Oktoberfest | Upland Brewing Company

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Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by zerk on 10-03-2002

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of JamesS
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in the pint glass a very nice dark red/copper color, although it had almost no head and not a lot of lacing as I drank it down. I nice autum aroma, it also went down fairly smooth. It had a great marzen taste, along with a nice spike of spices in the aftertaste. An excellent autumn drink, find it while and where you can, as I think Upland has exhausted its supply for this year. I was lucky and caught some at Sonka's in Terre Haute.

I have had this again several times over the last couple of years and it has become even better. Thicker aroma and taste and goes down better... a great Autumn beer.

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Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oxymoron
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tis the season. Arrived a mostly clear, coppery color with a light orange hue. A soft white head with some retention but hid to the side of the glass and eventually die altogether. Limited lacing.

The nose has a great malt presence. A sweeter aroma with a nice blend of Munich and Vienna malts that really shine through. More of a traditional style of O-fest. Very clean yeast but some minor buttery notes (nit-picking). A light sugary note on the back end and no real hop notes, which is ok.

The taste is balanced well within the malt. A very nice sweeter Munich flavor up front is very noticeable. But then the Vienna comes back in the finish with a lighter balance for a crisp finish. Very interesting getting the two flavors so distinct yet blended nicely. Some earthy light hops notes really finish well. Very clean with no off yeast notes.

The finish is clean with a moderate feel. Some sudsy in the finish that is a bit of a distraction. Overall very impressive Oktoberfest. Great malt presence and nice blend of Munich and Vienna.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow my first Upland beer, thanks to erric for this one.

Pours a nice frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, over clear amber orange colored beer, some lacing.

Nose has light malts, soft almost decoction sweet malts, light creamy malt and touch of cracked straw. Also plenty of lager aromas, some crisp malts, and some lager fruits, touch of noble floral almost spicy hops.

Taste starts with some sweet malts, light Bavarian pilsner malts, light cracked straw and almost wheat but not quite, smooth and slightly creamy. Nice lager flavors, a bit of fruit and crispness. Also some nice hops, light floral hops, a bit spicy, nice noble hop flavors. Nice layers of soft malts, almost like a decoction. Finish has some spicy hops, a bit of bitterness, and nice creamy malts.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall I think this was very well done, I've been drinking lots of German Oktoberfests lately and this might be the best American version of a real German Oktoberfest. They got it quite close with malts, hops, and lager flavors, maybe a touch more cracked straw would really staple it. i wouldn't be surprised if they even did a decoction for this. Great beer!

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Pauly2X
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold, almost light amber in color. Good half finger head.

S- Caramel and toast with a noticable but not overpowering noble hop pressence.

T- Malty sweet, caramel and toast flavors abound yet stay mellow enough to enjoy without pretense. Virtually no hop bitterness but there's a good amount of hop flavor to go around. Finishes sweet without being cloying.

M- Smooth and rich while retaining quaffability. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Easily one of the better Domestic Marzen's I've had and it can easily hold it's own against it's German counterparts. I think I'll have to go grab a sixer of this before it's gone.

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Photo of lenbert
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andy1010
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's easy to make a good Marzen, but this one stands out a bit. Really good beer

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this Oktoberfest pours brilliantly clear copper color with a thin white head that quickly diminishes to a thin rim. The aroma is very clean moderately-high warm toasty, biscuit malt. The flavor is medium-high toasty, cracker-like malt with hints of honey sweetness with just enough medium-low hop bitterness to balance nicely. Additionally a bit of spicy hop flavor is evident, subtle but there. The beer finishes slightly dry, with a bit of malt lingering on the palate, refreshing yet interesting. The carbonation is moderate and body medium. Overall this is nice Oktoberfest, I'd gladly drink this again, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of kinmundy77
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of YancyUnger
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the type of beer that makes me rethink lagers. Nice subtle malty flavor. I have picked up several six packs since tasting. Upland moves up several levels with their Barrel Chested and offerings like this.

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Photo of bwood06
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Following a recent marathon that I raced, my and my wife's families all got together and went to Upland Brewing Company for dinner. Dad and I got there first so we decided to go ahead and grab a beer while we waited. Naturally, we went for an Oktoberfest first.

This beer comes equipped with a thick, frothy, white, albeit with a slight orange tint, head that dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is a light amber and is clear with light carbonation visible. 4/5 The aroma is fairly sweet with caramel, light wheat bread, apricot, peach, and sweet malted grains really taking the cake. Herbal and grassy hops comes through just a bit to balance things out a bit. 4/5 A sticky caramel comes put right away on the sip with the light wheat bread making a fairly quick appearance right behind it. Fruity notes of apricot and peach come out in the middle along with a grainy sweetness that acts as an undertone. Herbal and grassy hops come to the forefront near the end providing just a bit of bitterness that does not linger. 4/5 This is a light bodied Oktoberfest that fully coats the tongue and mouth, providing a thirst quenching feeling with no drying to it. There is a light carbonation tickle on the front end that disappears fairly quickly. 4.25/5 This was actually my second time having this beer so this review acts as a re-review. I'm very glad that I ordered this again because although I enjoyed it the first time, I enjoyed it even more this time. Maybe it was the running, maybe it was the freshness of the beer (the first review was from bottles I believe), who knows. This is definitely an Oktoberfest that I will come back to. 4/5

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Photo of jbfarris
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vondy08
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great light o-fest

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a light pumkin orange in color and has a light white head. The smell wasn't overpowering but was pleasant, with light spicy aromas. The taste was better than some other Oktoberfests that I've had so far this year. It had good harvest flavor and wasn't too heavy on the spices. The mouthfeel was very light and smooth. I'd say this one is more drinkable than most, American, Oktoberfests. It's worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite impressed with this years offering. The head was a little disapointing, but the color and clarity were right on. The nose was subdued but malty. The taste was big. Very malty/grainy and nutty with just a touch of bitterness at the finish.

Very full flavored Fest without being sickly sweet.

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Oktoberfest from Upland Brewing Company
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