Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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1.83/5 rDev -47.1%
Thanks, Dan. Strange that this is listed as an altbier. I suppose I should have poured into a stange glass, but whatever. Poured into a pint glass out of a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is listed as "08/12/13."
Pours an amber copper color with a very modest, off-white head that seems to settle as soon as I pour it into the glass. Amazingly, in spite of its fizzy consistency, it remains as a light right around the glass, thanks to the enormous amount of bubbles and carbonation that make themselves visible as they rise to the top. Leaves no stickiness, and lacing is pretty much inexistent. No idea how to rate this to style, but I'm sure it could look better.
The aroma reveals some caramel, toffee, light pine, grass... And that's about it. There's a brief green apple and acetone aroma that rises at the finish and coats the graininess and sweetness from the caramel, which is unpleasant. There's also some undeniable squash flavors lurking beneath. What's up with these flavors? They're strangely appealing (as in, begging to be paired with holiday related food), but it's kind of a jumbled mess. Quite poor, especially by this brewery's standards.
The flavor is brief venture into the caramel/toffee territory that it was going towards, and then in come the veggie notes. Squash, pumpkin, and cabbage permeate, with some light melon notes and acrid grassiness from the hops. Apparently this wasn't brewed with any adjuncts, but at this point, why didn't they just rebrand it as a "pumpkin beer" in light of the issue? Tastes stale and anemic, especially with the raspy grainy flavor and faded hop profile. Also, I can't help but notice this diacetyl texture that continues to waft its way through with each additional sip, which made this buttery, funky, and simply wrong.
Horrible stuff - I realize this is an older bottle but it should have held up better than this. Alas, I'm reviewing this because I feel that even in its freshest stages does it retain these off flavors throughout. Am I crazy, or did I get a bad bottle or something? Not anything I'd want to revist again - and I could definitely say the same for most of Widmer's beers at this point.
11-30-2013 06:30:13 | More by magictacosinus
2.1/5 rDev -39.3%
I love Widmer Brewery and I love Oktoberfest beers. And Widmer being a German-style brewer, you'd think they'd do a bang-up job with their Oktoberfest, eh? Alas, no. This is a big, round, strong, heavy beer. Like a Northwest ale without the hops. Completely misses the flavor and body of an Oktoberfest. Just kind of the blimp of beers. Pass.
10-01-2009 02:21:36 | More by chezztone
2.13/5 rDev -38.4%
appearance: Deep, dark amber brew topped by a wimpy head of thin white bubbles. No visible carbonation or lacing.
aroma: Very, very thin malt, faint notes of floral undertones.
taste: Not much different than iced tea. Aftertaste has some bit of hop to it, but this is bland all around.
mouthfeel: Sharp and light.
drinkability: certainly drinkable, but with the abundance of quality seasonal ales out there this time of year, why settle?
11-03-2005 23:08:39 | More by Hunter
2.25/5 rDev -35%
Pours a golden dark orange/yellow with a little white inch thick head that falls flat. Lacing is horrible, nothing to speak of. The smell is of grain, slight lime hints, very grainy, clean otherwise. Taste is lacing definition, the grain, wheat is detectible, malt is of watered down sugar, no hop content to speak of, medium bodied but doesn't offer that pizazz. Won't drink again.
08-04-2004 06:36:00 | More by beertaster13
2.33/5 rDev -32.7%
An Oktoberfest ale?
I bought a bottle of this in a mixed six pack of Oktoberfests:
Poured a nice, ahem, amber and the head was pleasing and somewhat persistant.
The smell was fairly strong but I couldn't say it was malty or hoppy...it's vegetal?
The taste almost reminded me of cinnamon but that would have been a welcomed note at this point. I'm not the biggest fan of the style but this is one that I'm sure that I won't try again.
10-05-2005 15:27:53 | More by Bitterbill
2.38/5 rDev -31.2%
Surprising found this at Chameleon's in Mount Vernon, IA. "Pours a clear amber with a thin white head that disappears immediately. Smell of sweet malts, with just a hint of hops. A little watered down. Taste has malt, caramel, and some hops with just a tad of bitterness. I would say this would be a very average Octoberfest; nothing stands out.
01-04-2012 03:10:17 | More by iabeerbaron
2.4/5 rDev -30.6%
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.
Ill finish the sixer, because its there, and Id drink one if someone gave me, but I won't be buying it again.
