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Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

356 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.97%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a 1 inch light tan head that fades to an oily cap on the top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and some slight caramel notes. Really a very subdued smell on this one. Taste is of malt/grain, caramel, and some citrus zest. A slightly bitter taste lingers on the palate after each sip. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer from Widmer but nothing that special.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:15:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Autumn leaves orange with Sunkist highlights and a lovely looking crown of toast colored foam that filled almost half the glass on the pour. As the head slowly shrinks, fine sheets of torn lace are beginning to appear.

The aroma could be more powerful, but is otherwise as expected. It's toasted and earthy with caramel malt underpinnings. Even if the ingredients weren't listed above, pretty good guesses could have been made by anyone with a functioning nose.

Okto is an Oktoberfest, not an altbier. It says so on the label and on the Widmer website. Not to mention the fact that it looks, smells, tastes, feels and drinks like an Oktoberfest. Okay, now that that's settled, on with the review.

The beer is considerably more malty sweet than hoppy bitter, which is par for the style course. It's also six months old (but doesn't taste or feel like it), which means that the starting 25 IBUs are probably about half that now. It's on the simple side, but is pretty good beer in the end.

Specifics include toffee-caramel, a little brown breadiness, sugared pecans, and a hint of earthy tobacco and tea. Drinkability is good. A big stein of Okto alongside a sausage and peppers sandwich and some German potato salad would be outstanding.

The mouthfeel falls just short of medium for the style and could use more bubbles. It doesn't miss the next highest score by much, however.

Widmer Brothers releases some pretty impressive beer on occasion. Most notably, Drifter Pale Ale and Brrr. Okto isn't quite that good, but my opinion might be colored by the fact that I don't like Oktoberfests as much as APAs and winter warmers. Worth a single and maybe even a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 13:41:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark copper color with a tall white head that sticks to the glass a bit.

S: Smells mostly just of toasted malts. There is a lot of bread to it, maybe some earthy hop notes. A touch of vanilla to go with the mild sweetness. Just a little bit of yeast.

T: The flavor is just sort of bland. Bread and toasted malt with a moderate level of sweetness. A bit of yeast flavor, perhaps some earthy hop flavors as well. A very subtle fruitiness on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I thought this actually smelled pretty nice, but the flavor was not all that enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 05:09:12 | More by womencantsail
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/1/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with very sweet flavors of fruit, caramel and spices. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful but too sweet for the style, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, whether it’s a true O-fest or not there are better alternatives that are similar.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 16:54:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 04:40:27 | More by russpowell
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, one-finger thick, light tan colored head that fades away fairly quickly. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep reddish amber color. The aroma has a sweet, fruity, malty presence that is immediately noticeable. Notes of cherries and raisin mix with malty notes of caramel, toffee, and a light toasted grain note. Perhaps a touch of citrus character is found here and joins with the berry note, both of which seem to at the very least be hop accented. Yes there is a definite hop presence here, as well as the aforementioned components there is also a light menthol like note and perhaps a touch of pine.

The beer is sweet and fruity up front; both hops and malt contribute to this perception. I get notes of raisins, cherries and sweet tangelos. There is an almost cough-syrup type fruitiness here; a hint of that fake fruity cherry note that is often a component of cough-syrup. A solid bitterness runs throughout, along with a sharp pine and menthol note, it tries to balance the sweet & fruity notes. This definitely strikes me at times as a good example of an Alt. It has a nice maltiness to it, mostly caramelized but a light, almost roasty note is here in the finish as well. And the fruitiness is certainly characteristic of many a traditional German Alt. The body has a certain heft to it and this beer does have a lingering mouth coating character to it that is quite nice. A pretty tasty beer and if it was not for that fake fruity note I would say it is down right good.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 20:26:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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Halcyondays

California

2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 23:28:15 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, deep orange body with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is caramel sweetness with some fresh bread around the edges. Taste starts with a layer of malt,and a slight hop twang at the end. Very clean, definitely German as opposed to American, but not very interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 01:43:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2008 02:00:39 | More by tempest
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

An interesting take on an Oktoberfest beer, as it's an altbier rather than a typical marzen. Poured a coppery orange with a creamy white head that left a nice bit of lacing. Caramel malts on the nose, light fruity tones, and some leafy hops. Similar taste: sweet malts, light indistinct fruits, and subdued hops make for a light, not overly flavorful or interesting, but well-balanced drink. Not quite medium-bodied. Sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 02:27:50 | More by Rifugium
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:49:20 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep amber colored ale with a smallish tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a little Lemon in tea and grass in it. Toffee candy and a little toasted grain.

Starts out malty and mild. Sweet and malty with nuts and a little hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad beer. Probably won't buy again though.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 01:27:18 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Roscoe's, on to the beer:

This beer is colored light caramel with a short head that retains itself fairly, dropping to a lace around the glass. There's some toasted malt and a little toffee in the aroma, all good here. It reminds me of a Sam Adams Oktoberfest when I drink it, more of a toasty malt experience with a little sweet, bready malt and toffee. There's a pinch of hoppiness that is noticed as the sweet flavors dry up. Lighter bodied and easy to consume.

