Penn Oktoberfest | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Penn OktoberfestPenn Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 284
Photo of rypkr
4.92/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Marzens are one ofy favorite styles and of the 40 or so I've had this is no doubt top three (and arguably the best). Rich, bready and so authentic it blows away most of it's Bavarian competition.

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Photo of cooch69
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Oktoberfest pours a brilliant golden amber that's as clear as can be. It pours with a one finger loose head, but the carbonation in this beer is vigorous and quite well spread. It's quite a beuty for the eyes.
This beer smells faintly of biscuity malts. Not much Hop's detected either. As far as aromas go this is very light but straight forward and simple.
The taste of the Oktoberfest is amazing. I'm loving how awesome the finish to this beer is. It comes in the mouth biscuity and slightly sweet. Really comparable to a hot cereal served cold. And in the finish I'm getting one of the best maltiness I've ever experienced in an Oktoberfest.
The mouthfeel is very light and a bit thiner than others in the style. This however makes it too easy to drink.
Thanks PBC for making yet another awesome beer. I've never been disapointed yet.

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Photo of jwc215
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours orangish bronze with a white head that soon becomes a patch. Minimal amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is grainy - carmelish - malty - slightly grassy.

The taste is of rich, fresh, caramelish malt. Slightly nutty and bready. A spicy Hallertau hop bitterness balances out the sweetness of the malt to give it a refreshingly dry finish.

Medium to full bodied, it has a wonderfully smooth texture with just the right amount of malty sweetness lingering on the palate.

This is a wonderful, highly drinkable, interpretation of the style. This is what an O-fest is all about! A rich, carmelized malt-accented, Hallertau hopped (though hops play an appropriately supportive role), incredibly smooth, This is one that I would definately love to stock up on for the O-fest season!

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Photo of bob5958
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A really good beer, well worth the wait each year. There is a definite roasted barley flavor that is neither overpowering or burned tasting.
It's a very smooth drinking beer with just a bit of bite. I happen to be a fan of most of their beers, but this is one of their best..
I think what most impresses me is the flavor that you immediately taste. I was completely unprepared for the very pleasant flavor.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. Color is amber, with a good head. The smell is a slightly cereal malt. The taste has a decent malt sweetness, but provides a nice hop bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is very smooth. As for drinkability, could drink these all day!

Well, maybe I'm a bit biased, but Penn certainly makes one of the top Oktoberfests of the year. I'll certainly have as many of these as I can, and I'll certainly look for this next year.

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Photo of trafordboy
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle and poured into my favorite beer mug. Color is amber, with a good head. The smell is a slightly cereal malt. The taste has a decent malt sweetness, but provides a nice hop bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is very smooth. As for drinkability, could drink these all day!

Well, maybe I'm a bit biased being from Da 'Burgh, but Penn certainly makes one of the top Oktoberfests of the year. I'll certainly have as many of these as I can, and I'll certainly look for this next year.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Probably the best domestic Oktoberfest ive had so far this year. Pours a medium tea colour with a nice white head that lasts and laces well.. Typical malty sweetness on the nose with just a hint of hops.. Drinks smooth as silk. Malty goodness all the way down with enough hops to keep it from getting too caramel sweet. Mouthfeel is so good it wants me to put on my lederhosen and yodel. Maybe a bit a bit more malty than the German Oktoberfest beers, but those seem to be getting lighter.. This one went perfectly with a simple dinner of boiled potatoes, Raclette cheese and brown bread.

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Photo of Darkale
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly yeasty aroma with a hint of cheddar cheese! Orange-brass body, very clear, with a nice tan head that dies quickly but leaves good lacing. Very chewy in the mouth, but also slightly gritty. Sweet and slick tasting, with a bitter aftertaste.

I like this Oktoberfest. It has a slight sourness that is reminiscent of a good English ale. I'm not sure that's a good thing for an Oktoberfest, nor am I sure that it's not a good thing, but I don't care either way. I like it.

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Photo of jkrich
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date; purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.
A deep, clear, golden to light amber color with minimal head or lacing with a plethora of bubbles - very attractive in a stein.

Beers smells of spicy hops and bready aromas. There is almost a slight wine odor.

The taste is of sweet, tangy malts with some hops in the background; this is a well balanced beer has the flavor never becomes cloying. Almost silky smooth on the palate with minimal carbonation.

Oktoberfest beers seem to have become lighter in color over the past few years. This beer, among others, proves that lighter color does not mean less taste. This is an extremely drinkable and balanced version of an oktoberfest - after all, you want to drink several at the festivals.

