Pete's Wicked Oktoberfest | Pete's Brewing Company

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Pete's Wicked OktoberfestPete's Wicked Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Pete's Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Todd on 09-17-2000

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by homersimpson:
Photo of homersimpson
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish amber with an off-white head that soon turns into a collar.
Aroma is malty with a heavy sour note
Fairly carbonated, kind of slippery medium body
Bready malt with a definite sour note. Almost no hops anywhere. Most of the bitter comes from carbonation rather than hops.
Unfortunately I feel the same way about most Pete's products, Not impressed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.23/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light brown in color, almost florescent, with a cheap foaming head that is out of control.

Smell – I’m not sure what that smell is. It’s kind of like crappy, toasted grain. Whatever it is, it’s not Oktoberfest.

Taste – Ughh! This sucks.

Mouthfeel – It’s actually kind of creamy smooth.

Drinkability – This was just horrible.

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Photo of Todd
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The label hosts a Bavarian Octoberfest celebration from the 1800's with a cartoon Pete raising his glass. 12oz twist-off. Batch numbers, but no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep amber/copper with a frothy off-white bubbly head, turning to a creamy lace.

Smell: Caramel malt and soft floral hop aromas. Raw malt biscuit can also be detected.

Taste: Semi-sharp bitterness in the begining; a bit steely, lemon rind, and herbal. As the hops tame, the brew becomes extremely smooth and toasted caramel malts take over and coat the tongue, followed by more herbal hop leaf flavours. The finish is caramel/sugary/fruity sweet with some residual hop falvours and steeliness. Alcohol notes become more apparent as the brew, and your blood, warms. In fact this brew is much smoother if you let it warm just a bit before drinking, and the up-front hops become subdued.

Notes: A delicious Mäzen style Oktoberfest! Enjoyable and deceivingly powerful at 5.6%.

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Photo of Jason
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent for what it is worth ...

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Photo of ThePostmaster
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A step up from regular Pete's, in my opinion. Pours decent, with nice head. Taste is very spritzy, lots of carbonation. Taste is malty and somewhat sweet. Hops are there too. I liked this somewhat. I would buy this again for a sample of a cheap Americanized Oktober beer.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ryanocerus
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The amber color was appealing, but the lack of head detracted from the appearance. The smell was a nutty malt, and the flavor was more of a grainy malt with some (strawberry?) fruitiness, but with a hop bite that balanced the sweetness well. The mouthfeel was slightly above average and it is a very drinkable beer. A decent Oktoberfest, but not one of the best ones.

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Photo of far333
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper colored with an off-white head that runs away quickly. Aroma is sweet malt with bits of orange. Flavor is light sweet malt, some caramel and toffee, and a bit of honey. Some orange peel in the finish. Very nice round mouthfeel, but a lingering metallic flavor detracts from this one overall.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker amber appearance with a little brown thrown in, not much head even though it seems quite carbonated. Bready aroma with nutmeg.

Taste, thinner than appearance, has a cooking seasoning feel to it, you can taste all the little flavorings in the cupboard like nutmeg and sage. Lots of toffee flavor to this one. Lacking hops, which is to style, but was also a little creamier than style (among other things like the spice rack feel).

Well the old school pint glass of this looks cool, even if the beer isn't the most impressive.

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Photo of ADR
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear amber, poor head that never builds. Candy and toffee smells. Initial non-descript sweetness that's quick to deconstruct into a medium-bodied tea-like quality. Hoppiness is good at the middle and end, gives a slight cinnamon impression. Unfortunately, the maltiness is fleeting and un-interesting. Best quality of this brew is the proper mouthfeel for style. What's in the mouth is slightly better than mediocre. Not a bomb in the sense of good or bad, certainly not undrinkable.

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Photo of cokes
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive deep amber-copper. Off-white head settles out quickly to hefty edging.
Malty nose of dark fruit (mostly raisin), toffee, and slight toasted bread. On the faint side, but nice nonetheless.
Taste....what the hell happened? Maltiness drops out to almost nothing. Almost totally bland except for slight hints of toasted carmel. Then the hops kick in and add only their presence. Ghostly syrupy-sweet finish. And that's it.
A truly befuddling brew. It has a sizeable, creamy mouthfeel. But virtually no taste to go with it. It really makes me itch for a good festbier.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I never really thought Pete's was that popular, but almost every grocery store I've been in here in Durham has been sold out of this stuff. I got the last six pack at Sam's Quik Stop this afternoon. Nice dark amber hue. Not a whole lot of aroma, but probably because it's a bit cold to start out. Some initial caramel taste with a bit of malt that builds to a heavy caramel finish. Very, very smooth, I could drink it all day (and probably will come next weekend). I can see why my girlfriend says this is her favorite beer.

