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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

457 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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 kaseydad
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber ale with a decent amount of cream colored head with nice lacing. Lotsa bubbles being produced from the bottom. Getting the caramel in the aroma with some butterscotch and light apple and some distant chocolate whiffs. The taste is malty with a slight hoppy bite on the swallow. Slightly yeasty and bready but not bad. Kinda nutty aftertaste as well. Overall I enjoyed this session. Overall I liked the nice blend of the malt and hops and the lower alcohol is welcomed. A solid showing from the Widmer Bros.

Photo of tlazaroff
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours out a dark orange/brown with a nice thick tan head with interesting (minimal) lacing.

S: Picking up some bready and caramel notes mixed together like someone just had baked a fresh caramel danish or something. Very nice.

T: Right way I am hit with caramel, like I just bit into a caramel square, but it soon gives way to the presence of alcohol.

M: This beer is a tad dry, and somewhat chalky in the mouthfeel. It is a medium, bordering full body with lower-moderate carbonation.

D: Not high on my list, this beer just isn't that good.

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

12 oz. bottle from Slaveway in The Big poured into UCLA shaker, 10.13.11.

Half finger very light tan head, quick dissipation resulting in thin broken layer on top of medium amber clear body, numerous streams of uprising small bubbles. Malt forward nose, mostly caramel with some biscuit, floral hops, not much else. Taste mirrors nose, more caramel than biscuit, floral finish. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, not a lot of effervescence. IMHO they'd have been better off just doing a seasonal bottling of the classic Alt, one of Fred's favorite beers and a historically important microbrew than this, which lacked both depth and character, though fairly sessionable.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard tumbler

Appearance-Very clear copper body with a 2 finger off white frothy head. Nice rentention and lacing.

Smell-Sweet malts, citrus and some spices

Taste-Very bready upfront followed by some citrus and some subtle dark fruits, some plum. Finish is pretty sweet w/ some extremely subtle hops.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, pretty smooth. Medium carbonation.

Overall-Nice flavors, low ABV packs some nice, drinkable punch. I liked it.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A copper color with a finger of white head that shortly broken down with some good lacing.
Smells of honeysuckle, grapefruit and mandarin.
It tastes like lemon, hops and a hint of soap. I have tried three different bottles in three different glasses and they all taste like this. Maybe it is the style, but the soap taste is a bit off-putting.
Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.
I cannot get over the taste.... but it smells so good.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?!?

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.

Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.