Yuengling Brewery

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #566
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3.36 | pDev: 16.07%
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Yuengling® is proud to offer our Oktoberfest as an homage to our German Heritage. Copper in color, this medium bodied beer is the perfect blend of roasted malts with just the right amount of hops to capture a true representation of the style.

26 IBU
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a dark copper body with less than a finger's worth of beige head with small retention and decent lacing.

Aroma: caramel, fresh bread and toast, toasted malts, orange peel, honey, nuts, grain, and pears.

Tasting mostly grain, bread/toast, toasted malts, the nuts, honey, and caramel the best. Body is medium-light.

Apr 04, 2021
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ClinchMtnMan from Virginia

5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’m a casual beer drinker, not a beer “expert” but I know what i like. Ive been a long time fan of Yuengling Lager. This year I tried Yuengling Oktoberfest Lager and I LOVE it. To my taste, it’s the perfect drinking beer! (You beer experts...please take it easy on me! Respect that I enjoy this fine beer, okay?)

Nov 30, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Note from 2011. Had this from a bottle.
A: pours an orange amber body with small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: subtle malty smell with some sweet honey notes
T: somewhat malty notes but a beery taste; nothing overly impressive
M: a little thin, but decent
D: ok mouthfeel and taste combo; not that good overall

Nov 25, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, reddish amber from the bottle, light head that quickly settles to a thin ring. Nose is baked brown bread, savory caramel, mild hops, roasted malt, and some light coffee. Taste is balanced - earthy hops, slight caramel sweetness, mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with some mild carbonation. Was pleasantly surprised on all accounts and worth seeking out.

Nov 01, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-amber, with light , quickly-dissipating white head.

Smells of caramel, and slight fresh bread aroma.

Taste is caramel, though less sweet than the aroma, a light spiciness, and dried lemon/lime zest(+rust?) at finish. That last bit may sound odd, & it is, but it is barely noticeable, and it works(mostly) .

Feel is light-medium, with moderate, fine, carbonation tingle.

Overall , though not high on my list of Oktoberfests, it's OK, & I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Oct 02, 2020
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BelliniBeer from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: deep, rich copper
Smell: like all the best things about fall
Taste: holds its own with the best from Munich
Feel: goes down easily
Overall: an Oktoberfest that is a great value when compared with imports

Sep 29, 2020
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Raime from Greenland

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to my longtime neighbor Andy for this one.

Look - Copper with moderate clarity. Finger and a half of bubbly off white head. Carbonation appears to be quite low.

Smell - Grainy with some metallic notes. Fall candle esque on a big whiff.

Taste - Pretty much follows the nose. Bit of grape it seems.

Feel - Thick bodied with low carbonation. Swallows slightly metallic but flavorful and easy.

Overall - Reminds of the this seasons Sam Adams Oktoberfest tbh. Commercial as can be but a decent beer nonetheless. Tbh I've only managed to have a few Yuengling beers in my life since they don't come to Michigan and I don't understand the cult following at all.

Sep 19, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours dark amber with an off white head. Head retention is moderately low.

Smell: It has bread crust and bread aromas with some caramel and herbal qualities.

Taste: It has flavors of bread crust and caramel with some very low fruity elements in the background. The fruity flavors are cherry like.

Feel: It has a medium body with a semi sweet aftertaste.

Overall, there are more fruit flavors and caramel than I would expect in a traditional marzen. There are some decent flavors and aroma notes.

Sep 12, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snulip glass.

L---Crystal clear, burnt amber color with a frothy khaki head which faded quickly to a ring. Very good lacing. A real looker.

S---Malty. Some caramel. Not a whole lot going on.

T---Malty, no real hops presence. Kind of reminiscent of their Lager, but with a bit more flavor.

F___Medium bodied. OK carbonation

O---Well done for its price point, but it's probably worth it to spend the extra for a better example of a Marzen.

Aug 30, 2020
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ChuckDardenne from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearence. Golden coppery. Gives the impression of a beer of substance. The head quickly goes away
Fragrance. Certainaly not strong. Malty with a bit a flowery or grassy impression.
Taste Not much going on here. I think I just don't like this style. I do like it better than other Oktoberfest beers I've tried. Not sweet like some others.
Mouth Feel. Not much carbonization yet a nice clean finish. Not in the least syrupy.
Overall a tasty enough beer especially for the price. I live in PA so I am partial to Yuengling

Aug 29, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear amber color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has nutty caramel malt hints
The taste follows the aroma with nutty caramel malt flavors
A light bodied very well carbonated beer
A nice value Octoberfest beer

Aug 20, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1+ finger tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: nutty, toasty, a bit of caramel;

T: follows the nose; a little sweet; nuttier toward the finish; moderate bitterness at the end - more bitterness than I expected;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: an odd combination of sweetness and bitterness;

Apr 27, 2020
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mooseisloose from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is 2019 oct. Saw this at Sams for $21 a case. Only $2 more than regular Yuengling that is always good. Bargain. Popping the top I get a whiff of sweet malts. Pours to a bronze orange like most Oktoberfests. Nice tan head. Taste is sweet malts up front, bitterness yet balanced kicks in then the finish is balanced and zesty the flattens out. This is a great beer for the style, might lack a hair on the body but nothing in flavor. PROST.

