Penn Oktoberfest
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Penn OktoberfestPenn Oktoberfest
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From:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #108
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,002
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 12.11%
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
144
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 09, 2022
Added:
Sep 24, 2001
Wants:
  22
Gots:
  36
SCORE
86
Very Good
Penn OktoberfestPenn Oktoberfest
Notes: A rich, deep golden-colored lager fest bier that is exceptionally smooth and mellow. Uses two-row malted barley and a combination of roasted malts. Highly rated by the National Tasting Institute.
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Rated: 4 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by Rainintheface from Florida

Oct 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
1.5 x 12 oz bottle
Glassware: 0.5 L Festmug
Temp at Pour: 52.4
ABV: 5.5%
Date Consumed (and Rated): 24.Sept.2022


Look:
Rich and slight dark but clear copper. Initial 2-finger off white head is very fizzy and disappears very quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell:
Toasted bread with some toasted bread crusts. Some fresh but mostly dried hay. Somehow, the aroma is … dry.

Taste:
Starts off with a sweet note that fades quickly and is replaced by bready malts. A spiciness that is a bit shy of zesty asserts itself at almost the same time and stays throughout the sip and into the aftertaste. Things dry out at this point and the sip finishes nicely dry and even somewhat woody and earthy with toasted malts in the background.

Feel:
Crisp and smooth. The body is medium.

Overall:
A fairly decent Oktoberfest. Very nicely dry with the toasty, bready, and spicy notes that I look for in the Märzen style.

I first had this back in the 00s (back when American Oktos were mostly sweet malt bombs) and it quickly became part of my Okto Rotation. I purchase some every fall if I can find it.
Sep 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by Spade from Pennsylvania

Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours a crystal clear copper with a pinky's worth of fluffy white head that thins to a sheen with little fanfare. Smells malt-forward; biscuit-y and hyper-clean. Slightly metallic. Not much in the way of hoppy bitterness. Tastes nice enough; largely as it smells, including the metallicism, unfortunately. Fans of Celtic Frost will find it agreeable. Perfectly dry and crispy body is where this shines. That's definitely what I want in a Marzen. The rest could use a slight tune-up, though.
Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Undated 12 oz bottle from Pennsylvania.
Appearance. This has a particularly attractive body with high clarity but is topped with a short, weak head.
The flavor is fairly typical for style if a bit less bitter and hoppy than average. Smooth, clean and easy drinking.
Sep 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Sep 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Apr 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.57 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Nov 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.2 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Oct 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.56 by JoelZ1 from Pennsylvania

Sep 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.38 by siege06nd from Virginia

Sep 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Scrapss from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the Bottle into a Nonic pint. 2019 vintage.

A: beautiful light copper with a decent white head that compacts into a thicker collar than full disk, but there is some center section of head that kinda looks like a manatee swimming on top my beer. Clear from floaties and haze, which is beneficial for increasing this beer's appearance points.

S: Bready malts, more malt than hops. Hops are gentle Noble-style varieties as expected for a proper Oktoberfest. Yeast is unobtrusive and did it's job without crowding out the malts. It's good, but I'd like a hair bit more maltiness on this nose.

T: exactly what you'd expect from a very drinkable Oktoberfest. It is not as gentle as a Helles Okto, but it is not as pushy with the malts as some American Oktoberfest interpretations. Just enough big-malt and just enough gentle, noble style hops.

M: Righteous. Body is spot on for a good fest beer at a solid medium and the carbo is spot on without being overly carbo'd. It borders on spritely due to this, but it never rudely interrupts the body, rather it complements it nicely.

O: If you try it and like the Helles and Marzen styles, think "what if the Helles and Marzen Oktoberfests had a baby". It'd be a beer that kinda resembles this one. Not overly caramel malted, not as light as a Helles Oktoberfest.
Aug 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Sep 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Sep 02, 2018
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Reviewed by bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
No bottling date; Reviewed 8/29/18

Look- Pours crystal clear deep amber-hued golden with a two finger off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin coating; spotty lacing

Aroma- getting some bready malt and light toast note, along with floral hops

Taste- bready, crusty malt with a toast-like quality followed by floral hops with just a little bit of bitterness

Feel- medium-bodied with just a little bit of bitterness

Overall- enjoyable Oktoberfestbier with nicely balanced hops and malts
Aug 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this on 2018-08-24 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle and again on 2019-08-01 from a fresh bottle.

A - Clear amber with a 1/2-finger off-white head that drops quickly leaving little lace.

