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Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

392 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

kjkinsey, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

ygtbsm94, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

zeff80, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Jason, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
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

russpowell, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Slatetank, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Rifugium, Nov 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 05, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -13%

beernads, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

oriolesfan4, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

InspectorBob, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

tempest, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

barleywinefiend, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

DoubleJ, Oct 30, 2010
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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.