09-25-2004 07:37:05 | More by Padron4KM
2.4/5 rDev -30.6%
Serving Type: 12oz bottle
Appearance: Pours a lovely orange colour w/ nice clarity. Plenty of lacing makes for a nice looking brew
Smell: Some floral w/ a lot of malt and lemony smell.
Taste: Hmmm not what I was expecting. Tasted much like a IPA than a Oktoberfest. If you sip the beer you get some sweet malt and a strong lemon/grapefruit flavour. When taking a big mouthful it doesn't change a whole lot but you get a touch more of the malt. The beer does go down easy enough but a bit thin.
Drinkability: I'm not a huge fan of IPA's...and that's what this beer reminds me of
10-24-2007 16:27:41 | More by livingregret
2.4/5 rDev -30.6%
Long day of watching Night Ranger and some other old school rock bands in the sun! Time to cool off...Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber, no real head to speak of and not much, if any, lacing. Lightly carbonated also, so I'm guessing above average sweetness and chewy mouthfeel. Very faint aromas - maybe some maltiness and caramel, but not much. Flavor is thin and front-loaded with barley, in the middle, and on the finish it thins out to be hardly discernible. Not much hop character to balance it all out. Kind of too much malt. Actually, there is some hops in there now that I have a couple more sips: some right in the beginning, and right at the end, but it's faint, like that high school girl you crushed on...When you first met her you didn't think you had a chance, and then as a senior you decided to give it a go...and neither time worked out for you. Overall a disappointment and there isn't a lot going on here. Well priced six-pak brings up drinkability, but only slightly.
What I like Most: The color and price.
What I like Least: The thin flavor in the middle and finish.
Verdict: probably worth the price, but you get what you pay for.
10-11-2010 02:14:18 | More by SolomonGrundy
2.48/5 rDev -28.3%
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.
11-03-2011 01:25:54 | More by zimm421
2.48/5 rDev -28.3%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Very good, bright orange colour, almost red, with a nice, white head, which has excellent retention and lace.
S: Very light, some toasted malts, and a bit of apple.
T: Toasty, bready malts, this is an ale though, it does have a bit of fruitiness, unique to an Oktoberfest, but overall, I found the flavour to be below average, and a little unappealing and metallic.
M: Light, sort of watery, smooth though, easy to drink.
D: A below average Oktoberfest in my opinion, they probably should have stuck to making a lager instead of spinning this into an ale. I'll finish the 6-pack with no problem, it wasn't that bad, but I won't be buying this again.
09-19-2007 23:28:15 | More by Halcyondays
2.6/5 rDev -24.9%
A: Light, creamy brown. Not much of a head.
SMELL: Not much to smell, a little malt on the end, maybe a slight nutty scent.
Taste: Hops are slight, with a fairly refreshing Oktoberfest, fall taste. One-note, slight hop taste.
Mouthfeel: Could be more carbonated, doesn't have much going on.
Overall: Hard to come up with comments for this one, it's a pretty flat beer in general. It has all the good makings of an Oktoberfest, but all of the flavors need to be more pronounced. Bigger flavor. There just isn't much there.
10-07-2011 03:18:16 | More by Herky21
2.6/5 rDev -24.9%
A: Pours out a dark orange/brown with a nice thick tan head with interesting (minimal) lacing.
S: Picking up some bready and caramel notes mixed together like someone just had baked a fresh caramel danish or something. Very nice.
T: Right way I am hit with caramel, like I just bit into a caramel square, but it soon gives way to the presence of alcohol.
M: This beer is a tad dry, and somewhat chalky in the mouthfeel. It is a medium, bordering full body with lower-moderate carbonation.
D: Not high on my list, this beer just isn't that good.
10-14-2011 23:40:35 | More by tlazaroff
2.7/5 rDev -22%
Pours a bright orange with a thin ring of head that leaves a nice sticky lace.
Pretty average smell of light malts with some flowery citrus hops that don't typically show up in an Oktoberfest.
Sweet caramel and malts, light flowery hops and bit of spice and citrus. Smell is actually larger than the taste.
Medium body and crisply carbonated. Average at it's best.
Though a little off of the typical Oktoberfest / Marzen with the inclusion of a trace of hops, this is again, at best, an average beer.
Bought this on the Oktoberfest spree with no preconceptions of what it would be. Not bad but I can do without the hops in this style. I know it says Altbier but is more of a weird O.
11-15-2009 23:28:05 | More by CRichardsMN
Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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