Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

468 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hyuga on 10-29-2002

Classified as a German Altbier by the Widmer Brothers; brewed with an (ale) Alt yeast strain.

availability: early Aug. - late Oct.
bitterness : 28 IBU
original gravity: 13.5° PLATO
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Ratings: 468 | Reviews: 177
Reviews by alphagnome:
Photo of alphagnome
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
A clear, deep orange body is on display wearing a finger thick, cream colored head. Light lacing and considerable carbonation. Fantastic curb appeal.

Aroma:
Light sweetness and light toffee and a hint of caramel. Nothing else.

Taste:
Like the aroma, not a lot to write home about here... that said, I still found myself enjoying it. Incredibly light roasted malt character.. fresh bread and caramel.

Mouthfeel:
Lighter carbonation and body than most offerings in the genre. Thin and watery, but easy to drink. Clean finish with no aftertaste.

Overall:
I enjoyed this one quite a lot.. Easy to drink and inoffensive as they come, everyone should give this one a go.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This came out a light orangish-brown in color with a modest, dissipating head.

Smell – There’s a lot of refined sugar to this bad boy. The malts are lightly-toasted and maybe even a bit bready.

Taste – Surprisingly, the hops are bigger at the taste than in the nose. Otherwise, the sweetish malts come over as advertised. The hops though are PacNWy and somewhat annoying in the style.

Mouthfeel – This is a shade bigger than light-bodied with smallish carbonation and a distracting dryness throughout.

Drinkability – I thought this was way off-style to be a good beer, and on its own merits wasn’t that much better.

Photo of Guden
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A very pretty and extremely clear orange hued light brown with blonde highlights. Only a very small and quickly fleeting white film of a head.

S- Surprisingly the noble hops shine through in this one. Also in the mix come nuts, spice (nutmeg), overripe fruit, earth and bread. Smells like October.

T- Bready malts (vienna and munich) shine through with a little taste of hops. Pretty clean, brisk and refreshing.

M- Medium to Medium-low in both body and carbonation this seems right on for the style and complements the flavors well.

D- This one is an easy drinking beer with nothing overly exciting. It is a solid beer and the best I've had from Widmer so far.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear orange amber hue, sticky suds all around

SMELL: Bready, toasted grain, clean, caramel, slightly grassy, hint of floral hop

TASTE: Crisp, medium body, very malty, toasty, faintly biscuity, balance hop bitterness, mild caramel, dried grass, nutty, kiss of alcohol, clean, malty semi-dry finish

Definitely the Altbier that they have talked about the past, some minor tweaks over the years and ends up being a solid brew. A good pick for a fall seasonal, happy to see this one back.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Amber in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of khaki colored foam is on top. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of gentle amber malt is present. The flavor is packed with gentle notes of amber malt and a touch of caramel. The mouth is fairly light,but with a bit of depth and smoothness.

Photo of Thrasher
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too early for Oktoberfest? Considering it's been 100 f'ing degrees the last 5 days here in Portland, I'd bloody well say so. That's not going to stop me, however, from diving into the first of the upcoming seasonals. Indeed, Marzen-Oktoberfest is one of my favorite styles. Widmer's example is respectably authentic, but it seems a bit dumbed down from last year, which I remember enjoying thoroughly. This year is a bit closer to Drop Top territory, not a good place to be, in my mind. Pours a handsome if predictable copper amber, with pretty good lager head and retention, although not as creamy as the best of the Germans. Excellent, if subtle, aroma of brown sugar, red apple skin, and spicy roasted meat. The flavor itself is a disappointment; caramelized malts with little depth or complexity. Again, just a shout away from crappy ol' Drop Top. The hops are present, but provide little of the intrigue that is necessary for a successful example of the style, and none of the spiciness promised in the aroma. The beer stretches out a bit upon warming up, but again, you need a spicy hop element to make the transition from a standard blase amber lager to a truly complex, wonderful Fest bier. That said, this beer is cleanly flavorful with no off elements, and it should pair very well with food, especially roast chicken; pork will work too. Mouthfeel is all right, can't hold a candle to the best German lagers but that is hardly surprising; almost no American lagers can. Drinkability fine as well. It will probably not be a surprise to those only familiar with their Hefeweizen that Widmer falls short of the mark here, but as someone who's visited their brewpub (Gasthaus) and was wowed by their triumphant Muscat Love at this year's Oregon Brew Fest, I was hoping for much more.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruddy orange pour, not vibrant orange ipa territory, but blase alt/oktoberfest stuff. Aroma was mild and fair.

