Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

458 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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:
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 iabeerbaron
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of leedorham
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Warm ambery copper with a slight orange hue. Clear with a few bubbles rising to a medium size off-white head. Settles fast, but okay retention and quite alright lace.

S: Bready malt with hints of crust & toasty grain. Ghost hint of hops. Very faint fruity esters. Light and clean aroma overall. Sweet & bready malts grow just a tad as the brew warms.

T: Quite a bit more forward on the minty & herbal hops – especially on the flavor more so than bitterness. Just a step behind is the malt backbone. More malty sweet than nose, a bit nutty too, but still bready with crust and toasty grain notes. Hops get a touch spicy in the middle and a bit of soapy resin comes out in the finish as the malts fade.

M: Medium body with balanced & finely textured carbonation. A small bit of chew & a balanced finish.

D: Looks the part & smells alright. A bit light on malts, and heavy on the hops. But hey, they are west coast brewers. And the hops do taste German. Okay for an O’fest / fall ale.

Photo of dowen44
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Dunkelhund
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +45.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of leftoverburrito
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of kickapoodude
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty and nutty. Frankly, a little more complex that what I'm looking for in an Octoberfest. Can you truly call it an Octoberfest? Probably, this brewery has been at it for a while. The nuttiness is the most agressive characteristic. It's not a filbert taste, but similair. Over all, a great beer for the days just before the snao begins to fall. But I'd grab a 22 oz.er of something else to clear your pallet in between three packs.

Photo of MsRif
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured a copper color with a nice head that left considerable lacing. Had an aroma of sweet malts, light fruits and hops. Tasted like it smelled. Not too complex, but well-balanced.

Light-bodied with good carbonation. Goes down quite easy. Not a favorite of mine, but worth a try overall.

Photo of aval89
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber with finger head.. clear body.

S: sweet caramel/toffee malts with touches
of hops to round out...

T: again big malt presence upfront.. finishes a bit earthy with a slight medicinal taste.. slightly bitter..

Mf: light-medium body with good carbonation

O: not bad.

Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of zimm421
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Sudwerk Marzen.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, rocky head that lasted a while. Nice lacing.

S: Caramel malt and yeast. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. More bitterness up front. Toasted finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: Wonderful looking ale and the mouthfeel was solid. I think the nose and flavor was a bit off though. I liked the Sudwerk slightly better.

Photo of kjyost
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle BB Aug, 2011 sold in a mixed 12 that was packaged on June 26th, sold at Happy Harry's, 45th St Fargo. Poured ~4C into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Rich amber body with a nice white tea that offers up some lacing. Good start.
S: Not too sure what to make of it here... Lots of malt, some fruity esters coming through. Caramel, sweet malts, but lots more esters than I expect for a fake Oktoberfest Lager.
T: Once again and odd beer. It comes off for a moment as a standard Oktoberfest, with sweet malts and a light body. Fruity esters then come through and finish with a weird sticky metallic bitterness on the front of the tongue that just won't go away.
M: Strong carbonation, weird bitterness. Unpleasant aftertaste of metallic nature...
O: Honestly, I think I'd rather have a Bud.

Photo of Duhast500
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Octoberfest dimpled mug.

The color is a deep amber/orange with a finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is malty is a small nutty aroma and some caramel aroma with the slightest bitterness in the nose.

The taste is a bit bready with some interesting malt flavor. Some slight hop flavor hangs in the back as a nice caramel flavors out.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a nice drinkable feel that goes down easy and is pretty refreshing.

Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.