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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Photo of jaydoc
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gaining inspiration from southern Germany, but brewing with techniques and ingredients that are common to American microbrewers, Upland's Oktoberfest yields a richer oktoberfestbier that hinges on American amber caramel character.

Deep golden to light copper in color, the beer pours brightly clear and caps with a foamy white head that struggles with its retention but somehow manages to lace with intricate patterns before the foam falls. With a bit more retention, this could be a really nice looking lager.

Clean caramel and mild cashew nuttiness leads the aromatics with light touches of freshly kilned barley and slight whiffs of butter lying closely behind. Bread crust, mild sulfurs, and a subdued herbal hop presence rounds out the relatively clean scent.

Caramel sweetness is even more pronounced in taste that it was in aroma. With honey-like floral presence in taste, the sweetness of the beer is looming while the more finesse grain sweetness and supple malt elegance is somewhat lacking- er, covered up by sheer caramel sweetness, leaving the taste largely one-dimensional. Even the light earthy and spicy bitterness of hops pale in comparisons and do little to support the malt.

Medium bodied, yet seemingly full for Oktoberfest- the beer is moderately bodied compared to amber ales. It's malt sweetness coats the mouth and reluctantly lets up; leaving the sweet sugary textures to gravitate to the mouth and preventing the thirst quenching property that's best of authentic German oktoberfestbiers. Lingering sweetness only waivers as mild alcohol warmth and slight acidity come into play in its shy finish.

Upland basically gives the Oktoberfest type of taste that is constant for American made versions, which are becoming vastly inferior to the traditional versions of Bavaria. It's odd that as contemporary Munich versions are getting lighter and lighter, American micro versions are getting sweeter and sweeter.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper brown. Perhaps a bit less clarity than I'd like ... but it was served in a thick glass stein which may have muted appearance. Not as solid a head either. Smell is caramel, toffee, a touch of spice (subtle cumin). I'd like more of a bready / yeasty note. Taste follows. Feel is medium but still crisp.

A solid example though not a true standout.

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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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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of REVZEB
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden orange color with a bit of a white head and some mild lacing. Nose is a bit nutty and earthy with some bread and slight caramel in the background. The taste is slightly dry with some earth and a bit of light malt. Medium body with good carbonation. Nothing special, but a pretty decent brew.

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest orange with several streams of fairly large bubbled carbonation blipping up to a whipped frothy crown that is somewhere between ivory and ecru. The foam looks decent during descent and is leaving an okay amount of lace.

The nose is fresh and clean. The malt is more golden than earthy-toasted and the beer has a surprisingly robust floral-herbal hoppiness. Gadzooks! This could be my first good Upland beer.

Oktoberfest Bavarian-Style Lager is a better than average marzen, but it's definitely no world-beater. Beer of this sort shouldn't be this tangy, something that might have been attributed to age if no notched date code was available (brewed August '10).

More malt is needed. There's a hint of the toasted, earthy nuttiness that the style is known for, but it tastes as if the grain bill is predominantly pale. German hops add a passing glance of flavor and enough bitterness to counter what few malt sugars are present. Time and warming don't improve things one iota.

The mouthfeel is borderline. It's slightly too thin and bubbles are slightly too noticeable. Smaller (better buried) carbonation would have been great.

In the end, it didn't take much for Oktoberfest to be the most impressive Upland Brewing beer to have ever entered my pint glass. Impressive being relative, of course. Finding a better marzen shouldn't be that difficult, no matter where you live.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear pale copper hue, decent lacing. Smells of fresh cut hay, toasted bread and herbal hops. Modest level of carbonation, grassy maltiness, bready throughout, ample hop bitterness, herbal, clean, dry finish.

Hits up all the right elements for the style ... drinkable even if it does not have a huge wow factor.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber color with a great clarity fills the glass. Nice streams of bubbles that rippled up toward the surface gave it a good bit of depth and created a nice moderate to medium capping of white that clung to the sides for a little while before letting itself go. Muted bready malts. Hints of light grain and a touch of some light spice, but everything was too light and muted for me. Not enough in the way of herbal hoppiness or depth to keep me interested. Same could be said as I took the first sip, while not really being bad in any way, it was just rather uninteresting. Bready grains, hints of something musky, and a touch of light pine maybe, but very muted. Smooth and even taste with a clean and concise finish

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Not too many O-Fests out there for me anymore, so all the better that I found this one on my local's mix-a-six rack. It pours a clear autumnal brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild grass, lightly-sweet biscuit, and a touch of dry caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bready biscuit ruling most of the roost, leaving some grass and mild leaves to feed from the crumbs, an illustration of symbiosis. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid O-Fest, one of the better American offerings out there.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant copper hue with a large off white khaki head, fine even lacing billowing head that's what I'm talking about. Aroma toasted caramel notes, hints of nuts, and dessert breads. Flavor is crisp complex lager clean finish, malty bread notes, earthy hops to balance it out. I like the nuttiness and the dry components that settle on the palate between sips, ample carbonation feels great going down highly drinkable with well hidden alcohol. 6.8% abv is barely noticeable, refreshing drinkable lager. Overall a really nice drinking lager, I'm glad I picked up a whole sixer this is my first introduction to Upland brewing.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, strong caramel malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, strong caramel malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hops. Overall, weak appearance, but decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best enjoyed by Nov 15 2015 notched on label:

Pours orange amber with a lasting thin white foamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of grain (lightly caramelized) with a floral touch.

The taste is of sweet nutty grain with a floral touch balancing it in the finish.

Clean, crisp, relatively smooth.

A nice, standard O-fest.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upland Oktoberfest

Pours a light clear copper color. Aroma of bready, munich malts and all due sweetness. In the taste, mild toasted malts, leafy, tea like hops and a superior balance. Mellow malt flavor of biscuit, sweet bread and toffee. Finishes crisp and clean. Light bodied feel. Overall, a really nice Oktoberfest, drinks easy enough to be considered a true festbier.

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Photo of enelson
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled in August 2013. One of my friends gave me this a couple weeks ago. Served in a mug, the beer pours an orange/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like toasted malt, bready malt, and a bit of fruit (apple). The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some herbalness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, but I wish I would have been able to try this when it was fresher. If I get the chance to, then I'll review it again.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ovaltine
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored beer, nearly clear, light tan head. Aromas are primarily caramel, pretty sweet, and some toffee.

Taste is all malt, no discernible noble hops. Caramel is the primary flavor, which accounts for the sweetness. Not terrible, but could’ve been much more, IMHO.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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