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Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

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406 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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 Docer
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, finally grabbed a 6'er at a Whole Foods the moment they put it on the shelf... saw it at many other places as well... 12 oz. bottle... bottled Jul. 22 09

- Nice dark clear and rich caramel color... dark copper.. almost like a red ale.... fluffy white foam head... mild lacing all about....

- Crisp and bitter hop... some pine.. bit of sweet malt.. nice zing.. some zest, citrus and lemon.. almost reminds me of the hefe..

- Sweet and smooth malt... almost a bit of brown sugar or molasses... creamy... slightly thick... very tasty.. some bittering hop... bright pine... almost too balanced.. I am a big fan of Alts...

- Slight dryness.. some chewiness.. bitter sweet finish...

- Super drinkable, and as good as I remembered from the last one I had about 4 years ago... been looking forward to it again this year... a must have.

Docer, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/24/2008 (Draft @ Gingerman, Houston, TX):

Pours an amber brown, body somewhat opaque. Big creamy light tan head. Good lacing. Grape juice aroma, some maltiness. Somewhat malty taste, almost sour aftertaste. Some grapey foretaste. Some balance, but more on the malty side. Pretty good session beer.

jujubeast6000, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A coppery brown color with no head. I tried to make a head by doing a hard pour but no success. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is somewhat hazy/cloudy.

Nose: There is a good malty aroma with caramel, dry grassy, and citrus. There more hops in the background floral like.

Taste: A nice toasty malts with caramel, grass, and floral esters. There is a subtle hint of citrus and resin.

Overall: A slight carbonated mouth feel with a medium body. The finish is slightly sweet and bitter that last for a few moments. There is a nice balance in the malt with a decent amount of hops. It not too bad, there is rich caramel sweetness in the beer. I think that it is a malt bomb and rather sweet.

colts9016, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Total Wine. Bottlecap says, "Praise Oregon Brewers Festival." Maybe it's an omen. Eh, I was probably going to go again this year anyhow.

A - Pours auburn-orange with two fingered off-white head. Nay more, of an orangish colored head. Dissipates slowly, with nice lacing. Very impressive.

S - Caramel, honey and peppery spices.

T - Caramel, honey, creamy and toffee.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a complimentary, filling mouthfeel. Slighlty dry, very impressed though. Definitely could have a few more and would really enjoy purchasing at least a six.

D - 2nd favorite oktoberfest style beer. Real good.

Update 12/8/08: After e-mailing Widmer bros., Okto is made using an alt yeast and then lagered.

MisterClean, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The wording on the label made me think this was an actual Oktoberfest. Oops, my bad. Still a decent beer.

A: Orange amber color has nice clarity and mild carbonation via small bubbles. Small white head doesn't retain well and leaves no lace.

S: Caramel and biscuits with nice bits of lemon.

T: Starts out fairly hoppy with lemony citrus flavors. Malts being up the rear. They add a pleasant toasted caramel quality. Finishes with a lingering toasted malt note.

M: Medium-light body is slightly oily. Carbonation level is a touch too high.

D: Nice session beer.

Rayek, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish-amber in color, with a dense, persistent half-inch off-white head, which retains quite well, scattered, sticky lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts dominate, they are almost cloying sweet. No hop presence was evident. The aroma seems excessively sweet.

Taste: Opens with nutty toasted and caramel malts, unlike the aroma, the sweet caramel flavors are well balanced against the toasted malt. As the taste progresses, a mild, slightly oily hop presence appears. The bitterness brings the taste to a close quite nicely.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A decent, drinkable example for crisp autumn days. Not extraordinary, but not bad, either.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle, with a pop off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought too much other stuff this year and didn't get any oktoberfests as of yet. However, I was able to find a single of this in the make your own sixer section at the local beer store.

The beer doesn't pour very much initial head, but it stays for a while and leaves a great lacing. Nice reddish brown color. I can't see through the glass.