Taste, good smoothness, bitterness and hoppiness are kept low low low. Plain almondesque nuttiness that doesn't do much and isn't obtrusive or dominating. Minimal caramel mouthfeel. Stays away from sweet.

Very easy to drink, just as, if not more comfortable to drink in summer as opposed to the fall when you might want something of greater substance.

Photo of LXIXME
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small off white to light tan head quickly recedes to a thinning lacing above a clear bright copper colored beer.

Bready to sweet caramel malts aroma with just a slight sour hint, maybe some citrus hops sneaking in.

A light sweet malt bordering on caramel, maybe a slight bread yeastiness in the lighter than expected taste.

A light dry aspect to the aftertaste without much or any lingering tastes on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty light Oktoberfest style makes this a very easy beer to put down, but all the time wishing it had more to it.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head, speckled with orange highlights, which quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department. Faint hits of malt and brown sugar. Some subtle hops aroma too.

Taste: Malty upfront, like freshly baked baguettes, followed by some brown sugar/caramel-like sweetness, finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. There’s a long finish to this beer too.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Pretty good American version of an Oktober fest beer, and a little surprising coming from Widmer Bros., who’s beers tend to be much hoppier than this, too hoppy for my taste. This one is very well balanced and tasty.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reddish amber with a finger full of tan bubbles fill the glass, but the head dissipates quickly to a faint ring of sticky tan or off-white.

Aroma is unusual in that it's sort of like floral amber malt. The floral from the hops absolutely blends with the nutty and sweet amber malt so that it is very hard for my nose to distinquish....it all comes at you at once.

Taste is toasted amber malt first, then some nice bready-type yeast followed by a citrus and floral hop bite on the end.

Mouthfeel is thick enough for the style...not too watery nor thin. Aftertaste is a slightly 'canned' taste of the amber malts.

Nothing earth-shattering...but very drinkable.

Photo of aval89
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber with finger head.. clear body.

S: sweet caramel/toffee malts with touches
of hops to round out...

T: again big malt presence upfront.. finishes a bit earthy with a slight medicinal taste.. slightly bitter..

Mf: light-medium body with good carbonation

O: not bad.

Photo of secondtooth
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dependable Widmer's entry into the Oktoberfest sweepstakes opens with a cloudy amber appearance and attractive spoke-wheel lacing on the glass. Superlative presentation!

The aroma is caramel and wheat, and pretty well typical for the style.

But the taste, you ask? It's sweet, with the caramel malts up front alongside hints of a nutty, even almost roasty character. Very well-done, and an enjoyable brew.

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty orange-amber hue, topped by a half-inch of creamy white head that subsides rather quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light fruity hops, and just the slightest hint of molasses. Palate is a nice blend of sweet caramel malt and light noble hops. A subtle smoky character rounds this one out into a smooth, easy-drinking beer. It certainly sufficed at Widmer's Oktoberfest party this year, and comes through nicely in the bottle as well.

Photo of tempest
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Gingerman. Leaves thick lacing over a clear amber-red body.

The aroma is oddly dusty, not pleasant at all. Luckily the aroma has no hint of this while it also has very smooth caramel malts. This actually reminds me of Negro Modelo, but not quite as nice. I'd say that considering how drinkable and tasty so many other O-fests (and ambers) are, this beer is easily avoidable.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A copper color with a finger of white head that shortly broken down with some good lacing.
Smells of honeysuckle, grapefruit and mandarin.
It tastes like lemon, hops and a hint of soap. I have tried three different bottles in three different glasses and they all taste like this. Maybe it is the style, but the soap taste is a bit off-putting.
Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.
I cannot get over the taste.... but it smells so good.

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one (one of my favorite styles!) & believe this sample stacked up against most if not all I had in Germany.

Pours a white fluffy monster head with intersting combos of big & small bubbles in attendance. Head retention was average. Copper colored with no hint of haziness.

Smells of biscuits, malt& peppery hops on the edges.

