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Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

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427 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of Vashtar
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

QUE RICO! This has very full flavor. It's nice and thick, too. I want to buy a pack now. Somehow, it manages to be thick without being slimy.

It reminds me of a Jolly Rancher, except it doesn't have that cheap, artificial taste that I dislike. The label has also been improved.

Vashtar, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Merc, Hidden Springs ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Mostly clear amber, with carbonation rising and maintaining a fairly consistent off white lace.

S: Light toasted grain nuttiness gives way gently to caramel and toffee notes. Light aromatic hops mix light floral hop bitterness with malt sweetness...all very light and fluid.

T & MF: On-par with the light amber/Marzen nose, buiscuity maltiness is the star as this medium bodied amber fills the palette with some rich toffee notes and delicate floral hops, finishing with an array of spices on the back end. Low carbonation moves this beer gently from tongue to throat, emphasizing carmelly nuttiness and a light dry character. Clean finish (which is a nice change).

O: Meh. I don't get the craze on these beers (Ambers/Octos/Marzens/Altbiers), I really don't. This beer is more of the same; hefty caramel malt bill, generous sweetness, maybe some nutty/wood-like attributes, light hops that add little beside aromatics and a touch of bitterness.

Scotchboy, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Herky21
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Herky21, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Flightoficarus
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, clear amber, with a moderate off-white head, which quickly gives way to minimal lacing.

S - Smell is of bready caramel malts, some fruit (berries), honey.

T - Taste is of light, bready caramel malts, with mild fruit (berry, apple) and honey notes. Not much hop presence to speak of, but enough there to keep things balanced. Crisp and drinkable.

M - This beer is on the light side of medium, with a crisp carbonation, but richer/creamier than lager-based beers of the style.

O - Overall, it's a nice seasonal offering, and basically comes off as an ale version of a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Nice twist on the style, and something I can see myself coming back to on occasion. Good session beer for the fall.

Flightoficarus, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up in a mix a six. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an autumny copper with minimal foam. Little lacibng. Malty smell, sweet - caramel like. Sweet caramel taste, smooth with light carbonation. Very drinkable. Mild mild hop at the finish, only noticeable seconds later. Almost too easy to drink. Nice Octo.

KTCamm, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper color with a medium sized and tall white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts and then some biscuit-y aromas, and then some nice sweet caramel aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some nice bread-y and biscuit-y flavors followed by a hint of caramel sweetness to it. Nice balance of the flavors.
M: Smooth, light to medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Overall a very sessionable beer with a nice mix of everything and a good take on the oktoberfest style.

erosier, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of mrseano
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber/copper with lots of carbonation bubbles. Thin slightly lacing head after thick pour. Very pretty color.

S: Alright, nothing special. Smells malty and a bit of caramel.

T: Pretty dang sweet, caramel and toasted bread. If you mixed some caramel with a touch of honey and but it on a piece of toast you'd have this taste down, in a good way.

M: Fairly full and smooth mouthfeel for this Okto. Sweetness leaves behind coating in mouth.

O: If you like a sweeter, caramelized beer you'll like this option. Those liking anything with hops or a bit of a bite should avoid. I think it's an interesting beer and didn't expect as much caramel, but enjoyed this beer overall.

mrseano, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of goldbot
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice-looking, clear amber color with foamy, tan head and decent lacing. Bready caramel aroma with some floral hoppiness. The flavor is brimming with caramel sweetness and nutty malts. Medium body with a rich, creamy mouthfeel; this one is definitely on the sweet side. A good food-pairing beer.

goldbot, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of obrike
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sixer at Specs for about 7 bucks.

Pours a dull copper...no clouds in this one. A thin head that disappates fairly quickly, but a circle of suds sit on top for the duration.

Getting a lot of bready malt...not very sweet. Picking up maybe a hint of cinammon. Not bad, but certainly nothing to write home about.

Taste follows scent...a bit more caramel taste on the front end, followed by a nice kick of hops on the backend. Bready malts dominate. Not bad, but too subdued. Quite easy to drink...good carb and at 5.5 a nice fall session beer.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not one I'll seek out either.

obrike, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Mug

A - A clear amber colored brew with lots of visible carbonation. It produced a 2-finger head that had a thick/creamy look and held pretty well. Lacing was splotchy and nice looking.

S - I pick up an overall bready/caramel sweet aroma that doesn't pop out much. Very clean and sweet like aroma with almost no hop characteristic that I can pick up, maybe a touch of leaf in there somewhere.

T - It's pretty much like the smell although I pick up a nice dry/leafy hop flavor on this finish that's subtle but balancing. Upfront I pick up caramel, toast bread, hints of toffee and a bit of buttery notes as well. There's almost no bitterness here.

M - Feels chewy and creamy with surprisingly low C02 and a full hardy body.

