1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oktoberfest - Lancaster Brewing Company

Not Rated.
OktoberfestOktoberfest

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JMWEB2
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JMWEB2, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

FickleBeast, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SolipsismalCat, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Knapp85, May 20, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of beerman207
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

beerman207, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ujsplace
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ujsplace, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mdaschaf, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Florida9, Oct 20, 2010
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 bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

bonkers, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of weller1js
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 micromaniac129
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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

micromaniac129, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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

bigfnjoe, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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

kshankar, Nov 09, 2009
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 TLove
2.38/5  rDev -32%
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.

TLove, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  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.

beerthulhu, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of mempath
2.73/5  rDev -22%
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

mempath, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.7/5  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

thain709, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.68/5  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.

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Seanibus, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of bamadog
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

bamadog, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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...
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...

philbe311, Sep 17, 2009
Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.