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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
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 467 | Reviews: 177
Photo of kickapoodude
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
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
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
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
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of Kc4shore
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy Dark-Amber w/ a nice white med lace head

Smell: Decent hop aroma up front along with some sweet citrus. Strong caramel malt. Some subtle fall essences coming in from the back burner

Taste: Nice smooth bitterness. Very prevelant malt flavor. Spectacular long finish. As the beer warmed in the session, the fall air come through more and more.

Mouth: Awsome full body, very mild carbonation.

Overall: This Oktoberfest really got me excited. From the first sniff when I got that rush of malt and fruit, i knew there was a great deal of balance ahead of me. This beer has a great deal of toastiness that makes this great New England fall weather seem somehow MORE like fall. I will be seeing this bottle again real soon!

Photo of kaseydad
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
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
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
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
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
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
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
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
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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