Oct 03, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the local Stop & Shop.

A gorgeous clear copper with a dense,off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is soft and doughy, with the classic Marzen caramel/bread notes tempered by a mild hop character. Unfortunately, though, a noticeable grainy, cooked cereal character not unlike soggy cornflakes, is present, A little bit of corn syrup and honey are present. A little fatty too. The palate opens mildly sweet with soggy cornflakes, a nice bready note, a little honey, dark corn syrup. Mild toffee. A mild hop character is present with a mild bitterness, rather nondescript. Lacking in depth, the finish is light, mild and disappointing. Truth be told, this beer is mediocre.

Sep 17, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling doesn't make the best tasting beer but at least they charge a fair price now on to the review. I don't see a date on the bottle. The pour is an amber color. I'm not getting a whole on the nose just some roasted malts. On the taste i'm getting i'm getting some roasted malts but they are subdued on the palate which would make this sort of an easy drinking Oktoberfest style of beer & some caramel sweetness. Yes, this beer is not bursting with flavor but I would have no problem downing a 6 pack of this is in a session. Cheers! B-

Sep 13, 2019
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akaizer from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clear copper reddish color with a bit of a white, foamy head. Scent is sharp, almost a bit tart -- not as much maltiness as I was expecting. Taste follows suite, a bit acerbic that seems to follow on the tongue (a bit odd for an Oktoberfest). Was expecting something a bit maltier throughout, but is something interesting to try and is fairly refreshing.

Sep 12, 2019
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Purpleazaleas from South Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear reddish amber with light head, floral aromas, crisp clean dry taste, acceptable effort, drinkable but not the best Oktoberfest out there

Sep 08, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear medium amber body under a washed out tan head a finger or two high... Hearty, rustic maltiness brings some mild sweetness, while hops dry things out and add some bite... suggestions of browned biscuit, herbal fields, dark brown barley grain, and a bit of a bittered caramel edge lending some sweetness...

No best by or bottling date visible...

Sep 08, 2019
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officerbill from New York

3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: clear amber with a thick off-white head that clings to the glass and dissolves to a ring
S: toffee, caramel, malts, yeast, bread, very slight citrus
T: odd. caramel, dough, and some sort of slightly bitter pumpkinesque flavor with a mild hop background
F: thick & sticky, lots of carbonation, dry with an unpleasant aftertaste
O: an OK beer for the price point, but the odd flavors are off-putting. I bought one as part of a make-your-own 6 pack, but I'm not going to buy another

Aug 23, 2019
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Tone from Missouri

3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, slight yeast, hint of dough, hint of alcohol, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a German Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of caramel malt, hint of alcohol, corn, hint of wheat, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance and aroma, but body is lacking and has corn flavors that are not pleasant.

Nov 12, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle in Atlanta. Revisited with a very fresh bottle in August 2020.
Pours with a clear light copper colored body topped by a good beige head that has poor retention.
It smells OK, with a mix of spicy hops and sweet malts but turning to earthy after some warming. The flavor is respectable for a cheap macro-brew but should have a bit more generous malt loads.

Nov 07, 2018
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JerryLevinson from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer looks great in the glass, a rich amber color with nice lacing. However, it is otherwise below average in taste, a bit watery with a narrow flavor profile. Still, it is one of Yuenglings best efforts. and hard to beat at the low end of the price range. There are better domestic Oktoberfest's, even staying within Pennsylvania, but this could make a nice fall session beer on a low budget.

Oct 25, 2018
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DJtheTireGuy from South Dakota

3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presented in a standard pint glass

Look: Deep amber colore with faint white ring around the top. There is a film of small bubbles that want to form a faint head but cannot quite muster it.

Smell: Faint smell of malts and almost no sense of hops. There is an earthy aroma that reminds me of autumn. I get a bit of a yankee candle vibe from it.

Taste: The hops give a pleasurable bite to the lips and tongue. There is a taste of minerals and spices that fade into a malty flavor. Tastes of grains and straw that really accomplish the oktoberfest genre.

Feel: Incredibly smooth lager that hits the right notes of bitterness and warm caramel malt.

Overall: Fantastic oktoberfest brew that is great from the beginning to the end. There couple be more carbonation and a tad bit more flavor, otherwise it was executed quite well for what it is: a cheap oktoberfest brew that can be bought as far as Indiana.

Oct 17, 2018
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Riff from Virginia

3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a thin, white head with a touch of lacing. Smell is sweet, malt and caramel. Taste is...astringent at first, touch of hops, some bread and caramel. Lighter body, moderate carbonation. Astringency goes away as the beer warms, leaving more bread flavor. Overall, warmer its drinkable, cold it was barely so. Won't drink this again and wouldn't recommend seeking this out, there are much better fest beers out there.

Oct 07, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2+ fingers of sand colored head, looks the part. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Sweet grainyness, pears

T: A little bit of brown breadyness, some caramel, dryness & a touch of white grape up front. A little leafy hop surfaces as this warms,some pear as well & a little caramel on the edges. finishes dry, a little grassy with leafy hops & a little pear

MF: Medium body, fairlyl lively carbonation, body thins a touch when warm. decent balance

Not a bad take on the style, pretty drinkable

Oct 02, 2018
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