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Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

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376 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 09-09-2005)
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Ratings: 376 | Reviews: 168 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ttu94:
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3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

All Marzen all the time. First off I like the old bottle better than the new, it looked better. It seems all American marzen's look the same. Not really a bad thing but I think they all copied the Sam Adams version. Widmer bros. is also a dark clear amber with a good white head. Again with the malty sweet smell and taste. I find the Widmer version to be a tad bit thin on flavor. Overall a good beer though.

Zum what???

09-28-2007 04:20:35 | More by ttu94
More User Reviews:
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

01-14-2006 02:28:32 | More by RoyalT
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-07-2012 03:22:29 | More by generallee
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-17-2013 01:30:39 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4.03/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

09-15-2011 22:52:43 | More by Guden
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3.85/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

09-19-2012 00:49:20 | More by Jason
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

02-18-2014 15:00:50 | More by rhinonau
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New Hampshire

3.32/5  rDev -4%

08-30-2014 00:20:47 | More by Glucose
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

10-12-2013 18:25:33 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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3.85/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

08-12-2004 04:03:38 | More by Thrasher
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

10-04-2012 17:26:56 | More by MPinDC
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

08-10-2011 16:54:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

09-18-2013 17:57:53 | More by TheBrk
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New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

10-02-2012 21:32:26 | More by LXIXME
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3.28/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

10-30-2013 01:50:01 | More by Jeffreysan
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-26-2013 00:13:15 | More by DerekQXQX
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2.25/5  rDev -35%

07-18-2012 20:16:17 | More by Djenx
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

03-11-2012 18:44:28 | More by switzer
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-19-2012 03:52:00 | More by heather625
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3.13/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

09-26-2007 01:52:30 | More by IntriqKen
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-15-2011 23:27:13 | More by Sargully
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

09-30-2013 03:43:36 | More by ejwright02
Photo of aval89


3.4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

11-11-2011 06:39:50 | More by aval89
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3.6/5  rDev +4%

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

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

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.

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

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

12-27-2013 02:43:04 | More by alphagnome
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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

09-14-2011 13:24:03 | More by secondtooth
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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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