Tastes of hop bitterness on the tounge& corners of the throat that also compete with maltiness and some hints of nuts

A great balance, slightly under carbinated

Could drink this all the time, yum

Photo of zimm421
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle dated September 07, 2011. Poured fairly aggressively. Has one finger of off-white head. The head is bubbly and doesn't stick around long. Appears a dark copper color. Fairly clear.

Nose is pretty muted, but has notes of sweet caramel and lots of bready malts. No balance here. All sweet from what little aroma there is. Taste is very bready as well. Some spiciness, but mostly sweet. A decen tbalance in the taste, but again pretty bland.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, average carbonation. The lack of taste and feel makes this go down so easiliy. Overall, a pretty boring beer. Not interesting or enticing at all, just something that goes down easy.

Photo of morimech
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with just over a finger of head that settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. Looks like a good Oktoberfest.

Bit of a different aroma. The caramel malts comes through nicely with floral hop notes. There is a nuttiness that is a bit unusual.

For the most part the flavor is good. Nice caramel flavor with subtle hints from the hops lending floral and earthy notes. But unfortunately there is also a metallic aftertaste that lets this beer down.

Lighter body and a touch undercarbonated.

An ok beer but with so many great fall seasonals on the shelf, this one will get passed over in the future.

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up in a mix a six. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an autumny copper with minimal foam. Little lacibng. Malty smell, sweet - caramel like. Sweet caramel taste, smooth with light carbonation. Very drinkable. Mild mild hop at the finish, only noticeable seconds later. Almost too easy to drink. Nice Octo.

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to pint glass

A- pours a bright amber-orange color with a small creamy off-white colored head that retains nicely on top long after the pour

S- floral and grassy hop aroma compliments a toasted bready malt sweetness with notes of caramel & brown sugar

T- malty base up front with notes of fresh biscuit, caramel, toast, cereal grain and white raisins. Floral hop notes provide a subtle bitterness that continues to the finish

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into crisp finish

O- a nice malty & easy drinking brew for the fall that has some nice floral notes to boot

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle, this has got to be the brightest beer I have ever seen. Pours a brilliant orange, very clear, nice layer of foam and light lacing. Nose of caramel, bread, and light floral hops. Flavors follow the nose with sweet caramel malts tot he front and sides with a nice light floral hop flavor on the back. Okto finishes clean and crisp. Highly recommended for a session, and great for fans of autumn and fest lagers and alts. Very nice. Cheers.

Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Orangey gold pour, pretty standard. Small white head. Doesn't really stick a whole lot.

Aroma, kind of a musty carmelly malt. Some noble type hop aromas.

Taste, good caramel and grainy bread. A slight toasted note, a little leather. That hop presence is just barely here.

To the right of light bodied, enough carbonation. Abv under control, an easy drinker for me.
Nothing mind blowing, but a really solid example of the style.

Photo of puboflyons
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 10-21-3-JUL 29 13. Sampled on September 17, 2013.

The pour is medium caramel amber with a lacing-leaving off-white head. A slight chill haze perhaps.

The aroma is not in your face but it does have a toasted malt character, vaguely earth notes, and butter. Got to be the yeast.

The body is creamy and around medium.

The taste was more bitter than the aroma led me to believe it would be. Some mildly sweet malts up front but slight lingering note at the end.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear amber with a fluffy tan head that fades quickly, and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet carmel malt, not much else.

Body is thin and watery.

Flavor is sweet, almost syrupy and has a little metalic quality in the finish.

I’ll finish the sixer, because it’s there, and I’d drink one if someone gave me, but I won't be buying it again.

Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Warm ambery copper with a slight orange hue. Clear with a few bubbles rising to a medium size off-white head. Settles fast, but okay retention and quite alright lace.

S: Bready malt with hints of crust & toasty grain. Ghost hint of hops. Very faint fruity esters. Light and clean aroma overall. Sweet & bready malts grow just a tad as the brew warms.

T: Quite a bit more forward on the minty & herbal hops – especially on the flavor more so than bitterness. Just a step behind is the malt backbone. More malty sweet than nose, a bit nutty too, but still bready with crust and toasty grain notes. Hops get a touch spicy in the middle and a bit of soapy resin comes out in the finish as the malts fade.

M: Medium body with balanced & finely textured carbonation. A small bit of chew & a balanced finish.

D: Looks the part & smells alright. A bit light on malts, and heavy on the hops. But hey, they are west coast brewers. And the hops do taste German. Okay for an O’fest / fall ale.

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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.