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Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

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467 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copperish orange color with decent head and good lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, and brown sugar.

Taste: Malts, caramel, hints of nuts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with very little aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A solid German Altbier with good malt backbone and enough caramel and hops to keep it interesting. Some Octoberfest brews are overpowering with spice to me, but this one is just about right.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Very nice, just how an Octoberfest should look, it has that burnt autumn leave look to it with a tall toast head is transparent and leaves behind adequate, if not overwhelming head. Lovely looking beer.

S – Rather mild smelling with a caramel malt sweetness and barely detectable hops. There is a slight IBU to this beer but I’m drinking it 5 months after it was made so I expect that they are severely faded by now. Toasted and earthy as well. Smells nice despite being mild.

T – It’s good, if pretty underwhelming. You get some bread in there, a malty sweetness, a pecan element, and a little bit of tobacco. Perhaps a little tea taste in here as well. This doesn’t taste bad and is very drinkable but it is just really too mild for me to say wonderful things about it.

M – It could use a greater amount of carbonation to be sure, the mouthfeel is light. It is not bad though, still has a nice smoothness to it which is emblematic of the style.

O – I don’t hate this beer one bit, but I certainly do not love it. It is just so-so. I wouldn’t recommend you run out and buy it when it’s being made but I might want to try a fresh one of these one day to see if the added IBU brings something else to the table. Overall, a good beer for sure, but not outstanding.

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Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Widmer Bros. variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no discernible lacing.

Smell: Smells toasty and sweet with a bit of fruitiness.

Taste: Starts mildly hoppy. Finishes toasty and sweet with strong notes of caramel, nuts, and a bit of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light-bodied.

Overall: Not a bad "Oktoberfest," although it definitely tastes more like an altbier. Pretty unoffensive but mostly forgettable.

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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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