Malts are predominantly biscuity. Big whiff of caramel malts comes through as well. Sort of vienna malt smell that I get from german lagers. Seems like a good start so far.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. There is a good amount of vienna style caramel malts and a biscuity malt flavor. My vocabulary is not the best for german lagers, so I draw comparison. The problem with it is a slight booziness and not enough hop bite to balance. A tiny bit of tannic acid provides a slight bit of off flavoring. It's not bad though. This is a decent Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel is slightly astringent, but the malts cling to the palate well and overall this is a decent Oktoberfest. It's more malty than a lot of others, which I like. There are better Oktoberfests out there for sure, but this is a solid offering.

jasonjlewis, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color. Even an aggressive pour only yields a 1-finger tan head that fades away quickly.

Muted nose that contains hints of caramel malts, bit 'o roastyness, burnt toast and sweet sugar daddy candy.

Very grainy taste. Sweet malts are the show here with enough bittering hops to let you know it's American.

Not a bad marzen and is pretty good by Widmer standards. Might not buy a whole sixer of this, as there are plenty of better Oktoberfests out there, but I certainly wouldnt be pissed if someone handed me one of these to quaff.

twiggamortis420, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew courtesy of my Brother-In-Law!

Poured from a standard 12oz BB into a pils glass. This brew has a great amble/red/brown color and absolute perfect clarity. Head was a little light, however. Nose is subdued but has definite malt and caramel tones appropriate for this seasonal beer. Taste is smooth, sweet with caramel tones, malti notes and just a slight touch of hops. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is light. Overall this is an easy drinking amber ale that one could drink several of. I like this beer but probably wouldn't go for it again, but would recommend it to those who haven't tried it!


SickBrew, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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 JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.45.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass..

1" head with nice lacing, brew is amber but when held to a light it glows like a stop light.

Aroma is toasty/biscuit malts with slight floral hops and only subtle yeasty fruitiness... fairly clean really.

Toasty malts up front move into medicinal/spicy hops with a slightly fruity finish.. dry minerally finish.. body is medium with smooth but above average carbonation... way cleaner than most American Ambers.

Overall, if I had to pick a style for this, I would call it a good attempt at an Altbier over an American Amber... that said, I am going to review it on its merits, but NOT as an American Amber.


JohnGalt1, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper pour with a nice and big off white head. Smell is somewhat light, but nicely of caramel and toffee scented malt. Somewhat light on the palate, yet not watery. Nice body, nice biscuity, toffee malty flavor. Nice, easy drinking , yet nicely flavored beer. More Oktoberfest like than amber, in my opinion, but nice either way.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- fluffy two finger off white head over a clear copper brew with orange hues, great retent

S- malty, bubblegum, caramel, fruity

T- fruity malts throughout, earthy and pine hops, toasted grains at finish

M- smooth medium body with dry finish

D- nice take on a marzen, enjoyable and sessionable

tonistruth, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of rallison
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger white head that leaves some suds on the side of the glass.

Smells of sweet biscuity malts.

Taste is quite sweet, with an almost syrupy caramel quality (in comparison to other Oktoberfests). Some biscuity qualities as well, with a bit of piny hops at the end. Taste is just a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is a touch syrupy, but otherwise nice.

Drinkability is ok.

Overall, not exceptional. I'd also rate this higher were they to call it something other than an Oktoberfest.

rallison, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of livingregret
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type: 12oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a lovely orange colour w/ nice clarity. Plenty of lacing makes for a nice looking brew

Smell: Some floral w/ a lot of malt and lemony smell.

Taste: Hmmm not what I was expecting. Tasted much like a IPA than a Oktoberfest. If you sip the beer you get some sweet malt and a strong lemon/grapefruit flavour. When taking a big mouthful it doesn't change a whole lot but you get a touch more of the malt. The beer does go down easy enough but a bit thin.