A solid drinkable beer that's versitile for most situations, including lunch with a gigantic BBQ beef sandwich and a tremondous helping of curly fries.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 01:12:34 | More by DoubleJ
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 16:54:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour a pleasant lipid amber to copper color, the head is modest, frothy and the lace decent enough to cover up the glass. The aroma of malt is the dominant, sweet, as is the malt-laden start. Top is skinny in its feel, the beer finishes with a delightful hop spicy bite, and is moderately carbonated the long lasting aftertaste dry a desert bone.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 17:17:44 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wegman's poured in a mug chilled from the 12oz bottle with bottle on date of July 14, 13.

The color is deep copper with good clarity and thick frothy beige head with fine bead and good retention. The smell is malty with some mild yeast esters and light woody hop aroma. The feel is mostly creamy with some toastiness and light bitterness in the semi-dry finish.

The flavor is malty up front with some light toasted and caramel flavor with a gentle yeast element which gives way to some light herbal and slightly spicey hop flavors which continue into the finish with a subtle dry quality but no alcohol is apparent in the taste. I like a good Alt and this fits with a bit more hops than the German counterpart perhaps, but the flavor is clean and it is a drinkable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 21:47:50 | More by Slatetank
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.45.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass..

1" head with nice lacing, brew is amber but when held to a light it glows like a stop light.

Aroma is toasty/biscuit malts with slight floral hops and only subtle yeasty fruitiness... fairly clean really.

Toasty malts up front move into medicinal/spicy hops with a slightly fruity finish.. dry minerally finish.. body is medium with smooth but above average carbonation... way cleaner than most American Ambers.

Overall, if I had to pick a style for this, I would call it a good attempt at an Altbier over an American Amber... that said, I am going to review it on its merits, but NOT as an American Amber.

3.5/4/4/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 08:30:15 | More by JohnGalt1
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A real nice looker, amber brown and deep bronze color, with real nice clarity and microscopic slow rising carbonation coming through the glass. Head is fluffy tan in color, with pinhead bubbles for size, large and expansive with scattered lacing, and leaving a good puck. Very impressive.

Nose brings some light toffee aromas, and a bit of yeasty sticky floral senses. Slight hints of clove a bit also. Mellow, with a hint of brown bread. Pretty solid.

Palate comes quite neutral in flavor and taste. Mellow and soft malts and caramel but with not much staying power. Feels muted and toned down. Lightly bready finish and light brown sugars on the swallow to match, but strangely giving most of the flavor there. Slightly crisp, but with a light feel.

Overall it's alright, no complaints but seems a bit lacking.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:38:38 | More by smakawhat
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ccrida

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a toasted amber with a thin khaki head.

Smell is bready malt with a little brown sugar and diactyl, pretty strong over all

Taste is more subdued then the nose, semi-sweet and smooth melanoidin, with light hops and not enough malt richness. There are some fusels, almost like a clean, watery quad.

Mouthfeel is pretty soft but not to thin.

Drinkability is moderate, the taste was just a bit off so that I wouldn't want to drink to many of them.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 03:12:45 | More by ccrida
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 15:27:53 | More by Bitterbill
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color. Even an aggressive pour only yields a 1-finger tan head that fades away quickly.

Muted nose that contains hints of caramel malts, bit 'o roastyness, burnt toast and sweet sugar daddy candy.

Very grainy taste. Sweet malts are the show here with enough bittering hops to let you know it's American.

Not a bad marzen and is pretty good by Widmer standards. Might not buy a whole sixer of this, as there are plenty of better Oktoberfests out there, but I certainly wouldnt be pissed if someone handed me one of these to quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 04:57:48 | More by twiggamortis420
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RoyalT

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, copper-orange coloring with a slow flow of carbonation in the body and a filmy, light, fluffy white head on top. Aromas of toasted grain, cinnamon and nutmeg spices, and subtle caramel sweetness give a true harvest feel to the aromas. Rich and pleasant nose. Flavors are roasted and sweet on the forward tongue, with a sugary undertone that detracts from the overall balance of the beer. Roasted caramel notes hit a tangy level, while the spices present on the nose seem to all but disappear on the palate. Light, slighty frothy body from the carbonation, but even that can't help clear the cloying, sugary linger that bleeds all the way through to the slick finish. This one started great for me, but then seemed to spiral out of control from there.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 20:23:52 | More by GarthDanielson
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an impressive brilliant burnt orange

S-Rich maltiness but not ofest style maltiness...I see this is listed as an alt and that seems to make sense from the aroma...it smells like an alt.

T-Rich maltiness with some fruitiness as well..a little mineral water note as well...again seems more like an alt.

M-Medium bodied...a little sticky...not as clean finishing as I like my alts...finishes slightly dry

D-Enjoyable beer...definitely more of an alt than an ofest.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 05:15:34 | More by ZAP
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bark

Sweden

3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The colour is gold-orange (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. Finger thick head, no lacing, no retention.

The smell is smooth. Caramel/toffee. Sweet notes of dried fruits and some floral flavours.

The taste is fresh and malty with dried exotic fruits, caramel, and hay. Very light bitterness, just enough to create a fine balance. Some cardboard and boiled vegetables in the background. Medium body. The aftertaste is fresher with malty caramel flavours, hay and dried flowers.

Fresh small long-lived bubbles. The liquid is light.

More caramel and fruits than expected: Not really a classic altbier, but still an OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 19:56:54 | More by bark
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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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