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Okto Festival Ale - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

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389 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Evil_Pidde, Dec 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

mmulebarn, Dec 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bh123, Dec 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

henryhampton, Dec 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

cbcrunch, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
1.83/5  rDev -47%

Thanks, Dan. Strange that this is listed as an altbier. I suppose I should have poured into a stange glass, but whatever. Poured into a pint glass out of a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is listed as "08/12/13."

Pours an amber copper color with a very modest, off-white head that seems to settle as soon as I pour it into the glass. Amazingly, in spite of its fizzy consistency, it remains as a light right around the glass, thanks to the enormous amount of bubbles and carbonation that make themselves visible as they rise to the top. Leaves no stickiness, and lacing is pretty much inexistent. No idea how to rate this to style, but I'm sure it could look better.

The aroma reveals some caramel, toffee, light pine, grass... And that's about it. There's a brief green apple and acetone aroma that rises at the finish and coats the graininess and sweetness from the caramel, which is unpleasant. There's also some undeniable squash flavors lurking beneath. What's up with these flavors? They're strangely appealing (as in, begging to be paired with holiday related food), but it's kind of a jumbled mess. Quite poor, especially by this brewery's standards.

The flavor is brief venture into the caramel/toffee territory that it was going towards, and then in come the veggie notes. Squash, pumpkin, and cabbage permeate, with some light melon notes and acrid grassiness from the hops. Apparently this wasn't brewed with any adjuncts, but at this point, why didn't they just rebrand it as a "pumpkin beer" in light of the issue? Tastes stale and anemic, especially with the raspy grainy flavor and faded hop profile. Also, I can't help but notice this diacetyl texture that continues to waft its way through with each additional sip, which made this buttery, funky, and simply wrong.

Horrible stuff - I realize this is an older bottle but it should have held up better than this. Alas, I'm reviewing this because I feel that even in its freshest stages does it retain these off flavors throughout. Am I crazy, or did I get a bad bottle or something? Not anything I'd want to revist again - and I could definitely say the same for most of Widmer's beers at this point.

magictacosinus, Nov 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

ScorpyX, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Erik-P, Nov 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Kunstman, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of bark
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%

The colour is gold-orange (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. Finger thick head, no lacing, no retention.

The smell is smooth. Caramel/toffee. Sweet notes of dried fruits and some floral flavours.

The taste is fresh and malty with dried exotic fruits, caramel, and hay. Very light bitterness, just enough to create a fine balance. Some cardboard and boiled vegetables in the background. Medium body. The aftertaste is fresher with malty caramel flavours, hay and dried flowers.

Fresh small long-lived bubbles. The liquid is light.

More caramel and fruits than expected: Not really a classic altbier, but still an OK beer.

bark, Nov 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

jheezee, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

rrock44, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

JohnyFriday, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Oakenator, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into an 8 ounce sampling glass. This was bought at a convenience store, and was being stored warm. Freshness date of August, 2013 (purchased and reviewed in early November). A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of frothy head, which reduces quickly into a chunky lacing. The color is a yellowish brown with red highlights and crystal clear, with light carbonation.

I get some chocolate and caramel on the nose, with not much hop character. Toasty and bready flavors are predominant. Clean finish with maybe a bit of citrusy hops. Easy drinking.

This was a good value at about 7.50 a sixer, despite the fact that it wasn't as fresh as it could be.

archyquaffer, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Zach122, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head, speckled with orange highlights, which quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department. Faint hits of malt and brown sugar. Some subtle hops aroma too.

Taste: Malty upfront, like freshly baked baguettes, followed by some brown sugar/caramel-like sweetness, finished by some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. There’s a long finish to this beer too.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Pretty good American version of an Oktober fest beer, and a little surprising coming from Widmer Bros., who’s beers tend to be much hoppier than this, too hoppy for my taste. This one is very well balanced and tasty.

Jeffreysan, Oct 30, 2013
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3.04/5  rDev -11.9%

Very much an okay nothing special beer IMHO. Cool name and interesting bottle art convinced me to pick up a six pack of this, and Portland beers tend to be good.

A: Nice mid/deep amber color, looks like a beer should, good 2 inches of white lacy foam.
S: Weak malty, slightly zesty, flat
T: Starts a bit sweet, turns citrusy, ends a bit bitter, in general a weak tasting beer, not lacking taste, but if I didn't know I was drinking a beer I wouldn't know I was drinking a beer....know what I mean?
M: Thin
O: I was looking for a seasonal brew to get me pumped for Halloween, something better than the tried and true Sam Adam's Seasonal fare, this was not the beer I was looking for. Maybe I can hand it out with the candy this coming Thursday...to the parents.

MaltyCrock, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

BryantForestry, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jmccullough108, Oct 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Moses_Malone, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Whiskeydeez, Oct 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

dgherm, Oct 23, 2013
Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.