Drinkability: I'm not a huge fan of IPA's...and that's what this beer reminds me of

livingregret, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a golden amber color with a dissapating thin head. Smell and taste of sweet malt, spice and biscuity with a good amount of carbonation making for a crisp fall beer. Mouthfeel is medium with good body. Overall not to bad, has a slight metallic bitter aftertaste that I could do without though.

Bookseeb, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of schoolcb
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle. Deep amber/copperish colored, not much head, but the carbonation keeps a steady but thin film of bubbles on the surface. Wonderful, sweet toasted malty aroma! No hop aroma. Flavor is a sweet toasted malt with a caramel note or two. No hop flavor. This is a wonderful beer!

schoolcb, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of TiMX
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really am not a big fan of Widmer brewing. However this Oktoberfest is a beer that I will buy every year when it comes out.

It is very malty with a dry finnish. Great crystal clear brown/amber color. Very nice looking beer.

This beer is a crowd pleaser. If you can pick some up.

TiMX, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of ttu94
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All Marzen all the time. First off I like the old bottle better than the new, it looked better. It seems all American marzen's look the same. Not really a bad thing but I think they all copied the Sam Adams version. Widmer bros. is also a dark clear amber with a good white head. Again with the malty sweet smell and taste. I find the Widmer version to be a tad bit thin on flavor. Overall a good beer though.

Zum what???

ttu94, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reddish amber with a finger full of tan bubbles fill the glass, but the head dissipates quickly to a faint ring of sticky tan or off-white.

Aroma is unusual in that it's sort of like floral amber malt. The floral from the hops absolutely blends with the nutty and sweet amber malt so that it is very hard for my nose to distinquish....it all comes at you at once.

Taste is toasted amber malt first, then some nice bready-type yeast followed by a citrus and floral hop bite on the end.

Mouthfeel is thick enough for the style...not too watery nor thin. Aftertaste is a slightly 'canned' taste of the amber malts.

Nothing earth-shattering...but very drinkable.

IntriqKen, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color, with a faint white head.

Smells odd... like a cheap red wine. Some floral notes as well.

Taste is bready and biscuit like. Light, and crisp. A bit dry with a bit of a grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Not bad for such a light tasting beer.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not overly impressive, but certainly not offensive. Worth a try.

flexabull, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a toasted amber with a thin khaki head.

Smell is bready malt with a little brown sugar and diactyl, pretty strong over all

Taste is more subdued then the nose, semi-sweet and smooth melanoidin, with light hops and not enough malt richness. There are some fusels, almost like a clean, watery quad.

Mouthfeel is pretty soft but not to thin.

Drinkability is moderate, the taste was just a bit off so that I wouldn't want to drink to many of them.

ccrida, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
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 20, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice glass, it is a very nice reddish amber color; however, it fails to maintain any sort of head. Nose is faint at best, with light caramel and maybe a little toastiness--it's hard to tell, though. Pleasantly malty taste, mostly with sweet caramel flavor. There's a tad bit of odd yeast character, for an oktoberfest, leaning to the fruity side. Body is nicely creamy.

Easy drinking, but unexciting. Not a very good oktoberfest.

allengarvin, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. bottle with raised lettering. Label works very hard at failing to give any useful information.

Aroma: Malty base is lightly toasted and a bit nutty. There is a definite floral hop element that accents and even deepens the malt character.

Appearance: Reddish amber mug shows great clarity, but the head collapses pretty quickly to a very thin cover.

Flavor: Balance is toward the malt but only with a light sweetness. Nutty character in the aftertaste with just a little yeast bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with a slick texture. Carbonation is low which leads to long pulls.

Overall Impression: My first Oktoberfest of the year, and it’s got me looking for the Oompah band! Taste is pretty close to style and no real flaws. It’s a lighter version of the style though. I'm ok with the Amber/Red category.
Worth a shot!

HardTarget, Sep 14, 2007
Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.