S - Rich brown bread, graham cracker with a light dab of honey, noble spices. Very nice.

T - Spicy and semi-sweet. Lots of graham cracker and lightly-toasted sourdough wheat bread. Light honey. Grassy/herbal. Some mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body and medium high carbonation. Sprightly.

O - A good take on the style. I enjoyed it.
Aug 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.41 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Dec 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
$ 8.54 (Including tax)/six pack of 12 ouncers ($ 0.118/oz) at The House of Brews, Robinson Township, PA.
Undated bottle at 42 degrees served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Brewery Vivant snifter.
Aroma – begins with fairly strong malt, fades away.
Head – average (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), off white, average density, average retention time, diminishing to an irregular three to six mm ring fed by effervescence, a complete rocky layer, and a few scattered pieces of lacing.
Lacing – Fair – a couple of arcs of tiny to small bubbles.
Body – light amber, clear, effervescent.
Flavor – Definitely malt foreward, slightly sweet. Ends slightly bitter without a detectable hops flavor. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Overall, a tasty version of an octoberfest brew. I see some more of these in my future. I just wish it had better lacing.
Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.
Sep 17, 2017
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A bit thicker and breadier than the average Oktoberfest, has an almost dark lager vibe with some huskier malt notes, but not too heavy in the end, a nice change of pace within the style
Sep 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by edrip222 from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2017
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 Oz pour on tap into shaker pint

A: light gold yellow body with great clarity. Little head fairly creamy white.

S: light corn, caramel, toffee, smells almost like coffee creamer

T: light creamy grains with hints of sweet bread and toffee very little to no hop presence.

M: smooth lowish carbonation

O: this is very good so smooth and creamy nice grains sweet bready this is an amazing October fest.
Feb 05, 2017
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a custom pint glass: color is copper, head is bright white with fine bubbles, some lacing. Head lingers well for long time.

Smell is moderately malty, toast and biscuit, some haven noted crackers with I agree with.

Taste is similar - biscuit, toast, and more crackery flavor - less malty than many other o-fests, less munich or vienna malt character.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, drying.

Overall a dryer and less malty o-fest, still good and drinkable but less pronounced german malt character.
Jan 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.61 by tjmiller718 from Virginia

Dec 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by klimoja from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.67 by brother_rebus from Maine

Oct 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Oct 01, 2016
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Reviewed by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear orange amber color. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Toasty and crackery maltiness. Caramel, nondescript fruitiness, and a moderate neutral sweetness. Earthy and grassy hops.

3.5 T: Toasty, grainy, and crackery. Caramel and mild toffee sweetness. Earthy hops with grassy undertones.

3.75 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

3.5 D: Pretty good. Tasty flavor profile and super clean.
Oct 01, 2016
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
DATE: September 22, 2016... OCCASION: another thirsty Thursday... GLASSWARE: Orioles mug... pours a sparsely bubbled, clear, copper orange body that sports a fizzy, swiftly dissipating head that smears to irregularity... a light caramel, lightly roasted aroma with some tea and lemon grass as well... sips a smooth, sweet, slammable body... a bit flat, lacking the effervescence of a more lively fest... the flavor profile is on par with its aroma, with caramel malts and flowery hops leaving a sweet, diminishing aftertaste... in all, not much of an experience, but a beer that will still occupy the palate during the fall... many other fests register a maltier return...
Sep 23, 2016
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pale golden-amber hybrid color with a modest one-finger, off-white head that quickly dissipates to a small, but lasting cap. Noble hops are what stand out in the aroma, with just a hint of malt sweetness behind. There's a bit more depth in the taste. A kiss of malt, a herbal note in the hops, a little spiciness and bitterness in the aftertaste. Still pretty light tasting, overall. Light to medium bodied with strong carbonation. I like this brewery and had higher expectations for this one. Not bad, but nothing special, either.
Sep 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by kotzbauerm from Kentucky

Aug 31, 2016
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice light copper color with a two finger fizzy white head that dissipated slowly to a thin film. Very light lacing. Faint sweet malt nose with not much else. Sweet malt forward with a balanced light toast and hop finish that lingers. Medium body and medium light carbonation.
Jul 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by sherm570 from Pennsylvania

Mar 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.48 by fishguyac from Virginia

Jan 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by Zylod from West Virginia

Jan 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by baconfromwalmart from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.65 by therealJAYZ from Pennsylvania

Nov 01, 2015
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