01 | More by mvanaskie13
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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

California

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

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

09-19-2008 03:18:13 | More by treyrab
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

09-16-2008 23:08:32 | More by Dodo2step
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marcpal

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

09-08-2008 23:39:05 | More by marcpal
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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...

08-13-2008 23:36:28 | More by dsa7783
Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.