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Photo of fascistfaction
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent Oktoberfest beer. You can not go wrong with any of Penn Brewery's beers and this along with the Munich style helles are my favorites. As a bonus, the place is less than five miles from my home (still too far to stumble druken home though).
Poured into a boot shaped J/R's (the place for ribs) now in its eight year in service mug:
A = Lots of head (aggesive pourer) that tapered off leaving a nice two finger white head with very liitle bubbles of carbonation.
S = like a beer should smell like...GOOD
M = malty with a few hints of citrus
D = well, I have a case of it and if my liver does not give up before my Zocor kicks in...very drinkable.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Freshness date is notched for March) -- Appearance: Pours a nice dark copper/amber color with a nice creamy beige head that has good retention. On the nose there is the aroma of bread and a some caramel sweetness. On the palate more of the same, some caramel sweetness (less then the seasonal marzen), bready, malty and hints of Bavarian Hallertau hop bitterness come through near the end. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Great brew with great drinkability. A big Prosit to Aaron for sending a variety pack of brews from the Penn brewing co.

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Photo of quasimoto
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its a crystal clear light copper color that has a nice little stream of carbination bubbles that constantly rise from the bottom. There was a faint white fluffy head that left no lace around the glass. It might be the glass has some junk on it, but Im not sure. The aroma is of deep sweet malty bready notes that that really dominate. There is a little bit of hop, but it only lends a ever so slight spicy character. There aroma reminds me of what a caramel orange would taste like. Maybe a slight chocolate note as it warms. This is a really sweet bready beer. The flavor is a wallop of of malts that really come through. The hops are also a little bit more apparent in the taste. Very nice touch. The body is spot on with the light mouthfeel, but the flavor is so strong that it makes it seem bigger. I really enjoy this beer. It is now atop my list of instant classics.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capital Ale House.
Note: The tap list states that the ABV for this beer is 4.5%

Wonderful brightly-colored copper in appearance. Actively fizzy in the glass. Sticky lacing leaves distinct rings in the glass. A very "fall"-looking beer. Aromas remind me of the fall as well...spice and nutmeg. A spicy, hoppy flavor with hints of caramelized brown sugar poured over roasted nuts makes for a very different and very tasty flavor. Finish was slightly dry, with a dash of spice on the tongue to tease you, begging you to take another sip. Very smooth and extremely quaffable. I see myself drinking this all day while sitting outside watching a fall day go by. Everything with this beer is well-balanced, making it a seasonal I must find on tap next weekend when we head to Pennsylvania for the weekend.

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Photo of StBoisterous
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear amber/bronze.

S: Slight hop and alcogol aroma, a slight sweet grape smell is present, similar to a Riesling wine, but not as potent. Very pleasant aroma.

T: A little bit hoppy with some spice flavoring, slight "toasted" malt taste.

M: Smooth and creamy, nice aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable, great aroma, well balanced, all around good ale. Great fall season ale!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very nice, appropriate head for the style. I can just see my self in Bavaria swinging around a liter of this stuff with the frothy white pillow of head just barely spilling over the sides of my stein with two attractive young German barmaids following...oh...sorry.

Really solid Munich malt in the nose.

Great tasting beer. Very smooth and refreshing while still being rich enough to satisfy my cravings for malty goodness. I get a substantial dose of hop bitterness in this beer (substantial for a fest that is). While its certainly not 'wrong', I prefer a slightly less upfront bitterness in a fest.

The mouth feel of this beer is really incredible. One of the smoothest, silkiest beers I've tried in a while. Not even a tad syrupy, this beer still manages to have a healthy body. The way the bubbles move around in the beer also hints at the viscosity of the beer.

Really quite drinkable. I wish I had another case.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a tinted ruby copper tone and forms a nice full cream colored two finger sized head leaves scattered thickets of lace. Aroma has a nutty warming malt sweetness with some flowing hallertau hops nice floral and distinct. Flavor profile consists mainly of toasted nuts over a trickle of brown sugar sweetness all created by German malts this is one nice beer, one of the better Oktoberfests I have tried so clean and crisp with body a rare combonation for most American O-fests. Smooth creamy mouthfeel what a nice sipper this is a great beer, courtesy of an authentic German style brewery medium body a few notches below robust. Drinkability is definitely where this beer holds supreme just an awesome beer perfect for the turn of the season it has my approval.