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Photo of jackndan
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pete’s O-Fest: Hey, not bad. Great looking reddish orange, slightly off-center head, not long lasting, but some lace to keep you interested. Taste is fairly middle of the road o-fest: nice malt package, minimal pumpkin pie spices, spicy aroma. “Nice taste.” Not bad, not authentic but easy to drink.

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Photo of bditty187
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The malt in the front of the nose is delicious, some caramel as well. This is a very good first impression. The body is standard for an O-fest, brownish-amber with an off-white head of a finger, some lace. The malt starts in then a kick of hops interrupts the flavor. Mind you, “interrupts” is not a bad thing. It does create a balance of flavor, just in a way that isn’t subtle. As the beer warms the hops quite down a bit. This is a very good O-Fest, one of the better ones I have had this year. I can’t complain at all. For around $5.00 a 6-pack it is quite a deal. I expect to drink a few more of these before they disappear from the shelves.

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Photo of Murph
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent beer. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it but it is worth having a few of. The taste mellows nicely as the beer warms a little. Still slightly to much hops for an Oktoberfest in my opinion. All in all just about what I would expect from Pete's. Never anything amazing but always very drinkable beers.

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Photo of Brent
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can only hope I got an off-bottle, because this beer was salty. I've been hit with a lot of different flavors over the years, but I have to say that this beer is the first to strike me as salty. If I had been drinking it in a bar, I'd have sworn someone gave the glass several good shakes from the saltshaker while my back was turned. Other than that, the beer would have been quite a nice O-fest. Malty, nutty and smooth.

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A limpid deep copper color with a mediocre head, texture frothy and the lace decent enough to cover the glass. Nose is mostly malt, lightly sweet, fresh and crisp with the start lightly sweet and the top middling in feel. Finish perkily acidic, the hops adequate, aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a good clean and fresh seasonal, that is well worth looking for as a late summer or fall session beer. list.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber in color with a small but creamy off-white head and brisk carbonation. Sticky lace throughly coats the glass walls. Quite clean aroma with malt and moderate hop notes. Tasting yields a brief burst of sweet malt and a slight sting of carbonation, followed by dark roasted malt flavors. Fairly bitter hops assert themselves towards the finish. Alcohol notes are quite pronounced, almost as much so as with a barleywine. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. This beer is one of the better offerings from Pete's Wicked.

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Photo of marc77
2.54/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear reddish bronze hue, topped by a dense stick vanilla white head that leaves good lace. The aroma is comprised of notes of medium caramel malt, understated toasty light Munich accompanied by a subdued spicy noble hop nose. Quite tame aromawise. Flavorwise, generic caramel malt sweetness starts it off, then yields to trace dark biscuit notes and a light herbal hop flavor. Hop bitterness serves its purpose of balancing malt sweetness. Lightly bodied, but thankfully barely viscous enough in mouthfeel to prevent watery blandness. Finishes clean, w/ caramel sweetness lingering briefly. A most unimpressive, one dimensional and lackluster Oktoberfest. It's reminescent of an amber ale with more caramel malts in the grist hopped mildly with noble hops. Drinkable and clean, but forgettable.

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Photo of powoo19
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good look feel and taste. This beer holds true to the Octoberfest styles.The taste is just strong enough. It certainly has the ability to be consumed in large quantities. Pete's, as always, makes a fine brew.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok bought in the 12 oz long neck..I like the label..looks like a great party going on!
Anyway this is quite a nice looking Marzen..dark amber with a smallish off white head..nice carbonation..head goes fast but leaves attractive lace.
Smell is rather odd though..a creamy milky aroma..with some nice malt in the background...strange but not offensive.
Not too bad a taste for Pete's..nice first not toosweet and a small hop bitterness at the end.
pretty average on the palate.
quite drinkable..not bad really

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Photo of RBorsato
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a full tan head, good carbonation, slow bubbles throughout, and leaves lace rings. Light malty, toasty, and nutty aroma -- suprisingly nice. Flavor is nice but very average for style with light spiciness and nutiness. Medium bodied and creamy.

May be my favorite Pete's so far since the Wicked Ale has lost character over the years... Very suprised to see this was brewed with just Caramel malts... not as caramel sweet and I would have expected.

Per label: "Bavarian Style Celebration Ale" .... I wonder if it is really an Ale vs. a Lager ???

Per Pete's website:


IBU: 22

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mzwolinski
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber/copper in color, with a healthy, frothy white head. Aroma is malty sweet, with a hint of hops. Malt dominates the palate as well, with a rather nutty flavor. Medium-bodied. Quite drinkable, with a character that improves greatly as it warms.

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