O - I think I really like the dry/leafy/sorta bitter like finish on this beer. I haven't experienced that in a beer in a while. Overall flavors are simple, quaffable, and tasty. I'd love to crack a few of these in a sitting, especially with some sort of munchies. I'm a little turned off that it's brewed under the style of an Altbier and sold as an Oktoberfest but I say definitely give this one a try.

PintOHops, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of JosiahS
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glass: Mug

a: Poured a dark honey color with a foamy 2-3 finger, tan head. slightly cloudy with lots of fine bubbles escaping. Splashy lacing.

s: Sweat caramel, grape and apple juice at the core. Nice toasty, bready malt overtone.

m: medium body with a gentle, almost slick mouthfeel yet enough bite to not fall flat.

t: Noticeable hop kick that didn't seem present in the aroma. Grape, caramel ,toast bread and yeast all very apparent. Finishes smooth with a small bitterness.

o: Decent.

JosiahS, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty autumnal ale based on the alt style. Lots of rounded malty notes that work well with the fullish mouthfeel. Very drinkable and well balanced this is a beer to enjoy with food and the cooling nights of Fall. Based upon the orginal Alt recipe that was Widmers first beer

canucklehead, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Guden
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Guden, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

secondtooth, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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 gpogo
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper amber body with a nice off white head that dissipates to a foam ring. Light lacing.

A- Dark sweet fruit, piney hops, and a bit of sweet caramel malt. Something else that I can't put my finger on.

T- Very interesting flavor. Very full malt profile, a thick sweetness, yet dry and roasty. Light bitterness throughout.

M- Medium body with moderate to light carbonation. Smooth drinking.

D- Not a typical Oktoberfest. I'd agree with the altbier classification. Worth a try, very interesting flavor.

gpogo, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 24 Sep 2010. Served in the 0.25 L dab mugs.

Medium sized light brown head. Well carbonated. Clear copper in color. Toasty malt and mineral aroma. Tasty and malty to start. Becomes a bit astringent towards the middle and finish. Medium body, mild alcohol. Aftertaste is a light almond nuttiness.

Didn't realize this was supposed to be an Alt until I entered this review. Why brew an Alt and call it an Octoberfest?!?

htomsirveaux, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of echoes
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a stormy brownish-amber but settles to cloudy amber. Thick head that dissipates very slowly and leaves moderate lacing. Has a little bit of carbonation.

S: Sharp hops, caramel smell. Maybe smells slightly "fruity". Maybe a hint of lemon as well.

T: Hops & caramel taste. Starts out with the hops, then is rich in the middle with caramel, and ends lightly & smoothly. Might be a bit of lemon in there as well.

M: Feels nice in the mouth. Smooth and a bit light at points but not to a fault. Not much bubbly feel to it.

D: Could easily have another. Crispness helps with that I feel. Flavor would have me coming back as well.

Great oktoberfest/altbier for the autumn/winter. Fits very well for this type of seasonal beer. Will be returning to this one in the future.

echoes, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of happygnome
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a deep orange color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a slight ring of lace around the edge of the glass. few carbonation bubbles rise to the top as the beer sets

s: sweet caramel malts balanced nicely by piny hop bitterness

t: very similar to the aroma, sweet caramel malts balanced nicely with the piny hop bitterness

M: light to medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this was a very nice brew that I would buy again

happygnome, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with a tan head that is lightly creamy, somewhat short, has nice retention and contributes a large amount of lacing.

Wheaty smelling with a light nutty caramel scent.

Initially, the taste is nice. Roasted nuts with a slight citrus/earthy hop kick. The aftertaste is where there is a somewhat bland grainy bread flavor. A little bit of earthy hops linger.

A mix of sharp and lightly creamy carbonation. A medium body that presents a little bit of a chewy quality.

Not too shabby of a brew. Doesn't present anything great, but all around is pretty good. Drinks pretty easily, but can't say this stands up with the better beers in the category.

jera1350, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown and orange colors mingle in the glass. Head is served about half an inch high and appropriately sticky in the shaker pint. Nose is lightly toasted, quite clean with nothing surprising going on for the most part.

This is fairly smooth and light, even for an O-fest which is clearly a beer made for consumption. Maltier than bitter, sweeter than toasted. Herb notes poke in toward the finish. Light body, hard to begrudge the style. (Although, it's listed as an altbier here. At which point, the mouthfeel is unacceptably pathetic and the malts not up to the task.) As an Oktoberfest, in the month of October, Okto does a fine job.

BretSikkink, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad; going in the right direction. Poured with a medium sized very light tan head that is somewhat persistant and some lace. Color is a clear orange amber with lots of little bubble trails. Aroma is malt, fresh beer, and a bit of fruit. Flavor is much like the nose plus some caramel and a little on the dry side. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and somewhat short in length.

drpimento, Oct 26, 2010
Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.