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Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice copper color with amber highlights. Wonderful sweet malt aroma keeps me coming back to this beer every year. This year's Oktoberfest seems to have slightly more hop bitterness and a more subdued malt sweetness compared to previous years, which actually makes the beer more drinkable. The sweetness is still there, and it finishes very clean. All in all, a very good beer.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich copper hue into the seidel with a fluffy, thick, tightly foamed white head that fades to a wisper of sheer lacing topping the lager.

Smell: Hints of brown sugar, molasses and sweet potatoes as the malts dominate the aroma. Somewhat fruity as well with ripe apricots.

Taste: Sweet malts dominate, with hints of brown sugar, ripe apricots and caramel. Nice and smooth with a finish that has just a bit of hoppiness added to the flavor profile. Leaves an aftertaste that is somewhat dry like iced tea.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety with a nice bit of carbonation to keep things lively.

Drinkability/Notes: Penn O-fest is a very drinkable. Super smooth with caramel malt and overtones of brown sugar, sweet potatoes as well as the fruitiness of ripe apricots. Hops are present in the finish as they leave the mouth somewhat dry and wanting more. A sessionable beer to say the least, not overpowering but very flavorful. One of the better Oktoberfest beers I've had this year. Seek and enjoy. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of asabreed
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Maybe the best of the style I've ever seen in a glass. Huge and round and gorgeous looking white thick rings of lacing I keep having to stare at, for one. The head refuses to go beyond about 1/4" and the brew's almost 3/4 of the way consumed. I don't know if I poured this miraculously or what, but damn. Not to mention the nice copper color and the myriad bubbles still cascading around in the glass.

Smell: Nice slightly toasted malt sweetness, some grain and bread aromas, some faint banana, and a nice hop bite.

Taste: A good balance between the sweet and slightly fruity malt notes and the curbing hop bite at the end, which ends up working very well together. Banana really comes through here, oddly enough, along with some maple honey.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full without and slickness or astringency, and good carbonation levels that make it extremely easy to swig.

Drinkability: Very impressed with this brew and this is certainly becoming one of my favorites. I think this can hold a candle to some of the better imports in some ways too. Penn doesn't make a lot of beers, which means usually WHEN they're on, they're on.

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Photo of JoshW
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper into a Coors glass... Blasphemy... Seemed to not have any carbonation in the glass, fresh bottle. Smells like a beer (sorry pretty lazy for this one) Tastes malty, fruity, spicy. Mouthfeel is wet...

Easy to drink, awesome beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 (I think) oz wine bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. "2008" on the label but I believe it's a 2009. No other info.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this bottle!

A - It pours lightly hazy. The color is a rusty pumpkin orange with golden highlights. The vigorous pour creates a billowing white head with good retention. As it slowly lowers, clumps of lacing cling to the glass.

S - The aroma is low instantly but has a tiny touch at a caramel sweetness with toasty Vienna malts and delicious crisp noble hops.

T - The flavor mirrors the nose almost to a "T". It kicks into gear with a solid malt backbone and touch of caramel sweetness only to be finishes quickly by noble hops. A bit grassy but smooth and forgiving. A citrus splash is left lingering on the tongue.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a dry finish. Light-medium in body.

D - Well crafted, it has great drinkability and a good flavor. The soft body really helps it go down smooth. Pouring the whole wine bottle into a liter mug wouldn't be a bad idea.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of the better american variety not to sweet.Liked its color(not as dark as some american varieties.)Nice and malty one of the better American styles liked it alot.Really good on tap.A good anice like finish really makes this quite quaffable and makes you want more.

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Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: into my Allagash wit glass from which I happen to enjoy lagers, a rough pour gives a two finger off-white head that recedes slowly and leaves a nice layer, quality lacing, the beer is a deep copper in color

s: crisp pale and toasted Munich malts with currents of earthy caramel, spicy noble hops, just a touch of sulfur, very nice

m: smooth light-medium carbonation, medium body, crisp

t: starts the same as the flavor, toasty Munich malts with a lightly sweet caramel presence, very well balanced hop flavors are spicy and grassy, finishes with a touch of toast and moderate bitterness

d: poundable

overall: not sure what most reviewers expect from an Oktoberfest lager, but this is a fine example and something I'd consider a case of as a "house beer"

sixer from Whole Foods Fairfax

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Märzen.

Color is of a hickory brown with an off white/biege head. Carbonation appears rather modest and is in substance as well. Bready and malty aromas dominate though paired with a modest element of sweetness (reminscent of carmel). Flavor is much the same but extremely mellow. Flavor is not overly sweet like some Märzens nor somewhat watery like others. Its just a smooth tasting brew. Mouthfeel is full but not filling. Yum.

The Bavarian flag colors on the label are a nice touch as well.

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